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30th September 2014

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The Very Seinen Tale of Access

One of the things that gets me hyped when it comes to manga is its ability to reach the younger generation and a diverse group of readers across the world (especially women). Compared to a majority of Western comics, there’s something about manga that drives their attention. A while ago, I read an interview with a manga fan who lived in the United Arab Emirates. She talked about living near a Kinokuniya Bookstore in Dubai, which may reflect the growing diversity of the city. It makes me think about the biggest problem manga outside of Japan has – access that makes BOTH consumers and publishers happy. 

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Tagged: mangapsychology of accessmanga publishingmanga industry

27th September 2014

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The Real Rulers of the World

Terra Formars roach laughing.

They pretty much affect all aspects of our lives.

Traps don’t work on them forever. They love dirt since people treat things as such. You can even turn them into mini-robots too.

But maybe they aren’t so bad. Everyone should be lucky they aren’t in human form. They will do more damage than technology and money ever will to the mind.

The ones found in a popular manga series about them utter one word, “JOHJ.” Maybe it stands for “Just obediently handing justice” in their own mind to the warriors that oppose them. Similar to what their real-life counterparts are doing, no?

Who said anime/manga can’t be real life?


Tagged: Terra Formarspsychology of cockroachesmangaanime

23rd September 2014

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Kindness - A Secret Ghoul That Eats Your Mind

Kaneki eats Rize to become stronger.

As children, adults often teach us how to be nice to others. We have to be open. We have to share. We have to be considerate towards others. While some kids these days may not have the best of manners, perhaps their behavior is something to pay attention to at times. One of Tokyo Ghoul’s shining moments highlighted the eternal conflict over whether nice guys get the last laugh or get pushed aside.

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Tagged: Tokyo GhoulKen KanekiRize Kamishiropsychology of generositymangaanime

20th September 2014

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Hiten Encyclopedia: Character Anaylsis: Kamiya Kaoru →



Hi, everyone! So as everyone in the RK fandom may or may not have seen, there has been a huge 6-minute sneakpeak/trailer for the latest Rurouni Kenshin film: Rurouni Kenshin Kyoto Taika Hen as we inch closer to the release with every passing moment. If, by chance, you haven’t seen it, here…

Just in time for the Kyoto Arc movie adaptation. Reading this makes me think about the importance of having a home to go back to. You don’t want to be always be on the go. Change becomes meaningful when you have a place to relax and recharge. It’s scary how today, there are people who prefer work/school lives over their home lives.

While Kaoru is not one of my favorite Rurouni Kenshin characters, her importance to the story shouldn’t be understated. Enjoy!


Tagged: Kaoru KamiyaRurouni Kenshinpsychology of homemangaanime

17th September 2014

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A Youthful Act Shut Too Soon

The Noah's Ark Circus troupe from Kuroshitsuji.

If you read a lot of manga, one popular theme that some authors like to use is introduce how certain characters are orphans and how their lack of a parental figure have shaped their lives. In the case of Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler), one of its most popular storylines, manga-wise, details such a scenario, but one that doesn’t end well for the characters whose origins involved being abandoned. The "Book of Circus" tells a tale told too often of how beneath the fun lies a sense of ever-growing despair.

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Tagged: KuroshitsujiBlack ButlerBook of CircusJoker Black ButlerCiel Phantomhivepsychology of orphanspsychology of povertymangaanime

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