After celebrating the return of Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei to our screens last week, I've already well and truly settled into this series becoming one of the highlights of my week, and thankfully this second episode of Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei truly didn't disappoint.
The first topic under discussion this time around is the subject of people with multiple talents, and whether one of those talents actually enables the other or simply causes it to be hidden away. After a bit of a slow start, the jokes are soon flying thick and fast, with KyoAni getting caught in the crossfire on a couple of occasions along with a few other great gags. This chunk of the episode ends with Haruhi revealing her true self, freed of the immense burden of her glasses.
Things only get better from here on in in terms of the number of laughs per minute, with some thoughtful discussion of this world which is full of time lags - From medication not working to those moments where you remember a joke or something funny long after it's passed, causing you to laugh seemingly at random; something which this very series has caused me to do on occasion, funnily enough. Lastly, we return to the journey of self discovery, or rather self exposure, started in episode one, where we learn never to play a game that involves naming red things in the presence of Kitsu amongst other things.
If episode one was a good start to this series, then this second instalment was sparkling - I don't think I've laughed this hard or this often since... well, since the last series of Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, quite frankly. As per usual, it's razor sharp yet equally capable of hitting various nails on their respective heads, provided that you're well-versed enough in Japanese culture to spot some of the more obscure gags.