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Yuta Okkutsu - The Curse and Blessing of Love (Jujutsu Kaisen)“I’ve always believed that...

"I've always believed that love manifests the most distorted curses." Before the curse of Ryomen Sukuna became the main problem in Gege Akutami's Jujutsu Kaisen, there was another curse…

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On Kodansha US’s New Tagline

One of the North American manga publishers recently got a new revamp as Kodansha Comics became consolidated into a more centralized Kodansha with a new logo and also a…

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The Little Child Inside Us

“Maybe there is no other way besides killing. And I dunno what I’m gonna do when the time comes. But I want to save that little boy.” My Hero…

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Non-Manga Book Shoutout: Mental Illness Is an Asshole

I wanted to take a moment to recommend this book because it’s one of the few mental health books written by someone who’s not a professional, but an…

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What We Really Want

Source: VIZ Media This is one of my favorite sequences in Komi Can’t Communicate from what I’ve read so far. Someone said to me a long time ago that you can’t…

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11 Years of Manga Therapy

Today, this blog is 11 years old. And it all feels like the past year went by so suddenly despite a pandemic that’s shut off almost everything. Given that…

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Being Asian in America and Fandom

I want to talk about my nationality today and being part of a fandom that I question from time to time due to my background as a Chinese-American.Yesterday…

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Processing Meaningful Death in Anime/Manga

A few college students got some psychology headlines recently as they completed a study published in Omega - Journal of Death and Dying about meaningful deaths in fiction…

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Demon Slayer and My Hero Academia - 2 Sides of the Same Coin?

Whenever you hear about Koyoharu Gotoge’s Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, you tend to hear about the records the series has smashed in Japan since the anime adaptation…

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An Ode to Kagura (Gintama)

mangatherapy: Keep reading I wanted to bring this post back from 10 years ago. This is still one of my favorite posts I’ve ever written. I put a good…

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Disgraceful Yet Cherished Bonds

I was reading through Noragami recently and there was a comment from one character, Ebisu, about the friendship of the main characters, Yato and Yukine. Ebisu noted that…

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Mangaka Are Flawed People Like You and I

If Shonen Jump is considered to be the “World’s Most Popular Manga,” then you can bet that the creators behind the magazine’s landmark series are some of the most…

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The Manga Life over the Suburban Life

As a kid-to-early teenager growing up, I was enamored by Highlander: The Series. I was fascinated with the idea of immortal beings who went through notable historic periods…

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Neuroscience in a Family-Oriented Manga, Oh My

I found this basic example of neuroscience in Chapter 39 of Spy x Family recently. There’s a good amount of truth to this. I sometimes feel like everyone’s…

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You Don’t Have to Get an Otaku Lover

"I wish I had a girlfriend who was into anime.” For as long as I’ve been involved in anime/manga fandom, I hear this line quite a bunch from (mostly)…

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On a Major Loss in the Anime Community in 2020

I was browsing through Twitter today and I found out from a thread that it has been 7 months since the U.S. anime community lost one of its…

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A Promise to Aspire to

“Don’t you want to create a world without shipments? A world where you don’t have to compete with friends? Don’t you want to change this world to one…

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I Give Up on Anime (Almost) - A Discussion on Anime vs. Manga

Over the past few years, I started to enjoy anime a lot less than I used to. I used to watch quite a bunch of anime series around…

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Strength Comes from Meaningful Numbers

A fan told me about Chapter 127 of Blue Exorcist recently and after reading it, it’s good to see the payoff to all the flashbacks and sibling tension…

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“My Broken Mariko” Reveals a Broken Real World

“I’m so broken...I don’t know where to start fixing myself anymore.” As someone who’s experienced thoughts of suicidal ideation, I can say that Waka Hirako’s My Broken Mariko is…

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Behind the Blog - 20 Years in the Making

5 years ago, I wrote “Behind the Blog - 15 Years in the Making.” It was a post detailing how I was diagnosed with clinical depression in 2000 and…

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Komi and the Difficulty of Communication

I finally got into Komi Can’t Communicate and read the 1st 8 volumes after years of hearing about it in internet manga circles. It has quite a charm that…

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Being “Worshiped” At a Convention

This year has been a complete wash for fan conventions. While convention organizers are trying their best with virtual conventions, there’s really no substitute for the intimacy that…

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“It’s Not Your Fault” - A Mangaka Who Gets It

So for those who haven’t heard, a really powerful josei manga, My Broken Mariko, has been getting a lot of attention this year. It’s a modern-age story about…

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Believe in Humanity, Not the Demon

A major incident that happened in a Japanese onsen and involved manga theft went viral and for once, it reminded me of something that I wish more people…

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Parental Rage Only Causes More Rage - Dragon Ball Super

Recently, a fan wanted me to post his thoughts about Dragon Ball Super: Broly with regards to the emotional abuse that the character Broly goes through due to…

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Don’t Make Time a Wicked Witch (Witch Hat Atelier)

Now a 2020 Eisner Award AND 2020 Harvey Award winning manga. I wanted to bring back this post because Witch Hat Atelier is a phenomenal series. It’s basically…

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I Miss Reborn!

