Sakamoto Days (stylized in all caps) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yuto Suzuki [ja]. It has been serialized in Shueisha's shōnen manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump since November 2020, with its chapters collected in 17 tankōbon volumes as of June 2024. It is simultaneously published in English by Viz Media and the Manga Plus online platform.

Sakamoto Days
First tankōbon volume cover, featuring Taro Sakamoto (front) and Shin (back)
Genre
Manga
Written byYuto Suzuki [ja]
Published byShueisha
English publisher
ImprintJump Comics
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Jump
DemographicShōnen
Original runNovember 21, 2020 – present
Volumes17
Novel
Sakamoto Days: Koroshiya no Method
Written byRenka Misaki
Illustrated byYuto Suzuki
Published byShueisha
ImprintJump J-Books
DemographicMale
PublishedApril 4, 2023
Manga
Sakamoto Days Holidays
Written byTetsu Ōkawa
Published byShueisha
MagazineSaikyō Jump
DemographicShōnen
Original runJuly 4, 2024 – present
Anime television series
Directed byMasaki Watanabe
Written byTaku Kishimoto
StudioTMS Entertainment
Original run January 2025 scheduled
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The story revolves around Taro Sakamoto, a retired legendary hitman who has settled into a quiet and mundane life as a family man. However, his peaceful life is disrupted when former enemies and colleagues from his hitman days come seeking revenge. To protect his family and loved ones, Sakamoto must use his exceptional combat skills to face off against a variety of adversaries while trying to maintain his ordinary facade.

An anime television series adaptation produced by TMS Entertainment is set to premiere in January 2025.

By May 2024, the manga had over 5 million copies in circulation.

Plot

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Taro Sakamoto used to be an unrivaled hitman, earning legendary status in the underworld. But one day, the unthinkable happened. Sakamoto fell in love. He started dating, retired, got married, and had a kid, growing overweight as a result. Though now working as a humble convenience store owner, the world of hitmen still follows him. Sakamoto, along with Shin, a young man with telepathy and employee at his small store, will protect his humble life and family, or die trying.

Characters

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Sakamoto's Convenience Store

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Taro Sakamoto (坂本 太郎, Sakamoto Tarō)
Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita[2]
An ex-hitman who gave up a life of wealth and crime to marry Aoi, now working as a humble convenience store owner. He has gained a lot of weight, and has become more laid-back, but still has his superhuman skill and strength from his hitman days, though he is now 30% of his prime. During extreme situations, he loses all this fat, and becomes skinny, becoming twice as powerful as before.
Shin Asakura (朝倉 シン, Asakura Shin)
A former hitman who admires Sakamoto, and now works for him at his convenience store. He is known as Shin the Clairvoyant because he has the ability to read minds. A running gag is Sakamoto imagining killing him when he annoys him.
Lu Xiaotang (陸 小糖, Rū Shaotan)
The daughter of a Chinese mob boss. She is airheaded, but can be analytical and competent when necessary. While she does not do much fighting, she is very capable, as she uses a fighting style that mixes Tai Chi with Drunken Fist.
Aoi Sakamoto (坂本 葵, Sakamoto Aoi)
Sakamoto's wife who loves her husband very much, despite his history as a hitman. She is also the reason why Sakamoto abandons killing and shows him a better path to protecting his loved ones.
Hana Sakamoto (坂本 花, Sakamoto Hana)
Sakamoto and Aoi's 6 year old daughter.
Heisuke Mashimo (眞霜 平助, Mashimo Heisuke)
A hitman who specializes in sniping. He is very gullible and hyperemotional, but his skills with a sniper rifle easily make up for it, even holding the all-time record at the JCC (Japan Clear Creation) (anonymously, due to simply forgetting to write his name). After his encounter and encouragement from Sakamoto, he becomes a regular in his shop, and sometimes his scout.

