Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei
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Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

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Synonyms: Farewell Mr. Despair
Japanese: さよなら絶望先生
English: Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 30
Chapters: 302
Status: Finished
Published: Apr 27, 2005 to Jun 13, 2012
Genres: Award Winning Award Winning, Comedy Comedy
Themes: Gag Humor Gag Humor, Parody Parody, School School
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Authors: Kumeta, Kouji (Story & Art)


Score: 8.151 (scored by 76327,632 users)
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Ranked: #4912
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Popularity: #561
Members: 29,666
Favorites: 1,333

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High school teacher Nozomu Itoshiki has been waiting for a chance to end his life. He has grown averse to the very idea of toiling every day to make an ordinary living, and he makes no attempt to conceal his crushing despair. Sadly, he is almost always dragged into the bizarre—and sometimes outright suspicious—problems of his quirky students. Every time he gets a little closer to kicking the bucket, he finds himself in an absurd situation, trying to save his students from the same rabbit hole of misery that haunts him.

Despite his ever-present existential crisis, Itoshiki attempts to find a new normal in the silliness of his daily adventures—all the while chasing the sweet demise that eludes him.

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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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Jun 9, 2020
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 ...
Aug 26, 2015
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 ...
Jul 9, 2015
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. ...

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It’s time to ditch the text file.
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