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?
Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei 1
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Although I am somewhat new to manga, this one is definitely my new favorite. Mr. Itoshiki's nickname, Zetsubou sensei, is a sort of written pun in Japanese. this story is jam-packed with these puns as well as loads of social satire on normal Japanese lifestyles. each student in the class is a hyperbole of some social stereotype. There's the shut-in who is finally convinced to attend school...only to lock herself in a storage closet. Then there's Kafuka, the super positive girl. She refuses to accept the possibility of anything bad happening around her. For example, in the first scene she stumbles across Zetsubou sensei hanging himself. but she insists that no one she knows would ever want to commit suicide, so she concludes that he is trying to make himself taller, perhaps to tryout for basketball. But the best part, in my opinion, of this manga is the glossary in the back. Some of the jokes require some knowledge of the Japanese lifestyle, and many puns that may be obvious in...
At first, I watched the anime because of the recommendation of a very good friend. I laughed so hard that I decided to, when possible, buy at least the first volume. It was a very good acquisition, but I decided to give it as a farewell gift to a friend.
I know it is in good hands.
I started reading this because I love the anime and wanted more. You find that the anime was a pretty faithful adaptation, so there isn't a lot of new content in volume one, but it is still a blast to read. I have been reading it using the kindle app on my iPad, and while the panels don't zoom in and out like some guided reading comics I have read in other apps, I have found it very easy to read and follow. Check it out if you like dark humor - Zetsubou Sensei is a great read!
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