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Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei Episode 6

August 18, 2009

I’m sure we’ve all been told how it’s better to catch measles when you’re a child rather than face it when you’re an adult, but in the world of Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei that apparently isn’t the only “disease” which you should prefer to face in your youth… So begins episode six of Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei.
As per usual, we soon veer off into left-field, with suggestions to play lots of video games while you’re young so you don’t become addicted and lose your job later in life, and to immerse yourself in “moe” anime series before you grow up, lest you become… oh, I dunno, some crazy guy who writes numerous episodic anime ‘blog posts every day or something. Ahem. Before we know it, this instalment is advising us to grope breasts and children rather than get arrested for it later in life. Don’t try that at home, kids.

After an aside from Chiri about playing “meat doll” (really, it’s best not to ask), we move on to the benefits of having multiple “points” over only one so as to make life less “prickly” – Thus, being barraged by multiple insults hurts less than one precise verbal attack, and getting involved in a ridiculous number of relationships is less liable to cause distress than engrossing yourself in one. Again, don’t try this at home either.

Finally, we return somewhat to the “through life” skit that was used a couple of episodes back (although of course we’re advised to ignore such things), which brings us the best gag of the episode resulting from a hit-and-run accident, before Chiri bizarrely decides that everything should be labelled with who it was made by, until we somehow end up with everyone wearing stickers on their back picturing gods that have been wrestled from packs of chocolate.

At times this seemed like a surreal episode even by Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei’s standards… Not that this is a bad thing, mind you. I got a big kick and a laugh out of the none too subtle references to Clannad and Macross Frontier, while there were plenty of other laughs to be had throughout. Not up there with some of the classics provided by even this latest series of the show, but funny stuff as usual nonetheless.

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