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Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

Life is simply not worth living for down and out school teacher Itoshiki Nozomu. He has no hope of progress, no prospect of promotion, no chance at happiness… he is in despair! Even his name spells 'zetsubou' – 'despair', when compressed. But when the time comes to end it all, Itoshiki's attempted suicide on the first day of the new school year is foiled by relentlessly positive Fuura Kafuka. This saves Itoshiki long enough to meet his new class, and the quirky range of students under his care. Will Itoshiki Nozomu depress his students with his anguish? Or will Fuura show Zetsubou-sensei the joys of life and hope?

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k1r1h1t0k1r1 k1r1h1t0k1r1 says...

Both Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei and Genshiken are somewhat random and definitely include a lot of self-effacing humor.  Here are some points to consider :

  • SZS, I think, is more blatantly comedic, with fewer references (outside of those to slice-of-life and school-based anime) than Genshiken.  Genshiken has more references to a wider range of "otaku society".  Also the humor is more situational and environmental than referential in SZS than in Genshiken.  SZS has more running jokes while Genshiken establishes characters more to provide continuity in the humor.
  • SZS is somewhat more episodic (you can watch them in any order without effecting flow too much as even the introduction of characters is not terribly important to the anime itself) while Genshiken has more of a plot (some elements are built up over episodes so viewing "in order" is probably best for fullest appreciation).
  • SZS is a little more spastic/energetic as far as the overall feel of the anime than Genshiken, but definitely has a similar flavor.
  • Visually, SZS is less conventional and Genshiken is more conventional (this is simply part of how each anime refers to it's own medium, I think)--see esecially color-paneling and shadow-effect and shading.

Madonna

Madonna

Teaching, Mako thought, would be a walk in the park. With no overtime and long winter and summer vacations, she’d be able to easily save money for the day that she could retire – or so she thought. For Mako has been assigned to the worst of the worst, class 2-D of Ushi High, a group comprised solely of delinquents! In addition to having to tame these unruly boys Mako finds herself with another task as well – to become the new coach for the rugby team, at her principal’s request. Can Mako convince her boys to fight on the playfield instead of brawling in the streets?

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faerieponey faerieponey says...

Both animes are about a teacher who receive the worst class in school. Both of them must try to teach the boys how to get back on the right path and stop fighting and getting intro trouble all the time.

Boku, Otaryman.

Boku, Otaryman.

Though a typical salaryman, Yoshitani's days couldn't be livelier. Whether he's dealing with an invasive Kleenex box, reading hentai manga at a café, getting lectured on his poor fashion, trying to avoid high school girls or even doing laundry, Yoshitani attempts to navigate the workplace and life with vigor!

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NimirRa NimirRa says...

Though Otaryman takes a slice of life approach to the topic- both Otaryman and Genshiken showcase the otaku lifestyle in a comedic fashion. If you enjoyed the antics from one of these shows check out the other.

Honey and Clover

Honey and Clover

Art college: cradle of romance, home of bittersweet moments. Takemoto is struggling to find his direction in life, while his roommates Morita and Mayama are moving confidently - or recklessly - towards their goals. Enter Hagu-chan, the childlike and beautiful prodigy whom everyone admires; and thus the love triangles begin. Together, the trio explore the pain of first love, the trials of romantic conflict, and our loyalty to those annoying people who happen to be our closest friends.

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kenikki kenikki says...

These are actually very different types of anime in alot of ways, but one of the main reasons why I like both of these is that they both take place in college which adds maturity to the characters and thus actually makes them quite similar.

Here is Greenwood

Here is Greenwood

Kazuya Hasukawa is distraught. Having just lost his first love to his older brother, he is unable to cope with the beautiful new wife in the household. Moving to the prestigious Ryokuto Academy, he finds he has been assigned to the Greenwood dorm - the home of the school weirdos and rejects. From a gender confused roommate to an adventure through a fantasy world, Hasukawa's dreams of a peaceful life are shattered!

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Doggyboo Doggyboo says...

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Similar High School comedy setting with elements involving the antics of the members of a High School Club.