JAA & JCC

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The Order

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Yoichi Nagumo (南雲 与市, Nagumo Yōichi)
Sakamoto's classmate in the JCC who would serve as an Order member with Sakamoto until his retirement. He is very cheerful and casual, which bely his skill, and he enjoys antagonizing his fellow Order members. He locates Sakamoto after he gains a bounty and does what he can to maintain Sakamoto's peaceful life while still serving as an Order member. His weapon of choice is a multipurpose tool with various types of blades, and is also highly skilled at disguising himself as other people.
Shishiba (神々廻)
A member of the Order. He is cynical, strict, and hates onions with a murderous passion, but cares deeply for his fellow Order members, especially his mentee Osaragi. His highly professional nature often clashes with his peers' casual attitudes. His weapon of choice is a hammer.
Osaragi (大佛)
A member of the Order who only recently joined. Shishiba serves as a sort of mentor to her. She is childish, mischievous, often fretful, and rather gullible, but ruthless as a killer. She has a great love for food, especially snacks. Her weapon of choice is a large circular saw.
Hyo (, Hyō)
A member of the Order. He is harsh and highly intimidating, but cares for the safety of others above all else; Nagumo enjoys antagonizing him due to this tsundere nature. He has incredible physical strength.
Takamura ()
A legendary, almost mythical member of the Order. He is elderly, seems to be senile, and constantly murmurs inaudibly under his breath, but is terrifyingly strong, being able to slice through nearly anything. His weapon of choice is a katana.
Kanaguri ()
A member of the Order who secretly works for X. He is an eccentric movie director famous for movies about assassins; his passion is so great he will unhesitatingly kill anyone who insults movies. He has no particular loyalty towards X, only following him so he may create a movie about a battle between X and the JAA, with no care as to who wins. His weapon of choice is a bladed clapperboard and a heat-ray camera, which he also uses to help visualize his fighting as action choreography.
Kamihate (上終)
A member of the Order, who is recognized as the greatest sniper in JAA history. Extremely unsociable and preferring not to interact with associates face-to-face, Kamihate is a shut-in, whose face not even the other Order members have seen. When forced to collaborate, Kamihate goes so far as to have a fellow Order member carry a hiragana chart on a paper so that, if the sniper wishes to say something, he can simply shoot at the corresponding characters from afar to formulate messages.
Oki ()
The current leader of the Order and a stickler for the rules, who was overseas for an unspecified assignment, until Uzuki's assault on the JCC museum. Oki is a middle-aged-looking man with hollow cheeks, angular full-rimmed glasses, and long hair tied into two ponytails.
Torres (トーレス, Tōresu)
Torres is a dangerous elderly foreign assassin with great durability and an extreme gambling addiction, who gets recruited by Oki to fill in the empty spots of the Order.
Tanabata (七夕)
Tanabata is a young and obsessive assassin who turns his kills into songs to amuse himself, while playing the guitar, who gets recruited by Oki to fill in the empty spots of the Order.
Kindaka (キンダカ)
The co-founder of the Order alongside Satoru Yotsumura, who usually handled the disposal of problem students from the JCC. After Sakamoto, Rion, Nagumo and Uzuki are sent his way, he is impressed by their skills and recruits them for a special mission, during which Uzuki reveals himself as the enemy and puts him in a coma.

Students / Trainees

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Akira Akao (赤尾 晶, Akao Akira)
A very timid and anxious girl who befriends Sakamoto during the JCC entrance exam. She is good at housework, adverse to violence, and seemingly has no instincts as an assassin, but in truth, has great speed and reflexes, and seems to visualize a "path" she can follow to kill an opponent. She is the niece of Rion Akao, who apparently also saw the "path". She joins the JCC for information on Rion's whereabouts, and joins with Sakamoto, Shin, and Natsuki to locate the student database.
Natsuki Seba (勢羽 夏生, Seba Natsuki)
A sarcastic, dry, and rather blunt student in the research department who temporarily worked for Kashima as an enforcer. He is the older brother of Mafuyu. Natsuki is known amongst his peers as a prodigious weapons maker, and has created countless inventions and prototypes of varying success. He and Shin get on each other's nerves, but work surprisingly well together, and ally to locate the student database. Natsuki's fighting skills are only average, but he utilizes a suit he created that grants invisibility to anything it covers, making him a tricky opponent.
Mafuyu Seba (勢羽 真冬, Seba Mafuyu)
A germaphobic, easily-agitated 14-year-old boy who aspires to be an assassin and participates in the JCC entrance exam. Despite his age, he is highly skilled and ruthless, remaining calm during battle. He is the younger brother of Natsuki. His weapons of choice are blades built into his boots, as he hates getting his hands dirty.
Nao Toramaru (虎丸 尚, Toramaru Nao)
A cheery girl who is an obsessive fan of Sakamoto and participates in the JCC entrance exam. Her obsession is so great, she even views Sakamoto as a godlike figure, and targets Shin when she realizes he admires Sakamoto as well, though not realizing their connection. Her weapon of choice is a gun/axe hybrid.
Joichiro Kaji (加耳 丈一郎, Kaji Jōichirō)
An incredibly shy boy who participates in the JCC entrance exam. He has highly sensitive hearing, able to pick out distinct, faint sounds even amongst static.
Amane Yotsumura (四ツ村 周, Yotsumura Amane)
An impassive and cynical student in the assassination department. Despite his outwardly cold personality, he is rather sincere, willing to apologize when he is mistaken, and gets along very well with his peers. He is the son of Yotsumura and Byodo's grandson, who he loathes for killing his mother. Amane collaborates with Uzuki to bring down the JAA and have the opportunity to kill Yotsumura, but turns against him when his fellow students are caught in the conflict. His weapon of choice is a bladed, four-sectioned staff, and is also highly perceptive. He also inherited his grandfather's superhuman memory, although it is not as accurate as his.
Jay Erk/Kill Baby
An overconfident man who participates in the JCC entrance exam, despite the fact that he has failed the same exam four times prior. He is teamed up with Sakamoto and Akira during the exam and seems to pass every challenge with simply good luck.

