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Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei (Manga)

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

Alternative Titles

English: Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei
Synonyms: Farewell Mr. Despair
Japanese: さよなら絶望先生


Type: Manga
Volumes: 30
Chapters: 301
Status: Finished
Published: Apr 27, 2005 to Jun 13, 2012
Authors: Kumeta, Kouji (Story & Art)


Score: 8.281 (scored by 3867 users)
Ranked: #3972
Popularity: #333
Members: 10,552
Favorites: 715
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comedy parody
Jan 28, 2014
Quite possibly my favorite manga series, SZS is a masterpiece of satire, social commentary, and fiendishly twisted romance.

The artwork is done in Kumeta's gorgeous abstract style. Solid darks and whites in flat planes and intricate geometric patterns. Kumeta demonstrates a genius for character design, taking the concept of the silhouette to its most extreme by actually portraying his characters as silhouettes when it suits him. This plays into the fact that they are all references and satires to various manga character tropes, effectively shadows cast by other characters that came before them, yet visually distinct and instantly recognizable, boiled down to a simple geometric read more
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Jun 5, 2011
Good day class, now today we are going to learn how to make one's self taller, now excuse me while I pass out the nooses...

STORY: Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei is a dark satire comedy manga by Koji Kumeta, and yes it's the kind of dark with notions on suicide and the gross underside of society (With a satirical pinch of looking at the light side of the underbelly of things).
Each and every chapter are mostly stand alone stories, so there's not exactly a real story to talk about, but rather they're like school lessons, each chapter goes into a certain topic and solely focuses on so. From read more
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May 25, 2011
I own 8 volumes of this manga and thats because thats all they sold so far in america. I agree with the other reviewer that this manga is very worthy of having reviews of it im actually somewhat surprised that this is only the second. Well i don't review much so sorry for the ranting. As for the manga i gave the story 6 because there is not much of a plot(so far), its more just random situations that are hilarious.
The art i give a 9 because its wonderful i love the way the artist makes us of patterns. For characters i gave it read more
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May 21, 2011
I have only read two volumes, but felt SOMEOME should write a review!

This is an interesting manga, the strength to me is the insights into everyday Japanese life. There is an index at the end of the book explaining different words, puns and concepts familiar to Japanese readers, but you would have to be a scholar to know them if you are American.
One downside for me is I am constantly flipping to the end to read the references - which breaks the reading flow and makes the read a lot longer than it should be. The manga almost demands two reads, just to get read more
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