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    Sakamoto Days First Impressions

    On November 20th, the first chapter of Sakamoto Days by Suzuki Yuto was released. This manga will be Suzuki’s first serialized manga in the Shounen Jump magazine.

    Sakamoto Days Chapter 1 Cover, Photo by Suzuki Yuto and Shonen Jump

    The manga’s debut was announced back at the beginning of November. At the time, not much was known about the plot aside from it being about a former assassin. However, there are currently four chapters out, meaning that readers can now get a good grasp of the plot.

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    Sakamoto Days follows Sakamoto Taro, a former assassin famous within the hitman community. One day, Sakamoto falls in love and gives up his life of assassination in order to start a family. With his new retirement, Sakamoto settles down as a convenience store clerk alongside his wife and daughter and gains weight, ultimately hiding any muscle definition he previously had. However, this doesn’t mean that Sakamoto can leave behind his assassin roots nor can the hitman world let go of him so easily.

    Sakamoto Days Chapter 1, Photo by Suzuki Yuto and Shonen Jump

    The manga starts off with a quick introduction into Sakamoto’s past as well as his new “No Killing” rule. Due to his assassin roots, Sakamoto frequently thinks about inflicting lethal damage unto those who wish to bring harm to his loved ones. However, he never goes through with it since his wife threatened to divorce him if he kills anyone.

    Sakamoto Days Chapter 1, Photo by Suzuki Yuto and Shonen Jump

    Shin, a clairvoyant, visits Sakamoto in order to bring him back to the hitman world. However, Shin quickly learns that Sakamoto has no plans on returning and rather would like to spend his time helping others and blending in with his community. Shin is then ordered to take out Sakamoto, but fails to do so. Shin recovers in Sakamoto’s household and witnesses first-hand why Sakamoto wishes to protect his simple life with his wife and daughter. Shin tries to free Sakamoto from the hitman world’s vengeance but is in turn targeted. On the brink of death, Sakamoto saves Shin and takes him in at the convenience store. Sakamoto Days follows Sakamoto and Shin as they go around saving the community from danger.

    Sakamoto Days Chapter 1, Photo by Suzuki Yuto and Shonen Jump

    My first impression of Sakamoto was that he is the kind of powerful main character that is frequently overlooked due to his physical appearance. This kind of character type is prevalent in One-Punch Man, where the protagonist, Saitama, is an over-powered hero overlooked because of his hero status and his physique. Additionally, Sakamoto and Shin hold a master-pupil relationship even though it hasn’t been explicitly stated. Readers frequently see Shin admiring Sakamoto, which is very similar to Saitama and Genos’ relationship. However, this isn’t to say that Sakamoto Days is the same as One-Punch Man, because it isn’t. Sakamoto provides this harmless appearance because he wants to whereas Saitama does without knowing.

    Sakamoto Days Chapter 1, Photo by Suzuki Yuto and Shonen Jump

    Since there’s only four chapters out at the moment, not much of the plot has been developed nor has the manga entered its first major arc. These first chapters serve as a way to introduce Sakamoto’s character to the audience and hopefully have them stick around in the long run. One thing that I did appreciate was how Suzuki doesn’t throw a bunch of world-building points at the reader in the first couple of chapters. This is a characteristic quite prevalent in non-slice of life manga, especially if the manga falls under the fantasy and/or action genres. Sakamoto Days, falling under the latter, had the possibility of being confusing right from the start. However, Suzuki omitted explaining the hitman world, making Sakamoto’s past easy to digest.

    Sakamoto Days Chapter 2 Cover, Photo by Suzuki Yuto and Shonen Jump

    Sakamoto Days is also easy to read by all age groups. Each panel doesn’t contain lengthy paragraphs (*cough* Hunter x Hunter *cough*) and the visuals are simple to follow. You won’t find yourself having to re-read pages because you couldn’t understand what was happening.

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    I’m excited for Sakamoto Days‘ first major story arc since it appears that we haven’t seen Sakamoto’s true power yet. Suzuki has also hinted at a connection between Sakamoto’s true power and his physique in Chapter 3. It’s possible that we may get to see Sakamoto’s non-expressionless form in the future.

    Sakamoto Days Chapter 3, Photo by Suzuki Yuto and Shonen Jump

    Since Sakamoto used to be famous in the hitman world, it’s also possible that he’s gained many enemies who would want to exact their revenge on him. Within the next coming weeks, let’s hope that we’ll get to see Sakamoto come face to face with these enemies and defeat them while following his wife’s “No Killing” rule.

    Sakamoto Days Chapter 3, Photo by Suzuki Yuto and Shonen Jump

    Sakamoto Days releases new chapters every Sunday and is readable on the Shonen Jump app. Give it a read! It’ll definitely be worth your time.

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