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When you talk about ways to relieve stress, one of these solutions can be visual media. The process of watching a TV show or playing a video game helps to ease the grind you feel after school and/or work. However, a study came out saying that experiencing media doesn’t always get rid of stress. In fact, it can make it a lot worse. You can probably add anime and manga to that mix of media that hurts instead of helps.
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When you look at a long-running title and its popularity, you might wonder if there were any snag points along the way. After all, it takes time to achieve the success you want. For series like Hideaki Sorachi’s Gintama, you may not have that much time. Off-the-wall series like Gintama don’t always hit it off with fans. Anything unusual and different in a mainstream manga magazine like Shonen Jump gets readers angry, no?
But as Sorachi once mentioned, he thanks one chapter/episode that set the tone for a decade-long run and and provided momentum to continue alongside other long-running and popular Shonen Jump series. It was a simple story in Volume 2 of the manga about an old man and his final wish to see Gintama’s resident landlady and Deva of Kabukicho, Otose, once more. This story provides psychological context about how abnormality is still normality, but with a dirtier shell made from unfortunate circumstances.
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Have you ever loved something so much to the point that you want someone to enjoy it like you do? That may not the best choice as one internet user reminds us in this Otakon 2014 forum post about introducing anime and/or Japanese culture to someone who hasn’t experienced either one. The joys of turning someone into a otaku shouldn’t override our common sense.
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"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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For anyone reading "Koe no Katachi"/A Silent Voice, you may have noticed that the climax of the story may have just happened. It’s an all-telling tale about suicide and why it happens. What Yoshitoki Oima has written shows how the art of communication goes down the drain when a sad issue like this takes center stage.
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