Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei 1 [NOOK Book]

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GOODBYE, MR. DESPAIR 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. ...
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Overview

GOODBYE, MR. DESPAIR 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?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612625010
  • Publisher: Kodansha International
  • Publication date: 7/16/2013
  • Series: Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei Series, #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 425,642
  • File size: 55 MB
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Meet the Author

KOJI KUMETA was born on September 5, 1967. He is one of Japan's most popular manga humorists. His hit series include the hockey-themed romantic comedy Go!! Southern Ice Hockey Club and Katte Ni Kaizo. Currently, he's serializing Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei in Weekly Shonen Magazine, a bestselling manga magazine. It is his first work to be adapted into anime and has also won the prestigious 31st Kodansha Manga Award in the shonen [boys' manga] category. The author lives in Japan.
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  • Posted February 23, 2009

    And so he learned more things about Japan from this book in one minute than by all other Mangas put together

    This book is not for your average John or Jane. Indeed, it isn't even for the John or Jane with an anime & manga horde.

    I wouldn't say its for the Japanophile, but...it kind of is. There are an innumerable number of Japanese-related puns (how innumerable? there are 75 points that Del Ray found it necessary to insert footnotes). There are plenty of references to Japanese life that you won't know unless you're an otaku (look it up if you don't know-if you do, this book may be for you).

    If you take the time to read it though, you're in for a treat. With a suboib minimalist art style that is easily my favorite [ever!] (its so uncluttered you may find yourself confusing characters) and a unique voice for each character you will find yourself pulled into the world and flipping each page to find out what exactly is wrong with every character in Zetsubou-sensei's class.

    Is it flawed? Goodness yes. For one thing I've never had to read a comic book (fine, graphic novel/manga) that had an appendix of 12 (count em, 12!) pages of footnotes. Del Ray couldn't have stuck them conveniently near the object that needed reference - no, the footnotes are 12 consecutive pages in the back of the book that you may well not notice until you finish it. And trust me when I say you will be darn confused quite a bit. But (BUT!) you don't necessarily *need* any of them there footnotes to understand the story. But (...but...), you know, it certainly helps to understand quite a few of the jokes and puns.

    Is it poifect? No. Will I buy the next? Yes. The characters are wonderful in all their idiosyncrasies (my personal favorites: Chiri Kitsu [methodical and precise girl] and Kafuka Fura [super positive girl]), the story, though it goes nowhere, is always supplemented by the story that came before until you reach the last chapter and think - what a wonderful ending.

    Oh:
    Don't think of buying this as a gift simply because the giftee doesn't have it. Of course though, it can make for an interesting conversation jumper...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2010

    Pretty good story but not enough comedy!

    I read this book in a day. The book was very different but at the same time much like other books in this category. The characters were very thought out but each story in the book was like the last and each ending was not finished. However, the book would make you feel good from time to time. The story you would think by reading it would be grey, dark, and gloomy but really there are small nice things around each corner.

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

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    I read in an OtakuUSA magazine that Zetsubou-Sensei was a must read so I reserved a copy at my closest B&N. After returning home I immediately sat down and began to read. To say the least, it was fantastic! I absolutely love the characters, especially Itoshiki's extremely pessimistic personality. Also the art, though different, is well done and allows you to pay equal attention to the witty and cynical dialogue. Again, I highly recommend this for those manga lovers. Trust me, you won't be disappointed!

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

    Unique

    I usually don't read mangas for their unusual comedy, usually between a boy and a girl. Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei, however, isn't your regular anime. It's dark humor and philosophical concepts can intrigue anyone curious to venture through the "power of negative thinking".

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