This manga has so many cultural and political references it had me flipping to the back every few puns.
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Now I'm not saying that this wasn't good, but there was so much that I didn't understand that made up the basis of this story that I couldn't enjoy even near what it was supposed to be enjoyed like. The only way a person would enjoy Sayonara, Zetsubou-sensei is if they were a complete and utter Japan guru.
This is actually a pretty good test. But all in all, this was pretty funny. At first I had thought that having one of the main characters trying to kill himself all of the time would be annoying, but because of the underlying meanings, it really isn't. But he is just so depressed, he never talks unless he feels the need! And even then, it's something depressing!
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Or weird My Thoughts: I'd heard about this series when the anime was running a few years ago. I'd always wanted to watch it because I'd heard it was hilarious, but I never got a chance to. On a whim, I decided to see if the manga had been licensed stateside and when I saw that quite a few volumes had been released, I bought and downloaded this volume to my kindle to try it out. At first, I didn't get the big deal, but once more of the students started being introduced, I found myself giggling along. These are some whacked out characters and I've already got soft spots for some of them.
Itoshiki really grew on me. He's so negative, but when one of his students is acting weird, he's weirdly normal and rational. He can be rather outrageous, so it's funny seeing him try to talk his students out of their odd ways of thinking or behaving. He also has a weird tendency to lead girls on without meaning to and ends up with one of his students stalking him.
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There's a whole host of weird female students introduced in this volume along with one ordinary one. I wonder if we'll get similar introductions to the male students going forward. I hope so. Each chapter focuses on an individual student's weirdness, though multiple students may appear and also behave oddly in these chapters. There doesn't appear to be an overarching plot, but so long as the series stays funny, I don't mind. Mar 31, Michael rated it it was ok.
Thus, I am rating, strictly speaking, my reading experience. The only reason I read all the way to the end of this volume, was that I was so baffled both by the themes and by the narration that I felt I had to see where Kumeta is taking his readers. Now, and after reading about the book, I would recommend it only to people already very familiar with manga and with Japan: because it is if I understand correctly , a satire of both, you'll miss the point if this is all new territory to you.
Interestingly, this raises the question of whether universal satire is possible -- i. This book, unfortunately, does not support the affirmative, both because you are not made aware of the standard codes that Kumeta plays with, and because of the form of the storytelling. The tale is written with almost extreme naivete.
Of course, naivete and satire can go together very well think Voltaire, for starters, or even Murakami, if you want to stay within Japanese literature. However, the storytelling has a lack of sophistication that in my opinion falls flat because there is no first-person narrative voice that might have created a "dumb-yet-interesting" narrator. Of course Kumeta may simply be criticizing bad storytelling where craft and composition are niceties that can be done without. But there is, as a result, not even the joy of clever storytelling to compensate for the lack of joy that the ignorant misses on the jokes regarding themes and characters.
May 16, VeganMedusa rated it it was amazing Shelves: japan , graphic-novel , favorites. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is quite possibly the funniest thing I've read in years. I have to get my hands on the rest in this series.
A suicidal teacher and a class full of misfits - the super-positive girl you weren't trying to hang yourself, you were trying to make yourself taller! My stomach muscles hurt from laughing so much, and I'll be snorting attractively for quite a while every time I think of some of the great moments. Like when the perfectionist girl is about to cut her birthday cake into four equal slices with one strawberry on each slice, then someone else comes in. So she cuts 5 slices of cake, cuts the strawberries into 5 and gives every slice 4 pieces of strawberry. Crisis averted.
Then teacher comes in! Panic, then she puts everything in the blender and gives everyone a cake drink. Or when the truant girl is trying to get attention, finally about to jump out the window suicide will get their attention and there's teacher trying to hang himself again. Someone who got those references would probably find the book even funnier, but it didn't matter to me. Apr 19, Luula rated it really liked it Shelves: manga.
It's ten to one in the morning, I should really be asleep and yet here I am, reviewing a manga I read earlier. Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei only recently found its way onto my manga to read list.
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And yet I found myself choosing to read it over some if the manga which had been on the list for years looking at you Maid-Sama. But there was something about it which made me go back to it and think "I want to read this and I want to read it now. The story starts off with the teacher, It's ten to one in the morning, I should really be asleep and yet here I am, reviewing a manga I read earlier.
The story starts off with the teacher, Zetsubou-Sensei, trying to kill himself. This makes it seem like a serious, deep manga. I can assure you it is nothing of the sort. He is prevented from hanging himself by a girl who grabs onto his feet. The combined weight of the two causes the rope to snap. Thus, the eternal pessimist meets the eternal optimist. The two appear to go their separate ways. Until they meet again in the classroom of Zetsubou.
It is not just the teacher who is strange, however. The while class seems to each have their own individual problems which are represented. This manga was funny as hell. I spent a lot of time actually laughing out loud and not just blowing air out of my nose. The artwork was quirky, but enjoyable. I think that some of the ideas portrayed in the manga were slightly lost on me and the general western audience, but nevertheless, it made an interesting read.
I'm on a manga hit at the moment, but this has to be one of the best I've read so far. Jul 08, Matthew rated it really liked it. The promise is fantastic: A suicidal teacher teaches a class of even more ridiculously messed up kids. We have a winner. I had such a great time reading this. Zetsubou-sensei defies any real plot-based structure, instead electing to delve into these mini-scenarios where the teacher brings up a topic, goes into despair mode, and then everything goes to the dogs as the students finally begin to "get" the lesson which, as it it turns out, is probably not a good thing.
The first volume is mostly The promise is fantastic: A suicidal teacher teaches a class of even more ridiculously messed up kids. The first volume is mostly introductions to the major characters. Nozomu the eponymous Zetusbou-sensei: Mr. Despair teaches at a high school but is depressed beyond belief and finds the modern world to be worthy of constant despair and contempt. Comedy ensues. There's so much language-based humor that a lot of it gets lost in translation, but sometimes the conceptual understanding of it is enough to make you laugh.
Apparently, putting the kanji for Nozomu and Itoshiki his last name next to each other gets the result of "zetsubou" which is the Japanese word for despair. It's clever, but not laugh out loud funny. He does that word-play naming humor for pretty much every character, too. It's fun to look up.
Dec 08, Jacki rated it it was ok Shelves: graphic-novel-manga. Summary: A string of odd students bring mayhem and misfortune to their suicidal, negative-minded teacher. Characters: Zetsubou-sensei is the most relentlessly negative person imaginable. He could see the bad side of winning the lottery.
While his shtick is a little funny at first, his shrieking paranoia and lack of any other defining characteristics quickly wears thin.
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He comes equipped with a large supporting cast of odd students, including a shut-in who refuses to leave the school, a serial Summary: A string of odd students bring mayhem and misfortune to their suicidal, negative-minded teacher. He comes equipped with a large supporting cast of odd students, including a shut-in who refuses to leave the school, a serial stalker, and his exact opposite: a girl who sees the positive in every situation.
Plot: This manga is episodic. Every chapter finds Zetsubou dealing with a new problem student. Each problem student becomes a recurring character, but you could easily open to any chapter and pick up the plotline with no problem.
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