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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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"Being the best decoy ever is as cool as being the ace."
Leave it to sports anime/manga series for taking psychological emphasis on their characters and the situations around them. Haikyu!! reminded me of the impact of someone who can take whatever comes at him/her, so that another person can shine without worry. It provides a look at the “decoy effect” and how distractions of the good kind help.
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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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