Alumni and Staff

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Byodo (廟堂, Byōdo)
The janitor at the JCC, Yotsumura's father-in-law, and Amane's grandfather. Unlike Amane, he does not desire revenge against Yotsumura, and is very close with Amane and cares for Amane's well-being. He is a capable assassin, but his greatest asset is his superhuman memory, able to remember every detail about every student who attended the JCC after him, earning him the nickname "Database".
Etsuko Satoda (里田 悦子, Satoda Etsuko)
More often referred to simply as "Satoda-sensei". Along with her longtime friend and classmate Byodo, she has been at the JCC the longest as an instructor, even teaching during Sakamoto's time there. Though Satoda is skilled enough to earn an invitation to join the Order, she turned it down, deciding that fostering and protecting her students is more important. Though retired, she is an aikido master, specializing in redirecting and nullifying attacks.
Rion Akao (赤尾 リオン, Akao Rion)
An incredibly skilled assassin and a classmate of Sakamoto in the JCC, along with Nagumo. She seems to have the unique ability to see "paths" to follow to kill opponents, something her niece Akira can do as well. She has been reported to have been eliminated by Uzuki, however her JCC account recently states that she was the one who issued Sakamoto's billion yen bounty on him.

JAA Executives

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Sei Asaki (麻樹 栖, Asaki Sei)
Asaki is the current JAA Chairman and the older brother of Kei, who used his brother's infiltration mission to wrestle the chairman seat in the past.
Erio Muto (ミュートー アーリオー, Muto Erio)
Erio Muto is a JAA executive, who has ambitions to replace Asaki as chairman.

X's Organization

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Kei Uzuki (有月 憬, Uzuki Kei) / X
The main antagonist of the series. Also known as Slur. A serial killer who is hunting assassins and seeks to overthrow the JAA, desiring to kill only those he considers evil for the sake of a better society. This doctrine has earned him many admirers in the assassin world, who treat him as an almost religious figure. He is cold and determined when trying to accomplish his mission, but very caring and friendly towards his subordinates. He has met Sakamoto in the past, who is the only one who has injured him. Kei is revealed to have abilities to develop split personality disorder that was caused by his trauma of seeing his closest friends died, such as his trauma on the death of Rion Akao cause to develop her persona, and the death of Haruma at the hands of Takamura cause to develop Takamura's.
Kashima (鹿島)
A cyborg who works for X. He often wears a reindeer mask to cover his heavily stitched face. He is cruel and ruthless, and believes his killing is justified under X's doctrine. He utilizes the various weaponry installed inside his body, such as several blades and guns to fight.
Gaku ()
An incredibly skilled member of X's crew. He is highly lackadaisical towards everything, even killing. A very relaxed man, he is often seen sleeping or playing video games when he is not in combat. His weapon of choice is a mace with a blaster built into the head.
Kumanomi (熊埜御)
A highly skilled member of X's crew, who grew up at Al-Kamar orphanage with Uzuki, Gaku and Haruma. Her weapon of choice is an electromagnetic glove which she uses to manipulate the metallic objects in her vicinity to her advantage, including the opponents' weapons.
Haruma (ハルマ)
A very skilled member of X's crew, who is well versed in various sports, using their intricate movement sets to fight.
Club Jam (クラブ・ジャム, Kurabu Jamu)
A playful masochist who believes being close to death is when people are most human, and constantly seeks to have himself tortured for this experience. He is a skilled hypnotist, who triggers commands through clapping, and his weapon of choice is a crescent-shaped blade on a chain.
Carolina Reaper (キャロライナ・リーパー, Kyaroraina Rīpā)
A very harsh man whom Club Jam refers to as his older brother. True to his name, he loves to eat spicy peppers, but appears to not be able to handle the spice. He has the ability to breathe fire.
Uda (宇田)
Uda is one of Uzuki's most loyal followers, who goes undercover as an office worker in the JAA main building.

