“Sakamoto Days”

A few days ago, we told you that Netflix could be adding something to their project catalog that was simply referred to as “Sakamoto Days.” At the time, we didn’t know if this was a live-action or anime production, and no other details were available. All of that, however, has just changed—we are only referring to the portion where it says, “not knowing what it is about.”

Indeed, a press statement formally announced the commencement of the anime adaptation of Yuuto Suzuki’s manga “Sakamoto Days,” which was written and drawn. This was little over a day ago. Lastly, the press statement revealed production details and stated that the premiere will take place in Japan during the winter season of 2025, which runs from January to March.

Strangely, Netflix is not mentioned at all in this press release, but we still know that there is some time until it arrives. This is in contrast to our initial belief that we might receive this much-anticipated project this year, despite not knowing its precise nature, based on information that was leaked from License Global.

In November 2020, Yuuto Suzuki started publishing the manga in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, and it is still going strong today. In addition, Suzuki is the writer of additional one-shot pieces including “Garaku” and “Locker Room.” In fact, “Sakamoto Days” is his first serialized manga, having started as a one-shot that he released in 2019.

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“Sakamoto Days” Production Team

  • Tomokazu Sugita will play the protagonist Tarou Sakamoto.
  • Masaki Watanabe (Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, Seikaisuru Kado, Bartender) is directing the anime at TMS Entertainment.
  • Taku Kishimoto (Boku dake ga Inai Machi, Haikyuu!!, Fruits Basket Remake) is in charge of writing and supervising the scripts.
  • You Moriyama (Shingeki no Kyojin, Megalo Box, REDLINE) is responsible for character design and animation direction.

Synopsis

The manga “Sakamoto Days” tells the story of Tarou Sakamoto, a once-legendary assassin who was revered and feared in the underworld and who, after falling in love, made the decision to fundamentally change his life. Sakamoto gives up fighting, marries, has a child, and transforms into a kindly local store owner despite putting on a few extra pounds. But his history soon catches up with him as he must use his great powers to defend his new tranquil living from the rise of nefarious characters and old adversaries.

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Comedy and action are balanced throughout the narrative. Sakamoto tries to keep a low profile, but he keeps getting dragged into circumstances where he has to confess to being a famous assassin. Because of his urge to protect his family and his identity, this leads to interactions that are both passionate and funny. The story is enhanced and Sakamoto’s life is made more difficult as the manga goes on by the introduction of additional individuals with extraordinary skills and nuanced backstories. Sakamoto finds himself embroiled in intricate power struggles and underworld wars.

The plot is given an unusual dynamic by Sakamoto’s double life, which combines stylish action scenes with mundane settings. This combination demonstrates how everyday events can suddenly turn into tense situations. A protagonist who really tries to let go of his violent past while coping with the consequences of his previous actions, the manga also tackles themes of redemption and the quest for a second shot at life. “Sakamoto Days” is a captivating and enjoyable book because of its unique blend of humor and action, as well as its rich character development and captivating story.

I have already discussed the parallels I saw between this tale and the 1994 film “Léon: The Professional.” Of course, even if the trailer for the movie I mentioned already makes clear how drastically different the themes are from the original work, I’m still adamant that the manga’s excellent adaptation deserves praise. I am eager to witness the outcome of this initiative next year, and how about you?

Please visit the comments section and share your thoughts about "Sakamoto Days" with me. Yes, I will be reading, you know that! 🙂

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