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5th August 2014

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Rehabilitation at Otakon 2014


All this writing has gotten me otaku crazy. So what did I decide to do for a cure? Take another trip to the East Coast’s biggest anime con this year!

I’ll be at Baltimore, MD for 4 days of cosplayers, music, and panels on Chinese cartoons. I probably won’t have anything up for a short while. Don’t worry, I still have some things I want to write about. But sometimes you gotta get distracted and just enjoy the things you love. Hobbies are supposed to be fun, right?

To anyone who’s going to be at Otakon and wants to say hi to me, I’ll be in cosplay on Friday and Saturday. Here’s what to expect all 4 days I’m there.

Thursday: Peelander-Z at Otakon Matsuri.

Friday: Seiji Haitani (ZETMAN) If you don’t know who he is, here you go.

I’ll be at the ALTIMA concert that night. 

Saturday: Kazuma (Noragami) NOW THIS SHOULD BE EASIER TO RECOGNIZE. A Bishamonten/Vaisravana cosplayer will be with me, so you can fangirl and go “KYAAAA~! KAZUMA-KUN! VIINA-SAN! KAWAIIIIIII~!”

You can catch me at the Crunchyroll Manga panel, Saori Hayami Q&A, and Kodansha Comics panel (at the very least) on that day. 

Sunday: Checking out the Free! Official Photo Shoot or a psychology panel on Persona 4

If I don’t see anyone there, I hope you all have a great time and let some stress out from your daily life…hopefully not one of a high school boy living in Japan.

See you guys after the break! Ja ne!

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2nd August 2014

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Haikyu!! - Attack, Distract, Get That Swagger Back


Hinata thinks of the power of a decoy.

"Being the best decoy ever is as cool as being the ace."

Leave it to sports anime/manga series for taking psychological emphasis on their characters and the situations around them. Haikyu!! reminded me of the impact of someone who can take whatever comes at him/her, so that another person can shine without worry. It provides a look at the “decoy effect” and how distractions of the good kind help.

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28th July 2014

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What Does Your Consumption Say About You?


A room full of otaku merchandise.

When you talk about ways to relieve stress, one of these solutions can be visual media. The process of watching a TV show or playing a video game helps to ease the grind you feel after school and/or work. However, a study came out saying that experiencing media doesn’t always get rid of stress. In fact, it can make it a lot worse. You can probably add anime and manga to that mix of media that hurts instead of helps.

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26th July 2014

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The Story That Got Gintama Rolling and Why


The dying old man from Gintama Chapter/Lesson 11.

When you look at a long-running title and its popularity, you might wonder if there were any snag points along the way. After all, it takes time to achieve the success you want. For series like Hideaki Sorachi’s Gintama, you may not have that much time. Off-the-wall series like Gintama don’t always hit it off with fans. Anything unusual and different in a mainstream manga magazine like Shonen Jump gets readers angry, no?

But as Sorachi once mentioned, he thanks one chapter/episode that set the tone for a decade-long run and and provided momentum to continue alongside other long-running and popular Shonen Jump series. It was a simple story in Volume 2 of the manga about an old man and his final wish to see Gintama’s resident landlady and Deva of Kabukicho, Otose, once more. This story provides psychological context about how abnormality is still normality, but with a dirtier shell made from unfortunate circumstances.

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23rd July 2014

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Never Be That Person


Have you ever loved something so much to the point that you want someone to enjoy it like you do? That may not the best choice as one internet user reminds us in this Otakon 2014 forum post about introducing anime and/or Japanese culture to someone who hasn’t experienced either one. The joys of turning someone into a otaku shouldn’t override our common sense.

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