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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

29th May 2012

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Happy Birthday To Our “Superman” Sociopath, Sosuke Aizen!


Sosuke Aizen when revealed as the main villain of BLEACH.

May 29 marks the birthday of one of the more notable sociopaths in anime and manga today, BLEACH’s Sosuke Aizen. The plot twist involving his true intentions during the Soul Society Rescue storyline remains one of the more epic plot twists in recent memory.

His character is a great reminder that even good people around you can be extremely deceiving and you might not even know it until it is too late. 

Who remembers the time when Aizen was first revealed as the central antagonist of BLEACH and what memories do you have of him?

Here’s probably the one thing I will always remember about him.

Aizen shows how fast he is by touching Ichigo Kurosaki.

Even though this scene still makes me laugh, who said Aizen lacked empathy? Everyone knew he was in love with Ichigo Kurosaki the moment he heard about him. I always thought that Aizen didn’t want Ichigo to go through the “dirty politics” of Soul Society, albeit that his methods were misguided. Did Aizen see himself in Ichigo to a certain degree? We probably won’t know until he appears once more in the series.

Though honestly, if he was a good guy, Aizen would make a great hypnotherapist with Kyoka Suigetsu. That voice of his in the anime is also calming. 

Let’s celebrate his wickedness (no matter how convoluted it gets) and let’s also forget the fact that he became a Pokemon in the end, ok?

Happy Birthday, Aizen fan-art featuring Sosuke Aizen and Gin Ichimaru.

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Tagged: BLEACHShonen JumpSosuke AizenTite Kuboanimemangamanga psychologysociopathsHappy Birthdaycharacter psychologyanime/manga charactersSuperman

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