Best Anime 2008: Zoku Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

Ah, nothing mends the soul better than some despair baked with comedy, spiced with satire, sprinkled with social commentary, and served with wonderful music. Zetsubou Sensei is one of my top five favorite anime of all time, and my favorite anime that finished airing in 2008 🙂

The show has numerous references and plenty of latent content. Points of discussions cover a wide variety of topics including other anime, popular culture, and social issues.

Especially impressive is the use of color. In contrast to Hidamari Sketch, this anime relies mostly on raw color rather than texture to produce the effect (this changed somewhat in Goku OVAs). The color design is especially poignant because it is specifically tailored for context of the scenes, reflecting the state of the person.

Another interesting aspect of the design is the animation of clothes. While the silhouette moves, the texture stays constant. I liked this technique that reminded me of Gankutsuou.

One of the most enjoyable features of this anime to me is music. I love all those retro songs and the melodies fit the scenes very well. Most scenes themselves look great due to very careful planning and timing of shots.


19 thoughts on “Best Anime 2008: Shows

  1. I like how you made different categories that cover a wide range of things and from what I’ve seen this year and your choices, I’d have to agree with most 🙂 Happy New Year!

  2. Very well done! Many of the verdicts I agree with. Some of the rest I can’t assent to – not because I disagree with you but mainly because I was unable to follow a lot of the series profiled here. orz

    Happy new year!

  3. Ugh, tried to finish reading the post but the combination of separate page formatting and losing consciousness due to illness forces me to give up prematurely.

    Good analysis but only one gripe. Needs more ef 🙂

    1. Keep in mind that this is a post for the entire year. I mention only about a dozen titles and watch about three shows per season. This is a relatively moderate consumption compared to the number of shows some people devour 😛

  4. Very good list. I agree with most of your picks or at least see the logic.

    I’d forgotten about the musical from episode 6 of Kure-nai; definitely one of the funniest episodes of the year.

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