adith04's Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei Tv Review

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei tv Review

Story & Characters

The story of Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei revolves around a high school teacher named Nozomu Itoshiki and his students. Nozomu is a highly pessimistic person and constantly in despair. The students of his class are named after social issues and controversies. The anime didn’t have any plot whatsoever.. each episode of this series revolves around a particular aspect of Japanese culture.


Nozomu Itoshiki
Nozomu is an extremely negative person, who can only see the dark and bad aspects of everything. His name, when written sideways, can be read zetsubou, meaning despair (hence the name, Zetsubou-sensei). He attempts suicide almost everytime, but never with serious intent. He wears hakama as a daily clothing. Nozomu believes in conspiracy, and that nothing is right in this world.

Kafuka Fuura
She is one Nozomu’s students. Her name is actually a pen name, and her real name hasn’t been officially revealed. She is the complete opposite of Nozomu, as she always see the brighter side of everything. Her comments are highly optimistic and often childish (she even said that people hanging themselves as an act to get them taller).

Chiri Kitsu
A student who always need everything to be precise, balanced and properly dealt with. Her name is a pun on kitchiri, meaning “precisely”. She always gets irritated if something is unbalanced and not tidy. She often becomes very violent when forcing others to be as she preferred. Even though she is not the class representative, she often revered so because her exacting nature. She knows very much about foreign country revolutions and bloodshed.

Kiri Komori
A student who initially refuses to attend school, always locking herself at home (a hikikomori). She always cover herself in a blanket and stays in dark places. Her name is derived from komorikiri, literally meaning “stays in its home”.

Matoi Tsunetsuki
A girl who always stalks at her boyfriends of whoever she’s in love with. Her name is derived from tsune tsukimatoi, which means “always dangling/following after”. She is in love with Nozomu, because she misunderstood Nozomu’s invitation to die together as a love confession.

Abiru Kobushi
One of Nozomu’s students, always appears in bandages. She was assumed by others as a victim of domestic violence from the abuse of he father. The actual cause of her injuries is from animal aggression. She is a tail-fetishist, loves to pull animal’s tails, which make the animals angry. Her name is a pun on the word kobushi abiru, meaning “to bathe in fists”.

Kaere Kimura
A returnee student of Nozomu’s class. she comes back to Japan after living in a foreign country. She suffers from bilingual personality; one is Kaede, a very gentle and well-mannered Japanese woman, and the other is Kaere (which in Japanese, is another form of the word kaeru that means “to go back”). a woman who is disgusted in Japanese culture and gets offended very easily.

there are plenty other characters, each represents different social or personality disorders...

Rating: 10


The animation is also average, as they often use simple to no background at all. The character design is pretty simple, too. But that makes the character blends in nicely with the background. Another good part is that they use a wide (often unusual) variety of camera angles, so it’s not boring to look at it… the minus point for me is that the text animation is too fast. Sometimes they include a scrolling text and on-screen dialogue texts that are too hard to read..

Rating: 6


The music of this anime is nothing special, although I have to admit that the dark-themed songs (especially the openings, which rocks) fits the anime nicely. So I’m giving it an above average score for this.

Rating: 7


An anime based on Japanese culture is always interesting to me. Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei presents criticism and sarcasm to modern Japanese customs in an ironic and somewhat hilarious way..

Rating: 10

Final Verdict

8.83 (very good)

Reviewed by adith04, Nov 14, 2009


  1. Warpten29 Nov 17, 2009


  2. AnimeDemon0716 Nov 18, 2009


    merged: 11-18-2009 ~ 03:07am
    the posion emails! she emailed the girl saying "ur just a panty character. so flash your pantys already. F*L*A*S*H" i about died laughing! XD

  3. Fanatik007 Nov 19, 2009

    good review, thanks

  4. emina07 Mute Member Nov 21, 2009


  5. Kikiyo Dec 06, 2009

    I can't wait to watch it~!^^

  6. emina07 Mute Member Dec 08, 2009

    can't find a good download site

  7. Ilona Dec 11, 2009

    The characters part is well-done but I am disappointed with the Presentation part, there so many things to say about it. First of all, I don't think it's a really easy to watch anime and it is sometimes about topics that are usually unexpected (not really the kind of things I will think about even after watching the anime), with usually a weird opinion about them.
    The only thing I could really relate was how being interested in something may lead to other interests. Well Evangelion didn't make me read the Bible or psychology books but with Saint Seya, I became interested with Greek mythology.

    And the blackboard... so many references that are probably lost on a no-japanese.

  8. lordryo Dec 15, 2009

    Great review!

  9. SchRita Dec 22, 2009

    Thanks for the review!

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