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birdienumnum17

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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?

    • You could also go into depth about dualism tropes in film/tv/literature. I mean, what makes a villian anyway and who are we to judge? Was the Joker really a villian or a person who survived intense trauma and has many "negative" flaws and traits as a result of that trauma? – hilalbahcetepe 1 month ago
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    • Thanks that is a good idea ! – birdienumnum17 1 month ago
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    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 ?

        • Maybe expand a little more on what would be the main argument in the article? Will it only focus on Japanese culture or Eastern culture (then what is Eastern culture?), etc. – L.J. 3 years ago
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        • To extend Birdienumnum17's commentary, perhaps you can selectively focus on a specific aspect of Japanese custom and culture that anime insightfully represents. For instance, select relevant animes that lend some perspective about the concept of friendship in Japanese culture. – minylee 3 years ago
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        • Also, how are these Japanese customs being represented, are they being distorted, exaggerated, etc.? And what does this say about the orientation and commentary that Studio Ghibli is trying to relate through these films, if any? – Jonathan Judd 3 years ago
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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?

        • I find introspective writing to be very useful. I keep a public blog where I share my thoughts on my own anxiety, depression, and other issues. I think part of the catharsis of this type of journaling for me is connecting with other people who feel the same things as me but haven't expressed them, and letting people know how I'm doing. Private journals have also held a helpful expressive place for me over the years, but nothing has been nearly as helpful or rewarding for me as the public blog space.I also find myself procrastinating the introspective writing process sometimes, and when that happens I know I need to write about something really badly. Also, the putting things out into the public space helps to make things real and to validate an experience, and pressing the "publish" button is usually accompanied with a feeling of letting go.I find it really really useful. – Amanda 4 years ago
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        • In similar vein to what Amanda is saying, i've kept several private journals as a way of coping with stresses and the like but when it was only me reading they were filled with my "shorthand" so to speak. Opening up my writing (to a chosen few) demanded that i change the way I write; trying to be clearer about what i was saying for my audience helped me to be clearer with myself and gain a better understanding of the things i was feeling or thinking.I think in a therapeutic setting journal writing could be really effective, the person would have an outlet as well as an audience with whom to share and unpack their writing. – tlbdb 4 years ago
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        • Absolutely I think that writing in journals can be therapeutic. It has the potential for self-discovery as well as revisiting events that might have been traumatic. On a lighter note, gratitude journals are a great way to start or end the day on a positive note! When she was suffering from stage four breast cancer, my Nana kept a gratitude journal and it helped her immensely. – LAMead 4 years ago
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        • The use of the word "can" in your heading makes the question, and any subsequent positions a little ambiguous. Realistically, anything "can" be therapeutic, but certainly not for everyone, and different people are calmed by different things. Try to avoid generalizations; they lead to weak arguments. – ProtoCanon 4 years ago
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        • If you read the story of Deland Klebold's mother regarding the Columbine shooting, she reveals that she kept a journal, Dylan kept a journal and so did Eric Harris. One point she highlights is that on the same day she wrote her son was "having a great time" Dylan wrote that he "felt so alone, without a friend in the world." Journal writing has its limitations for some who may need more help and in some cases can provide a false sense of viable therapy. It is great for some, not for others who need more. – Munjeera 4 years ago
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        • Yes! Thank you! I love this idea. I recently started writing in journals again and I would agree that it can be very therapeutic. I rarely ever leave the house without my "little black book". Automatic writing has a way of clearing the mind. For the article, I would suggest interviewing a number of people that write in journals and record their impressions. This topic has a wide scope so I think it could be narrowed down to focus on a few examples of therapeutic journal writing. – AlexanderLee 3 years ago
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        • I totally think journal writing is therapeutic!! When you write out something, it requires you to processes it and organize it. One of my favorite quotes is "I write to know what I'm thinking." Sometimes we get caught up in the drama of our lives, or we feel something and we don't totally understand why we feel that way. Writing out what's going on and textually trying to explain your feelings can help a ton in figuring out how to handle them. I've had a lot of moments where something was confusing me and then once I started to write about it, different details lined up and the problem clicked in my head. – CalissaJB 3 years ago
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        birdienumnum17

        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.

        The Long-Term Positivity of Multi-Cultural Children's Books
        birdienumnum17

        This was such a great book! Thanks for writing an article on it. So well written 🙂

        The Giver: Memory, Meaning and Belonging
        birdienumnum17

        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.

        Antoine Doinel - Juvenile Spirit of the New Wave
        birdienumnum17

        Lovely article. Enjoyed seeing the bright pictures and different forms of Indian arts

        Indian Folk-art: An Expression of Cultural Diversity
        birdienumnum17

        This is a wonderful article! Yes, it is really important to note that it is impossible to be funny and joyful all the time, that is why though the “sad clown” is a paradox, it is very common like you noted. Love that you included some psychology in it.

        Crying Clowns: Comedy's Relationship with Mental Health
        birdienumnum17

        Thank you so much! I am so glad so many people learned about this anime through my article. !

        Violet Evergarden: Learning Empathy and The Lost Art of Letters
        The Magic and Artistry of Studio Ghibli's Films
        The Magic and Artistry of Studio Ghibli's Films