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18th July 2014

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The Transference of Shizuka Hoshijiro

Shizuka Hoshijiro in various forms.

"I…sometimes wonder, maybe the Gaunas actually want friendship with humanity…Maybe it’s just that we’re far too different from each other and can’t figure out how to go about it."

A while back, there was an interesting article I read about a person who projected her image of a “perfect lover” onto her therapist. He was what she wanted in a man. When she asked the therapist to be her friend after the end of therapy, he refused because he felt that they blurred the lines between a professional and personal relationship.

This sounds similar to a situation involving one character from Tsutomu Nihei’s "Knights of Sidonia." A character that remains “alive” after death. Shizuka Hoshijiro’s connection to the main character, Nagate Tanikaze, is a reflection of how to deal with projection and its tendency to show up at times when important moments occur.

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Tagged: Shizuka HoshijiroKnights of Sidoniapsychology of transferencepsychology of projectionmangaanime

16th July 2014

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The Soothing Voice of Megumi Hayashibara

Megumi Hayashibara in 2014.

The following is a post from Charles Kennedy Ziese, a semi-competitive gamer who wanted to share how some less famous anime works have helped him cope with his personal struggles.

For those unfamiliar with Hayashibara, she is most famous for her roles as Evangelion’s Rei Ayanami and Cowboy Bebop’s Faye Valentine. She currently stars as Rebecca in One Piece’s Dressrosa Arc. 


As a fan of Megumi Hayashibara and seeing as she was originally going to be a nurse, I thought I’d share how some of her characters have influenced me for the better.

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Tagged: Megumi Hayashibaraseiyuupsychology of animeanime

8th July 2014

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Is Anime the New Black?

Promo screenshot from Black Butler - Book of Circus anime.

For anyone who’s taken the Anime Research Survey, some of you may have wondered about the characteristics the research team thought about when it came to defining anime/manga fans. One of the following answer choices that many of you may have not thought about was intriguing. It involved our sense of apparel. There was a question about chosen characteristics and one of the choices was "Most of my clothes are dark (black/grey colors)." Are anime/manga fans similar to other subcultures that are associated with dark clothing?

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Tagged: psychology of blackcolor psychologyanime research surveyanime

20th June 2014

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Why Are You All Curious About Incest!?

Watamote joke about incest curiousity.

If there’s anything you can reliably count on from Japan, it’s the promotion of close and sexually-charged family bonds. Over the past few months, one of my most popular articles ever, "Why Is Incest a Popular Theme in Anime and Manga?" got a huge spike in visits. This sounds frightening, doesn’t it? The data that’s about to be shown below highlights why incest intrigue is leading to a case of supposed wincest.

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Tagged: incest in Japanpsychology of curiosityessentialismmangaanime

17th June 2014

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Springtime Parodies Should Be Eternal

Masashi Kishimoto art of Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth.

"This is a damn shame. The manga is bloody hilarious and deserves a lot more attention. I can only expect that the remaining chapters will be adapted, since they’ve already done an anime based on some of the chapters already. This was providing better content then what the main Naruto manga was providing…I’m dead serious.” - A user on the ending of Rock Lee’s Springtime of Youth (the manga source of Rock Lee and His Ninja Pals)

Once every so often, there comes a series that captivates fans everywhere. That series becomes so popular that it spawns multiple fan parodies. Sometimes, the official parties behind the series decides to start its own parody. Even rarer is when a parody develops notoriety to gain a place alongside the source material.

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Tagged: Rock Lee's Springtime of Youthpsychology of parodyNarutopsychology of youthmangaanime

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