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14th June 2013

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Fujoshi Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts 3P


Noctis Lacus Caelum and Sora, the protagonists of Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III.

For many anime/manga fans, Japanese video games, most especially role-playing games, are also a big part of their love of Japanese pop culture. In what was one of the biggest shockers of the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo, Square Enix unleashed trailers for two games fans all over the world have been craving for so many years. The re-branded Final Fantasy Versus XIII, now officially christened as Final Fantasy XV, and Kingdom Hearts III literally made the internet explode with glee. Or more importantly, the screams of the rising subgroup that is the fujoshi. 

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Tagged: fujoshiFinal Fantasy XVKingdom Hearts IIIvideo gamespsychologySquare EnixJapanese RPGspsychology of womenfujoshi fanserviceotaku culture

16th May 2013

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A Very Fujoshi Thanksgiving in May


Thanksgiving in May official logo. Found at NBA.com

Hey, we’re halfway there, right? Also, pretend those hands are those of your favorite ship!

While watching the NBA on TNT recently, sportscaster Ernie Johnson talked about doing a big hashtag trend on Twitter called “#thanksgivinginmay” on Thursday, May 16, 2013.  So, I just wanted to say “KYAAA!”…I mean “Happy Thanksgiving” to the wonderful fujoshi I’ve met and spoken to over the past couple of years. Especially a special one in particular. Gin x Shin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’ve written about the fujoshi in the past and I still stand by my words, that they can make a difference if given a chance. The future is bright for Japan if women can become dominant over there.

Being around fujoshi helped me come to terms with my sexuality to a certain degree. There are times where I’ve been a bit uncomfortable with how effeminate I have acted. I can say now that I will make as many suggestions as I will like and behave as I please. It is still frightening to see gender roles being ruthlessly enforced in all aspects of life. Fujoshi see a bigger picture of the world of men and the world of sexuality in general beyond gender stereotypes. Men do have feelings and if they want to cry when they’re in emotional pain, then don’t hate them for that. All that matters is if they have what it takes to succeed in life. 

In a world like this, the fujoshi must break FREE! Enjoy those juicy rib cages today!

Promotional artwork for FREE!, Kyoto Animation's next hit that will target fujoshi.

What are you thankful for so far in 2013?

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Tagged: fujoshiFREE!Thanksgiving in Mayanimemangapsychology of fujoshipsychology of gendersexuality

9th April 2013

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Be Right Back - Undergoing Fujoshi Therapy


Sena Akagi, the hardcore fujoshi, returns in Oreimo Season 2!

Amazing words, Akagi-senpai. You go, girl!

My brain feels fried and I need some pretty men to get me going again. So I’m taking a break this week. 

Some upcoming entries will be about Kuroko no Basket, Pandora Hearts, Blue Exorcist, Kuroshitsuji, and Gintama (Yes, I want to discuss that “Rule 63”/Dokobekko arc going on in the manga).

Now if you excuse me, I’m off to play otome games for further inspiration

What? I…it’s not like I’m enjoying fujoshi material because I want to, ok!? I just find it a fascinating study for research purposes, ok!? You should be thankful……..

IDIOT ONEE-CHAN!!!! *runs away in tears*

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Tagged: mangapsychologyfujoshifujoshi therapyOreimoSena AgakiKuroko no BasketPandora HeartsBlue Exorcistmanga therapymanga psychologymanga characterKuroshitsujiGintamaJapanese pop culture

8th March 2013

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Who Run the World? (Manga Girls!) - Happy International Women’s Day!


Three of Gintama's powerful women, ready to take the spotlight.

Nothing says kick-ass like a female warrior who transcends norms.  March 8 has come once again, which means it’s International Women’s Day!

Here are some past articles I’ve written on some of the top female characters in anime and manga.

An Ode to Kagura (Gintama)

Hail to the Ice Queen! Olivier Mira Armstrong (Fullmetal Alchemist)

Breaking Down Character Armor (Erza Scarlet - Fairy Tail)

Princess Sapphire and the Power of Blue (Princess Knight)

Psychology of the Planets Starring the Sailor Scouts (Sailor Moon)

And for a real treat for the women who love boys being around other boys out there.

The Great Power of the Fujoshi

Ladies, keep on outwitting anyone that continues to underestimate you.

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Tagged: mangaInternational Women's Daypsychology of female charactersGintamaFullmetal AlchemistFairy TailPrincess KnightSailor Moonfujoshifemale manga characters

13th November 2012

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Shonen Jump Brings All the Girls to the Yard


Nikkei's chart of popular Weekly Shonen Jump titles that women like vs. titles that men like.

If 50% of Weekly Shonen Jump readers are female, one can consider the magazine to be the most gender-neutral manga magazine out there today.

The Nikkei Shimbun recently took a look at Japanese women that read Jump. The results were what fans might usually expect. As you can see, female readers love series like Haikyuu!!, Gintama, Katekyo Hitman Reborn, Kuroko no Basket, One Piece, and BLEACH. The boys loved titles like Nisekoi, Kochikame, Medaka Box, Toriko, Beelzebub, and Naruto. 

Nikkei also took a look at the history of Shonen Jump titles that appealed to women (which includes Captain Tsubasa, Hoshin Engi, Yu Yu Hakusho, Rurouni Kenshin, and The Prince of Tennis).

The history of Shonen Jump titles appealing to women starting with "Captain Tsubasa".

Nikkei also goes into depth on why girls happen to love Shonen Jump and even talks about how boys might not be drawn into it because of the amount of material that’s catered to women (i.e. Kuroko no Basket, which Nikkei discussed in great detail in the 3rd page of the article). The article says that titles like Nisekoi are there to get back or get continued support by male readers.

Another interesting thing to point out is the title of the article. Here’s what it says:

"発行部数300万部の「週刊少年ジャンプ」を支える熱い女子 日経エンタテインメント”

You can translate it as "Crazy/enthusiastic fangirls help support Weekly Shonen Jump’s 3 million circulation!"

A friend of mine felt that the title is insulting towards fujoshi. Then again, the tone of the article suggests that the large amount of females reading Jump is ruining boys’ images of Jump. Is that really the case though? If you look at the 1st chart, everything seems to even out in the end. 

Is this an obstacle to fujoshi power or something that just more people will accept over time? All we know is that relationships are essential to everyone’s (men, women, children, adults, etc.) lives and Shonen Jump titles highlight them in great detail. 

Guess this is another huge reason why Shonen Jump is considered to be "The World’s Most Popular Manga" magazine, huh?

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Tagged: ShueishaWeekly Shonen Jumpdemographicsfemale readersmangapsychologyworld's most popular mangafujoshiNikkei Shimbunmanga psychology

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