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Does “Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei” Promote Suicide?

Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei (さよなら絶望先生) is a manga series by Kumeta Kouji (久米田 康治).  It spawned 3 anime seasons with a number of OVA’s.

Today’s post is not a topic that I’m enthusiastic in discussing.  But as a fan of SZS, I feel the need to at least defend it from those “critics”—more like ignorant weasels who haven’t even watched the anime, but just saw pictures of Nozomu hanging himself under a tree—who think that it promotes suicide.

I can understand why some may think this way.  After all, the main protagonist, Itoshiki Nozomu, is always attempting to kill himself but ends up failing every single time (Well, he died in an episode but that was like a side-story in an alternate universe).  This happens so often that it is one of the series’ iconic running gags, and of course one of its main themes, as well.

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「I Am a Cat」is My Favourite Work of Sōseki Natsume

For these past few weeks, I’ve been reading a lot of books by Sōseki Natsume (夏目 漱石 / Natsume Sōseki), who is often considered as the greatest writer in modern Japanese history.  I don’t know much about him besides the brief biographical notes included in his books, but it seems to me that his scholarly life and the period in which he lived, Meiji Period, greatly influenced his works.

My favourite work of his that I’ve read so far is I Am a Cat ( 吾輩は猫である / Wagahai wa Neko de Aru).  It’s translated in English by Aiko Ito and Graeme Wilson.

Rating: 😀 😀 😀 😀 (4 out of 5 grins)

i am a cat by soseki natsume
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I Survived An Attempted Sexual Assault

Warning:  This post discusses a mature subject matter and contains words and images that are not suitable for younger audiences.  Reader discretion is advised.

Some of you have noticed my silence here on WordPress this past week.  You may have concluded that I’m taking one of my regular breaks, since most of you already know that I’m a great supporter of taking breaks from blogging as I discussed in some of my previous posts “I Regularly Take Breaks From Blogging And Why You Should, Too” and “The (Un)Healthy Lives of Otaku Bloggers”.  You’re correct.  I took a break from blogging, but not for the usual reasons of burn-out or lack of motivation.  You can say that I was forced into a break because, well. . .here it goes.

Last week, I narrowly survived an attempted sexual assault.

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