Hey, do you remember 'the tuna'?! Hahahahaha! High five!
Oh wait you don't? I suppose only I and a select few forum regulars might even remember that forum thread, let alone find it amusing. However, this does perfectly illustrate the kind of bafflement I experienced when watching SZS. It is the mother of all in-jokes. At least for the Japanese. Comprising nothing more than a spastic collection of high school sketches, nebulous subliminal messages on a blackboard, and a monkey running amok, it provoke at most a rictus grin of pain. Some people mistake random sequences and peculiar cultural references they don't understand for humour - I am a traditionalist who prefers actual punchlines. And as much as it pains me not to be a part of the otaku in-crowd who no doubt love this tripe, I nonetheless could push myself through no more than four of its punishing episodes.