Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
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Whilst tweaking my Typepad account's new settings I noticed some hits to my site from Anime Edit Blog. I'm familiar with the blog from several years ago when I was more active blogging.
Back in March of 2009 Moritheil posted a blog entry titled "Aversion and Hikikomori" about how the humorous and often twisted anime series Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei , often abbreviated to SZS in internet discussions, portrays the hikikomori condition as a a type of extreme aversion via one of its characters,
Komori Kiri , 小森 霧, whose actual name itself is wordplay, 籠もりきり, on hikikomori, 引き籠もり. Most, if not all of SZS characters, have names that are Japanese word play on some eccentricity or neuroses and said characters are living embodiments of those quirks throughout each episode.
SZS often deals with serious or gloomy topics, which might be expected with the main character is named Mr. Despair, but it does add a touch of humor and parody to ordinarily heavy subject matter. Such as Mr. Despair's famous refrain: Zetsubou Shita!!!, "I am in despair!":