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What does Mob Psycho 100 say about individuals?

Mob Psycho 100 is a series from the creators of One Punch Man. Focusing on the title character of Shigeo "Mob" Kageyama. Mob is a esper, he learns as a child that his powers are link to his emotional state. As a result he is emotionally muted and appears with a blank expression. He has no friends (in the beginning) and is social awkward. In contrast, the character of Reigen is the opposite of Mob.

Reigen is the boss and master of Mob. He is a con man, whom, uses the power of his words to manipulate his clients into believing he is helping them with their problems. A common theme that is brought up in the series is the idea that Mob’s psychic powers are one aspect of him and he is no better than other’s. Reigen believes that his powers are really no different from someone who can sing, dance or play a sport. Basically, everyone has something special about them.

Explore the theme from the series, that we all are special in different ways. Question what the difference between being ordinary and extraordinary is. Explore how the various characters, specifically, Mob and Reigen display the theme.

  • Yes, so much yes. The idea of "being the protagonist of your own story" is a great theme to delve into, as well as the emotional lessons of the story. I would also touch on additional characters and how they negotiate having powers, i.e. being special, with their level of emotional maturity. Ristu, Serizawa, Sho, Hanazawa, and Toichiro all cope with being "special" in healthy and unhealthy ways. I'd be very excited to read a piece about this. – Eden 8 months ago
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The Silent Protagonist

Analyse what makes a silent protagonist work and what doesn’t: when does a game benefit from having one? When does it not? What are some instances where a silent protagonist could have been better as a speaking one, or vice versa?

Or maybe, what warrants the use of a silent protagonist, particularly in plot-heavy, character-driven series’ like Persona? How are they characterised, if at all, and why?

  • Could look at Link in The Legend of Zelda as well! – Sean Gadus 6 months ago
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  • There's also the case where silent protagonists stop becoming silent in the series, such as Jak in Jak and Daxter. – Emily Deibler 6 months ago
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  • One could consider the role of the silent protagonist’s “silence” as it pertains to immersive purposes. Some silent characters are not only mute—they have no explicit Idiosyncrasies or traits to establish themselves as full characters. Others, like Link in “The Wind Waker,” have more a sense of character through facial expressions and other complex reactive behaviors to story and gameplay elements. Exploring this dichotomy can prove useful in answering the question of the benefit of a silent protagonist. – James Polk 3 months ago
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The Evolution of Mills and Boon Romance Novels

Analyse the history and evolution of the Mills and Boon romance novels. How the content and cover art changed throughout the years.

  • Mills and Boon romance novels have been around for so many years, maybe like 50 or 100. You can analyze how they evolved over the years in terms of their covers (illustrations on the covers) as well as the stories themselves. For example, more recent versions have more explicit language. – nsafwat 2 weeks ago
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COVID-19 on (lack of/Postponed) Movie Releases in Theatres

Obviously, COVID-19 has seemed to stop everyone in their tracks, even postponing blockbusters including No Time to Die (James Bond) and Black Widow. What does this mean for the theatres? Will the pushing back of highly desired films start the habit of staying at home and opting for an online streaming service (ex. Netflix/Hulu)? Will movie theatres be an item of the past? How have movie theatre sales been affected by past trauma?

  • This is a great question. I'm curious how this will affect the culture of cinema as a whole if the experience of going to the movies is taken away completely. – sophiawestover 1 week ago
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The Trolley Problem in The Gone Girl Movie

The 2008 neo-noir movie puts to light a conflict over different types of ethics; deontological and consequentialist wherein Patrick has to choose between doing the right thing by convention (returning the child to the mother) as opposed to ensuring the child’s welfare by allowing the benevolent kidnapper to keep the child. An examination of this moral dilemma in terms of ethics and philosophy would make for interesting reading.

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    What is right, truth and justice when it comes to the American democracy?

    Do notions of right, truth and mercy matter? If so, How do they matter in relation to "Just Mercy (2019) ? How do legal terms such as beyond a reasonable doubt and burden of proof work in a society where disguising the truth is evident and inevitable?

    • I like the concept of your article, but I would think that you ought to clarify what you mean by these terms as well as what "modern world people" mean in particular. As a philosophy buff , I'm interested in how this goes. – RedFlame2000 3 weeks ago
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    The Depiction of Religion In Anime

    Religion is an important orienting concept for societies so it is not surprising that anime has often dealt with it in many different forms. An article examining religion in Attack n Titan, Fullmetal Alchemist and D Gray Man would help provide for exciting reading. One could look at either the depiction of the organisation or religious themes within them.

