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When you think about all the conflict between different groups/races throughout the ages, what if a small glimmer of hope was revealed to bring them together? But what if that hope possibly meant the extinction of one group? Tite Kubo’s BLEACH examined a brief moment where two members of the prominent races, Shinigami and Quincy, got to know each other in a moment of fate that would define the life of Ichigo Kurosaki forever. "Everything but the Rain" (Volumes 59-60) shows how life can be cruel when heavy rain pours down on you, especially a storm with such force as ingroup bias.
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If we already have a Mr. Clean, does that mean we now have a Ms. Clean? :)
Everyone’s favorite Attack on Titan bad boy, Levi, is starring in his own shoujo manga series entitled, "Attack on Titan: A Choice of No Regrets." It’s a prequel about his past and how he met the Commander of the Survey Corps, Erwin Smith. We all know tough guys are softies at heart.
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“The abusiveness was something I wanted to draw from the beginning. I feel that parents who abuse their children are very bad. But at the same time, I was interested in how they become abusive.” - Yun Kouga on Ritsuka Aoyagi’s development through child abuse. (Yun Kouga Panel at Anime Expo 2009)
When you think about how life has put you down, a natural response would be to get angry. You look for something or someone to blame. What if you decide to take it out on a child? After all, children can be nuisances and make you agitated from time to time. They can’t fight back, no matter what they do, as you’re “stronger” than them. Yun Kouga’s Loveless explored the issue of child abuse with regards to the main character, Ritsuka Aoyagi, and his treatment by his mother, Misaki Aoyagi. What’s even more frightening is how another family member plays a role to the abuse and creates a vicious cycle. The power of abuse is something we continue to underestimate in reality and the Aoyagi family situation is a harsh reminder of that.
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"Eren…as long as you’re around, I can do anything."
When Attack on Titan debuted in late 2009, it took the manga world by storm and debuted a female character whose behavior is different from many other heroines in shonen manga. Mikasa Ackerman blew many readers (and anime viewers in 2013) away with her strength, determination and intelligence. What’s interesting about Mikasa is that her positive attributes have been honed due to the main protagonist, Eren Jaeger. She is loyal to him to the point where it seems romantic. Is it cute or creepy? Let’s find out, shall we?
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Who would have figured that going from ninjas to mobsters would still provide an interesting look at people? A while ago, Shonen Jump recently released one of Masashi Kishimoto’s oneshots, Mario. It was a story originally drawn in 1998 and brought back in the June 2013 issue of JUMP SQUARE and the May 13, 2013 issue of VIZ’s Shonen Jump. Unlike Naruto, Mario is pretty violent and the setting is much more mature. The main character is noted to be a “mama’s boy” near the end of the story and it poses a question as to why men are still quite fond of the first women in their lives.
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