Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei is a satirical comedy, whose satire points to various aspects of Japanese life and culture, particularly in modern trends. Although it is possible, as an outside audience, there will be cultural stuttering.
The focus is on Nozomu Itoshiki, a high school teacher who is very pessimistic, and the slightest misfortune will make him depressed, even leading to suicide attempts.
This anime is brilliantly produced by Shaft studio, and the protagonist is voiced by Hiroshi Kamiya the goat.
Table of Contents
1. Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei (2007)
- Episodes: 12
- Airing: Summer 2007
Itoshiki Nozomu is always in despair! Even simple things like paying for the toll on the subway can send him to a despair so deep only attempted suicide is the answer.
How Strange is it then, that he should be the teacher of a High School Class filled with students with even more emotional problems than his.
This great Comedy will leave you in anything but ‘Despair’ as you meet each of his students and watch their wacky adventures.
2. Zoku Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei (2008)
- Episodes: 13
- Airing: Winter 2008
More crazy antics abound as Nozomu Itoshiki, a.k.a Zetsubou-sensei, who is the worlds most negative person, tries to teach class 2-H about how life is filled with despair and darkness.
A harder task than it first may seem, with his students being far from ordinary themselves, including the likes of the most positive girl he has ever met, his very own stalker, a foreign exchange student with split personalities and a perfectionist acting class president, due to the fact the real class president can’t be seen by anyone, among others.
3. Goku Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei (2008)
- Episodes: 3
- Airing: Fall 2008
A continuation of Zoku Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, with more stories revolving around Nozomu Itoshiki, the extremely pessimistic or despairing teacher, and the students of class the 2-H, who are each hilariously abnormal in their own unique way except for the one relatively normal girl who hates being called normal.
4. Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei (2009)
- Episodes: 13
- Airing: Summer 2009
Nozomu Itoshiki is still the bizarre teacher of the even stranger Class 2-H. He attempts to teach his students the negative aspects of the world and society, only to have each circumstance thrown at his face whenever he tries.
With more students and friends than before, Zetsubo-sensei’s life becomes harder and crazier than ever before.
5. Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei Bangaichi (2009)
- Episodes: 13
- Airing: Fall 2009
Despair follows Nozomu through a zombie invasion of bad ideas, the way people laugh at things they don’t understand, going with the flow, and more in this sequel to Zan Sayonara Zetsubou-sensei.
Also continues the use of numerous puns, inside jokes, and discussions through background text and signs.
6. Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei: Nyankin no Kirisuto (2012)
- Episodes: 1
- Airing: Winter 2012
A new special episode that was distributed to those who purchase all three Blu-ray box sets of Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei series on January 31, 2012.
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