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22nd November 2012

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Manga Therapy’s “Manga I’m Thankful For” Notes


Cover to ZETMAN Volume 18, by Masakazu Katsura

Yes, this is the only title. Look how pretty Masakazu Katsura’s art is! 

On all seriousness, Matt Blind of Rocket Bomber recently asked manga bloggers to give thanks to the manga industry for all their hard work. He also asked folks to highlight what manga titles we’re thankful for on Thanksgiving 2012. I decided to join in on this feast since hey, creators and publishers really do look out for their fans. With a bit of Jimmy Fallon quirkiness, here are some notable manga series (both licensed and a few unlicensed titles) that make me go, "Arigato, Soushite, ARIGATO!"

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Tagged: MMFManga Movable FeastMasakazu KatsuraMatt BlindRocket BomberThankful Manga FeastThanksgiving 2012 MMFZETMANmangamanga I'm thankful formanga industrymanga title listseinen mangashonen mangashoujo mangaJimmy Fallon Thank You Notes

8th October 2012

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Japan/NYC Love! The Journey to New York Comic-Con 2012 Begins!


Official press logo for the 2012 New York Comic-Con.

It’s that crazy time of the year once again as the East Coast’s biggest pop culture convention, New York Comic-Con, returns to entertain various fandoms over the span of 4 days (October 11-14, 2012).

Earlier this year, NYCC announced that it would shut down New York Anime Festival and incorporate it into NYCC. Despite there being a shortage of anime-related content (especially fan panels), it hasn’t stopped NYCC from bringing over some very notable guests from Japan. Here are the big Japanese names that will be coming to New York.

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Tagged: New York Comic-ConJapanese pop cultureNYCC2012Masakazu KatsuraDanny ChooCulture JapanYu AsakawaVOCALOIDLuka MegurineTiger & BunnyMasakazu IshiguroSoremachiYoshitaka AmanoFinal Fantasypop culture eventsMoyoco AnnoSakuran

23rd April 2012

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ZETMAN - A Lesson In Teaching Children To Grieve


Akemi Kawakami comforting a young Jin Kanzaki over the loss of his grandfather, Goro Kanzaki. (From ZETMAN Episode 1)

If you watched the first episode of Masakazu Katsura’s ZETMAN or read the first volume of the manga, there were moments where the main character, Jin Kanzaki, becomes emotionally confused after the death of his grandfather, Gorou Kanzaki. Jin would then be under the care of Akemi Kawakami, a hostess who Jin saved and would later quit her job to support him. There’s one particular scene where Jin and Akemi take a bath together. Akemi asks Jin about his parents. Jin says he only had Gorou, to which Akemi hugs him tenderly and Jin begins to cry over his grandfather’s loss. It makes you think about the importance of teaching children how to grieve.

An article on Psych Central talked about what will happen to children if they are not able to grieve over losses. If left to their own devices, children will become extremely depressed, become angry, and try to avoid loss as a way to cope. While the anime does show Jin’s confusion, the manga went even further. There is a scene in the manga (after the bath scene) where Jin and Akemi get into an argument on Christmas Eve. Akemi buys new clothes for Jin after taking him in, but Jin refuses to wear them because he only wants to wear his grandfather’s clothes. Akemi yells at Jin for not being able to get over Gorou’s death. Jin gets pissed when Akemi mentions Gorou, but she doesn’t mind as she decides to make it her goal to raise him properly due to his past. 

Children need a person like Akemi to understand that loss is a part of life. It also doesn’t hurt if the person taking care of them is tough and keeps on fighting despite trauma. Akemi gets her face slashed, but she doesn’t let it get her down. In today’s world, there are kids who overreact to even the smallest and most insignificant type of loss that it’s not even funny.  

I don’t know about you guys, but the Jin/Akemi moments really got to me when I first followed ZETMAN. Watching the anime adaptation just rekindled those feelings. It’s moments like these that make me love the vast world of manga. I’m sure you all feel the same way too. 

Remember kids, losing something doesn’t mean everything’s all over. For one thing you lose, you still have other things that will make you happy and keep you going. 

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Tagged: Akemi KawakamiJin KanzakiMasakazu KatsuraYoung JumpZETMANmanga psychologypsychology of grievingVIZ MediaVIZ Anime

4th February 2012

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ZETMAN PV Trailer: Two Tales of Justice


One of my favorite seinen manga series, Masakazu Katsura’s ZETMAN, comes to life this April! This is probably the only anime I’m looking forward to in the Spring 2012 anime season.

I’ve heard some crazy things about the series ripping off of Tiger & Bunny. It’s actually the other way around. Though I do feel that the ZETMAN anime may have never been green-lighted if it weren’t for the success of Tiger & Bunny. Also, Katsura worked on the character designs for T&B.

What you will enjoy from this series is its gritty look at justice. I would say ZETMAN is a mix of Batman, The Guyver (John of AnimeNation hints on the series possibly being the Guyver for the current generation), and Watchmen.  

If you’re interested, I wrote an entry back when I started my blog on one of the main protagonists of ZETMAN, Kouga Amagi. He’s sort of the “Bunny” in the series.

Katsura has amazed me since he’s able to go from doing romantic comedy series (Video Girl Ai, I”S, and DNA²) to something extremely dark. I hope you fans are ready for a frightful world of heroes, monsters, and emotional conflict.  

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Tagged: Masakazu KatsuraSpring 2012 anime seasonmanga psychologyZETMANWeekly Young Jumppsychology of superheroes

28th May 2010

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Kouga Amagi (ZETMAN)


Kouga Amagi on the cover of ZETMAN Volume 5.

What is justice? How do we justify what is right and what is wrong? One character, Kouga Amagi, from the series "ZETMAN", is someone who’s trying to figure that out and enforcing his perception of justice onto the world. Kouga is one of the 2 main protagonists of the series. He represents a young man whose idea of justice is shaped from what he watched on television when he was a child.

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Tagged: Kouga AmagiWeekly Young Jumppsychology of televisionmanga psychologyZETMANpsychology of superheroespsychology of justiceMasakazu Katsuraseinen manga

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