Synopsis: Episode 1
Sakamoto-kun, Class 2, Freshman / Be Quiet
Sakamoto is a super popular high school student. He’s always the center of the attention in his class, if not the entire school. Why? He’s cool. He’s stylish. He knows his act and how to impress crowds. Only a few exceptions don’t like this school idol, like three delinquents in Sakamoto’s class. Atsushi, Mario, and Kenken hate Sakamoto for obvious reasons. He gets all the attention from the girls. One day, the trio plotted a practical joke on Sakamoto at school, but, none of their plans work because Sakamoto foils them effortlessly. Frustrated, the trio elevates their plunk to the next level.
Script: Shinji Takamatsu
Story board: Shinji Takamatsu
The prologue opens with a long shot of three guys tossing a volleyball in the school yard. The visual is sorta repetitive because all they do is pass the ball while they comment how much they hate Sakamoto and how they have to complement each other to boost their self-confidence.
The scene switches and the main part starts with voiced narrations, like, “He’s stylish when he performs homeroom monitor! He’s stylish when he eats lunch! He’s stylish even when he accepts punishment!”
Obviously, “he” means the main character, Sakamoto. Pranksters pull tricks on him (and some of them are downright childish) but Sakamoto can fend them off with ease and grace.
For example, OK, Sakamoto goes to the bathroom, the punks follow him, as he enters the stall, the punks pour a bucket of water over the door. You’d think that Sakamoto gets drenched in cold water on his seat. No, he is dry, calm, and stylish under the protection of his umbrella (and I’m not sure where he found it).
Another example. As he is back to his classroom, he finds his desk and chair are both gone. In fact, somebody has thrown them away outside the window. The bell rings and class starts. He sits on the window sill oh so stylishly, and promotes the teacher to begin the class without delay. Girls love him. At the sight of Sakamoto’s faintest gesture, girls shriek with excitement.
Of course the trio doesn’t like it at all. Sakamoto is too stylish they can’t have it any more. After the class hours, they summon Sakamoto to the science room. As Sakamoto steps into the room, the trio gang up on him and pin him down on the floor, and then, threaten him saying like “I’m gonna punch your face a hundred times!” and “You are gonna strip down naked, but I will let you keep your socks on, and we’ll share your stupid photo with all the girls in school!”
A moment before the trio acts on the harassment, something on the floor catches fire; it’s a cigarette which the delinquents were smoking as they waited for Sakamoto to show up. A small fire quickly spreads on the floor, looking dangerous. The punks dash to the shelf of chemicals, looking for something effective to put out the fire. On the contrary, Sakamoto takes off his jacket, and cries out, “Hidden ritual! A repetition side step!” As he declared, he begins repetitive side steps left and right beside the fire. The punks get even more nervous with Sakamoto’s mysterious behavior. The helpless trio with frustrated faces vs acrobatic Sakamoto with absolute seriousness. Man. So frickin’ funny.
As the trio watches Sakamoto’s mysterious exercise, they interpret that he’s creating an air flow to help the fire to die out. Soon, the three of them join Sakamoto’s “repetition side step.” Now four boys are dancing around the fire. So does that really work?
Teachers notice noises coming from the science room. One of the teachers shows up to inquire the source of the commotion. Thanks to this teacher, they finally put out the fire. They are safe now. Sakamoto explains that his mysterious exercise is intended to create enough commotion to get noticed, because, the science room is located right above the teacher’s room.
When asked by the teacher, Sakamoto lies that the fire accidentally started because he was helping the trio to learn how the alcohol lamp works. Sakamoto covers up for the delinquents. The trio is totally impressed with Sakamoto’s cool and stylish problem solving approach. Later, as if they all conveniently forgot their malicious intentions, they comment on how “the repetition side step” turns out to be a good work out. Their eyes are twinkling with lights.
The scene cuts back to the boring volleyball toss and trio’s conversation again. Here, the punks are commenting how Sakamoto stole their hearts. Like, I’m sure viewers all nod in agreement.
The scene changes up to a rainstorm in which Sakamoto walks by a river bank. A cute helpless sparrow is beaten by a strong wind. Of course, Sakamoto helps the little bird and you should expect nothing less than stylish! He uses his umbrella and the wind velocity to whirl up in the stormy sky, catches the sparrow in the air, then safely lands on the ground. Even the sparrow loves him. He’s not an ordinal high schooler!
In the latter half of the show, Sakamoto deals with another bully; this time, amateur fashion model and narcissistic teenager, named Sera. He, too, is jealous about Sakamoto’s popularity. He plays tricks on Sakamoto.
For example, during the class, he intentionally pulls Sakamoto’s chair away the moment before he sits down. Sakamoto doesn’t fall, instead, he strikes an invisible chair pose and keeps his poker face.
After the gym class, Sera removes the “out of order” sign from the drinking fountain. As Sera watches from the shadow, Sakamoto is caught off guard by unexpectedly violent water jet, but, he quickly turns the opportunity to cooling shower time. None of Sera’s harassments bother Sakamoto. Sera feels frustrated.
One day during the class, a hornet flies into the classroom. Because black color attracts hornets, all the boys in the class take off jacket and pants. Ah-oh! Sera refuses the idea, because, for one, fashion is his thing he’s not gonna take pants off for a bee, and for another, he wants to show off that he’s more stylish than Sakamoto. Be cool, be cool… But his patience doesn’t last long. The hornet starts buzzing around his face. Sera strips down to underwear in panic. Ha! He’s a chicken after all…
Sakamoto, meanwhile, doesn’t move an inch on his chair. But, at one moment, he grabs a compass in his right hand, and using its sharp metal spike, he starts dueling with the hornet. Eventually, he bellows “Manner Beans!” and sandwiches the hornet between the two spikes, and gently lets the hornet get away out of the window. Everyone in the class simply watches Sakamoto in awe.
Sera is embarrassed by himself, but, finds a relief in his classmates’ comment that Sera is entertaining. He realizes that he can aspire to be a comedian.
The show ends with the same trio tossing volleyball again. Oh, man. I’m already looking forward to another hilarious episode.
©Nami Sano, KADOKAWA/SAKAMOTO PARTNERS