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Sayonara Zetsubou-sensei Season 1 + Liner Notes Book Blu-ray

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7 Reviews

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About Sayonara Zetsubou-sensei Season 1 + Liner Notes Book Blu-ray

Sayonara, Zetsubou-sensei Season 1 contains episodes 1-12 of the anime directed by Akiyuki Simbo, as well as a companion Liner Notes book.

“I’ve lost all hope in this world!”

Nozomu Itoshiki is a teacher who’s at the end of his rope. Literally. He’s trying to hang himself from a beautiful cherry tree, when one of his students, a girl named Kafuka, butts in and saves his life. She can’t help it, though. Kafuka is an abnormally cheerful girl who can only see the good in every situation.

In fact, all of Nozomu’s students are a bit odd. Chiri is a hyper-perfectionist, Matoi is a female stalker, Usui is a balding masochist, and the list goes on. Nozomu is supposed to be preparing these young men and women for the future – but since his idea of “preparing for the future” involves tying nooses and buying funeral plots, he might not be the best man for the job.

Filled with dark humor and sharp social commentary, Sayonara, Zetsubou-sensei finally has its first-ever North American release. Come lose all hope with this absurd comedy!

Also included is the ultimate book of liner notes, over 200 pages long! Sayonara Zetsubou-sensei is famous for its non-stop cultural references, visual gags, and ever-changing chalkboard text. With this essential guide, you won't miss a thing!

Special Features: Clean Ending, Japanese Promo Spots.


  • Media: Blu-ray
  • Spoken Language: Japanese
  • Subtitle Language: English
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Themes: School Life
  • Age Rating: 14+
  • Run Time: 300
  • Year Created: 2007
  • Release Date: 4/19/2022
  • Dimensional Weight: 2
  • Region Code: A

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Ratings & Reviews

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5 star rating out of 5

The single most amazing piece of entertainment media I own.


I cannot overstate how grateful I am for this product. Both the original author and the animation studio packed as much unusual, interesting, and hilarious content into this show as would fit. There is a density of content that feels almost like entertainment by saturation. As such, it is extremely challenging to convey all of this content in an English release, and yet here it is in all its glory. I have been dreaming of owning a physical, English-translated release of this series for more than a decade, but I never imagined it would be done so spectacularly well. The subtitles convey all the little details in each scene, with typesetting that keeps everything neat and organized, even when there are heaps of background text to translate along with the swift current of dialog. The liner notes are a full laminated book, with painstaking effort put into explaining the mountains of references, puns, in-jokes, witticisms and more that appear throughout the series. Thank you so much.

5 star rating out of 5

Have you ever wanted EVERY joke explained?


The description says "+ Liner Notes Book", but I never expected 329 pages of liner notes for 12 episodes. The liner notes from episode 1 alone are pages 4 - 21. The great and loving care that were invested in producing this release alone make it work buying.

5 star rating out of 5

A genuine labor of love, thank you!


I am very grateful that Nozomi/Rightstuf got this done for western viewers. The liner notes are truly a labor of love, it's worth so much - like all good works of art, almost priceless really.
There's no way I would have caught on all the jokes, innuendoes, and countless tangential gags and implications without help from the liner notes. I'm still going through it, but it's been so much fun already!
My only additional wish is that the notes came in hardcover, even if we have to pay some more to cover the production costs (maybe in the next season?). It's way too valuable to be preserved in fragile paperback! :-(
Thanks again for undertaking this effort, it's really appreciated.
Hope to see more releases with detailed notes like this in the future!

5 star rating out of 5

Finally, the wait is over!


Finally, after what seemed like an eternity, Sayonara Zetsubou-sensei is available to enjoy in an official release! Joining the eccentric Itoshiki-sensei and his equally eccentric class has never been more fun -- or more thoroughly explained. The addition of a liner-notes booklet was a refreshing surprise, and really helped flesh out the context of SZS's many gags and references. This anime is "zany" in the extreme, but the amount of meticulous work and care that must have gone into its release boggles the mind. Definitely worth picking up.

5 star rating out of 5

Bravo !


Thanks to a Herculean effort on the Nozomi staff’s part , a show that I never thought would ever see release is here , and in a amazingly well done edition . A show with great characters, brought to life with some great voice acting . Shaft deserves credit for bringing Kumeta’s manga to life, and then some . And special kudos for the crazy music ! Thank you .

5 star rating out of 5

a wonderful relic of its cultural period


I was so happy when I learned this series was finally localized. After saving up a bit, I was able to purchase this so I could support the team for more future releases. The blu-ray and liner notes book was packaged nicely, and I binged the first disc in a day. I was glad that I recognized a few of the jokes in the show, and I loved seeing the liner notes confirm and reveal in depth about the sociocultural, historical, and even meme references. A lot of love was put into this release, and I hope to see the next seasons localized as well. Thank you again!

5 star rating out of 5

A Perfect Release


Everything an anime release should be: perfect quality, the greatest subtitles I've ever encountered, amazing liner notes, and a fantastic price. Thank you, with every cell in my body, to everyone involved in the process. I can tell people who truly understood this series worked on this project. Your work really shines! Thank you!

Okay I'm done baring my soul too much, sorry. But I am positive it was painstaking scouring every nook and cranny of this fantastic political satire series. Should you be masochists and attempt to release Zoku/Zan/Goku, you have a guaranteed customer here. And I know of at least 2 or 3 others who will buy it with a certainty.

We must generate more love for this series! BUY IT! It's like a moe South Park for Japan! And buy the e-books as well! Those bastards at Kodansha should (pretty please owo) release more volumes!!!