Travel Forum  

Go Back   Travel Forum > Announcements, Connections, Promotions and Requests > Asia Tours and Hotels

   

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 09-02-2010, 09:01 PM
admin admin is offline
Traveler
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 4,870
Default Japan Tour: The Reports of the Adventures of Squid-Sensei

???????



"Sensei" is an honorific stuck on the end of Japanese names the same way "san" is, and is used to address a teacher, e.g. Squid-sensei.

Darryl Knickrehm is an American independent film maker in Japan who has, like almost anyone not transferred to Japan by a company, taught English in Japan - in his case, in Kobe. So he knows what life is like as "Dariru-sensei," a life prone to the naive misunderstandings, prejudices, quirks and well-meaning but embarrassing questions and observations - not to mention frequent reluctance and apathy - of the typical English conversation student in Japan.

Knickrehm has taken the panoply of odd experiences - his own and others' - and turned them into cartoon art in the form of "The Reports of the Adventures of Squid-Sensei."

There are few English-language rags in Japan that don't have some sort of satirical say on the country through a typical, routinely English-teaching, foreigner, and which inevitably all sound like jokes told one time too many. To be honest, I was expecting more of the same when Knickrehm approached JapanVisitor with his work.

However, I was (admittedly somewhat reluctantly) tickled by The Reports of the Adventures of Squid-Sensei. There aren't that many episodes yet, but perhaps it's the claimed "Totally honest, 103% true accounts of life teaching English in Japan"-ness about it that helps give some life and odd-colored (sometimes off-colored) sparkle to material that in lesser hands could easily end up as lame. The cartoonist implicitly trusts his material. He leaves life in the eikaiwa (English conversation) classroom almost unembellished, letting it speak for itself.

Squid Sensei is a genuinely freaky looking English teaching squid with a decidedly phallic mien who exudes the imperfectly subdued tension of having to make a living and getting unspeakably bored and frustrated by his job. For me the most refreshing thing about him - in that I've simply never seen it in the genre before - is that he cusses, admittedly in graphic symbols, but refreshingly - and right in front of the students. That alone made me laugh. That's three out of ten already. (Plus one more for looking so old sci-fi freaky.)

The remaining six points could well be earned by the dry slapstick of the scenarios, the great drawing (that, significantly, is lavished only on Squid-Sensei himself - the students remain, perhaps significantly, replaceable virtual stick figures), and the take-it-or-leave-it tone that has nevertheless has signs of craft behind it and a genuine desire to be heard.

Check out the The Reports of the Adventures of Squid-Sensei website.

JapanVisitor.com

Yahoo Japan Auction Service
Japanese Friends
Tokyo Apartments Search
Japan Job Search
Rough Guide To Japan
Tags
Japan
Darryl Knickrehm
comic
Squid Sensei
humor






More...
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
expeditions peru discover adventures cordillera blanca cordillera huayhuash admin New Tours and Blog Posts 0 12-12-2011 08:38 PM
Off-road safaris and Tiger Fishing Adventures admin New Tours and Blog Posts 0 07-27-2011 10:28 AM
Day trips:Adventures in Bulgaria,country of roses admin New Tours and Blog Posts 0 01-25-2010 04:36 AM


All times are GMT. The time now is 02:44 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2023, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.