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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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You would think that young boys watch only shonen anime, but they might secretly be watching shoujo anime. While I watched a lot of Dragon Ball Z, my sister was into Sailor Moon and I sometimes looked at the Bandai Cardass cards she collected of the Sailor Scouts. I saw some of the original anime and one of the girls got my attention. I actually had a crush on her at one point! It was none other than Makoto Kino, aka Sailor Jupiter. I was one of the many who were interested in seeing her appear in the manga-based Sailor Moon Crystal. Her first appearance as shown made me think about the struggle to find love.
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Anime and manga are both known to explore all venues of life, including everyday situations. Here’s some psychology news that makes one genre appear to be a king. A new study shows that looking back at moments that appear boring tend to make us feel good. It suggests that listening to some old songs or even remembering a joke from the past will generate positive vibes. I thought about why that kind of thinking has made the slice-of-life genre a popular theme to base a series around.
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For any fujoshi/fudanshi of different nationalities (besides Japanese), have you ever thought about how your ethnic background’s country perceived your interest in boys’ love? To me, China has been on my radar when it comes to the subject. I’ve been interested in the country’s future with regards to BL, because I feel that it’s a phenomenon that makes me think about China’s progression into a huge player in fandom and weirdly enough, a topic that is ingrained in its culture - family.
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For those that love horror, you would know that the genre tends to play off psychological fears in physical form to shock its fans. One of manga’s hottest horror titles, Tokyo Ghoul, does this as well, but it took a short look at the emotional horror of possibly losing the love of those closest to you. It reminds anyone of the complex nature of developing and nurturing social bonds.
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