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Strong Lines from a Prideful Prince

I’ve been reading the Dragon Ball Super manga ever since the franchise came back in full force. To be honest, seeing Vegeta (my favorite character) continue to get wrecked despite…

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Reframing Disability in Manga - A Must-Read for Today’s World

When my local library re-opened with full access over the summer, I decided to catch up on any print manga series I may have missed. While doing a…

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Satoru Gojo’s Anti-Suicide Motivation

I alluded to this in my post about Jujutsu Kaisen’s Yuta Okkotsu, so I’ll bring this into full light as it should for Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. The…

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Going Out to Enjoy Life Again After 2020

Many of you may know that I’ve been on a mahjong playing journey for a while now. I decided to take a venture out in person (twice) to…

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End of Summer Break 2021

Hey all, hope you’re doing well despite COVID continuing to be a problem. I’m gonna be taking a break until Labor Day (September 6 in the United States). In…

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Tokyo Revengers - The Best Kind of Revenge Is Compassion

“I don’t care if I can’t be like Mikey-kun! Because I’m Takemichi Hanagaki!” I heard this line from a famous article about being comfortable with yourself. Perfection is an…

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The Magic of Reframing - Witch Hat Atelier

Normally, I would write a whole bunch of words. But for this post, I’ll give the spotlight to Kamome Shirahama’s artwork. This is a moment in Volume 7…

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5 Years Ago, I Almost Ended It All

Time really flies once life doesn’t feel so bad. I just reflected on some painful memories of when I really thought about suicide in the summer of 2016.…

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BLEACH 2021 - Embrace Hell

It’s 2021 and in the middle of a pandemic within a pandemic, the 20th anniversary of a manga that still resonates with A LOT of fans is teasing…

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We’re In the Golden Era of BL

I watched the Manga Publishing Industry Roundtable at this year’s Comic-Con@Home event and watching it made me think about whether we now have a second mainstream manga category…

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“Look Back” - 140 Pages of Raw Emotion

Koyoharu Gotoge gets all the attention right now, but the real manga superstar of the future (or soon-to-be) is Tatsuki Fujimoto. His previous known works, Fire Punch and…

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Kaguya and Miyuki - One of My Favorite Manga Romances Ever

“Women often fell in love with someone who seems superhuman suddenly reveals their vulnerability.” I haven’t found many fans who talked about this, but how the relationship between Kaguya…

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Anime Music and the Mentally Ill - Healing for Both?

A long while back, I used to check out local Japanese rock music acts in my area. It was a fun, crazy time. I got to meet some…

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The Young Jump Upstarts - Oshi no Ko and Boy’s Abyss

Two titles that caught my eye as of late come from Shueisha’s Weekly Young Jump Magazine and both cover adolescents dealing with the reality of how the world…

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The Tension of Getting Close

Reading this part of Komi Can’t Communicate makes me think about what it means to be close to someone today. The more you reveal about yourself to someone,…

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Living Freely Does Come At a Price

When it comes to freedom, I think about what Inio Asano was trying to point out when Solanin was released in America. There was a quote about freedom…

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Narratives Can Go Through Time-Skips Too

So I just finished reading Nagata Kabi’s My Alcoholic Escape from Reality. It’s another eye-opening memoir about struggling with your mental and physical health. There’s a part in the…

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The Evergreen Shonen Story

A short while ago, there were some online conversations about the popularity of shonen stories. Almost all of them are based around the experiences of youth and some…

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Chika-chan’s Depression - Some Glimmer of Hope

Near the end of Nagata Kabi’s My Solo Exchange Diary Volume 2, there was a one-shot manga, Chika-chan’s Depression, that depicts a world where society tries to remake…

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Hi Score Girl - Turtling Forward

“Both you and the video games industry keep moving forward. It’d be pretty lame for me to be the only one getting left behind, right?” - Yaguchi Haruo…

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Kentaro Miura - A Manga Legend That Used Darkness as Light

There’s a saying that a lot of mental health experts preach - you don’t know what someone’s going through unless they either say it or you directly talk…

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No Conflict Does Mean Conflict

I’m a huge proponent of education, but I’m not going to lie that most of the people in charge of school systems aren’t great at providing great learning…

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Nagata Kabi Is Refreshing to Listen to

I’ve been waiting for this interview ever since it was announced that Nagata Kabi (the now-famous mangaka of her memoirs, My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness, My Solo Exchange…

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An Online Community Is Better Than None

Lately, there’s been a bunch of talk about online communities and their role in the grand scheme of things given the fact that not too long ago, we…

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Understanding Yumeko Jabami, Thanks to Mahjong

One of my latest hobbies is about to intersect with a very notable gambling anime/manga series starring a girl who just loves to risk it all. So I found…

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Attack on Titan’s Ending - We’re Now All FreeSo this was finally it, huh? A manga that...

So this was finally it, huh? A manga that debuted in 2009 which became an anime/manga phenomenon in 2013 and would later still have a significant place in…

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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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