Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei

Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei

The Power of Negative Thinking 1

Graphic Novel - 2009
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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?
Publisher: New York : Del Rey/Ballantine Books, 2009
ISBN: 9780345508935
Characteristics: 177 p. : chiefly ill. ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Aurino, Joyce
Alternative Title: Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei 1


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Dec 27, 2017

This manga is about a teacher that finds life to be hopeless and constantly tries to commit suicide. His students of course do not want that to happen and always tries to stop it. Unfortunately in their attempts to stop him, they somehow make it worse - causing more harm to him, and he gets mad because "what if he had died!"

I'm on the fence about this. It reminds me of Love Hina but for nihilists, except it's actually funny? It's definitely a unique manga that I want to know more about before deciding whether to continue with it or not.

I am concerned about the mental health problems of his students and how they are portrayed in this manga, but personally for me, it doesn't appear to be mocking these health problems.

I don't know, we'll see.

Jul 10, 2014

Nozomu Itoshiki, also being known as "Mr. Despair" and Zentsubou-sensei by his class. He is suicidal, but also very accepted by his students for his condition. I highly like recommend this book for anyone who likes comedy and a school settings. (However this book can be somewhat dark at times.)


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Jul 10, 2014

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Jul 10, 2014

Nozomu Itoshiki, also being none a "Mr. Despair" and Zentsubou-sensei by his class., is suicidal, but also very accepted by his students for his condition. Students and people that should not have met with their polar opposite personalities are found to have to live with one another for the sake of the class. The optimistic girl Kafuka meets Nozomu Itoshiki, the suicidal teacher of despair and the most optimistic student ever life, become the two that should not have met, meet. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes comedy and class settings.


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