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?
If you're looking for a mature comedy full of punchlines based on zany departures from the original topic, wordplay (for those initiated into kanji), and biting social commentary, you will find it in both of these anime.
Both anime are based on manga by the same author, so they share a very similar comedic style with plenty of social commentary and Japanese puns. If you enjoyed one you will likely enjoy the other.
Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei and Katte ni Kaizou are two Kouji Kumeta works with a very similar art style and sense of humour. Katte ni Kaizou is much more offensive, but if that doesn't bother you then you should be good to watch either if you liked one.
Well, its one of the Kumeta's work, with very similar art, and both animated by shaft, the main characters are very single minded, strange and stubborn, so you can spect a good quality show (albeit very random and escatologic sometimes), but its worth the watch and see the evolution from the early Kumeta to the one we all love and praise for the creation of Hitoshiki Nozomu
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.
There’s never a dull day in lives of the Hekiyou Academy student council! President Kurimu has a sweet tooth and neglects her duties with ease, while secretary Chizuru skillfully manipulates those around her. Otaku Mafuyu obsesses over writing online walkthroughs, and is constantly hounded by Ken, the only male of their crew and an eroge addict who has the ultimate goal to turn the entire council into his harem. Luckily for Mafuyu she’s protected from his advances by Minatsu, her sporty and tomboyish sister! Together, the five repeatedly struggle in their fight against boredom, making constant otaku references and fighting against the journalism club along the way!
Even though the plot are as different as night and day, (wait, wheres the plot?) nevermind. You'll like one if you like the other, both of them are parody animes, in Sayounara Zetsubo Sensei the parodys are harder to notice as they are not as obivious as in Seitokai no Ichizon. Both also seem to have a faniscation with Death Note. Though not exactly similiar give one a shot if you like the other.
Both anime features a lot of parodies about another anime and videogames (though SZS parody more stuff than that and sometimes it's jokes are hard to get) so, if you like one you'd like the other one.
A man is miserable. Despite all his dreams of a “Rose-Colored Campus Life” filled with raven-haired maidens who dote on him, his social life is going nowhere. He has no girlfriend, his only good friend keeps getting him into trouble, and the circle he joined brings him no joy. So he tries again, and again, reliving his first two years of college life ad nauseum, making different decisions each time, having no recollection that he’s already done this all before. Will the man ever be satisfied with how his life turns out?
Watashi and Nozomu Itoshiki (from Tatami Galaxy and Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei respectively) are two oddly dark narrators. "Darkly odd" may be an equally appropriate description for guys with tendencies that are often simultaneously self-destructive and hilarious. Regardless, these pessimistic men each live in their own hyperactive, weirdly-animated, colorful worlds in which the fourth wall is made to be broken. Following a largely episodic format, Tatami Galaxy and SZS love to poke fun at modern culture. You'll always be laughing whether it's at Watashi's futile search for a raven-haired maiden, Nozomu fending off love-sick students, or even yourself. Wacky and intelligent fun.
Very similar visuals - formalist and surreal. Subject matter is not dissimlar as well - both deal with the ennui of a young man in or just out of college. The gags are wilder in SZS, but the storytelling is actually more nonlinear in 4-1/2.