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Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

Alternative Titles

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


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)


Score: 8.051 (scored by 71,039 users)
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Ranked: #4652
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Popularity: #239
Members: 155,297
Favorites: 3,245
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Episodes: /12


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.


Media Blasters initially held the license to Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, but dropped it in 2010 without any DVD/Blu-ray release. It has been unlicensed ever since.

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Characters & Voice Actors

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


Kubota, Mitsutoshi
Kubota, Mitsutoshi
Ooshima, Miku
Ooshima, Miku
Assistant Producer
Shinbou, Akiyuki
Shinbou, Akiyuki
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

Edit 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)

Edit Ending Theme

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

More reviewsReviews

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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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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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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Dec 9, 2015

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei is a show about Nozomu Itoshiki, an extremely melodramatic man whose suicide is interrupted by Kafuka Fuura, a happy-go-lucky, perpetually optimistic girl. Itoshiki turns out to be a teacher, and when he goes to teach his class, it turns out that almost every single one of his students has severe mental problems as well.

Now, the premise is already hilarious enough, and for the most part, the show delivers in terms of comedy and satire.

However, the show is admittedly rather formulaic. Almost every episode follows more-or-less the same pattern: A problem/quirk regarding society is shown, Itoshiki rants about it, his read more
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