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28th July 2014

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What Does Your Consumption Say About You?


A room full of otaku merchandise.

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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Tagged: mangapsychology of consumptionanimeotaku culture

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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Tagged: animemangapsychology of forcepsychology of fandomotaku culture

10th September 2013

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What!? Anime Isn’t Popular!?


Berserk's Guts in a fit of rage.

Last week, I wrote a pretty ranty piece about the promotion of anime and manga outside of Japan. Get ready to enjoy or cry.

I think it’s best that we just continue to promote them in our own way and make small yet meaningful impacts. Free! fandom, "Attack on Titan" fandom, even if Japan may not be aware of your efforts, you have people’s hearts by creating communities for the better.

Anything is better than zero. 

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Tagged: animemangaJapanese pop culturepromotion of animeProject Otakuanime popularityotaku cultureanime fandom

16th June 2013

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I Am My Father


Naruto Uzumaki and Minato Namikaze sharing a father-son moment.

You ever think about how your otaku lifestyle can be a direct result of how your parents behaved back then? What if your father’s history had a role to all this? What if you never knew until later in your life? 

As most of you readers may know, I have a history of depression. I’ve been fighting depression for as long as I have been diagnosed with it. For a while, I thought there was no family history of depression. My mother often told doctors that there was no genetic inheritance. A few years ago, however, I learned more about my father and his battle with himself.

My father was tired of work and wanted to retire badly. He was complaining non-stop. I learned he had self-esteem issues in the past because of how his father treated him. His father always yelled at him for the littlest things. My mom told me that my dad was a lazy bum with little tact and self-confidence. She told me that if she never fell in love with him, who knows what would have happened. That’s when I understood why I have depression in the first place.

So why did my mom fall in love with him? I think maybe it’s because he really wanted to change. My dad tried to secretly escape China to Hong Kong via ship once. He was too late to get on-board, but he jumped into the water regardless and swam as hard as he could before authorities arrested him. My dad went to jail for a few months and was treated like crap. He even got his eye hit by the end of a rifle once.

Although I find it easier to talk to my mom, my dad reminds me of myself a lot. I often get told that I look like him too. He is a very big kid at heart. My dad is almost always about having fun and making jokes with people. He loves playing with and talking to kids. I may not be great at the kids’ department, but with friends, I am like him. My mom jokes that she has to take care of three kids sometimes. 

He was funny, angry, sad and kind. The best thing about my dad is that he was always there to play with my sister and I when we were kids. It’s sad how so many fathers are not there for their kids because they’re either off doing dumb stuff or in jail.

This is him now. 

My father. The man who gave birth to Manga Therapy.

Guess this explains why I’ve become more eccentric than ever. Sometimes I wonder what if my father was an otaku. He actually watched Initial D with me when I was younger. Oh no, is this the main reason why yaoi has been slowly corrupting my brain? OYAAAAAAAAJIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!!!!!!!!!!!

When people say that children do take after their parents, you better believe there is some truth to this statement. My love of Japanese pop culture is a result of my father being young at heart. 

As someone once told me, grow up, but don’t grow old.

Happy Father’s Day all!

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Tagged: Father's Daypsychologylifefighting depressionotaku culturelife lessonspsychology of parenting

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

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