Sakamoto Days, the new action comedy that is hitting it in Japan

Sakamoto Days, the new action comedy that is hitting it in Japan

Since it debuted in November 2020 on the pages of the magazine Weekly Shonen Jump by Shueisha, Sakamoto Days little by little it has managed to carve out a niche for itself among Japanese readers consolidating in the last year and a half as one of the titles to take into account. This work, written and illustrated by Yuuto Suzuki, arrived in Spain from Editorial Ivrea on March 31st and, if you haven’t seen it yet, we can assure you that if you like crazy characters, ultraviolent comedies and totally exaggerated action , this is your sleeve. However, do not expect a very dense plot, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Starting Sakamoto Days is enjoy one bow after another with the only common thread being that an association of villains wants to eliminate Sakamoto and he just wants to live his life in peace. But, if we haven’t convinced you yet, here’s why Sakamoto Days is a purchase you won’t regret.

From professional assassin to family man The plot of Sakamoto Days is simple: Tarō Sakamoto was a legendary assassinfeared by all. However, one day he finds the love of his life, so he decides to retire, promising himself that he will never kill again. Married with a daughter, Sakamoto lives quietly working at his grocery store. Time has taken its toll has lost his good form (although not his talent). That is why when Shin, one of his great admirers, who works for a mafia that has commissioned him to take down Sakamoto, discovers his new life, he asks him to return to the world of hit men. But, due to a series of circumstances, Shin, who also has the ability to read minds, he will decide to rebel against his organization and Sakamoto will help him defeat it. From then on, Shin will start working at the grocery store. However, his actions draw the attention of all criminal organizations, which They will put a price on Sakamoto’s head now that they know where he has been hiding all those years, they must both fight to maintain their peaceful lives.
Page taken from the first chapter of Sakamoto Days in Manga Plus With this synopsis, it is impossible not to think that Yuto Suzuki’s manga has certain similarities with other very popular works. Sakamoto is still immensely powerful, he has to defend his shop and family from him at the same time, but he refuses to kill, so he must devise interesting ways to subdue enemies increasingly powerful using whatever common item is at hand. The advantage of this story is that maintains a certain freshness and comedy throughout, where the others tend to exaggerate the action to compensate for the repetitiveness of its plot engine. Sakamoto Days gags are more varied and the gallery of characters, both good and bad, is what gives substance to the story. In this way, the end result is a story that is occasionally violent and funny, and consistently charming.
Page taken from the first chapter of Sakamoto Days in Manga Plus. The new Gintama? For someone like Yuto Suzuki, whose first serialization is Sakamoto Days, the work is more than impeccable. But like all mangaka, especially if they’re just starting out, it’s easy to see his references. And, reading the first bars of Sakamoto Days, it is inevitable to appreciate that the author drinks in some aspects other works such as Gokushufudo: The Yakuza Househusband, by Kousuke Oono, or Gintama, the work of Hideaki Sorachi that was also published in the Shônen Jump. Anyone even moderately familiar with the history of Gintama will know that its protagonist, Gintoki, was a legendary samurai who, after the Joui war, decided to retire and open an errand “business” known as the Yorozuya. Both Sakamoto and Gintoki they have withdrawn from their previous jobs, but they have not lost their essence and much less can they escape from the world in which they previously found themselves. Just as Katsura wants Gintoki to be a rebel again, the old organization Sakamoto worked for also wants him back. In addition, you have to take into account the characters that accompany both protagonists. In addition to Shin, Sakamoto is joined by a young girl named Lu Xiaotang, who is inevitably compared to Kagura. Not only because physically both are very similar, but also because they have a similar fighting style. In addition, both Shin in Sakamoto Days and Shinpachi in Gintama will begin to faithfully follow the two protagonists of both manga when they get into trouble and they help them. Surely the biggest difference between the two works occurs in their sense of humor. Although both Gintama and Sakamoto Days have elements of comedy, most of them introduced randomly, and are also stories that have protagonists who, despite their lack of interest or apparent disinterest, know how to make us laugh, Sakamoto Days is far from reaching the heights of absurd humor. and scathing of Sorachi’s work.

Much to discover Beyond the comparisons that can be made to Sakamoto Days, Yuto Suzuki’s style gives a very personal touch to the manga, easily recognizable and deceptively rough. The more cartoonish designs are adorable, and despite the over-the-top action, Suzuki is skilled at drawing him to make the character’s movements clear and legible. Definitely, that fame that begins to emerge in Sakamoto Days is more than deserved. For this reason, Ivrea has thrown the meat on the grill with the launch of the first volume of the manga in Spain, which can be obtained from March 31. This has been edited in a simple edition and a special one that has an alternative cover and brings Sakamoto’s apron as a gift. Quite a sweet for a work that still has no anime, but we have no doubt that its popularity will skyrocket in the coming months. Stay with your name.

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