Plunged into despair by the most seemingly-trivial occurrences, the ever-negative Itoshiki sensei continues to teach his class the unhappy ways of the world. After witnessing the dangers of vacillation as various demonstrations descend into little more than hesitancy and petty debate, the depressed teacher unwillingly falls prey to it himself. Throwing in the manipulative and pretentious nature of books, museums and society in general, it certainly seems like a carefree and happy life is impossible for the miserable Itoshiki.
Kanako Miyamae hates boys so much that she breaks out into hives after any physical contact with them. So when she is able to transfer to the Ame no Kisaki Girl’s school, Kanako is overjoyed that she can now search for her fated yuri partner. When she arrives, Kanako meets Shidou Mariya, a beautiful young girl who is exactly her type... except that Mariya is really a sarcastic and sadistic young boy who is masquerading as a girl! With no intention of being expelled from school, Mariya threatens Kanako into keeping his secret, and decides to guard her twenty-four hours a day to ensure that she does. Now Kanako must share a room with Mariya who is gleefully making her life a misery while using his ‘feminine’ charms to stop her protesting. Throw into the mix Ryuuken, the most popular girl in school who has vowed to protect her; and Kiri - who claims they are dating to prevent her from being bullied - and it seems as if Kanako’s dream of all-girl school life will be nothing like she imagined!
OK, so one is about a lesbian on her quest for a girlfriend and the other a depressed teacher pointing out what's wrong with society, but bear with me. If you enjoyed the visual style and lively comedy of Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei Bangaichi then you may want to check out Maria Holic which offers the same amount of laughs and bizarre humour.
Tatsuhiro Sato is a university dropout and a "hikikomori" – a person suffering from social withdrawal. To Sato’s dismay, his self-imposed exile from the world is rudely interrupted when a mysterious girl knocks on his door. She has charged herself with the task of curing Sato of his hikikimori ways! Now, as new problems ranging from hentai games to internet suicide spring up, can Sato manage to overcome his hermit-like ways, or will the imaginary N.H.K conspiracy force him to remain a hikikomori forever?
Like learning about what's wrong with society and taking a look at the darker side of humanity in Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sense Bangaichi? Then it may be worth your while watching Welcome to the NHK. While Zetsubou is much more comedic, both have their humorous moments. Why not give it a go.