Ranked #458

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei, Goodbye Teacher Despair, SZS
Japanese: さよなら絶望先生

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 8, 2007 to Sep 23, 2007
Premiered: Summer 2007
Broadcast: Unknown
Licensors: Media Blasters
Studios: Shaft
Source: Manga
Genres: Comedy, Parody, School
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)

Statistics

Score: 8.061 (scored by 69,034 users)
Ranked: #4582
Popularity: #231
Members: 148,786
Favorites: 3,143
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Synopsis

Itoshiki Nozomu is always in despair! Even simple things like paying for the toll on the subway can send him to a despair so deep only attempted suicide is the answer. How Strange is it then, that he should be the teacher of a High School Class filled with students with even more emotional problems than his. This great Comedy will leave you in anything but 'Despair' as you meet each of his students and watch their wacky adventures.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Itoshiki, Nozomu
Itoshiki, Nozomu
Main
Kamiya, Hiroshi
Japanese
Kamiya, Hiroshi
Fuura, Kafuka
Fuura, Kafuka
Main
Nonaka, Ai
Japanese
Nonaka, Ai
Komori, Kiri
Komori, Kiri
Supporting
Tanii, Asuka
Japanese
Tanii, Asuka
Kitsu, Chiri
Kitsu, Chiri
Supporting
Inoue, Marina
Japanese
Inoue, Marina

Staff

Kubota, Mitsutoshi
Kubota, Mitsutoshi
Producer
Ooshima, Miku
Ooshima, Miku
Assistant Producer
Shinbou, Akiyuki
Shinbou, Akiyuki
Director
Kameyama, Toshiki
Kameyama, Toshiki
Sound Director

More episodes Episodes(3/12)

Episode Title Aired
1 Goodbye, Mr. Despair
Sayonara Zetsubou-sensei (さよなら絶望先生)
Jul 8, 2007
2 When I Came Out Of The Tunnel It Was White
Tunnel wo Nukeru to Shirokatta (トンネルを抜けると白かった)
Jul 15, 2007
3 Go Fly Over That Country
Sono Kuni wo Tobikoshite Koi (その国を飛び越して来い)
Jul 22, 2007

Opening Theme

#1: "Hito toshite Jiku ga Bureteiru (人として軸がぶれている)" by Kenji Ohtsuki feat. Ai Nonaka, Marina Inoue, Yu Kobayashi, Miyuki Sawashiro & Ryoko Shintani (eps 1-9, 12)
#2: "Gouin ni Mai Yeah~" by Ai Nonaka, Marina Inoue, Yu Kobayashi, Miyuki Sawashiro & Ryoko Shintani (eps 10-11)

Ending Theme

"Zessei Bijin (絶世美人)" by Ai Nonaka, Marina Inoue, Yu Kobayashi & Ryoko Shintani



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kurodayuchi
Jul 2, 2009
We all have times when we wish we were dead, although we don’t always mean it.

Well, I present you Itoshiki Nozomu. He’s the world’s most pessimistic person and always carries around a rope when things turn badly (by the way, when you write his name horizontally, you will get Zetsubou – despair). Right in the first episode we see Itoshiki hanging himself in some cherry trees and his imminent death is only stopped by Fuura Kafuka, his unequal: the world’s most optimistic person. This is what sets things off and from here on in we will make a journey through current Japan’s society, through read more
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kiriska
Jun 5, 2008
Despair! I am in it.

STORY - Story? What story? This is a slice-of-life series and it is based entirely around hilarious character shenanigans, though if you ever see characters like this in your life, I'd be a little worried. Still, there are a few reoccurring themes revolving around anime and otaku snark and satire of Japanese lifestyle, culture, politics, media, literature, etc. They also frequently make fun of themselves, which is incredibly amusing. It's all amazingly well done and highly entertaining, I assure you. A bit of warning through, if you try and pause to read every single thing written in the background for scenes, read more
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dollie_mixtures
Oct 6, 2007
Normally I'd wait until I've seen all of a series before voicing my opinion, here I'm making an exception. Once in a while comes an anime that pushes all the right buttons for me; Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei does just that.

It starts with the music: more to my taste, a little harder than your usual cutsy jpop. I often find myself skipping past the opening songs, I hardly ever watch the ending credits and quickly move onto the next episode; here, the music with the animation creates an awesome visual I watch each and every time. I'm sure it's partially due to the style of the read more
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albinochocolate
Jul 19, 2013
"Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei" is as insane and addictive as it is deeply unorthodox. The usage of: silhouetted characters, extremely polar opposites in terms of the two main characters, constant cuts to text, and a bald, glasses-wearing man for censorship are definitive proof of this. As soon as it starts it already flaunts its relentless and ridiculously funny sense of humor. A strange premise along with a non-traditional visual approach not only make it intriguing but refreshing as well.

The premise is blatantly and pleasurably off-kilter like everything else in this anime. An incredibly negative and pessimistic person, Itoshiki Nozomu, and an incredibly positive and read more
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Recommendations

Anime: Paniponi Dash!
Both shows are from the same studio, SHAFT, so they share quite a bit in terms of humour and style. Zetsubou Sensei has much more dark humor though, and a more distinct artistic style (in some ways similar to xxxHOLIC). Pani Poni Dash is a little more off-the-wall and random, and focuses quite a bit more on references to other anime and games and such. 
reportRecommended by Krelian
Anime: Lucky☆Star
The way they use other anime reference hidden or revealed in each episode. 
reportRecommended by christinemarie
Anime: Arakawa Under the Bridge
It's SHAFT, it's a quirky cast, it's the same main voice actor (KAMIYA!!), it's random culture references, and it's witty/ridiculous humor everywhere. If you liked one of them, the other comedy would probably make you laugh just as much. Note: Arakawa under the Bridge has a romantic plot (Nino <3) but Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei does not. 
reportRecommended by Tachii
Anime: NHK ni Youkoso!
Theyre both about a main character that seems to think there are mass evil organizations in their lives. both of them also have a young girl trying to cure them of this theyre both funny as hell too 
reportRecommended by Berkles
Anime: Maria†Holic
Both are made by SHAFT and have the similar air and feeling about them.
Both are comedy and the pacing is also similar. Akiyuki Shinbou directs them both.
The voice actors are the same, too.

Maria†Holic follows a main plot while Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei is strong in parody slice-of-life comedy.

If you watched and liked Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei you should watch Maria†Holic. 
reportRecommended by ariolander
Anime: Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei
Everything is happening very fast in these 2 series, main characters are similar 
reportRecommended by helensan

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