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Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

Alternative Titles

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

Information

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

Statistics

Score: 8.271 (scored by 4524 users)
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Ranked: #3672
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Popularity: #363
Members: 13,334
Favorites: 879
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Volumes: /30
Chapters: /301

Synopsis

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)

Background

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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Characters

Itoshiki, Nozomu
Itoshiki, Nozomu
Main
Fuura, Kafuka
Fuura, Kafuka
Main
Komori, Kiri
Komori, Kiri
Supporting
Kitsu, Chiri
Kitsu, Chiri
Supporting
Tsunetsuki, Matoi
Tsunetsuki, Matoi
Supporting
Hitou, Nami
Hitou, Nami
Supporting
Fujiyoshi, Harumi
Fujiyoshi, Harumi
Supporting


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artist-retired
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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Fintan
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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100gates
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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hallanmeras
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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