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19th August 2013

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Otakon 20 Final Thoughts

Final Fantasy X/X-2 cosplayers at Otakon.

Hope you enjoyed Part 1 and Part 2 of my Otakon 20 adventures! Time to head into the last day and say some words about the future of Otakon! 

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Tagged: OtakonOtakon 20Otakon 2013cosplayersAttack on TitanGintamaanime conventionconvention recapShinichiro WatanabeYoko Kanno

10th July 2013

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50 Volumes of Delightful Crack - A Gintama Retrospect

Cover to Gintama Volume 50 by Hideaki Sorachi.

"Gintama is probably the hotpot of seriousness and comedy. I don’t really think about it. I’m just a punk who does anything he wants." - Hideaki Sorachi from an interview with Quick Japan in 2009.

It’s arguably the most unique hotpot in manga, right?

Although not as big as the holy trinity of Shonen Jump, Hideaki Sorachi’s Gintama recently hit the 50th volume milestone. This is a big deal considering the fact that the series is generally very episodic and a gag manga at heart. Yet with the help of the anime adaptation, Gintama has spawned a wide variety of fans from all over the world to talk dirty, make fun of people’s glasses, pick noses and believe in the power of sugar. Sorachi once mentioned that he wanted to end the series at Volume 30, but has pressed on to create even more insane moments over the past 20 volumes. Yet you have to think about Gintama’s appeal and why some folks still find it hard to appreciate a series such as this one.

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Tagged: GintamaHideaki SorachiShonen JumpmangaanimepsychologyGintama crackpsychology of humorlife lessons

3rd May 2013

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Down in the Dumps of Happiness

Tohru Honda of Fruits Basket. A poor girl with abundant happiness.

If there’s one mantra that’s always told to everyone, it’s that money can’t buy happiness. There is some truth to all of this. An interesting article I read at World of Psychology focused on garbage pickers who are very optimistic about life despite their living standards. Folks who go around collecting trash don’t seem to worry too much about food or money. They have good relationships and believe that the future will be bright for them.

Reading this article made me think about poor characters like Tohru Honda (Fruits Basket), Hayate Ayasaki (Hayate the Combat Butler, before he was taken in by Nagi Sanzenin), Jin Kanzaki (ZETMAN), the Yorozuya (Gintama) and many others. All of them have gone through situations where they struggle to get by, yet still enjoy the nuances of life.

Yes, being poor isn’t the greatest thing in the life. But neither is being rich. When you have people being pressured to act like complete big shots just to stay ahead, you wonder if it really is worth it to make a lot of money. 

For anyone who’s poor, you’re more motivated to take on your dreams. Do you really have anything to lose? Not much, given you have nothing to begin with. You also get the best thing money can’t buy: emotional support. Almost every poor anime/manga character out there has a wonderful supporting cast of characters that push them for the better. Of course, there are exceptions, but those characters develop and gain a better understanding of what truly matters when everything is all said and done. One great example is Gintama’s “cell phone” story and its critique on how the joy of technology that may not be affordable to many can affect relationships to a huge degree. 

Isn’t it time to get some dirt on your hands and grow an inner garden for your soul?


Tagged: animemangapsychologypsychology of happinessrich versus poorWorld of PsychologyFruits BasketGintamaZETMANHayate the Combat Butlerpositive psychology

9th April 2013

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Be Right Back - Undergoing Fujoshi Therapy

Sena Akagi, the hardcore fujoshi, returns in Oreimo Season 2!

Amazing words, Akagi-senpai. You go, girl!

My brain feels fried and I need some pretty men to get me going again. So I’m taking a break this week. 

Some upcoming entries will be about Kuroko no Basket, Pandora Hearts, Blue Exorcist, Kuroshitsuji, and Gintama (Yes, I want to discuss that “Rule 63”/Dokobekko arc going on in the manga).

Now if you excuse me, I’m off to play otome games for further inspiration

What? I…it’s not like I’m enjoying fujoshi material because I want to, ok!? I just find it a fascinating study for research purposes, ok!? You should be thankful……..

IDIOT ONEE-CHAN!!!! *runs away in tears*


Tagged: mangapsychologyfujoshifujoshi therapyOreimoSena AgakiKuroko no BasketPandora HeartsBlue Exorcistmanga therapymanga psychologymanga characterKuroshitsujiGintamaJapanese pop culture

8th March 2013

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Who Run the World? (Manga Girls!) - Happy International Women’s Day!

Three of Gintama's powerful women, ready to take the spotlight.

Nothing says kick-ass like a female warrior who transcends norms.  March 8 has come once again, which means it’s International Women’s Day!

Here are some past articles I’ve written on some of the top female characters in anime and manga.

An Ode to Kagura (Gintama)

Hail to the Ice Queen! Olivier Mira Armstrong (Fullmetal Alchemist)

Breaking Down Character Armor (Erza Scarlet - Fairy Tail)

Princess Sapphire and the Power of Blue (Princess Knight)

Psychology of the Planets Starring the Sailor Scouts (Sailor Moon)

And for a real treat for the women who love boys being around other boys out there.

The Great Power of the Fujoshi

Ladies, keep on outwitting anyone that continues to underestimate you.


Tagged: mangaInternational Women's Daypsychology of female charactersGintamaFullmetal AlchemistFairy TailPrincess KnightSailor Moonfujoshifemale manga characters

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