Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

Alt titles: Goodbye, Despair Teacher

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valondar valondar says...

Absolutely gorgeous to look at, and frequently rather dark comedies - SZS pulls no punches and wants a constant stream of laughs (whether it succeeds is another matter) while Hakaba Kitarou may just elicit the odd evil little smirk, but they're both completely worthwhile watches.

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lilprince lilprince says...

I think you would like Sayonara Sensei also if you enjoyed Gag Manga or vice versa, they seem to have the same parody sense of humor. Random and making fun of Japan/ Japanese people in good spirit. Both make fun of idols, and cliched anime things. While Sayonara sensei has more of a story it follows if you can call it a plot. Gag is really just random block of stories.

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badazz5001 badazz5001 says...

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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.