Monday, August 6, 2007


So, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei episode 4! Some authors find it easier to write (melo)drama than it is to write comedy, but similarly, I find it difficult to write about comedy. Perhaps I lack the necessary vocabulary to articulate a humourous situation.

Humour can elicit uproarious approval, a chuckle, a smirk, a facepalm, or nothing at all. I just can't tell you why. Even describing the gag is usually inadequate, as to port comedy from one medium to another usually involves nothing less than a complete reinvention of the wheel. The extent of my description may as well be approximated along the lines of,

It was funny. Go watch it and see what I mean.

And so it is with Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei. It's fairly grim humour, but it works. So go watch it.

The rest of this post is a collection of a few points that I found interesting.

If you check out the WTF section of your favourite news site or sites, you may have come across a story about cardboard being mixed into meat buns in China. While a hoax, it came at a time when China's problems with quality control for agricultural exports gained mainstream attention in North America. It's probably going to be one of those simmering problems for years to come.

Surprisingly not random or flippant flavour text. Nothing like a healthy dose of pessimism to put overachievers in their place. Likely to find better application with something like the economy though. Economy expands too fast, raise interest rates. Economy goes into a recession, lower interest rates.

It's coming down to at least one Gurren-Lagann gag per episode, but this one was strangely appropriate to the scene.