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Tonoharu Part One Uh Well this was a disappointmentI picked up this book for the cover and was so interested to see such a sparse work Martinson writes the panels with little speech and sometimes the narrator's words above the panel but other than that there's little text I really enjoyed the muted three tone colour palette and the line art that was beautiful but I was just disappointed Looking at the blurb I thought it would be a firm favourite I love melancholy slow moving Japanese books particularly the ones set in obscure little towns in the countrysideBut Dan Wells is fucking irritating As an Australian expat to Canada I can tell you getting acclimatised to a new environment takes time and energy and you won't always feel like you were rewarded for your time or your efforts but you'll get there I understand homesickness but I was frustrated by the lack of energy Dan had I feel like he was supposed to be written as a depressed character and depressed characters are logistically difficult to write because depression is often defined by a sameness a slow spiral into nothingThis could've been so much so much better and I think that's what frustrated me the most I would hope the other volumes would be interesting but to be honest I'm not really curious to find out what happens to Dan Wells2 stars one star for the writing one star for the art This is part one of four about a man who goes to Japan to teach EnglishHe's not really sympathetic at all He's not very interesting and his interests are limited The students ask him uestions during his introductory lesson He didn't come up with any hobbies and when pressed by another westerner the only things he could come up with were 'sleeping and watching tv' He doesn't seem to appreciate the culture around himI could give him advice get a tutor branch out and meet people don't hang out soley with people who know English walk around on your own instead of hanging out at your lame apartment of course you're boredInstead I'll ask him a uestion Why did you go there in the first placeIt was a decent enough read to make me want to pick up the next couple books And it was fast I'm wondering if he'll end up taking any of the advice I wasn't going to give him or if he'll end up leaving sad dejected and feeling like a loser This is a pretty little graphic novel based on the author's experiences teaching English in a small Japanese village At times it got a little too Lost In Translation for me those cold exotic Japanese people make me feel sooooo alienated and melancholy Boo fucking hoo at least TRY to learn some Japanese before you go live in Japan for a year whitey but the illustration style is nice Grey green sepia tones and lots of shading lines Pretty This is the story of an American teaching English in Japan While the sense of disconnection and uncertainty is understandable the book seems to be not about the disorientation of living in a foreign country but about the character's own apathy and inability to connect with anyone The story moves very slowly and very little actually happens For someone who was willing to take the step of moving to another country alone Dan is surprisingly unwilling to make any effort to interact with people try new things or even learn the language so he can work better with his colleagues and students It takes a lot of effort to move to such a different place and not have interesting experiences and meet interesting people but this character has the perfect mix of laziness and ineffectiveness to pull it off There was a glimmer of hope near the end that he might start opening up and that the people he meets would help him live this experience better but it was not to beIt would probably have been better to combine this with the upcoming second volume so that there would be some sort of closure or feeling that the characters had changed or learned something At least I hope that something actually happens in the next book I will brave vol 2 but if it only involves endless panels of Dan standing around looking unsure of himself I will be very disappointed I often felt frustrated that the miluetoast main character didn't engage And yet his diffidence and blandness feel real The art is impressive and a pleasure to look at I look forward to the second volume Absolutely incredible The art is sublime and mesmerizing but what impressed me most is how it really encapsulates the experiences I had as an English teacher in Japan At times I was aching with nostalgia from the too familiar scenery; at other times I just wanted to reach through the pages and tell Dan “me too”So so good for those who have taught in Japan those who are dreaming of doing so or those who want to see a glimpse of Japanese life beyond the shiny high tech Tokyo fantasies Definitely feels like part one of a larger story we barely get to know the main character the setting and the supporting cast in this short volume but I'm intrigued to read I like how well culture shock is portrayed in this story with our young protagonist experiencing everything from confusion to boredom to joy at his experiences in a small Japanese town The main character's moping and time wasting is frustrating to read about but it fits his personality and concept a young man who sought out a life changing opportunity teaching English in Japan but doesn't uite know what to do with it Thankfully I picked up book two and book three at the library along with this one and I'm looking forward to reading them soon A socially inept guy in the land of the socially awkward The art is beautiful it does bring me back to my life in the Japanese countryside I feel sorry for the main character I’m heading straight into book two Daniel Wells begins a new life as an assistant junior high school teacher in the rural Japanese village of Tonoharu Isolated from those around him by cultural and language barriers he leads a monastic existence peppered only by his inept pursuit of the company of a fellow American who lives a couple towns over But contrary to appearances Dan isn't the only foreigner to call Tonoharu home Across town a group of wealthy European eccentrics are boarding in a one time Buddhist temple for reasons that remain obscure to their gossiping neighbors Top Shelf is proud to distribute the Xeric Award winning graphic novel from Lars Martinson Part one of a planned four part plus series The illustrations are great especially the lovely cover endpapers and wonderfully detailed title page Tonoharu starts with a first person account of an Assistant English Teacher or AET at a middle school in Japan mulling over whether to renew his contract for another school year He reviews some of his experiences over the previous 8 months wonders a bit about the AET who taught before him and doesn't come to a decision The story continues as an imagining of the experiences of the previous teacher who turns out to be kind of a schlub who is grossly underualified for his job and barely interested in the world around him The character is intensely boring and not very fun to read about even with pictures I pressed on hoping for some transformation or resolution Sadly Tonoharu comprises only the first act for each of these characters and fails to make me clamor to find out what happens next

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