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27th November 2012

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Onepunch-Man - Why Being the Best is Boring


Onepunch-Man Volumes 1 and 2 by ONE and Yusuke Murata.

Have you ever read shonen battle manga and wonder why do battles drag on and on for ages? Have you thought about why there is so much talking during battles as well? More importantly, why are shonen heroes so intent on training hard? There’s one manga series that asks these same questions while providing a solution in the most average way possible.

Look out, world, because here comes Onepunch-Man. This extremely wacky webcomic series by ONE and Yusuke Murata (of Eyeshield 21 fame) takes a look at the absurdity of shonen battle manga. It gives us an unappealing superhero who kills everything with one punch and has no desire to help people. Onepunch-Man also greatly questions how motivated can a person be after they achieve their goals.

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12th September 2012

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Anime Reruns and Manga Rereads = Possible Mental Resurgence?


Nico Robin yelling "I want to live!", one of many fans' favorite moments in One Piece.

Looks like catching a re-airing of your favorite anime episode can do wonders for your brain. Two recent studies reported that watching reruns of your favorite TV shows can give you the strength to stay persistent and perform tough tasks. Since the viewer already knows what’s going to happen while watching, he/she will remain relaxed while watching their favorite episodes refreshes their minds. The same can also be applied to someone who rereads their favorite books. 

With that said, I know I’m extremely guilty of this with watching reruns of Gintama and/or re-reading the manga constantly. One of my favorite story arcs in Gintama was the Screwdriver/Monkey Hunter arc (Volume 22/Episodes 121-123). I repeatedly watched various scenes of that arc over and over because of Shimura Shinpachi’s outbursts over some of the characters’ antics, most particularly one gag involving Kotaro Katsura and a “quite revealing” secret about himself (which was gross and completely random). Reliving my favorite humorous moments in Gintama has kept me going and reassures me that even in dark times, things will be quite alright. I also heavily re-read manga scenes featuring Vegeta (of Dragon Ball) and Saitou Hajime (of Rurouni Kenshin). Both of those characters have had a huge influence in my life and remind me to be confident in fighting the good fight. Right now, Fullmetal Alchemist, Blue Exorcist, Flowers of Evil, and Attack on Titan are on my “Definitely Read Again” list.

I always believe that anime and manga can be refreshing and beneficial to one’s life. What series do you guys revisit when you need that extra bit of motivation? Bet you all have some interesting stories to tell!

It’s always good to visit an old friend, isn’t it?

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