Zoku Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

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Synonyms: Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei 2, Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei 2nd Season, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei Dai Ni Ki, So Long Mr. Despair 2nd, ZSZS
Japanese: 俗・さよなら絶望先生


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 6, 2008 to Mar 30, 2008
Premiered: Winter 2008
Broadcast: Sundays at Unknown
Producers: Starchild Records
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Shaft
Source: Manga
Genre: ComedyComedy
Themes: Gag HumorGag Humor, ParodyParody, SchoolSchool
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.891 (scored by 6007260,072 users)
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Ranked: #8092
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Popularity: #1701
Members: 133,425
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More crazy antics abound as Nozomu Itoshiki (a.k.a Zetsubou-sensei), who is the worlds most negative person, tries to teach class 2-F about how life is filled with despair and darkness. A harder task than it first may seem, with his students being far from ordinary themselves, including the likes of the most positive girl he has ever met, his very own stalker, a foreign exchange student with split personalities and a perfectionist acting class president, due to the fact the real class president can't be seen by anyone, among others.

(Source: ANN)

Characters & Voice Actors


Miyamoto, Junnosuke
Assistant Producer
Shinbou, Akiyuki
Director, Animation Check


Opening Theme

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1: "Kuusou Rumba" by Kenji Otsuki and Zetsubou Shoujo-tachi
2: "Lyricure Go Go!" by Zetsubou Girls (eps 7)

Ending Theme

1: "Koiji Romanesque (恋路ロマネスク)" by Zetsubou Girls (eps 1-6)
2: "Marionette" by ROLLY and Zetsubou Girls (eps 7-9)
3: "Omamori (オマモリ)" by Zetsubou Girls (eps 10-13)


Jul 26, 2023
*My mother tongue is not English, so I use a translator.

While gags are fired off one after another, there's a prevalent impression of many Japan-specific jokes. It seems highly regarded overseas as well, and I'm amazed that anime fans are familiar with Japanese culture to such an extent. Right from the start, even the protagonist's name becomes a clever wordplay - Itoshiki Nozomu (糸色望). The characters '糸' means 'thread,' '色' means 'colour,' and '望' means 'hope.' When you place these characters side by side, it forms 糸色望, which reads as '絶望(Zetsubou),' meaning 'hopeless.' Thus, 'Itoshiki Nozomu' translates to 'Hopeless Teacher.' Moreover, the sound '(糸色)Itoshiki' can ...
Jul 27, 2022
If you’re not Japanese, you’ll enjoy this. If you are, you’ll really enjoy this as a lot of jokes are mainly directed towards Japanese society and culture and a lot of inside knowledge is needed to truly understand and appreciate the jokes.

This is among the first anime that directed studio Shaft towards their unique directing, and the unconventional directing styles fits this equally odd anime with a whole bunch of entertaining eccentrics like a glove. This show was also among the few who pioneered the names of characters being their personalities much like Komi-san. The music reflects the absurd nature of the show; self ...
Jun 5, 2019
tl;dr: A continuation of the formula from the first season, and though one that is starting to get more random and a bit repetitive, one that still holds up reasonably well.

This season continues the despair filled stories of the strange Nozomu Itoshiki and his just as strange class. In many ways its simply a continuation of the previous season, however I feel that it was different in a number of ways.

In terms of the structure of the show, just like before its a series of short episodes. However, I feel that in this season they have even less plot to them than the previous season. ...

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