In episode 5 of Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, I think the following scenes might parody some manga. What I want to know is which manga the author intended to parody.

18:25 of episode 5

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    At the very least make sure the spelling in your Title is correct. – krikara Aug 13 '13 at 20:30

This is clearly a reference to the manga Black Jack by Tezuka Osamu. The doctor is referred to as "A detoxified Dr. BJ" in a previous screenshot:

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The joke probably only makes sense if you know a bit about Black Jack, so here's MAL's summary of the series (based on the anime entry). Note that it would sound far less interesting if he were an ordinary doctor.

In the medical profession, there is a name spoken in hushed tones, of an unlicensed genius physician who can save lives—for a price. His name is Black Jack, and he is a dashing, moody figure, caped in black, a Harlock of medicine, a man who lives by no rules other than his own—and the Hippocratic Oath. A man who would defy the will of God himself in the name of preserving life.

Anime News Network's trivia list for the show agrees that this is the reference being made:

In episode 5, Dr BJ is obviously refers to Black Jack, from the anime/manga of the same name.

  • Just so you know, ANN's trivia list is not official in any way. So it is further evidence that you aren't the only one thinking this, but I wouldn't say it really "confirms" anything. – atlantiza Aug 13 '13 at 22:00
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    @atlantiza I'm well aware that ANN's triva list isn't official. I included it mainly because it's a useful place to check for these sorts of references. As with most references, there's almost certainly no official confirmation of this by any of the producers. – Logan M Aug 13 '13 at 22:52
  • I've changed that sentence so that the active verb is "agree" rather than "confirm" since the latter could be interpreted to give undue weight to the source. – Logan M Aug 13 '13 at 23:00
  • Right, I agree that it's useful but by no means does it confirm anything :) – atlantiza Aug 13 '13 at 23:13

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