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7th July 2013

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Fandom Thoughts, “No!” Does Not Equal Consent and Being a Shoujo Heroine


Akemi Homura of Puella Magi Madoka Magica fame. Shoujo power at its finest.

When one opportunity goes, another becomes present if you look at things from a different perspective. As you know, I didn’t attend Anime Expo this year. Some complications led to this and I know I disappointed a few faces who wanted to see me at Los Angeles. Yet at the same time, perhaps this was a blessing in disguise.

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Tagged: personal thoughtsMy Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFUPuella Magi Madoka Magicaanimeanime fandommental healthlearning to say no

30th April 2013

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The Greatest Contract in the World


Magical Girl Contract Agreement = greatest contract in the world.

For those who wonder about fandom unlocking the power of creativity in others, this should be a shining example of that power. While attending the 2013 Sakura Matsuri in Brooklyn Botanic Garden, I happened to run into a Sayaka Miki (of Puella Magi Madoka Magica fame) cosplayer and took her photo. After taking her photo, she gave me this form - which I thought was some permission letter. But it turned out to be something I always wanted. A chance to be a Magical Girl and bring peace to the universe while being a emotionless husk!

Page 2 of the greatest contract in the world.

Rights, responsibilities, terms of agreement, applicant information, yup. All right there. Incubators, Inc., huh? Sounds super-legit to me.

Even though fandom is often stereotyped by the media, let’s really look at the greater picture behind fans and see how much they let their creativity shine. Behind the wackiness is a foundation being set to develop problem-solving skills. Yes, many efforts do turn out bad. But failure leads to growth. No one gets it right the first time. 

A big question going forward is how to transfer fans’ creativity into skill sets that they can apply to real life in school and work. We need more success stories, such as the case with Chris Needham, a key board member behind AnimeUSA and someone who has been able to use fandom to be successful outside of it. The person who made the contract could be an amazing content creator in a world where both content and context matter.

You know, a real-life Incubators, Inc. doesn’t sound so bad. Incubation does spark creativity

Kyubey = trolling for the win? 

(Pictures can be enlarged when you click on them so you can see the supa-kawaii-sugoi details and the ONE wish I really want granted.)

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Tagged: Puella Magi Madoka MagicaKyubeymahou shoujomagical girlsanimemangaSakaya Mikipsychology of creativitySakura Matsuri BBGpsychology

23rd October 2012

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The Importance of Nuzzling - Illustrated by Madoka/Homura


Madoka Kaname and Homura Akemi nuzzle it out. From the trailer to "Puella Magi Madoka Magica Part II: The Eternal Story".

At least this is 1000 times cuter than Kyubey nuzzling it up with either one of them.

Looks like MadokaxHomura ship train just keeps chugging along in full speed. This extremely memorable piece of art from the trailer for the 2nd Puella Magi Madoka Magica movie captures Madoka Kaname and Homura Akemi nuzzling each other. You know that fans got a kick out of it when so much fanart of the Madoka/Homura scene starts popping up all over the Net. Kinda makes you think about how nuzzling is important for one’s mindset.

Nuzzling/cuddling helps reduce stress by increasing the oxytocin hormone (which is known as the “cuddle chemical”). That hormone helps to relieve stress and makes you feel good. You want to know why we get excited and giddy after physical contact with someone we like? That’s oxytocin working its magic on you.

The fan reaction to the Madoka/Homura nuzzle is just a firm reminder of how powerful the sense of “touch” is for everyone. As much as we can get inspired by words, they don’t always go through. A person of important value to you who physically shows his/her affection has the ability to unlock many emotions inside you. An intense snuggle from someone says more than a speech would. Actions speak louder than words, right? 

The scary part is that there are people out there that never had physical affection and it has led to cuddle therapy practices. You might think that it sounds crazy, but there are those who just want to cuddle. The world we’re living in is making us more and more isolated these days.

Man, that Madoka sure is providing more intriguing critique, isn’t she?

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Tagged: Homura AkemiMadoka KanamePuella Magi Madoka Magicaanimeanime characteranime psychologynuzzlingpsychologypsychology of nuzzlingcuddle therapyoxytocinpower of touch

23rd January 2012

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Happy Lunar New Year from Kyubey!


Kyubey celebrates Chinese New Year

Psst, he’s giving red envelopes as an incentive for signing his contracts.

Have a great Lunar New Year, everyone!

Source: Danny Choo’s Facebook Fan Page

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Tagged: Lunar New YearChinese New YearKyubeyPuella Magi Madoka Magicadollfie

19th August 2011

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And now two of Japan’s most popular comfort foods are under contract with Kyubey.
DOES THAT DEMON KNOW NO BOUNDS!?
Though I did love him when he was talking about entropy while being creepy…..OH WAIT, THIS WILL HELP WITH OUR DIGESTIVE ENTROPY. Good going, you little incubator, you~
Source: Anime News Network

And now two of Japan’s most popular comfort foods are under contract with Kyubey.

DOES THAT DEMON KNOW NO BOUNDS!?

Though I did love him when he was talking about entropy while being creepy…..OH WAIT, THIS WILL HELP WITH OUR DIGESTIVE ENTROPY. Good going, you little incubator, you~

Source: Anime News Network

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Tagged: Japanese pop cultureanimemangaPuella Magi Madoka MagicaJapanese foodcomfort food

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