Other characters

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Lu Wutang (魯 武堂)
A member of the same Triad Lu Xioatang formerly belonged to and her former bodyguard. He is a weak fighter, but is vastly intelligent and a master strategist, which he has used alone to rise through the Triad ranks. This rather passive approach has drawn the disapproval of other members. Wutang grew up with Lu, who he has a massive crush on due to being the only person to ever encourage him. Though he initially seeks to take Lu back to the Triad, Wutang relents upon seeing her happiness and Sakamoto's skill, and becomes an ally.
Asakura (朝倉)
The head of the lab that raised Shin, and his foster father. A scientist who struggles to bring his wild science to fruition, Shin accidentally drank one of Asakura's serums, granting him his telepathy abilities. Shin grew annoyed that Asakura seemed more concerned about his science than his well-being, and ran away from the lab long ago. Despite his apparent coldness towards Asakura, Shin cares about him and respects Asakura for raising him, even using Asakura's name as his own surname.
Satoru Yotsumura (四ツ村 暁, Yotsumura Satoru)
The co-founder and former member of the Order who was banished for failing an important mission. He is very calm and analytical. His weapon of choice is a bladed, three-sectioned staff.
Miya (ミヤ)
Granny Miya is an elderly holistic healer for assassins and an old acquaintance of Sakamoto's. She's known as "God Hands" in the assassin world.
Boiled (ボイルド, Boiredo)
Boiled is an older assassin affiliated with the assassin agency Dondenkai, seeking to hunt down Sakamoto during his family trip to the Amusement Park. He primarily relies on explosives to fight.
Obiguro (オビグロ, Obiguro)
Obiguro is a young assassin affiliated with the assassin agency Dondenkai and Boiled's partner.

Death Row Serial Killers

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Dump (ダンプ, Danpu)
A serial killer from death row. She kills those she loves to maintain their attention forevermore. Her weapons of choice are spikes that shoot out from her body.
Saw (ソウ, Sou)
A serial killer from death row. He kills to provide people with a satisfying ending to their lives. His weapon of choice is an axe tied to a rope.
Apart (アパート, Apāto)
A serial killer from death row. He kills to "see inside" others so he can "connect" with them. His weapons of choice are steel wires he uses slice his targets to pieces.
Minimalist (ミニマリスト, Minimarisuto)
A serial killer from death row. He kills to alleviate his boredom. He uses his incredible strength to crush objects into balls with his bare hands.

Media

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Manga

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Sakamoto Days is written and illustrated by Yuto Suzuki [ja]. Suzuki first published a one-shot titled Sakamoto (SAKAMOTO-サカモト-) in Shueisha's Jump GIGA on December 26, 2019.[3] Sakamoto Days debuted in Shueisha's shōnen manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump on November 21, 2020.[4][1] Shueisha has collected its chapters into individual tankōbon volumes. The first volume was released on April 2, 2021.[5] As of June 4, 2024, 17 volumes have been released.[6]

The series is simulpublished in English by Viz Media and the Manga Plus online platform.[7] Viz Media started releasing the volumes in print on April 5, 2022.[8][9]

A spin-off manga by Tetsu Ōkawa, who has worked as an assistant on the main manga, titled Sakamoto Holidays, started in Shueisha's Saikyō Jump on July 4, 2024.[10]

