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Who would have figured that going from ninjas to mobsters would still provide an interesting look at people? A while ago, Shonen Jump recently released one of Masashi Kishimoto’s oneshots, Mario. It was a story originally drawn in 1998 and brought back in the June 2013 issue of JUMP SQUARE and the May 13, 2013 issue of VIZ’s Shonen Jump. Unlike Naruto, Mario is pretty violent and the setting is much more mature. The main character is noted to be a “mama’s boy” near the end of the story and it poses a question as to why men are still quite fond of the first women in their lives.
Mario highlights a young man named Mario Rosso, who kills people for a living in New York. His blood bleeds two shades of darkness – thanks to being a child of both a female Yakuza and a male Mafioso. One day, his partner, Ken, introduces Mario to a woman named Saori, a quiet yet ruthless killer with an extremely troubled past. Mario takes a liking towards her as she resembles his dead mother. He even gives Saori his mother’s earring as a lucky charm. The two would get in a heap of trouble as a hired job they took goes horribly wrong. Saori gets framed for the murder of a mafia boss that she didn’t commit and Mario is hired to take her down. Mario and Ken try to find and reason with Saori. Ken shoots Saori and reveals himself to be one of the people responsible for framing her. Both Mario and a wounded Saori kill Ken. Mario briefly talks about his past to Saori and gives her the second earring that his mother wore. In the end, he is presumably dead as Saori lives on.
Why do men love their mothers so much? Mothers are technically the first women in their lives. When they are born, the first thing they see is a lovely woman holding them in their arms. Mothers are also the first indication of what the perfect woman could be like. Just by seeing them behave creates a general impression of what women are like. At the same time, mothers are warned to not get too close to their sons. It destroys their manhood or so experts say.
When Mario confronts Saori near the end, he suggests that she run away with him. He confesses that he likes her because she looks like his mother. Saori replies by sadly calling him a “mama’s boy”. Now being a “mama’s boy” isn’t entirely as bad as it seems. Boys who are close to their mothers tended to be more empathetic towards others. They also can control their emotions better than those who aren’t close.
Yet Mario briefly talks about his path and how he killed people to support his mother. He then notes how empty he has become. Some influence his mother turned out to be, huh? While kids do need their mothers, kids need fathers too. Fathers help encourage their children to take more healthy risks in life.
Fathers have no problem in being blunt and honest with you. Another interesting point made is that a lack of paternal influence causes boys to act masculine without guidelines. In other words, they go on a path of violent behavior to prove themselves. Doesn’t this sound like our one-shot hero? If his father had more of a presence, would Mario have walked on a more “proper” role as a member of the Mafia? Everyone has to have the right balance of emotion and logic to get ahead in life, right?
Mario is a simple story that shows how much one parental influence isn’t always enough in a child’s development. No matter what situation(s) the parents are in, an investment by both really means a lot to a child. If anything, another adult can step in if needed. Why do you think there are teachers and mentors out there? The more multiple warm influences there are, the better.
Now that’s “amore”.