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23rd July 2014

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Never Be That Person


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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18th July 2014

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The Transference of Shizuka Hoshijiro


Shizuka Hoshijiro in various forms.

"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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Tagged: Shizuka HoshijiroKnights of Sidoniapsychology of transferencepsychology of projectionmangaanime

12th July 2014

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The Suicidal Silence


Ishida rescues Nishimiya from suicide, 'A Silent Voice' Chapter 43.

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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1st July 2014

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Naruto on How to End Hatred


Kaguya Otsusushi, the source of hatred in Naruto.

You might think that while I love the Rock Lee spinoff, I may have ignored the main story of Naruto. However, Masashi Kishimoto pulled a wacky twist by introducing the “conductor” of the whole series. Enter the goddess, Kaguya Otsusuki, the person behind EVERYTHING. Some argue about her sudden presence so late into the end, but it tells an interesting tale about the origin of hatred.

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20th June 2014

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Why Are You All Curious About Incest!?


Watamote joke about incest curiousity.

If there’s anything you can reliably count on from Japan, it’s the promotion of close and sexually-charged family bonds. Over the past few months, one of my most popular articles ever, "Why Is Incest a Popular Theme in Anime and Manga?" got a huge spike in visits. This sounds frightening, doesn’t it? The data that’s about to be shown below highlights why incest intrigue is leading to a case of supposed wincest.

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