Volumes

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No. Original release date Original ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 April 2, 2021[5]978-4-08-882657-8April 5, 2022[9]978-1-9747-2894-7
  • Days 1: "The Legendary Hit Man" (伝説の殺し屋, Densetsu no Koroshiya)
  • Days 2: "Sakamoto Family Rules" (坂本家家訓, Sakamoto Kekakun)
  • Days 3: "Officer Nakase and the Mysterious Hero" (ナカセ巡査と謎のヒーロー, Nakase-junsa to Nazo no Hīrō)
  • Days 4: "China Invasion!" (チャイナ襲来!, Chaina Shūrai!)
  • Days 5: "Vs. Son Hee and Bacho" (VSソンヒ・バチョウ, Buiesu Sonhi Bachō)
  • Days 6: "Nagumo" (ナグモ, Nagumo)
  • Days 7: "Welcome to Sugar Park!" (シュガーパークへようこそ!, Shugāpāku e Yōkoso!)
2 June 4, 2021[11]978-4-08-882685-1June 14, 2022[12]978-1-9747-3214-2
  • Days 8: "Showtime" (ショータイム, Shōtaimu)
  • Days 9: "Boiled and Obiguro" (ボイルと帯黒, Boiru to Obiguro)
  • Days 10: "Hard-Boiled" (ハードボイルド, Hādo Boirudo)
  • Days 11: "Sakamoto vs. Boiled" (坂本VSボイル, Sakamoto Buiesu Boiru)
  • Days 12: "Source of Strength" (強さの理由, Tsuyosa no Wake)
  • Days 13: "Video Rental" (レンタルビデオ, Rentaru Bideo)
  • Days 14: "Stealth Mission" (スニーキングミッション, Sunīkingu Misshon)
  • Days 15: "Initiation" (始動, Shidō)
  • Days 16: "Department Store War" (デパート戦せん争, Depāto Sensō)
3 September 3, 2021[13]978-4-08-882763-6August 9, 2022[14]978-1-9747-3219-7
  • Days 17: "Heisuke Mashimo" (マシモ ヘイスケ, Mashimo Heisuke)
  • Days 18: "Versus Sniper" (VSスナイパー, Bui Esu Sunaipā)
  • Days 19: "Fight" (けんか, Kenka)
  • Days 20: "Invisible Highway" (透明高速, Tōmei Kōsoku)
  • Days 21: "Let’s Go to the Museum!" (博物館に行こう!, Hakubutsukan ni Ikō!)
  • Days 22: "Jurassic Bastard" (ジュラシック野郎, Jurashikku Yarō)
  • Days 23: "Asakura and Shin" (朝倉とシン, Asakura to Shin)
  • Days 24: "Assassins X Science" (殺し屋×科学, Koroshiya x Kagaku)
  • Days 25: "Science Bastard" (サイエンス野郎, Saiensu Yarō)
4 November 4, 2021[15]978-4-08-882819-0October 11, 2022[16]978-1-9747-3396-5
  • Days 26: "Order"
  • Days 27: "Sakamoto’s vs. The Lab" (坂本商店 VS LABO, Sakamoto-shōten Buiesu Rabo)
  • Days 28: "Top-Notch" (一流, Ichiryū)
  • Days 29: "All Aboard" (かけこみ乗車, Kakekomi Jōsha)
  • Days 30: "Quiet on the Train" (車内ではお静かに, Shanai de wa o Shizuka ni)
  • Days 31: "See?" (ほらな, Hora na)
  • Days 32: "Bathhouse Mode" (せんとうモード, Sentō Mōdo)
  • Days 33: "Surprise" (サプライズ, Supuraizu)
  • Days 34: "Wutang" (ウータン, Ūtan)
5 January 4, 2022[17]978-4-08-882879-4December 13, 2022[18]978-1-9747-3441-2
  • Days 35: "Wutang, Part 2" (ウータン②, Ūtan 2)
  • Days 36: "Wutang, Part 3" (ウータン③, Ūtan 3)
  • Days 37: "Death Row Prisoner" (死刑囚, Shikeishu)
  • Days 38: "No Brakes" (ノーブレーキ, Nōburēki)
  • Days 39: "Encounter"[a]
  • Days 40: "Overload"
  • Days 41: "How to Live" (生き様, Ikizama)
  • Days 42: "Just Desserts" (ばちあたり, Ba chi Atari)
  • Days 43: "I Love You" (すき。, Suki)
6 March 4, 2022[19]978-4-08-883072-8February 14, 2023[20]978-1-9747-3621-8
