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?
Ouran High is a school for the extremely wealthy or, in Haruhi's case, the extremely talented. But no amount of talent will help when Haruhi accidentally drops an eight million yen vase in a music room. The vase was the property of Ouran High School Host Club, a group of attractive young men who, for a fee, provide their time and affections for their lovesick clientele: the female students. Fascinated by this strange new specimen, a poor and clumsy commoner, they force Haruhi to work for them until the debt is repaid; but they get a lot more than they bargained for...
I am a shojo girl, that's the truth; however Ouran High School Host Club isn't just a typical shojo. No. People who say that OHSHC is just a show that feeds the imagination of all kind of crazy girls out there, is wrong. Beyond its complicated, and far away from drama, love triangle there is a large proportion of the series that it's extremely hilarious, in adventures and exciting way; which is just appealing to boys. The specter is just waiting anxiously, for the next joke to hit him/her. It's joke after joke. Of course it falls in some predictable course, though it still has and never loses its capability to generate surprises or laughter. This quality is also found in Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, an anime that share the same scenario (high school), characters with similar traits ( Itoshiki sensei, when only his face appears with a black background, and Tamaki and his antisocial posture with a black background, as well. ), and their comical way of doing and saying things. Taking into consideration this strong points that they share I declare that if you enjoy watching Ouran High School Host Club you would definitely like Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei or vice versa, because when it comes to laughter this two anime pull the very best.
When the young Kotaro (errr...Rotaro) washes up on Papuwa island with a case of amnesia, he has no idea that his life is about to take a turn for the bizarre. With housemates such as the man-maid Liquid, an asexual snail and a transsexual fish with legs, Rotaro will have his hands full! But beneath the tranquility of the island lies a dangerous secret that could destroy the island, and the answer lies only with Rotaro. With enemies from his past afoot, his friends trying to eat him and a giant poisonous mushroom trying to get him high, what’s a young boy to do?!
In the streets of Tokyo, a new menace has surfaced: Shounen Bat, a young boy who wears golden roller skates and a baseball cap, and likes to whack people on the head with a golden baseball bat. These seemingly unconnected and random attacks soon become a police investigation... but after all is said and done, is there a pattern to this chaos?
These series differ very much in terms of atmosphere, storytelling, even rythm. However if what you most enjoyed in one of them is the social commentary and the black humour, you are bound to enjoy the other. Watching some episodes of Paranoia Agent I could'nt help but be reminded of similar themes in Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei and smile to myself.
There's a new teacher in town – Spelunker! This unusual man is anything but a typical instructor, giving speeches about traffic safety to the students, reacting strangely to a humidifier, and enjoying lunch – albeit with ample condiment mishaps. With such a bizarre new role model to learn from, Spelunker's students will never be the same!
If you liked the dark humour featured in Zetsubou Sensei you will most definitely like Splunker Sensei.
Both feature an incredibly strange teacher and the various encounters that they experiences.
Some people will not like Splunker Sensei it has a very unusual sense of humour, regardless I'd highly recommend each for one another, as both had me in stitches.
These shows are highly referential and require at least some knowledge of Japanese culture and history to enjoy fully. However if you can get past that hurdle both of these shows can be very funny in the unexpected directions they take some of their jokes. Both shows are highly irreverant and will mock even serious topics. They both include lots of fast paced word play that can be hard to keep up with sometimes. Although they can both be hit or miss with their jokes the ones that do hit home can be hilrarious.