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2nd September 2014

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On BL Hitting Close to Home

For any fujoshi/fudanshi of different nationalities (besides Japanese), have you ever thought about how your ethnic background’s country perceived your interest in boys’ love? To me, China has been on my radar when it comes to the subject. I’ve been interested in the country’s future with regards to BL, because I feel that it’s a phenomenon that makes me think about China’s progression into a huge player in fandom and weirdly enough, a topic that is ingrained in its culture - family.

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Tagged: boys lovefujoshipsychology of ChinaChinese culturepsychology of sexualityanime

29th August 2014

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A Friendly Reminder About Life from Roy Mustang

Roy Mustang's famous line about people at times.

The heroes you worship may not be that righteous. The villains you abhor may actually be the ones to follow. It’s not always your fault. People can turn out bad because of outside forces that are affected by another layer that blankets them. Life is never that simple. People aren’t always aware that they too can fall into the same bias and traps that the people they don’t like go through. 

Though this is what makes us interesting and why it’s important to study human behavior.


Tagged: Fullmetal AlchemistRoy Mustanglife advicepsychology of lifepsychology of guilt

27th August 2014

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Manga Over Everything

Here’s something I want to ask everyone - What if you never expected that your tastes would gradually change over time?

11 years ago, I was at a church gathering one night and the group that held it asked everyone to pick two things you couldn’t live without. After that, other people would have to guess which one was the most important out of the two. I decided to name my Sony PlayStation 2 and PC as my choices. When it came for the group to guess the true winner, they all guessed correctly. Deep down, the PlayStation 2 was my sweetheart. Video games were a big part of my life at the time.

Fast forward to now where manga has become number 1 on my interest list. You can argue that it’s pseudo-reverse as the PC is superior to the consoles. The internet, in combination with the Kinokuniya near me, opened my eyes to a mixture of worlds to read about. While I still play video games, a lot of them don’t interest me. Hell, I never thought that I would quit reading American superhero comics for manga when I was in my early ’20s.

There are studies that show that we won’t stay the same. This happens because people are horrible in predicting their own futures. They have a tendency to assume that their interests in things will last forever. How many of you have felt that way?

Yet I haven’t grown out of manga and also anime for that matter. That love kept growing over time. Despite all the internet drama surrounding the industries, I didn’t quit following the two mediums. However, I don’t follow as much anime as many fans do. I mostly stick to manga-to-anime adaptations, as they count as manga series for me to write about. There are a few exceptions, but anime ranks 2nd below manga.

Anime is diverse, but manga goes into subjects anime or even live-action series wouldn’t dare touch. There are some unique stories that you have to see to believe. They may not translate well onto other media. Now there are a few of those wacky tales that do get adapted, but that’s because of the boundaries lifted when drawing versus putting animation on a screen for a casual audience. Remember, storytelling’s roots not only lie through oral communication, but on scriptures as well.

Manga’s diversity continues to fascinate me, despite how much information you need to take in versus watching an anime episode. Manga fandom isn’t as huge as anime fandom, but both compliment each other very well. It’s just unfortunate when I don’t see anime fans read manga sometimes. But that can all change in an instant just like everything else, right? I mean, manga publishers are hitting anime conventions more often. All it takes is one unexpected piece of manga art to hit their emotions and change their view. For publishers, an anime adaptation does wonders

In my case, I was a shonen-loving maniac that is now appreciative of seinen and josei material. It was unexpected as I never thought about getting outside my inner circle, so to speak. I can’t see why folks can’t change their manga tastes as they get older and read more of it. The more diverse things are, the more enticing they can be. Diversity should be a key cog in keeping interests and the passion for them alive for a long period of time.

To end this story, here’s a quote from Final Fantasy X-2’s Yuna during the game’s ending.

"So much has happened! And I’m sure it’s only the beginning. Through the smiles, tears…through the anger, and the laughter that follows. I know that I will keep changing. This is my story. It will be a good one."

Guess I never expected video game nostalgia over manga nostalgia to surface in my head, huh? Maybe video games will be my number 1 hobby again in my future. Though honestly, my own fortune-telling sucks and you know what, it’s alright.

Change doesn’t have to be scary if you look at the good parts of it, right? 


Tagged: mangamanga tastespsychology of change

22nd August 2014

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The Scientific Horror of Relationships

Tokyo Ghoul line about human relationships.

For those that love horror, you would know that the genre tends to play off psychological fears in physical form to shock its fans. One of manga’s hottest horror titles, Tokyo Ghoul, does this as well, but it took a short look at the emotional horror of possibly losing the love of those closest to you. It reminds anyone of the complex nature of developing and nurturing social bonds.

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Tagged: Tokyo Ghoulpsychology of relationshipshuman chemical reactionsCarl Jungmangaanime

20th August 2014

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Heichou in Age = Heichou in Life

Levi from Attack on Titan Vol.13

In life, there are three criteria that have places in societal hierarchy – race, gender, and age. While Attack on Titan took an interesting look at gender with Hange Zoe, some fans have been stirring heads about age with regards to the series’ most popular character, Levi. I find all this discussion to be interesting, given society’s perceptions about age when it comes to reaching out to folks defined by how many years are in them.

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Tagged: LeviAttack on Titanpsychology of ageageism

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