Sakuta Azusagawa is the main protagonist and titular character of Hajime Kamoshida's Seishun Buta Yarou light novel series, also known as Aobuta for short, and Bunny Girl Senpai among English audiences.
Sakuta is a highly popular anime protagonist known for his deadpan and blunt attitude, and benefits from his girlfriend's massive popularity leeching onto the male contests.
Debuting in the Fall 2018 anime season, Sakuta made an immediate impact in the 2019 edition of the International Saimoe League, securing the first seed in the playoffs, but lost in the final to fellow Fall 2018 character Rimuru Tempest. He returned to the finals in 2020, but fell short in the final again as Miyuki Shirogane completed his golden royal road. The titular rascal has won 3 pendants since his debut.
Sakuta would finally get his Scepter in ISML 2021 by winning all of his matches, blowing out even the closest competitors such as returning winner Kirito and unexpected finalist Yuuta Togashi. His path to the ISML championship ultimately followed what Hachiman Hikigaya has done before, as the latter also suffered 2 consecutive runner-up finishes before claiming the grand prize through a perfect season.
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A mysterious phenomenon nearly destroyed Azusagawa Sakuta’s entire family. His sister lost all her memories. His mother became depressed. His father left him and his sister to take care of their mom. And, for some reason, there is a giant scar in chest that occasionally causes him pain, even though he never had a chest injury before.
Before he decided to give everything up, a mysterious girl decided to listen to his woes. For the first time in this never-ending darkness, there was someone who believed his bizarre story. Little by little, she mends his emotional scars, giving him the strength he needs to walk on his own again. Before she leaves, she gives him a new purpose in life: to be kinder than he was yesterday.
Now, it is his turn. Sakuta may come off as aloof or nihilistic, but he is always thinking of others and trying to find ways to help them. If no one believes the pain he or she is going through resonates with anyone, Sakuta will be that person. He wants to be the shoulder they can lean on. If there is anything he can do to save them, he will, even at the expense of his own life.
Sakuta takes a step forward with his head held high, believing that, one day, he will save someone the same way she has saved him.
Sakuta is also a powerhouse character in r/anime contests thanks to his show's very high rating by its users. He made his first Elite Eight showing in Best Guy 7 after shin-kicking the top-seeded Eren Yeager out of the tournament in the round of 16.
Contest Wins (3)
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|International Saimoe League Champions|
|Fate Testarossa • Hinagiku Katsura • Mio Akiyama • Mikoto Misaka • Kanade Tachibana • Ruri Gokou • Kotori Itsuka • Eru Chitanda • Shana • Megumi Katou • Rem • Violet Evergarden • Yukino Yukinoshita • Elaina • 2022|
|Lelouch LamperougeEx • Kazuto KirigayaEx • Houtarou OrekiEx • Hideyoshi KinoshitaEx • Accelerator • Sora • Koro-sensei • Hachiman Hikigaya • Rimuru Tempest • Miyuki Shirogane • Sakuta Azusagawa • 2022|
|Ex - Exhibition tournament: Counted as official winners, but not recognized on the ISML website's main page|
|ISML Pendant Winners|
|First year of pendant win only. Crowns from 2015 are included.|
|2015||8man • Otonashi • Archer • Koyomi • Sora • Accelerator • Lelouch|
|2016||Koro-sensei • Kiritsugu|
|2017||Nagisa S. • Levi • Souma • Touma|
|2018||Okabe • Taki • Willem|
|2019||Slime • Riku • Sakuta • Kiyotaka • Tomoya • Yuuta|
|2020||Shirogane • Ishigami • Gilgamesh|
|2021||Sorata • Kirito|