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Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

Alt titles: Goodbye, Despair Teacher

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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?

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Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Zoku Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei TV 2008 Sequel
Goku Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei OVA 2008 Same Franchise
Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei Jo: Zetsubou Shoujo Senshuu TV Special 2008 Recap Special summary episode aired on TV after the series ended.
Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei Jo: Zoku Zetsubou Shoujo Senshuu TV Special 2008 TBD
Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei TV 2009 Same Franchise
Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei Bangaichi OVA 2009 Same Franchise
Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei Blu-ray Box Special OVA 2012 TBD

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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei 2005 Original Manga
Name Role
Hideyuki MORIOKA Character Design
Akiyuki SHINBO Director
Tomoki HASEGAWA Music
Koji KUMETA Original Manga Creator
Atsushi MORIYAMA Producer

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Official Editorial Reviews

Title Author Score Date
Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei cassiesheepgirl 2/10 Apr 1, 2012
Goodbye, Despair Teacher cassiesheepgirl 2/10 Apr 1, 2012
Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei therik 7.5/10 Mar 4, 2009
Goodbye, Despair Teacher therik 7.5/10 Mar 4, 2009

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Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei Bestanimeserie 7/10 Dec 24, 2013
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Goodbye, Despair Teacher PhdInCartoons 6.1/10 Mar 4, 2013
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  • 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.