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Glowing bald spots are one of the leading causes of global warming.

When Nozomu goes for a walk, he comes across a girl selling ice for a ridiculously high price; thus the introduction of the character Nezu Miko. Nozomu declines the offer and then finds another new character, Maruuchi Shouko, selling tuna for an incredibly cheap, bargain price, so he buys it in an instant. However on the way home the tuna is put in danger by some fierce burning rays that could cause it to go bad (courtesy of Usui’s glowing bald-spot), and the only thing that will save it is ice. Thus, he is forced to pay for the expensive ice, revealing Miko and Shouko’s (with Usui’s help) apparently characteristic shady business practices. This is a setup for the first discussion of the episode;  how people are often duped into paying extra, expensive charges after buying something cheap. Examples range from the obvious (printers being inexpensive but printer ink ending up costing a lot), to more humorous (getting addicted to manga which can be brought for only 400 yen a volume, but then the anime DVDs and merchandise end up costing tens of thousands of yen). Manjiru buys a magazine that comes with a piece of a gundam in every issue, thinking that it’s a bargain price to buy a gundam, but it turns out that only the first issue was cheap and all the rest put together would cost more than an actual gundam model kit. This leads to the next joke, also concerning such magazines of a much more bizarre nature; Kiri collects a special one that will enable her to build a life-size Zetsubou-sensei robot upon completion. However Manjiru accidentally breaks it and, before she can find out, makes Nozomu himself pretend to be the robot for her.
Next, the gang meet none other than General Winter himself; who has been getting weak lately and feels he isn’t fit to be ‘General’ Winter anymore. Since he still wants to be the General of something, everyone tries to help find him a new job, before deciding that the prefix ‘General’ can be applied to pretty much anything.
In the final skit a surprise party is held for Nozomu, which is a true surprise as it isn’t actually his birthday, as he had apparently stated early that there is nothing surprising about surprise birthdays on the actual day of someone’s birthday. Kiri tries to act in a surprising way, however everyone agrees that it would have been more surprising had she not done anything. In a sudden cliffhanger, Jun calls Marui out of class to tell her something…

There are shots like this of Matoi in every episode but I cap them anyway.

There are shots like this of Matoi in every episode but I cap them anyway.

Its always cuteness overload with these two.

It's always cuteness overload with these two.

At first I thought this would be like a Nozomu figma, something which should also exist.

At first I thought this would be like a Nozomu figma, something which should also exist.

However its much more terrifying.

However it's much more terrifying.

Faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaanservice

Faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaanservice. Manjiru gazes at Nozomu's manly chest in awe, only not really.

HNNNGH

HNNNGH

I don’t know about you, but this episode was absolutely freaking hilarious to me. I mean…deadly solar rays coming from Usui’s head? That had me laughing right off the bat. The conversation about ‘extra costs’ was a little dull because to me this is a well-known fact in society, and I prefer it when Zetsubou-sensei brings up things that I never really thought about until then (or did but thought I was the only one that thought so, such as the episode with the ‘leap people’). Luckily that section went into the ‘build-a-Zetsubou-sensei’ gag which to me was the highlight of the whole episode. I was also quite pleased that it could derive so much humour from a ‘side-gag’ rather than one directly related to the ‘conversation’ in the skit. It seems like too long that we’ve seen any of this kind of situational humour in this show, so it was very welcome. Segments that feature lots of Kiri are also always A-OK in my book.
General Winter was a little bit bizarre, but made me smile (my Hetaliatardness is showing, oops) and felt like an amusing little ‘fish out of water’ type gag, with the General trying out a variety of different jobs to find his forte. I also laughed when the girls realized that after Kiri was named ‘General Middle-Part’, no one was able to tell her what to do (which was to please stop trying to split the world in two in order to live up to her name-sake) unless they had a rank higher than ‘General’, which no one did. Until an ‘Emperor Penguin’ came along, anyway.
The ‘surprising birthday’ gag also had some good material in it (Kiri being over the top in trying to ‘surprise’ people but ultimately surprising no one as they expected her to was particularly chuckle-worthy)  although it seems as though it will be one that continues next week.

SHAFT squeeze in a bit of political commentary here with one of the signs in the employment office, which reads President Wanted.

SHAFT squeeze in a bit of political commentary here with one of the signs in the employment office, which reads "President Wanted".

Many generals

The many Generals of the classroom. I wish Kafuka was here, as General Sunshine or something, and Harumi as General Mansex.

Surprise!

Surprise!

Chiri takes time out of her busy schedule of being terriying to make a cool shot.

Chiri takes time out of her busy schedule of being terrifying to make a cool shot.

I capped Marui solely because she is voiced by Asami Shimoda, who supplied the voice-data for Kagamine Rin.

I capped Marui solely because she is voiced by Asami Shimoda, who supplied the voice-data for Kagamine Rin/Len.

This weeks drawing song is brought to you by the newly introduced Miko and Shouko.

This week's drawing song is brought to you by the newly introduced Miko and Shouko.

This will definitley be one of the episodes I remember as a highlight entry in the Zetsubou-sensei series. Out of 5,
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