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13th June 2014

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Grey Is…Messy, Lovable, and Cool

Black and White from 'Grey Is...'.

"When you start secretly preferring a depressed person over a happy one just so you can have a purpose to stay, you realize how wrong is the place you’re standing in."

In life, people want everything to be black and white. There should be a right and a wrong. A yes and a no. Nothing should be complicated. If only life were that simple. A OEL webcomic manga from an artist living in the Middle East touches on the ambiguity of life with "Grey is…" Using her fascination with psychology, dee Juusan shows that being complicated is something that makes us alive.

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Tagged: Grey Is...mangaOEL mangapsychologypsychology of colorpsychology of friendshipdee Juusan

7th June 2014

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Anime Research for a Better Fandom

Just wanted to give a heads-up about an awesome research study being conducted by a group of social scientists studying fandoms. The International Anime Research Team is conducting a month-long survey (June 6, 2014-July 6, 2014) on anime/manga fandom. This is arguably the biggest undertaking I’ve seen with regards to studying anime/manga fans.

If you’re 18 and over, you can take the survey here. I’ve already taken it and it got me thinking about several things. You also have a chance to win an Amazon $50 gift card. 

The 2014 Anime Survey is something I hope to see more of. Psychology is a field that should help combat stereotypes of all kinds, not reinforce them. 

This is one Survey expedition that’s bound to lead to new knowledge with a safe return.

You can learn about the Anime Research team here.


Tagged: anime fandompsychologyanime researchresearch studysurveyInternational Anime Research Projectanime survey 2014

31st May 2014

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Escaflowne - The Vision of Hitomi

Hitomi Kanzaki from Escaflowne.

The last article for Mental Health Month 2014 is from Kit, a writer for the excellent Study of Anime blog. She talks about a classic anime retelling that got her through a rough time in her early adulthood. Read on!

2002 was a tough year for me, for many reasons. I wasn’t even sure if I’d make it through college, or even out of my parents’ house; I feared being kicked out to the street.

And I wanted to disappear.

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Tagged: Vision of EscaflowneHitomi KanzakianimepsychologyMental Health MonthdepressionStudy of Animeguest post

27th May 2014

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Mushi-shi - A Metaphor for Mental Illness

Scene from Mushi-shi Season 2.

The following post for Mental Health Month is by Lauren Orsini, the Otaku Journalist. She decides to talk about how a highly underrated and beloved series takes a look at mental illness in a fascinating way. Enjoy!

“Maybe you should toughen up and stop wallowing in bed.”

You wouldn’t say the above sentence to somebody with a broken leg. So why is it acceptable to say to somebody with an equally real disease, depression?

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Tagged: Mushi-shiMental Health Monthmental illnessOtaku Journalistguest postpsychologyanimemanga

23rd May 2014

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Beneath Evil Lies Hope

A letter written inside Flowers of Evil, Volume 1.

If you can’t read the message, the full-sized image is linked in the picture above. Name is censored to protect identity of an individual mentioned.

Who knew a message of light can be found in something so twisted? This picture was from a while back when I decided to re-read The Flowers of Evil by borrowing the manga volumes from my library. To this day, it remains on my phone.

In some ways, this ties into what happens in the final chapter of the series. Anyone who’s read it knows what I’m talking about. The finale was a message to confused teenagers out there that being down isn’t the end.

Though it makes me wonder if the depressed reader the speech is addressed to had a sense of hopelessness that drew her into the manga. Maybe she read the actual book herself. Did her older sister browse Volume 1 to write what she wrote? Well, it doesn’t help that the back cover has the tag line, “You’re a pervert, aren’t you?”

I hope this person knows that she is loved, no matter what preconceptions people have of her. You don’t need everyone’s love. Just one small connection will move your heart slowly but surely in the right direction.

Let this image bloom in your mind that something beautiful can come out of pain.


Tagged: The Flowers of Evilmangapsychologyinspirational speech

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