Sometimes, it’s just better to leave well enough alone.
So I did watch the Blu-ray “special” episode of Sakamoto desu ga?, which was actually intended to be the final TV episode before the Kumamoto earthquake pushed the airing schedule back a week. To be blunt I didn’t like it, and I might have skipped posting about it apart from the fact that it’s the dead week for anime and I had some spare time.
The most important thing to say is, this episode just didn’t have a lot of really funny moments. The first ten minutes or so was basically a clip segment, and the rest focused on Sakamoto’s time in America (real and imagined). But it also must be said that it was a really bad choice to go with the grotesque cartoon-nosed caricatures of the Americans, even if it was a fantasy sequence. What, the ANA commercial debacle didn’t teach a clear enough lesson? It takes a lot to offend me, but I’ll just say this kind of thing is crass and unfunny and leave it at that.
I was quite happy with the original TV ending of Sakamoto desu ga? which was certainly a far better episode than this one. But truthfully, it’s not as though I have such a deep affection for the series that this really bothers me. This was fine for what it was (apart from the ethnic stereotyping) – just far from the best Sakamoto desu ga? has to offer.