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A compelling Villain: Isabella from the Promised Neverland
The Promised Neverland is an anime and magna about a Dystopian society in which human survival is nearly impossible, until a few children at the orphanage figure out the secret of the orphanage and the world they live in. A bone chilling, yet allegorical tale of human nature, survival and the question of what is better living a short and happy life or living free and fighting for life? Isabella the "mother" of the children is a fascinating villain: warm, kind, but at the same time terrifying, cruel, and wicked. Yet, despite all this all the viewers are able to see the very human side of Isabella when they realize the truth about how the world they live in is run. Is Isabella really a villain? Or is she just a human that lived through trauma trying to make the best out of what she has in that world?
Themes of life, death, hope, and music in Full Moon wo Sagashite
In both the anime and the manga, Full Moon wo Sagashite opens difficult topics of what it means to live, to sing, and how hope and human relationships tie through all this through the story of Mitsuki. Although a bright and colourful and at times brimming with cuteness, this anime/manga brings up difficult topics. How does music and hope tie in with life and death in this story and why does it make it so appealing to audiences?
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The role of Trauma healing and Spirituality in the book the Shack
In the book the Shack by William P Young, Mack has major trauma after his youngest daughter is murdered during a camping trip. The author uses Spirituality as the main force to help Mack overcome his guilt and to help him work through his grief and trauma. Explore how spirituality is used in the book/film.
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How much can one learn about Japanese customs through Studio Ghibli's films?
Studio Ghibli’s films, even in their English dub, incorporate subtleties about Japanese customs. For example, When Marine was there presents a Japanese festival scene and Spirited away and Princess Mononoke both present ideas of gods and spirits. Even though all of Ghibli’s films are fiction, to what extent are true Japanese customs presented ?
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Can journal writing be therapeutic?
In psychology, it is said that trapping emotions can cause an emotional blow-up in the long-run. To what extent can journal writing help someone make important discussions, express him/herself, and can it be incorporated into therapy?
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Wow this is amazing! I was the one who suggested the topic and I feel as if I almost wrote this! You captured the interesting and intriguing personality of Mama so well. I am so glad you included the lullaby. I think what makes this anime so compelling is how so “realistic” this dystopia can be. So many dark themes can be applied to our lives and past history as humanity. Interesting how even though she is the “enemy” her story is so human and how “Emma” is her foil is so many ways. Wonderful work!
Thank you so much! So happy you enjoyed my article. Looking forwards for articles from you too 🙂
Hello! No worries– I actually travelled to Finland last summer so I saw them all over the place there. I have a Finnish friend and a professor from my university was from Finland and she used Moomins in her book.
Yes I have heard that Moomin is popular in Japan ! Thanks for sharing
I am so glad to see this published!This was super informative article for me because I have never read any of these books. It is great to expose young kids with different cultures and these books are a fun and engaging way to do so. It is also great to know that immigrant kids can relate to characters in popular teens and children’s stories.
This was such a great book! Thanks for writing an article on it. So well written 🙂
Very nice article. I did not know anything about Les Quatre Cents Coups or Francois’ films. You did a really good job analyzing the character.