Over the past couple of months, I’ve been playing Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio’s Yakuza 0 and Judgment to catch up on the Yakuza series. What fascinated me about both…

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Fragile Chainsaw Masculinity

Note: This post covers up to Chapter 84. So regarding huge spoilers, I’m only going to hint at certain elements. If there’s one manga I find to be…

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Cherish Beautiful Chaotic Development

I listened to a story yesterday about a black woman who continually fights for her son who has autism spectrum disorder and how the journey led her to…

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Saburo Kono - A Memorable Photo One-Shot

A really good one-shot manga from the creators of The Promised Neverland came out and I think it’s one of the best examples on how death is such…

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Anime/Manga Fans and Serious Mental Illness

Over the past couple of years, I started to realize that people couldn’t tell the difference between someone who has bad mental health versus who has a mental…

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About Fans Telling Mangaka They Read Scanlations

When creators and celebrities attend fan conventions to meet with audiences that love them, it’s often a wonderful time for everyone. However, there’s still some cases where fans…

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A Cheap Win for Manga (In a Good Way)

You know as much as I sometimes worry about manga’s reputation as being “cheap” with regards to the quality of the paper used in Japan and how scanlations have…

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Being Both Chinese and Otaku

I’m sure many of you may know this, but I’m a 1st generation Chinese-American. My first exposure to anime was back in the early 1990s’ through Cantonese-dubbed episodes…

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Important Manga Announcement for Your Kids’ Sake

Photo Source: JICA Botswana’ Facebook Page This is pretty cool to see. So a Japanese manga artist by the name of Kimidori Inoue came up with a nice manga…

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Can Sports Manga Really Break Through in North America?

Here we are in the summer of 2020 and it’s usually San Diego Comic-Con time. And with it comes discussion of how manga is doing in 2020. There…

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The End of Fullmetal Alchemist

I’m thinking about re-reading Fullmetal Alchemist again because it’s still a well-paced series. I’ve written a good amount of posts on FMA too. Also, this post at Crunchyroll…

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Regarding That CODA Anti-Piracy Campaign

So I found out that this is a thing. CODA (Japan’s Content Overseas Distribution Agency) decided to do a manga campaign featuring 16 manga stories from notable mangaka…

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A Forgotten Secret to Enjoying Life

I started playing Dragon Quest VIII recently and my mind went “Oh, hey. Now I’ll get those Gintama jokes about the series.” And then I read something about why…

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Some Thoughts on Fan Drama

About a decade ago, when I cosplayed for the first time, I remember staying up late at an anime convention due to a friend attending a cosplay masquerade.…

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Astra - Lost in Space and Finding Resilience with Others

If there’s one lesson humanity often forgets, it’s that people need each other despite all the differences being pushed by outside forces to separate them. No one truly…

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Literal Girl Power - Chainsaw Man

I want to talk about one of my new favorite female characters in manga right now. She’s so hilarious and uninhibited to the point where I feel like…

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A New Anime Survey for 2020

The good folks at the International Anime Research Project has released their annual survey on the psychological makeup of anime fans for this year. This year, due to…

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Love Conquers Demons

I sometimes forget that Blue Exorcist exists. But every time I catch up with the manga, I’m just in awe of how raw the series has become as…

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To the Future - Demon Slayer’s Ending

When I first heard rumors about Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba ending a few months ago, I was shocked to hear about the manga ending so soon. I…

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A Look at “I Sold My Life for 10K Yen Per Year”

We all have kinds of taboo topics that reinforce what’s appropriate to talk about. Religion, money, politics, sex, etc. While these are reasonable topics to avoid addressing in…

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Choosing to Read Manga - The Fewer There Are, The Better They Become

With a lot of manga available out there in print and online, you can say that there’s something for everyone. Yet with the wide variety of manga comes the…

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Focus on the Next Right Thing

I hope everyone is doing okay and finding time to enjoy as much anime/manga/video games as you can. A bunch of anime/manga-related projects are going to be affected…

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The Manga World’s More Than Just Jump

Whenever I hear about what is arguably the best way to read manga online that supports the manga industry in North America, I usually get one answer -…

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