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?
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?
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.
The dark humor in these series are very similar, so if you liked one you are most likely to like the other one too...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Humanity has declined over time, leading to shortages in goods and the beginning of a bizarre relationship between humans and whimsical, sweets-loving fairies. Certain mediators help bridge the gap between the two species, as the magical, surprisingly-technological fairies are known to create various items the townsfolk need, albeit at oft-questionable quality levels. One such mediator, along with her faithful silent assistant, adorable fairy Nakata and frenemies such as yaoi-loving Y, will navigate her eventful daily life, whether it's investigating a strange factory or trying to escape the pages of a comic book.
Both have a plot that may seem wrong in so many ways. None of them got any actually plot pattern and most of it is based on somewhat random events. They are both charming in the ways of unexpectedly cute, completely insane, surprisingly atmospheric and insanely fun to watch. Characters are in both cases are bunch of parody freaks (mostly in Sayonara, though HHD is not innocent…), they are interesting, mad but still quite developed in ways one might not imagine possible. Both anime are mostly from the protagonists view, SZS is more of parody/satiric/despair point of view while ironic/sarcastic in HHD. While SZS is more about characters and their relations, HHD goes around situations and some sort of actual plot (though plot is a strong word in this case). Both have episodic nature but can sometimes pull off something that could be called an arc, hardly. Thing that mostly made me recommend this is the fact that both have such unique animations, and pretty good ones, but most important they have style.
These shows are both dark humour series in outlandish or even nonsensical settings that use their premise to comment on human and Japanese culture in tongue-in-cheek fashion.