Manga: Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei さよなら絶望先生 (Chapter 1, さよなら絶望先生)


  • Context: a character's nickname is a wordplay on the components of his name. It's particularly obvious when written horizontally. Although in this case the series focuses on it, generally this sort of wordplay about how Japanese text is written is easy to miss if you never bother learning to handwrite text.
  • Itoshiki Nozomu
    (character name.)
  • zetsubou shita
    [I] gave up all hope.
    [I'm in despair.]
    (suru-verb in past form.)

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