Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

Alt titles: Goodbye, Despair Teacher

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Maria Holic

Maria Holic

Kanako Miyamae hates boys so much that she breaks out into hives after any physical contact with them. So when she is able to transfer to the Ame no Kisaki Girl’s school, Kanako is overjoyed that she can now search for her fated yuri partner. When she arrives, Kanako meets Shidou Mariya, a beautiful young girl who is exactly her type... except that Mariya is really a sarcastic and sadistic young boy who is masquerading as a girl! With no intention of being expelled from school, Mariya threatens Kanako into keeping his secret, and decides to guard her twenty-four hours a day to ensure that she does. Now Kanako must share a room with Mariya who is gleefully making her life a misery while using his ‘feminine’ charms to stop her protesting. Throw into the mix Ryuuken, the most popular girl in school who has vowed to protect her; and Kiri - who claims they are dating to prevent her from being bullied - and it seems as if Kanako’s dream of all-girl school life will be nothing like she imagined!

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jaysah925 jaysah925 says...

ever since i saw maria holic, i kept thinking that there's something similar about it to szs, not just because of it's humor, but also because of  it's illustrations. in both, you can find the main character constantly having 'accidents' that are pretty much INTENTIONAL. also, both animes have harems, although in maria holic, the protagonist is the one that chases after them, not the other way around.

if you like comedies and is open-minded about certain stuff (szs has a lot of panty-shots, so be warned; and maria holic, a rather pervy girl), there's a pretty good chance you'll like one if you like the other.

tealovertoma tealovertoma says...

Same production company, Shaft, and they have a very distinctive animation style as well as sense of humour - while retaining the charm of the original manga. Many of the voice actresses are the same, there's loads of in-jokes, weird characters are present in both and the storylines are very episodic. While Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei is more of a satire filled with social criticism and black humour, Maria Holic takes a closer look at friendships, psychological manipulation and occasionally touches upon religious themes - sometimes seriously, oftentimes not.

cassiesheepgirl cassiesheepgirl says...

OK, so the plots are centred on very different things, one is about a suicidal and highly negative teacher, the other a lesbian trying to find her fated partner while being tormented by a cross-dressing boy. Being from the same production company they have a similar style of animation ans well as sound design. However both series have a similar random quality to some of the humourous content so if you enjoyed that about one, then try the other.

Szwagier Szwagier says...

The same type of absurd, cruel at times, humour that either makes you stay away from the show or keeps you laughing on the floor. The animation also follows the same pattern, which is swift changes between normal animation, too realistic animation, manga-like shots and totally absurd animation. The show formula is also the same - small, episodic sometimes even few stories inside one episode.

Cetonis Cetonis says...

Chalk this up under the "obvious" category. SZS and Maria Holic were made by the same studio, and it shows in just about every conceivable way. If liked the style of one and want some more, then by all means go check out the other.

valondar valondar says...

With opening numbers that are astonishing demented and weirdly eclectic approaches to animating school comedies (dark, Taisho-inspired stylings for SZS, Catholic stained glass windows for Maria Holic) these shows have comedy so sharply similar I cannot but recommend them. Laugh at one, then check out the other.

KittyEmperor KittyEmperor says...

So the plots for both series have almost nothing at all incommon with one another besides the fact that they both for the most part center around high school girls and one male.  But where both series do have a lot incommon is with their animation style which is a given since they both came from the same production company, but they also share in a similar way in which they deliver their jokes.  If you liked the style of one of these then you may want to check out the other.

FLCL

FLCL

Naota Nanbada is a boring young boy who leads a boring life in a boring town. His older brother has left for America, and the closest he comes to any excitement is when his deadbeat dad has too much sake. But things change one day when a bizarre girl zooms up to him on a scooter and smacks him in the face with her guitar. What's more, once Naoto returns home he discovers that this strange woman has arrived ahead of him and moved in! Not only does she constantly engage in perverted activities with Naota's father and flirt with the young man himself, but she also claims to be an alien who is searching for the ‘Pirate King.' Now, Naota must learn to live with this new intruder, deal with an odd government agent who sports exceptionally large eyebrows and the mysterious Medical Mechanica, and come to terms with the fact that there are a variety of robots and weapons emerging out of his head - amongst other things. Perhaps boring wasn't so bad after all...

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Jensling Jensling says...

Both series are really random and humoristic, and feature some truely unique charaters, while featuring no actual plot whatsoever. Also they feature the same kind of overly optimistic and strange girl.

JAhU JAhU says...

If you like well animated and purely mad anime where you don't know what to expect in the next scene, FLCL and Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei are definitely for you. Not only both of them contain unpredictable randomness, but also they are animated very well (and stylish).

Oehr Oehr says...

Both anime series are very funny and diversified. Totally crazy main characters make these two shows damn hilarious! I bet you like both series if you liked one already! Start watching!

KiraRin KiraRin says...

In both SZS and FLCL, nothing is sacred. And I mean nothing. Tacking some of the more complex issues in life, these shows have a slightly lighter take on the situation. The visuals and storyline are what set these shows head and shoulders above most others in the insanity race. Total craziness quite often ensues, and you have to be quick to keep up with the onscreen action. I'm sure fans of one will not dislike the other.

Tangelax Tangelax says...

Both series have a random type of comedy and they both reference other anime quite alot. Sayonara zetsubou sensei's comedy is a bit darker and a bit more random. It also does not have a plot, unlike FLCL.

