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I'm Not In Despair Anymore! Third Zetsubou-Sensei!

Insert more "i'm in Despair!" jokes here.

If you haven't witnessed the glory of Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei for yourself-- whether in the form of Kouji Kumeta's awesome manga published in English by Del Rey Manga, or in the anime as adapted by studio Shaft and director Akiyuki Shinbou –you really, really ought to get your hands on it. (I am seriously considering sending out letters personally begging for someone to license the anime-- I know it wouldn't be worth a dub, but I would buy it SO MANY TIMES.)

Anyway! A third season of the anime, which has two TV seasons plus a 3-episode OVA so far, has been announced. If you want a quick summary of the show's story: a bunch of girls meet their new home room teacher, Nozomu Itoshiki. His name happens to be perfect: if you combine the kanji from four characters to two, it forms the word “zetsubou”-- despair. See, Itoshiki-sensei can only ever assume the worst of everything and everyone around him. Hence his catchphrase, “zetsubou shita!” (“I'm in despair!”).

If that's not enough to get you interested, each of his students has her own unique quirk or two: an obsessive animal lover who wants nothing more than to pull cute creatures' tails; a split-personality girl who's been heavily affected by her time in America; a young woman with OCD who is deferred to as the class president...even though she's not.

Don't worry if that doesn't sound like enough story; there baically is none. Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei is basically 100% pure weird awesome humor. And the third season is due out this July. Huzzah! I mean, despair!
RedRoseson April 19, 2009 at 1:09 p.m.
No words can describe my elation. NONE.
Agent_Loston April 19, 2009 at 2:03 p.m.
Says what, there doing a third one. Now the hardest thing to do has started, the waiting.
Zeouterlimitson April 19, 2009 at 3:19 p.m.
Yeah when I heard was overjoyed.
  Utterly fantastic.
MoonStormon April 19, 2009 at 7:39 p.m.
Sweet! I can't wait for a new season of SZS.
Lunarmothon April 19, 2009 at 8:28 p.m.
Yea! This is going to be awesome and I hope they keep with the crazy.
Kuroon April 20, 2009 at 3:13 p.m.
Best deserved third season ever.

Dig Deeper into Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

A series consisting of a suicidal teacher and his eccentric students, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei is a comedy series whose subjects are as varied as the characters themselves. With no underlining plot, each episode and chapter typically stands on its own without much canonical connection to the others whatsoever.

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