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15th January 2014

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Rukia Kuchiki - A Heroine of Change?


Rukia Kuchiki birthday celebration art.

Does anyone find it scary how much someone this awesome was forgotten and thrown to the side?

Thanks to the wacky site that is Crunchyroll News, I was reminded about the one and only Rukia Kuchiki of BLEACH as her birthday just passed. Before Mikasa Ackerman took away my heart, Rukia had a cold yet gentle grasp on it and many others.

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Tagged: Rukia KuchikiBLEACHpsychology of friendshipmangafemale character psychologyopposite-sex friendships

17th September 2013

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Type A = Kokoro Failure?


BLEACH's Ichigo Kurosaki, a Type A main character.

Can being passionate be bad for your heart? But it might hurt so good. A recent article on Psychological Science put a focus on the link between people with Type A personalities and heart attacks. It heavily suggests that the worst traits, such as anger and hostility, of those with Type A blood tend to go through hits on the heart more than other blood types.

Perhaps the most significant Type A anime/manga character is BLEACH’s Ichigo Kurosaki. He goes through so much emotional pain and drama, thanks to the manipulations and desires of those around him. Ichigo is usually thrown around for the worst. Whenever Ichigo confronts someone, he is always tense. Can you blame him though? But Ichigo also has a tendency to stubbornly ignore close friends that he feels should get out of his way, like Tatsuki Arikawa for example.

Yet it’s not so simple to just say people’s personalities/problems are based off of their blood types. Whatever the case, don’t let the stress of life get to you. 

If you’re Type A, make sure the A stands for awesome. 

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Tagged: BLEACHIchigo Kurosakipsychology of blood typesmangaanimeTite KuboType A personality

12th September 2013

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Everything but the Rain of Bias (BLEACH)


Artwork from the cover of BLEACH Volume 60 ('Everything But the Rain') featuring Masaki Kurosaki.

When you think about all the conflict between different groups/races throughout the ages, what if a small glimmer of hope was revealed to bring them together? But what if that hope possibly meant the extinction of one group? Tite Kubo’s BLEACH examined a brief moment where two members of the prominent races, Shinigami and Quincy, got to know each other in a moment of fate that would define the life of Ichigo Kurosaki forever. "Everything but the Rain" (Volumes 59-60) shows how life can be cruel when heavy rain pours down on you, especially a storm with such force as ingroup bias.

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Tagged: BLEACHTite KuboBLEACH mangamangapsychologypsychology of ingroup biasIsshin KurosakiMasaki KurosakiRyuken Ishidamanga characterEverything but the Rain

5th February 2013

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The Edge of Restraint - The Kenpachi/Unohana Relationship (BLEACH)


Kenpachi Zaraki getting stabbed through the throat by Yachiru Unohana. A victim of his own restraint.

We are usually told to give it our all in most aspects in life, yet what if fear takes over? What if you’re not able to move on? Those thoughts come to mind when it comes to BLEACH’s Kenpachi Zaraki and his recently-revealed history with fellow Soul Society Captain, Retsu Unohana. Their backstory takes a look at the power restraint places on individuals even if they’re not aware of it.

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Tagged: Kenpachi ZarakiRetsu UnohanaYachiru UnohanaBLEACHBLEACH mangamangapsychologymanga psychologymanga characterpsychology of restraintholding back in fearTite KuboShonen Jumprestraintpsychology of competition

6th November 2012

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His Bankai is “Hindsight Bias” - Learning From Sosuke Aizen’s Downfall (BLEACH)


Cover to BLEACH Volume 48 (VIZ Media edition) featuring Sosuke Aizen.

Ever had a moment where something happens and you reacted by saying “I knew that was going to happen!”? Imagine that you behaved that way for every major event that happens in your life. Scary, right? Try telling (arguably) the biggest victim of hindsight bias, BLEACH’s own Sosuke Aizen, that. Being someone like Aizen doesn’t really bode well for one’s life since something more powerful than Bankai will make its presence felt: stagnation.

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Tagged: BLEACHShonen JumpSosuke AizenTite Kuboanimehindsight biasmangamanga charactermanga psychologypsychologypsychology of hindsight biasIchigo Kurosaki

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