Zoku Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei(さよなら 絶望先生 Sayonara Zetsubō Sensei?, literally Goodbye, Mr. Despair) is a Japanese manga by Kōji Kumeta, serialized in Weekly Shōnen Magazine. It is a comedy about a teacher who takes all aspects of life, word and culture in the most negative light possible. It satirizes politics, media, and Japanese society. In 2007, the manga received the thirty-first Kodansha Manga Award in the shōnen category,[1] and was adapted into a twelve-episode anime series. A second season, titled (Zoku) Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei[2](【俗・】さよなら絶望先生?, literally (Vulgar) Goodbye, Mr. Despair) aired between January and March 2008. A set of three OVAs titled Goku: Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei(獄・さよなら絶望先生?, literally Prison: Goodbye, Mr. Despair) were produced between October 2008 and February 2009. The first and third volume were bundled with the limited edition of volume fifteen and sixteen of the manga and second volume released separately.[3] A third TV anime series, Zan: Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei(懺・さよなら 絶望先生?, literally Repent: Goodbye, Mr. Despair), aired between July and September 2009.

Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei revolves around a very pessimistic high school teacher named Nozomu Itoshiki who, at the very beginning of the series, tries to hang himself on a sakura tree. He is saved by an extremely optimistic girl known only as Kafuka Fuura (though in her effort to save his life, she almost kills him). She explains to him that it is simply unimaginable that he would hang himself on such a nice day, especially in front of such beautiful trees. She decides to nickname Nozomu "Pink Supervisor" (桃色係長 Momoiro Kakarichō?), and offers to pay him fifty yen to call him by that nickname. After having enough of the strange girl, Nozomu bolts to the school and starts his homeroom class, but the attempt to escape was in vain as he finds that the girl is one of his students. Not only that, but Kafuka is just the tip of the iceberg: each and every student in his class represents a new personality quirk or bizarre obsession, posing challenges that the suicidally-inclined teacher must overcome in spite of himself.

 

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