  • Days 44: "Every Which Way" (レてんでんばらばら, Tendenbarabara)
  • Days 45: "Strong Assault" (強襲, Kyōshū)
  • Days 46: "Bad Luck" (ツいてないね, Tsu Itenai ne)
  • Days 47: "Going Up" (上へ参ります, Ue e Mairimasu)
  • Days 48: "The Heart Thread" (心の糸, Kokoro no Ito)
  • Days 49: "Round and Round the Tower" (ぐるぐるタワー, Guruguru Tawā)
  • Days 50: "Bicycle" (自転車, Jitensha)
  • Days 51: "Parade" (パレード, Parēdo)
  • Days 52: "Slice Slice Dance" (斬斬舞, Zan Zan Mai)
7 June 3, 2022[21]978-4-08-883147-3April 11, 2023[22]978-1-9747-3680-5
  • Days 53: "No Way" (無理無理, Muri Muri)
  • Days 54: "I Got This" (お安い御用, Oyasuigoyō)
  • Days 55: "Break" (ブレーク, Burēku)
  • Days 56: "JCC" (ジェーシーシー, Jēshīshī)
  • Days 57: "Have a Nice Flight" (ハヴアナイスフライト, Havu a Naisu Furaito)
  • Days 58: "Newbies" (新人, Rūkī)
  • Days 59: "Cut"
  • Days 60: "Kanaguri" (カナグリ)
  • Days 61: "Pretty Decent" (ちょっと得意なんです, Chotto Tokuina ndesu)
8 August 4, 2022[23]978-4-08-883191-6June 6, 2023[24]978-1-9747-3862-5
  • Days 62: "Exam, Stage Three" (三次試験, Sanji Shiken)
  • Days 63: "Survival" (サバイバル, Sabaibaru)
  • Days 64: "Path" (, Michi)
  • Days 65: "Mutual Fans" (推し被り, Oshi Kaburi)
  • Days 66: "Lag" (ラグ, Ragu)
  • Days 67: "Remote Work" (リモートワーク, Rimōto Wāku)
  • Days 68: "Fwollow Me" (くれりゅか, Kureryuka)
  • Days 69: "Kaji" (カジ)
  • Days 70: "Sounds vs. Gaku" (オトVSブイエスガク, Oto Buiesu Gaku)
9 November 4, 2022[25]978-4-08-883292-0August 1, 2023[26]978-1-9747-3896-0
  • Days 71: "Hard Mode" (ハードモード, Hādo Mōdo)
  • Days 72: "So Long" (じゃーな, Jāna)
  • Days 73: "Killer Lotto Scratch" (コロレンスクラッチ, Kororen Sukuratchi)
  • Days 74: "Undercover" (潜入, Sennyū)
  • Days 75: "Damn Telepath" (くそエスパー, Kuso Esupā)
  • Days 76: "Each One's Mission" (それぞれのミッション, Sorezore no Misshon)
  • Days 77: "K-I-L-L-I-N-G" (コ・ロ・シ・テ・ル, Ko-ro-shi-te-ru)
  • Days 78: "Banished" (追われた男, Owareta Otoko)
  • Days 79: "Invisible Intent to Kill" (透明な殺意, Tōmeina Satsui)
10 February 3, 2023[27]978-4-08-883429-0December 5, 2023[28]978-1-9747-4113-7
  • Days 80: "Reunion" (再會, Saikai)
  • Days 81: "Test" (テスト, Tesuto)
  • Days 82: "Aikido Love" (愛気道, Aikidō)
  • Days 83: "Genius Style" (天才の流儀, Tensai no Ryūgi)
  • Days 84: "What a Nice Smell" (いいにおい, Ii Nioi)
  • Days 85: "Nightmare" (悪夢, Akumu)
  • Days 86: "Third-Rate Style" (三流の流儀, Sanryū no Ryūgi)
  • Days 87: "Database" (データバンク, Dētabanku)
  • Days 88: "Clap" (ぱん, Pan)
11 April 4, 2023[29]978-4-08-883449-8April 2, 2024[30]978-1-9747-4366-7
  • Days 89: "Sensei" (先生)
  • Days 90: "Sensei, Part 2" (先生②, Sensei 2)
  • Days 91: "Kanaguri Vs. Sakamoto" (京VS坂本, Kanaguri Buiesu Sakamoto)
  • Days 92: "Deal" (取引, Torihiki)
  • Days 93: "Rapport" (ラポール, Rapōru)
  • Days 94: "Twisted" (ひねくれもの, Hinekuremono)
  • Days 95: "Amane" (アマネ, Amane)
  • Days 96: "Healthy" (ヘルシー, Herushī)
  • Days 97: "One Blow" (一本, Ippon)
12 June 2, 2023[31]978-4-08-883555-6June 4, 2024[32]978-1-9747-4589-0
