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This past week, an interesting question was posed to me about the connection between anime fans and autism. Lauren Orsini, the Otaku Journalist, spoke to me about how anime fans with autism tend to enjoy the medium because of its strong visuals. She asked me if there were any studies involving this. Coincidentally, a couple of days later, one great gem of an article on Disney being used to fight autism appeared and it got me thinking.
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"I wonder?…How would I feel?…if you had feelings for me."
The Neon Genesis Evangelion manga adaptation may not be a big source of conversation compared to the anime series and movies, but Yoshiyuki Sadamoto’s interpretation of the story made a beloved character seem more eccentric with regards to loving men. Kaworu Nagisa and Shinji Ikari’s friendship/relationship is arguably the most complex relationship in the whole series. Their interactions highlight how a man can love another man even if he is straight.
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If you’re an artist, some people may wonder how you are surviving. Art is not considered to be a profitable profession, despite providing joy to those who practice and appreciate it. Episode 8 of the dark comedy series, Hozuki no Reitetsu, highlights a character who is a talented artist, but works as a servant in Hell. Some interesting commentary was had, which may give hope to future artists.
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If there’s one Western superhero that is similar to an anime/manga lead character, it has to be Batman. He’s full of angst and rage, had a rough past, and has the looks of a bishonen oji-san when he’s not brooding. If you love exploring the psychology of other animated characters, I recommend you check out the Arkham Sessions, which aims to shine a light on a guy who loves being in the dark.
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To loosely quote Hideaki Sorachi, 4 years of writing and I’ve learned nothiiiiiiing…or not. Today marks the 4th year anniversary of this blog. There aren’t too many anibloggers who have gone on that long. Much has been on my mind this past year and there’s an idea that I want to implement that would be an interesting experiment for the coming year and beyond.
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