So, after way too much work, we present to you our final version of the final story arc of Sayonara Zetsubō Sensei by Kōji Kumeta. Actually, it might be better to call it the only story arc in the manga, since by nature it was an episodic work, endlessly referential of course, but by and large without any kind of dramatic plot. Unless you really believe that Kumeta had this planned from the start, and that may be the case, although I remain skeptical. But retconned or not, it really is a surprisingly touching tale and a fine way to end such a long-running manga.
What I’m calling the “final arc” are the chapters beginning with 297 for which there are no separate title pages in the tankōbon, indicating to me at least that Kumeta intended these to be read as a unit. That includes the “epilogue” chapter “30X” or 302 numerically. Suimasen had previously released 300-301 on their magazine versions, but 301 adds 2 additional pages in the tank, so these should be considered definitive, for those who may have seen Oya’s Xmas Eve early dump of our initial drafts on /a/…
>> Get SZS 297 here << >> Mirror << TL Notes [TL: Umin Clean: taketori Edit: slyborg Proof: pseu]
>> Get SZS 298 here << >> Mirror << TL Notes [TL: Umin Clean: taketori Redraw: Oyashiro Edit: slyborg Proof: pseu]
>> Get SZS 299 here << >> Mirror << TL Notes [TL: Umin Clean: taketori Edit: slyborg Proof: pseu]
>> Get SZS 300 here << >> Mirror << TL Notes [TL: Umin Clean: taketori Edit: slyborg,Oyashiro Proof: slyborg]
>> Get SZS 301 here << >> Mirror << TL Notes [TL: Umin Clean: taketori Edit: Oyashiro Proof: slyborg]
>> Get SZS 30X here << >> Mirror << TL Notes [TL: Umin Edit: GreenTea Proof: slyborg]
It’s obviously been a long wait since the manga actually ended it’s run in June 2012, but life has its ways of going around the long way. One of the reasons that I’ve kept slogging away at this and harassing our few staffers here is the base of support the manga and its animated renditions continue to have even after this much time. The ending has become somewhat notorious, and I felt it was a disservice for us not to make a fully translated version available so people can read what the fuss was about themselves.
Getting kind of long here, but want to note the contribution of our new cleaner taketori, as well as the sudden uncloaking of our edit sensei Oyashiro, who appeared without warning, typeset things in a flash, and then vanished back into the Neutral Zone again, having failed in his attempt to get a Xmas release out of me ._.
Since I sort of promised, and it does seem like most of vol. 30 actually was stage-setting for the finale, we will finish the rest of this tankōbon. Whether we do any more or not will largely depend on whether we can get another taketori or two in here…
[Fixed the d/l for 298 to remove the extra pages, suimasen :/]