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Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei  
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Nozomu Itoshiki is depressed. Very depressed.
Hes certifiably suicidal, but hes 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, its 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?

Note: Won the 31st Kodansha Manga Award in the Shounen category in 2007 (shared with Dear Boys - Act II).


Related Series
Studio Pulp (Alternate Story)

Associated Names
Sayonara Monsieur Désespoir
Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei: The Power of Negative Thinking

Groups Scanlating
Amerika Hikikomori Kyokai
Cosa Nostra Scans

Latest Release(s)
c.194 by Nellie Feathers about 1 year ago
c.200 by MOY Moe Scanlations over 2 years ago
c.212 by Suimasen Scans over 3 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
30 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1

User Reviews

4 topics, 21 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (385 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.35 / 10.0
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Last Updated
October 5th 2017, 7:42am PST



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English Publisher
Kodansha Comics (14 Volumes - Dropped)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #507 increased(+169)
Monthly Pos #991 increased(+141)
3 Month Pos #1611 increased(+10)
6 Month Pos #1630 increased(+108)
Year Pos #1715 decreased(-91)

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On 1573 reading lists
On 1423 wish lists
On 197 completed lists
On 154 unfinished lists
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Forum Posts
Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei to End in 9 More Chapters over 5 years ago
should i read or watch sayonara zetsubou sensei over 6 years ago
Shovel, cell phone or yaoi tankobon? (Spoilers) over 7 years ago
Characters.. over 8 years ago

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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by AMMYjar
August 9th, 2007, 6:42pm
that guy's sooo depressed... that he's washing all of my depressions away^_^ I'd say that this might be even better than visiting a psychiatrist
just awesome!

... Last updated on August 9th, 2007, 6:44pm
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:) hilariously twisted   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by x91
July 21st, 2007, 8:15am
At first I thought that this manga was really emo, (black, death..the depressed and suicidal) but after reading and watching the anime i realised that it was actually hilarious in its dark ways.

A very interesting pychological black comedy that 1. will either make you really depressed, (if you can compare yourself with itoshiki..or agree with his theories in life, and truthfully doesn't want to die while thinking of suicide..then that might mean you're emo smile ) 2. make you piss yourself laughing thanks to its randomly twisted and psychological jokes.

I'm surprised that itoshiki is a teacher..the way he can make his entire class depressed in just a few seconds is hilarious, except for the one and only fuura ^^. The main, funny circumstances that he gets himslef into is that many of his female students tend to fall for him thanks to his suicidal gestures/actions and his offerings as a suicide buddy lol.

The series depicts a lot about human nature and their twisted personalities haha. Definitely get high marks for its originality and the power to make it unexpected. ^^ If you want to read something new and totally random and unexpected, try this out!

... Last updated on July 21st, 2007, 8:17am
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A classic manga of black comedy   
Rating: N/A
by VampireBanana
June 23rd, 2007, 7:02pm
Black comedy: A sub-genre which consists of satire and pokes fun at issues like death, suicide, rape, war, etc.

The clashing personalities of the "ultra-positive" student and the "ultra-negative" sensei turn otherwise ordinary situations into a series of extremely twisted jokes.

If you get depressed easily, you might want to give this a miss. However, if you enjoy unique humour and satire, then this manga is a perfect choice.

... Last updated on June 23rd, 2007, 7:02pm
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Cool to square   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by NIke
March 29th, 2007, 11:49am
I don't like shounen genere very much, but this is just great!!!
You just can't wait for the next crazy student from Itoshiki-sensei class to make her/his appearance (and of course Fuura Kafuka's* sentence about that person: '[classmates idiosyncrasy] couldn't possibly be this close to me. She/He is [wird explanation]!') and Nozomu attempt suicides (+ his words: 'What would you do if I'd died?!').
It's to funny to describe - read it!!! biggrin

... Last updated on March 29th, 2007, 11:51am
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