The man named Sakamoto has really given us some special moments in Sakamoto Desu Ga?, but there’s only so much of him to go around.
There isn’t anything truly the same as Sakamoto Desu Ga?, not with the same tone and style. It’s a satire that manages to take itself so seriously, it just doubles-down on itself.
But over-the-top satire isn’t anything new to anime. There have been plenty of series over time that play with tropes of absurdly strong or cool main characters, or strange slice-of-life settings.
So if you like what Sakamoto Desu Ga? is about, and you’re looking for something similar – not exactly the same, but similar – here are a few options for you to try out.
The tone and style of One-Punch Man and Sakamoto Desu Ga? are wildly different from one another. One-Punch Man is a high-octane action series with massive explosions and over-the-top fight scenes. Sakamoto Desu Ga is a slice-of-life series about a cool high school kid.
But the core of both of these series is the same: there’s a guy (the main character) who is absurdly superior to everyone around him, yet who remains humble and uses his power to help others in unorthodox ways.
Both shows are comedies about a guy who effortlessly cruises through every bad situation he finds himself in, and makes his adversaries look positively silly in the process. And perhaps most importantly, both series are absolutely hilarious and should be watched by everyone.
Gintama‘s Gintoki is over-the-top in different ways than Sakamoto, but the comedic effect works out the same.
There are hundreds of episodes of Gintama, and just loading one up at random will usually get you some fourth-wall-breaking inanity and an amusingly ridiculous premise.
There are a lot of differences here, obviously, but Gintoki is still pretty cool. However, unlike Sakamoto, much of the humor here comes from Gintoki getting flustered, whereas Sakamoto’s entire character is all about never being flustered by anything.
Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou
Like Sakamoto Desu Ga?, this is about high school boys. It’s also a slice-of-life to the core.
But none of these boys are especially cool. They’re just talking to each other about things like whether or not you have to shave your legs if you want to wear a skirt.
The boys can get a little over-the-top, but only in that they get a little crazy within their own imaginations. They’re not quite on the same level as Sakamoto (hey, who is?), but they are entertaining in their own way.
Cromartie High School
Is there a character in Cromartie High School cooler than Sakamoto? Probably not.
But beyond being cool, Sakamoto can be very strange in his methods, even though they usually work out for him. And there’s no doubt that the denizens of Cromartie High are strange.
Cromartie High School is about a normal, mild-mannered high school boy enrolling himself at a school known for the nation’s toughest delinquents and dedicating himself to cleaning things up. Which is difficult, because the school is utter chaos, and that might be Freddie Mercury riding a horse down the hallway.
Any chance to speak highly of Nichijou is a chance I’ll take.
Easily one of the greatest slice-of-life series of all time, Nichijou, or My Ordinary Life in the U.S., is just about an ensemble cast of weirdos doing normal everyday things. You know, everyday things like wrestling deer in the schoolyard and building humanoid robots with detachable USB rocket toes.
There’s even a character who offers shades of Sakamoto. His demeanor and style are the same, and he’s equally strange. He rides a goat to school, and walks calmly and collectedly through a barrage of rocket fire from his love interest – who also once shot him point-blank in the forehead with a pistol.
If it sounds weird, that’s because it is. And that isn’t even getting into some of the strangest stuff. Just watch it, thank me later.
Tanaka-kun is Always Listless
Sakamoto gets through any situation with maximum grace, elegance and style. That’s his thing.
Tanaka-kun here, gets through every situation with the minimum amount of energy expended. No matter what’s going on, he can find a way to use just about zero energy in any situation.
In a way, he’s kind of like Sakamoto. Certainly, neither of them get flustered by anything. Granted, Sakamoto getting through everything with maximum swagger isn’t exactly the same as Tanaka falling asleep mid-sentence. But seeing the way they each go through life completely unaffected by everything is equally entertaining.
So imagine if instead of being a hot guy, Sakamoto was instead a hot girl, and the student council president. That’s Kurokami Medaka, the seemingly superpowered protagonist of Medaka Box.
Now, this is a strange series. It starts off being about the student council taking on the problems and concerns of the student body via a suggestion box (the “Medaka Box”), and for the first few episodes, it’s basically slice-of-life. But eventually, it evolves into a full-on battle series, involving unusual superpowers that wouldn’t feel out of place in Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure.
But through it all, Medaka remains refreshingly direct, straightforward, and mostly unflustered throughout the series.
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
Okay, Haruhi Suzumiya is far too abrasive and self-centered to be compared directly to Sakamoto.
But somehow, things tend to work out for her exactly the way she wants, just as they do for Sakamoto. Of course, there’s a bit more of the supernatural at play for Haruhi, whereas Sakamoto is just naturally cool.
But still, if you’re a fan of seeing a main character calmly disregard logic and have things go exactly as planned anyway, Haruhi is a good place to look. Even if you’re not, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is an extremely influential piece of anime history that is definitely worth your time if you’ve ever enjoyed a slice of life anime series.