Shotaro is a lovely professor. I have nothing but good things to say about this man.
1. His conduct. Yes, classes are lecture-style. But his lectures are very clear and structured, and correspond very highly to the problem sets and exams. Most of the content is from the textbook, but I managed to finish the semester with a good grade without even buying the textbook, just because it is substantially easier to learn from his lectures than from the textbook.
He is also very friendly and does not have a disruptive accent.
He makes it much more clear, and tells you exactly what he expects you to know. Which brings me to my next point:
2. Exams. GO TO LECTURES! Because he drops hints about the exam questions in class. Nothing not covered will be tested. Barely any "tricks" are required to solve his exams, which are very formulaic; the difficulty is in mastering the extensive content and being able to solve the problems quick. There were 2 midterms, both of which averaged at around 50-60%.
If you have a bit of brainpower and can identify themes in the class, it makes exams that much easier. Shotaro will never expect you to pull random calculus/linalg/real analytic results out of your a**. He will make it known what exactly is expected, which makes things comparatively lower stress.
3. Take his class. You won't regret it. He is also very helpful and jovial in office hours.