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21st March 2014

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Assassination Classroom - A Good Shot Fired at the West?


Koro-sensei, the hero of Assassination Classroom.

One of today’s hottest manga titles, Assassination Classroom, became an interesting topic of discussion as it was announced to be released in English. This was a title that could have never come out in North America because of its association with school students being trained killers. So what gives?

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Tagged: Assassination ClassroomShonen Jumppsychology of humorpsychology of mass shootingsmanga

4th December 2013

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Always Have Your Pride - Haikyuu!!


Yamaguchi tells Tsukishima to play volleyball for pride. From Haikyuu!! Chapter 88.

"Motivation!? What more do you need than pride!!!"

If you’ve ever been asked why you still behave in certain ways or do certain things, maybe this is the one thing you should tell them. 

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Tagged: Haikyuu!!mangapsychology of prideShonen JumpKei TsukishimaTadashi Yamaguchi

6th November 2013

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Do You Smell What Soma Is Cooking?


The main cast of Shokugeki no Soma.

Imagine if today’s famous cooks were that sexy.

The new wave of Shonen Jump continues to slowly make a mark in America as the deliciously popular "Shokugeki no Soma" is coming in English, thanks to VIZ Media. Some of you may be wondering what is Soma and why does it look perverted. Here are some details you should know for the food wars ahead. 

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Tagged: Shokugeki no SomaShonen Jumpmangapsychology of cookingFood Wars

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

25th May 2013

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Masashi Kishimoto’s “Mario” - Amor di Madre, Amore Senza Limiti


Artwork for Masashi Kishimoto's 'Mario.'

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.

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Tagged: Masashi KishimotoShonen Jumpmangamanga charactermanga psychologypsychologymother loveparental influencesseinen mangamen loving their mothersMarioMasashi Kishimoto Mario

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