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Satoshi and Arumi have been friends since early childhood, but now Arumi's family is moving to Hokkaido, deeply upsetting her long-time friend. However, when Arumi's grandfather accidentally breaks the pelican statue atop his restaurant, the duo find their world turned upside down and not quite as they left it. From a fairy tale kingdom, to kung fu China, to the prehistoric age and everything in between, Arumi and Satoshi can't quite seem to figure out where they are, or better yet, how they can manage to get home to their own Abenobashi Shoutengai!
Both Sayonra Zetsubou Sensei and Abenobashi are hardcore parodies\\comedies, but Shaft and Gainax seem to understand the word "hardcore" differently. While the construction and style may differ, if you liked one of those, you still should like the other.
Abenobashi and Zetsubou Sensei parody a variety of things such as other animes, movies and also Japan itself. Full of hilarious moments, you're bound to laugh.
They both feature hilarious parodies, as well as outrageous situations that resolve themselves just as unexpectedly as they are introduced. DISCLAIMER: Although Abenobashi is WAAAAAY less random than SZS. So if you require an intact story in order to enjoy an anime; you may like Abenobashi and hate SZS.
I LOVE THEM BOTH, two of my faves.
With a history of leading a motorcycle gang and getting bad grades in school, why would 22 year old Onizuka ever want to become a teacher? Is it to educate young minds or spread the joy of education? Sure, if it involves being able to look up high school girls' skirts! Watch as this would-be educator uses his own life lessons and unconstituted methods as a means to control a delinquent class of students -- students who certainly aren't as happy to have him as a teacher as he is happy to be teaching...
The main protagonists of Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei and Great Teacher Onizuka are teachers who are both a little out of the ordinary and a little insane. If you like your anime teachers to have their own morals and slightly have a funny side as well, then check out Great Teacher Onizuka.
If you like Great Teacher Onizuka you will probably like Sayounara Zetsubo Sensei (or vice versa). Eventhough the ideas and plots vary they are relatable, both are teachers who unorthodox and highly irregular teaching method earn them notice through out their class. However GTO is a feel-good anime whereas Sayounara Zetsubo Sensei is not... But the teacher both have a habit of exaggerating everything Onizuka more positevly though.
In Gintoki's Japan, the arrival of the various space races known collectively as the Amanto ended the era of the samurai. The Amanto's highly advanced technology resulted in total conquest and a severe economic shift. Now, former samurai such as Gintoki scrape together whatever livelihood they can. Gintoki's profession of choice is that of a yorozuya: he'll complete any job for money. However, he’s unmotivated; and spending most of the day on the couch with the latest issue of Jump and a carton of Strawberry Milk is his preferred pastime. It turns out that his new unpaid employees, Shinpachi and Kagura, are going to interfere with his pastime even more than with his "work"! Of course, none of this means he has really given up on his samurai ideologies!
The humour in Gintama and Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei is one of the same kind. The characters are totally out of touch with reality and are all messed up lunatics in their own way. Another similarity is that both series hint at or have parodies on other anime series or Japanese society in general.
Basically the authors of both series use the series to have a good laugh and make fun. :) I would describe Zetsubou as the Gintama version of Great Teacher Onizuka. :)
Both stories are very eccentric and are also very enjoyable. The settings differ and so does the comedy stye, however both anime are very funny.
When Hayate was young, Santa appeared in a dream and told him that if he worked hard, he’d be rewarded. Thus, with an unbreakable will, the unfortunate Hayate has struggled through life holding onto that belief. In the present, his parents are lazy and unemployed, forcing Hayate to work several jobs to pay the bills. As if things couldn’t get worse, Hayate’s parents then run away, leaving him with an enormous debt and loan sharks on his tail! Naturally, the best solution to find money fast is… to kidnap someone?! A girl named Nagi is the target, but due to an unfortunate miscommunication, she believes Hayate has proposed to her and falls for him hard. After Nagi paid off his debt, Hayate must now work as her butler in order to repay her; but first, he must adapt to her wacky world!
Hayate no Gotoku and Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei are both random comedies with lots of very good reference jokes (not only to anime series and japanese culture). HnG is much less obscure than SZS (in terms of echii), though it can sometimes be a bit disturbing as well. If you like good parodies you must watch those two anime.
P.S. Hayate no Gotoku holds one advantage over Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei : it does have a story. This way its not getting boring when you don't get the jokes.
Both are anime with lots and lots of inside jokes and references. The fourth wall gets broken most of the time. Hayate no Gotoku does have a more light-hearted feel. Or should I rather say that they sometimes present dark subjects in a more positive light, while Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei tend to portray trivial matter more negatively. Either way, if you are a fan of random humour and (obscure) shout-outs, these two series will likely be your cup of tea.
When thirteen-year-old Hajime goes to stay with his grandfather he gets lost and wanders into the Ark Cafe. There he meets Arashi, a sixteen-year-old girl with a big secret, and is immediately drawn to her. When a large private detective clad in camouflaged trousers and dark sunglasses walks into the cafe looking for Arashi, Hajime manages to help make him back off - for now. In thanks, Arashi goes to shake his hand but as she does so the pair connects and Arashi takes Hajime back in time to show him how the town used to look... while she was still alive! Now, after being ‘won' in a bet by the con artist currently managing the cafe, Hajime is working alongside the ‘ghostly' Arashi and fellow middle-schooler Jun who also suffered the same losing fate. As his life takes this unexpected turn, Hajime's stormy summer filled with strawberry bombs, moped races, and plenty of time travelling is only just beginning.
With the same absurd humor, somewhat one-dimensional characters, and very similar artwork/animation, these shows compliment each other. You could watch both together like wine and cheese; that is, according to your taste.
Both Natsu no Arashi and Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei share a similar sort of comedic tone to them. Both have odd random fun moments that don't necessarily have much to do with the plot but are fun nonetheless. If you like one then the other is well worth watching.