Saturday, 19 April 2008

Zoku Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei - Episode 10

By now it probably goes without saying that I'm completely enamoured of Zoku Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, after a slow start it has matched and, dare I say, even surpassed the original thirteen episodes of the show.

Episode ten able continues that tradition, kicking of with a discussion of 'detuning' rather than living to your full potential. What started as a bit of a stretched point soon hit all the right notes, taking in everything from the JSDF through to the revelation that even Chiri detunes when it comes to stabbing people. From there, we move on to the 'mini-propaganda' that is suggesting that otherwise ridiculous things "maybe" work (and what exactly is wrong with armpit tattoos anyway?), and the problem of being turned away as a first-timer, from which both teacher and students learn that both first-timers and regulars are way too much hassle to deal with... in anime circles at least.

By this point in the series, I'm convinced of only one thing, and that's that this show is genius. Almost every episode seems to get better at hitting the mark with the jokes, and even at predictable moments it works brilliantly. I'm not sure I'll ever look at comedy in anime the same way again after Zoku Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei's run is over, it'll be nigh-on impossible to either replace or replicate.

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