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

The eccentric Suzumiya Haruhi wants nothing more than to meet aliens, time travelers and espers… but she’ll have to settle for the everyday Kyon instead! Along with the mysterious Itsuki and the vacant Mikuru, the duo forms the SOS Brigade – a club whose mission is to discover the mysteries of the world. Armed with a razor sharp wit and a skill for manipulation, Haruhi will stop at nothing to have fun at all costs, even at the expense of Mikuru’s dignity!

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Antic Antic says...

The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi and Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei share a more typically Western style of humor. In the case of Melancholy I'm going more off how I've seen others describe the humor, while in Sayonara, sensei's rants reminded me more than anything of a stand up comedian. I wouldn't call either a full-out parody series, but they both play off school comedy/dramas (with Melancholy taking sci-fi elements as well).

ColdMero ColdMero says...

If you liked Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei or Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu, you would definately like the other. They both feature a school setting and a very 'unique' protaganist. They also both have a bit of ecchiness at times. Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei has some episodes that end and never have a resolution the following episode, whereas Haruhi's episodes are in a mixed up order, but they do resolve eventually. Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu has more of a serious attitude sometimes where Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei never really has much seriousness at all.

risuta risuta says...

If you have watched either The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi or Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, that means you enjoy random, unique and cynical humour! Both anime are so random that they might be confusing at times, although Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei is more "dark"m that applies to both of them! So, if oyu liked one of them, I suggest you watch the other!

fairyskisses77 fairyskisses77 says...

Both of these series are for those serious anime viewers who've seen their fair share of anime. Why? because parody makes up majority of Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu and Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei's best and funniest parts. Both are wacky and very different from mainstream anime. Some may not find it easy to watch, since they are both pretty strange, but for those who appreciate this type of humor, these are gems indeed!

k1r1h1t0k1r1 k1r1h1t0k1r1 says...

First, MHS/SHY has much more supernatural phenomenon to drive it's story and characters--but both SZS and MHS/SHY collect a groups of characters and put them through ordeals together.  SZS seems totally devoid of whatever relationship element there is is MHS/SHY, however, the character interactions are still very similar.  Both have the same slice-of-life/school-based feel and both also have a refreshing spasmodic energy.  I think those who enjoy one are very likely to enjoy the other.

Paniponi Dash!

Paniponi Dash!

She’s smart, talented, and the newest teacher at Momotsuki Academy; but she’s also… 11 years old?! Named Becky Miyamoto, this pint-sized MIT prodigy wants nothing more than to be a respectable educator, but all her students do is treat her like an adorable child! With space aliens, a class full of stereotypes (and one girl who is normal!), and a quick temper standing in her way, Becky will try her best to shape the eager young minds of tomorrow before she hits puberty!

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abunai abunai says...

Throughout Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei and Paniponi Dash!, there runs a common thread of in-jokes and references to popular culture, including other anime. This is part of a recent fad in anime, and other examples of this tendency include Lucky Star and Negima!?

Both anime make frequent use of blackboard writings in the background to deliver in-jokes and subtle (and not-so-subtle) digs at the characters, at other anime, and at the series creators themselves.

If you are the type of viewer who gets the jokes in one of these anime, you'll surely enjoy the other.

Cetonis Cetonis says...

Pani Poni Dash and Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei have a good deal in common. Both are school comedies revolving around an unusual teacher, and both have hyper-stereotyped students (and revel in it!). They're also full of all sorts of little notes, cultural references, and randomness in its truest form. Sayonara is a lot more mature/brash, but unless that's an important quality to you, be sure to try one of these if you liked the second.

flyboy42 flyboy42 says...

Both animes have a similar crazy, hectic theme often found in SHAFT prouctions. Another point is that sayonara zetsubou sensei actually references Paniponi Dash (in the same hectic way paniponi would refrence, say, evangalion)

Nakama Nakama says...

Both stories are in common because they are about a high school teacher, who is different than every other normal high school teacher, and is a parody of about other animes/manga and the outside world.

Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge

Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge

Nakahara Sunako, a high school girl whose interests include horror movies, coffins and gore, is sent by her aunt to live in an extravagant mansion with four ridiculously handsome boys. As if living with these “radiant creatures” who give her constant nosebleeds isn’t hard enough, she soon discovers that the boys have made a bet with her aunt: in exchange for free rent, they will try to mold Sunako into a magnificent lady. As someone who has cast aside all her femininity and sworn to live in darkness, Sunako is ready to do whatever it takes to nullify these efforts; but is there a way for the creatures of darkness and light to coexist?

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Rizu Rizu says...

Both Yamato Nadeshiko Shichihenge and Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei are fast-paced, dark comedies. I would call Yamato a cross between Sayonara and Ouran High School Host Club. While Sayonara is a dark, twisted, somewhat hard to follow, pop-culture reference-filled, very fast-paced with schizophrenic "plot"-hopping, Yamato is... all these things, (minus the constant pop-culture references) toned down, and in a definitively shoujo setting.

The female lead of Yamato is reminiscent of the background female characters of Sayonara; sometimes beautiful, sometimes seemingly normal, but always reverting to an utterly psychotic nature. While the characters in Sayonara are pulling animal tails, hiding/living in lockers, and stalking their teacher, the "heroine" of Yamato is hiding in her dimly lit room or biology lab, polishing her beloved human skull, watching slasher flicks, and scheming with her best friend, the half-skinned plastic human anatomy prop, over the best way to kill a man she believes is too good looking.

Estuko Estuko says...

The dark humor in these series are very similar, so if you liked one you are most likely to like the other one too...

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

Nozomu and Sunako share something in common. They are both rather gloomy/occult-loving characters surrounded by a cast of hyper, off-the-wall, opposite-gender characters. The dark humored comedy of these animes are practically identical.