Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei
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Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

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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
Genre: Comedy Comedy
Themes: Parody Parody, School School
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Authors: Kumeta, Kouji (Story & Art)


Score: 8.171 (scored by 68856,885 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #4192
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Popularity: #500
Members: 25,200
Favorites: 1,242

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Nozomu Itoshiki is depressed. Very depressed. He’s certifiably suicidal, but he’s also the beloved schoolteacher of a class of unique students, each charming in her own way: The stalker. The shut-in. The obsessive-compulsive. The girl who comes to class every day with strange bruises. And Kafuka, the most optimistic girl in the world, who knows that every cloud has a silver lining. For all of them, it’s a special time, when the right teacher can have a lasting positive effect on their lives. But is that teacher Itoshiki, a.k.a. Zetsubou-sensei, who just wants to find the perfect place to die?

(Source: Del Ray)


Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei had eight volumes published in English as Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei by Del Rey from February 24, 2009 to November 23, 2010. Kodansha Comics USA picked up the license, releasing volumes 9-14 from June 21, 2011 to April 3, 2012 and republishing the previous volumes digitally on July 16, 2013.

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Jan 28, 2014
100gates (All reviews)
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
Jun 9, 2020
Kobushiabiru (All reviews)
The easiest way to convey what mind state you should read this manga in is that it is like South Park but for Japan. Every chapter has a new dysfunction of society or psychological disorder that is poked fun at and trivialized in a way that makes people afflicted with these dysfunctions laugh at themselves, a much needed remedy. The first chapter opens up with suicide being the main joke, a huge problem in Japanese society being suicide rates. This joke often comes back to in the form of the main character falling into despair over various aforementioned social or personal dysfunctions.

Each volume is sub-titled read more
Jul 9, 2015
Toksic (All reviews)
Please bear with my english.

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei is Not a Masterpiece. It's Not even great actually. Basically this manga is not for everyone. It's main genre is comedy and yet it's hard to understand that comedy. This manga's comedy is mostly about present japan i.e you have to know more about the japanese culture and about the famous people living in it. And people like me who knows almost nothing about japan had hard time understanding the comedy in the chapters. There are some chapters where comedy are only focused on the japanese cultures that I even skipped chapters. Yes, I even skipped the chapters. read more
Aug 26, 2015
naturalidiot (All reviews)
First off, i wont be telling spoilers. so rest easy.
second, if you think my rating is off BY A LOT even. do take note that this is MY point of view. but just to clarify, ive watched tons of animes and manga. (and collect them too) and you know what they say about beauty in the eyes right?
Third, lets get started:

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei (SZS) is about Itoshiki Nozomu, a teacher with ultra negative personality(kinda), very high suicidal tendencies (kinda), and his class of freaks(yep,freaks).
In almost the entirety of the manga its about Nozomu complains about something in his life or society causing him to fall read more

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