  • Days 98: "Tora Tora" (とらとら)
  • Days 99: "That Day" (あの日, Ano hi)
  • Days 100: "Lightning Strikes" (雷電, Raiden)
  • Days 101: "Secret Maneuvers" (暗躍, Anyaku)
  • Days 102: "Final Curtain" (終幕, Shūmaku)
  • Days 103: "Roll Film" (クランクイン, Kuranku In)
  • Days 104: "Strange Feeling" (違和感, Iwakan)
  • Days 105: "Each One's Goal" (それぞれの目的, Sorezore no Mokuteki)
  • Days 106: "Reason" (理由, Riyū)
13 September 4, 2023[33]978-4-08-883633-1September 3, 2024[34]978-1-9747-4888-4
  • Days 107: "Reminiscence" (追憶, Tsuioku)
  • Days 108: "Assassin Department Store" (殺し屋デパート, Koroshi-ya Depāto)
  • Days 109: "Kindaka" (キンダカ, Kindaka)
  • Days 110: "Mission"
  • Days 111: "Bodyguard Assignment" (護衛任務, Goei Ninmu)
  • Days 112: "Mini Mission" (プチミッション, Puchi Misshon)
  • Days 113: "Car Chase" (カーチェイス, Kācheisu)
  • Days 114: "Each One's Task" (それぞれの任務, Sorezore no Ninmu)
  • Days 115: "The Good-Deed Collector" (徳を積む男, Tokuwotsumu Otoko)
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  • Days 116: "Friends" (ダチ, Dachi)
  • Days 117: "Kill Without Moving" (動かず殺せ!, Ugokazu Korose!)
  • Days 118: "Strength" (強さ, Tsuyo-sa)
  • Days 119: "Goodbye" (別れ, Wakare)
  • Days 120: "Final" (終局, Shūkyoku)
  • Days 121: "Bizarre Data" (奇妙な痕跡, Kimyōna Konseki)
  • Days 122: "Bad Feeling" (胸騒ぎ, Munasawagi)
  • Days 123: "One Shot" (一発, Ippatsu)
  • Days 124: "Kumanomi" (熊埜御, Kumanomi)
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  • Days 125: "My Turn" (俺の番, Ore no Ban)
  • Days 126: "I'll Kill You Later" (後で殺す, Atode Korosu)
  • Days 127: "See Ya" (あばよ, Abayo)
  • Days 128: "Convergence" (収束, Shūsoku)
  • Days 129: "Reunion" (再開, Saikai)
  • Days 130: "Reunion, Part 2" (再開, Saikai)
  • Days 131: "Deal" (取引成立, Torihiki Seiritsu)
  • Days 132: "The Assassin Exhibition of the Century" (世紀の殺し屋展, Seiki no Koroshiya-ten)
  • Days 133: "Bait" (, Esa)
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  • Days 134: "The End"
  • Days 135: "Kamihate" (上終, Kamihate)
  • Days 136: "Kamihate, Part 2" (上終②, Kamihate 2)
  • Days 137: "Trust" (信頼, Shinrai)
  • Days 138: "Delivery" (デリバリー, Deribarī)
  • Days 139: "Nothing Like It" (格別, Kakubetsu)
  • Days 140: "Each One's Goal" (それぞれの目的, Sorezore no Mokuteki)
  • Days 141: "Encounter" (邂逅, Kaigō)
  • Days 142: "X's Goal" (Xの狙い, X no Nerai)
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  • Days 143: "Entry" (エントリー, Entorī)
  • Days 144: "Kaiju" (かいじゅう, Kaijū)
  • Days 145: "Crackle" (カチカチ, Kachikachi)
  • Days 146: "Ghost" (おばけ, Obake)
  • Days 147: "Uproar" (大騒ぎ, Ōsawagi)
  • Days 148: "Fan Activities" (推し活, Oshikatsu)
  • Days 149: "Protrusion" (, Totsu)
  • Days 150: "Bullies" (いじめっ子, Ijimekko)
  • Days 151: "Nagumo vs. Gaku" (南雲VS楽, Nagumo VS Gaku)
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Chapters not yet in tankōbon format

