Synopsis: Episode 4
The PE teacher Kakuta has a double duty: discipline advisor. He stands by the school gate every morning and keeps a close watch on the students. If anybody is late, he gives out a punishment.
Lately he’s been frustrated with one student – Sakamoto. Sakamoto appears at the school gate usually late, but, with smart maneuvering and stealth moves, Sakamoto never lets Kakuta shut him out. Kakuta’s frustration escalates to humiliation, and he sets his hearts to catch Sakamoto red handed at any minor offence, to chew his head off, showing him who’s the boss.
Sakamoto arrives at the school gate almost always late, every single morning, but he always manages to gets in right before Kakuta, discipline advisor, closes the iron gate shut. Kakuta hates Sakamoto, as he grows weary of this mini game, which he never wins. One day, he decides to stalk Sakamoto until he finds any excuse he could use to hand out a punishment.
Kakuta witnesses several delinquents soliciting Sakamoto, in an isolated corner of the school premises, to join them for their favorite pastime. Smoking…! Kakuta is convinced, and follows them, only to find them enjoying bubble blowing together.
It is after school hour; all the students engage in assigned cleaning tasks. Kakuta peeks in one of the classrooms and notices some male students are playing with blooms, rather than cleaning. Among them, Sakamoto is holding two blooms in both hands, upside down. Kakuta charges at Sakamoto with full intension to stop this foolishness, but, one of the female students intervenes, saying, “It’s not what you think.” She explains that Sakamoto, unlike the other male students, is actually helping the rest of the classmates by sweeping dusts off of the ceiling.
In one classroom, Kakuta is giving a lecture on physical education subjects today. Since the subject relates to sexuality, even the laziest student sits up straight and intently listens in. Again, Kakuta keeps extra sharp eyes on Sakamoto, looking for something he can use to retaliate. Sakamoto, on the other hand, engages in the lecture in the most peculiar way; white table clothes on his desk, elegant glassware filled with ice and water, just like a candle-lit formal dinner table.
While the lecture moves along to introduce types of physical change common to growing male and female teenagers, Sakamoto puts a batch of steamed rice on his chopsticks and motions to put it in his mouth. He’s gesturing that the lecture is a seasoning of his meal.
Kakuta is pissed with Sakamoto’s cockiness and skips detailing the meat-and-potato part about his lecture, just to see what kind of reaction he gets from Sakamoto.
Sakamoto quietly chews the rice, as if he is concentrating on its delicate flavor. Kakuta challenges Sakamoto and asks, “how did you like it?” Sakamoto replies; “I could use a bit more spice, sir.”
Kakuta sends him to the hallway, which means, Sakamoto must leave the classroom and stand in the hallway until the class ends. As he leaves his desk, he takes a handful of steamed rice in his hand. Out in the hallway, the viewers see him feeding the rice to a weakening sparrow.
Sakamoto is in a cooking and nutrition class. His cooking group members call him “Chef Sakamoto” because he displays his extraordinally culinary talent. Ah-oh, a slug is found in a fresh lettuce head. Sakamoto mixes up seasonings to quickly dry the slug out, but, it doesn’t mean he killed it. Later in the show, while no one is watching, he pours water on the dried slug to revive, and return it to wild life.
Sakamoto is in an art lesson. Today’s subject is portraits. The art teacher asks the students to pair up and draw portraits of fellow students. Of course, all the female students want to pair up with Sakamoto. A mob of girls flocks around Sakamoto, but, there is one person who beats the crowd with amazing speed. The pretty girl from the previous episode, Aina, who, receives nasty shock when Sakamoto draws her an orangutan-like portrait. But the rest of the classmates shower his skilled artwork with compliments and say that Aina is lucky. She realizes that she is looking at the portrait upside down. When flipped, voila! The orangutan turns into an angel with wings.
In the next scene, all the students engage in an emergency fire drill. While everyone is sent outside to the school ground, Sakamoto notices Acchan – one of the delinquent trio – is missing, He runs back to the school building, looking for him. While it is completely unnecessary, Sakamoto pours a bucket of water on himself, and acts like he moves through thick smoke and intense heat. Ahem, this is a drill, there is no real fire, hello? Well, his diligence is a good trait so I’m not the one to criticize him.
Sakamoto goes above and beyond layman’s standard. He parachutes from the window, down to the ground. The entire school gets stunned at this sight. Kakuta gives out a verbal warning at Sakamoto’s outrageous action.
The scene switches, and the camera shows the familiar delinquent trio is digging a large hole in dirt ground in a park. They hide behind the bush waiting for a random victim. Sakamoto walks into the scene and drops into the hole. In disbelief, the delinquents peek inside the hole, but, magically, Sakamoto is not there. The trio decide to search the entire town for the next three days, but, there is no sight of Sakamoto. Frustrated, the punks start asking the town people where they saw Sakamoto last time, and they receive quite a handful of information on his whereabouts, however they are still unable to catch a glimpse of him. At last, the punks convince themselves that Sakamoto dig the hole deeper to the other side of the earth, Brazil.
Meanwhile, Sakamoto himself is chatting with the owner of a dry cleaning service, at her shop named “France.” He lists all the activities he has been engaged.
Boneck at the pit hole, Acchan jumps into the hole, determined to follow Sakamoto to Brazil. To her disappointment, the hole is shallow and certainly not connecting Japan and Brazil. Right on the cue, Sakamoto appears from behind the punks and asks “How is your hot spring project going?” Acchan and her friends look up at Sakamoto with big grin on their face, screaming “Sakamotooooooo!”
Overall, each story moves along in an adequate speed, making an enjoyable episode.
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