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27th September 2014

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The Real Rulers of the World


Terra Formars roach laughing.

They pretty much affect all aspects of our lives.

Traps don’t work on them forever. They love dirt since people treat things as such. You can even turn them into mini-robots too.

But maybe they aren’t so bad. Everyone should be lucky they aren’t in human form. They will do more damage than technology and money ever will to the mind.

The ones found in a popular manga series about them utter one word, “JOHJ.” Maybe it stands for “Just obediently handing justice” in their own mind to the warriors that oppose them. Similar to what their real-life counterparts are doing, no?

Who said anime/manga can’t be real life?

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Tagged: Terra Formarspsychology of cockroachesmangaanime

23rd September 2014

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Kindness - A Secret Ghoul That Eats Your Mind


Kaneki eats Rize to become stronger.

As children, adults often teach us how to be nice to others. We have to be open. We have to share. We have to be considerate towards others. While some kids these days may not have the best of manners, perhaps their behavior is something to pay attention to at times. One of Tokyo Ghoul’s shining moments highlighted the eternal conflict over whether nice guys get the last laugh or get pushed aside.

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Tagged: Tokyo GhoulKen KanekiRize Kamishiropsychology of generositymangaanime

20th September 2014

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Hiten Encyclopedia: Character Anaylsis: Kamiya Kaoru →


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Hi, everyone! So as everyone in the RK fandom may or may not have seen, there has been a huge 6-minute sneakpeak/trailer for the latest Rurouni Kenshin film: Rurouni Kenshin Kyoto Taika Hen as we inch closer to the release with every passing moment. If, by chance, you haven’t seen it, here…

Just in time for the Kyoto Arc movie adaptation. Reading this makes me think about the importance of having a home to go back to. You don’t want to be always be on the go. Change becomes meaningful when you have a place to relax and recharge. It’s scary how today, there are people who prefer work/school lives over their home lives.

While Kaoru is not one of my favorite Rurouni Kenshin characters, her importance to the story shouldn’t be understated. Enjoy!

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17th September 2014

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A Youthful Act Shut Too Soon


The Noah's Ark Circus troupe from Kuroshitsuji.

If you read a lot of manga, one popular theme that some authors like to use is introduce how certain characters are orphans and how their lack of a parental figure have shaped their lives. In the case of Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler), one of its most popular storylines, manga-wise, details such a scenario, but one that doesn’t end well for the characters whose origins involved being abandoned. The "Book of Circus" tells a tale told too often of how beneath the fun lies a sense of ever-growing despair.

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Tagged: KuroshitsujiBlack ButlerBook of CircusJoker Black ButlerCiel Phantomhivepsychology of orphanspsychology of povertymangaanime

12th September 2014

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Being Spoiled Rotten, Japanese-Style


With the internet full of everything information-related, one of the worst things as a manga fan is discovering information that you don’t want to know until you can see for yourself. I’m talking about spoilers, of course. There are many users out there that love to tell all the secret details of events and what happens to certain characters in the story. While they are rampant, especially for series based off of existing source material, spoilers seem to provide a mixed experience for anyone who decides to jump into a pool already used.

Why do spoilers happen, you ask? I think this article says it all. People talk about them because they want someone to share them with. It’s hard to contain information for yourself. You just want to go out and tell the world “OH HEY! XXXX XXXX HAPPENED!” You can say that this is just another example of group psychology affecting people. Sharing means caring, which creates a tighter-knit community, yet one that can be vilified.

I do talk about manga spoilers to anyone who’s interested in the same series I am to a certain degree. I just don’t reveal certain key moments or character developments that dramatically change the story, though this is highly dependent on who I talk to. There was a study that came out years ago that suggested spoilers don’t really ruin fans’ interest. It only got them more excited. However, there was a key note from the study - people didn’t mind spoilers if they were NOT emotionally invested in the story. I know this has happened with certain people I know that gave up on series they no longer found enjoyable.

I don’t mind being spoiled much and the funny thing is my interest lies in the fact that I may find the story to be amazing. Though I think my “hardcore” mindset is what separates me from most people who don’t enjoy being spoiled. I am by default, a “database animal.” I wish there was a further study where they got different types of fans (hardcore, casuals, etc.) and how spoilers affect them. There are times where I will tell someone, “Don’t spoil! Shut up! STOP TALKING!” This mostly pertains to movies, as I’m not too emotionally invested in them. Sound weird from what I said about the study earlier, right?

The fact I’m talking about this now is because of the rampant spoilers I’ve been seeing/hearing of a certain manga series about ghouls fighting humans or something like that. Got to love it when you put up Twitter feeds pertaining to “manga.”

What’s your take on manga (or anime) spoilers and their now-entrenched presence on the Internet? Do they make you yell Japanese obscenities or go “Banzai!”?

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