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These chapters have yet to be published in a tankōbon volume. They were originally serialized in Japanese in issues of Shueisha's magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump and its English digital version published by Viz Media and in Manga Plus by Shueisha.

  • Days 152: "Speedrun" (RTA)
  • Days 153: "What It Takes to Kill" (殺しに必要なもの, Koroshi ni Hitsuyōnamono)
  • Days 154: "Maniacs" (狂敵, Kyō Teki)
  • Days 155: "Melee" (混戦, Konsen)
  • Days 156: "Sportsman" (スポーツマン, Supōtsuman)
  • Days 157: "Sportsmanship" (スポーツマンシップ, Supōtsumanshippu)
  • Days 158: "Super Sumo" (超相撲, Chō Sumo)
  • Days 159: "The Final Attack" (最後の一撃, Saigo no Ichigeki)
  • Days 160: "Like My Master" (師匠ゆずり, Shishō Yuzuri)
  • Days 161: "Shark" (サメ, Same)
  • Days 162: "Familiar Faces" (懐かしの面子, Natsukashi no Mentsu)
  • Days 163: "Misfortune" (, Yaku)
  • Days 164: "Takamura" (, Takamura)
  • Days 165: "Accessibility" (バリアフリー, Baria Furī)
  • Days 166: "False Madman" (偽狂者, Gikyō-sha)
  • Days 167: "Peering Into the Abyss" (深淵を覗く, Shin'en o Nozoku)
  • Days 168: "Museum Closed" (閉館, Heikan)
  • Days 169: "A New Mission" (新たなミッション, Aratana Misshon)
  • Days 170: "Cake" (ケーキ, Kēki)
  • Days 171: "Belonging" (居場所, Ibasho)
  • Days 172: "Mirage" (蜃気楼, Shinkirō)
  • Days 173: "Escape" (逃避行, Tōhikō)
  • Days 174: "A Certain Skilled Assasssin" (ある腕の立つ殺し屋, Aru ude no Tatsu Koroshiya)

Novel

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In October 2022, it was announced that the series would receive a novel adaptation which would feature an exclusive story.[39] Titled Sakamoto Days: Koroshiya no Method (SAKAMOTO DAYS 殺し屋のメソッド, Sakamoto Deizu Koroshiya no Mesoddo), it was released on April 4, 2023.[39][40]

Anime

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In May 2024, it was announced that the series would receive an anime television series adaptation produced by TMS Entertainment. The series is directed by Masaki Watanabe, with scripts by Taku Kishimoto and character designs by Yō Moriyama. It is set to premiere in January 2025.[2]

Reception

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By October 2022, the manga had 2.2 million copies in circulation;[41] over 4 million copies in circulation by November 2023;[42] and over 5 million copies in circulation by May 2024.[43]

The series ranked sixth on the Nationwide Bookstore Employees' Recommended Comics of 2022.[44] Manga author Hiromu Arakawa recommended the series with a comment featured on the obi of the sixth volume.[45] Sakamoto Days was nominated for Best Print Manga at the 2021 Next Manga Awards. It placed sixth out of 50 nominees, but won the U-Next Prize.[46] The series was nominated for the 68th Shogakukan Manga Award in the shōnen category in 2022.[47]

In a review of the first volume, Katherine Dacey of The Manga Critic recommended the series, praising its art and fight choreography. She ended her review with: "If some of the later chapters aren’t as tightly executed as the first, Sakamoto Days nonetheless achieves a good balance between character development and karate-chopping."[48] In a positive review of the first volume, Rebecca Silverman of Anime News Network wrote that the "first volume is, for the most part, a lot of fun" and that "[i]t establishes a good cast of characters [...] has an entertaining premise, and it's executed well."[49]

Notes

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  1. ^ Published in Japan as "Encount" (rendered in Latin script and all caps)

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