Welcome to the wonderful world of Manga Therapy, where manga & psychology team up to form the OTP that's both visual and mind-opening.

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About the Site

Manga Therapy is a blog/site that takes a look into the psychological aspects of Japanese manga (comics) characters, past and present. The site also takes a look at anime (cartoons), video game characters, and other unique aspects of Japanese pop culture as well. The blog was created by Tony Yao, who credits manga as one of his main inspirations in moving forward with life.

The overall mission of the blog is to:

To educate people about the psychological complexities of manga/anime/video game characters by drawing comparisons with said characters to real people and real-life situations and emphasizing that these forms of media can be used as ways to learn and motivate oneself and others.


Tony Yao, author of Manga Therapy.

Tony Yao has been an avid fan of Japanese pop culture since junior-high school. He has written for Japanese music blog/site, Samurai Beat Radio, and anime social network site, GoBoiano. Tony also writes for Project Otaku from time-to-time and has guest-written for other outlets.

He was a featured guest on the “Anime Fans Give Back to Japan” 24-hour fundraiser podcast in 2011. Tony has been interviewed by Fanboy.com and Organization Anti-Social Geniuses.

Manga Therapy mention by Kodansha Comics.

Kodansha Comics has mentioned the blog when they promoted the English release of the Attack on Titan manga at New York Comic-Con (2011), San Diego Comic-Con (2012), and Anime Boston (2013).

In his spare time, Tony enjoys exercising, watching sports, hanging out with friends, eating, a lot of sleeping, and obsessing over his favorite anime/manga series, Gintama.

You can contact him at tonyyao82 [AT] gmail [DOT] com.

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