Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei

Vol: 30; Ch: 301
4.271 out of 5 from 469 votes
Rank #656
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Nozomu Itoshiki is a high school teacher who views everything in life in the most negative way possible. Even his name reflects his personality: if the Japanese characters are written horizontally, they spell out 'despair.' One day during one of Nozomu's many suicide attempts an incredibly optimistic young girl named Kafka Fura rushes to save him from hanging on a sakura tree. Nozumu later finds out that Kafka is a student in his new class! In fact Nozomu's new class seems to be made up entirely of strange, troubled individuals who constantly foil his attempts to end his life.

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Gothferret's avatar by Gothferret on Jun 4, 2010
Score: 9/10

The story changes depending on the subject matter of each chapter but the characters create a witty and funny experience for the individual subject. If you enjoy laughing at other peoples' and societies obvious mistakes presented in dry humor, you are sure to enjoy this manga. read more

Gavapadvich's avatar by Gavapadvich on Jul 4, 2012
Score: 9/10

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei is the first comedy manga that I've read. While the overall story that encompasses each chapter isn't that important (a teacher that wishes for death has to teach a class with the most optimistic girl on earth), the subject seems to change from chapter to chapter. While some of the humor is hard to understand for those that aren't Japanese-born, there are helpful explanations at the... read more

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