Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei

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English: Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei
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
Studios: Shaft
Source: Manga
Genre: ComedyComedy
Themes: ParodyParody, SchoolSchool
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.881 (scored by 111845111,845 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #7272
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #554
Members: 307,094
Favorites: 4,353

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Nozomu Itoshiki is a high school teacher so pessimistic that even the smallest of misfortunes can send him into a pit of raging despair; some of these "catastrophes" even lead to suicide attempts. Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei is a satirical slice-of-life comedy set in the modern day, covering various aspects of Japanese life and culture through Nozomu and his interactions with his students: Kiri Komori, a recluse who refuses to leave the school; Abiru Kobushi, an enigma who frequently arrives to class with severe and mysterious injuries; the hyper-optimistic Kafuuka Fuura, Nozomu's polar opposite; and several other unusual girls, all of whom are just as eccentric as their teacher.

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Media Blasters initially held the license to Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, but dropped it in 2010 without any DVD/Blu-ray release. It remained unlicensed until Anime Expo 2019 when Nozomi Entertainment announced they had licensed the series.

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Characters & Voice Actors


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


Opening Theme

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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

Jul 2, 2009
kurodayuchi (All reviews)
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
Jun 5, 2008
kiriska (All reviews)
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
Oct 23, 2008
Splitter (All reviews)
I'm in despair! This anime with such a plot that could have been expanded in so many directions has left me in despair! And so begins this disillusioning review of Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei.

The series is a comedy, blending dark humor with otaku references and some slapstick. It's a very eccentric blend of various comedic styles so it comes off as a novelty and wears off just as fast. The first few episodes are uproariously funny, but once the novelty of the setting wears off there's nowhere for the series to go. Keeping to an episodic structure, no one grows and nothing changes. A good read more
Dec 27, 2007
Master10K (All reviews)
Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei is a Psychological, Slice of Life, Comedy about an extremely cynical teacher trying to spread his feelings and views of despair onto his students. Every episode is usually split up two as each part gives us incite into another one of the students, which means that every episode is different from the last. Seeing all the problems with Japanese culture laid out in front of you, just to make fun of it is not original however this anime is able to do it in such a unique way. With plenty of parodies and random moments, this anime is hard not to laugh read more

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