    • That would be an interesting article. Especially in how Christianity is portrayed (or referenced). – OkaNaimo0819 2 weeks ago
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    Fan Fiction & LGBT Expression

    Last week, Archive of Our Own (AO3), a major fanfiction archive and network, won the Hugo award for Best Related Work, an award never before given to a website or unpublished fan work. Fan fiction is the genre that comprises unpublished, written fan works based on other media, such as comics, television, film, and books. Perhaps because it is written by "amateurs" or because it is unpublished, fan fiction has often been scoffed at as unprofessional or self-indulgent. But for fans, fan fiction can be a way of reshaping popular media to reflect their identities. Members of the LGBT community in particular often criticize popular media for lacking compelling narratives surrounding LGBT themes, and when left unsatisfied, many fans turn to fanfiction to see themselves in the media they otherwise enjoy.

    How does fanfiction fill a void in representation for LGBT fans? What role does fanfiction serve in building and maintaining a fanbase, if any? And what happens when any particular piece of media garners a notable LGBT fan fiction fanbase? What transformative properties do LGBT fan works enact upon media, and what are the positive & negative consequences?

    • Fanfiction has always been a form of escape and wish-fulfillment. For some people, that may be making slight changes to stories; for others, it could be as large as changing a character's identity. Either way, it is a safe space to gather with a community of writers similar to you, and, if you already feel alienated because you are a part of a marginalized community, it can provide a support system you may not be able to find as easily elsewhere.This is a very interesting topic and one I hope someone will pick up. It is very complex and not something I can explain readily in a comment, but definitely one worth exploring. – fhlloyd 7 months ago
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    • Fanfiction is amazing. It gives both writers and readers the catharsis of a world in which they/their OC can interact with beloved people and characters. It's also a nice way of making oneself into someone they wish to be. I agree both with your "reshaping popular media" comment, as well as fhlloyd's comment regarding alienation and support systems. Despite being borne of one person's fantasies, others may find content relatable and enjoyable. – SmileQueenCross 7 months ago
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    • It'd be great to address all the shame around writing and reading fan fiction. There's a lot of it – espadaccini 2 weeks ago
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    Film

    Jojo Rabbit – The Nazi Comedy That Struck A Chord by Sidestepping Modern Racism
    Jojo Rabbit – The Nazi Comedy That Struck A Chord by Sidestepping Modern Racism
    Aesthetics of Tableaux Shots In A Globalising World
    All The Director’s Men: A Notable Kennedy Narrative
    The Paradox of the Strong Female Character

    TV

    The X-Files: A Feminist’s Analysis of Gender Imbalance
    The X-Files: A Feminist’s Analysis of Gender Imbalance
    The Mainstream Effect of SNL
    Person Of Interest: The Art of putting Kant’s Philosophy into a Computer
    The Sobering World of BPD in ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’

    Animation

    How Princesses of Color Have Improved the Disney Princess Narrative
    How Princesses of Color Have Improved the Disney Princess Narrative
    The Legendary and Cautionary Tale of The Simpsons
    Ray Harryhausen: The Monster Maestro
    Live-Action Disney Remakes and the Souring Faith in Animation

    Anime

    Anime in America: The Adverse Affect on Women
    Anime in America: The Adverse Affect on Women
    The Religious Politics of Hellsing Ultimate
    Interpreting Live-Action Adaptations of Anime
    Exploring The Theme of Death in Anime

    Manga

    The Horrifying Appeal of Junji Ito
    The Horrifying Appeal of Junji Ito
    One Punch Man vs. My Hero Academia: Reconstructing the Silver Age of Comics
    Manga: How to Travel Between Dimensions
    Naruto: The Unresolved Revolution

    Comics

    Monstress: World-Building With a Feminist Twist
    Monstress: World-Building With a Feminist Twist
    Why Has Batman’s Origin Remained So Iconic?
    Feminist Criticism of Society and Comic Books’ Past
    The Batman/Catwoman Wedding Is Supposed to Upset You

    Literature

    The Giver: Memory, Meaning and Belonging
    The Giver: Memory, Meaning and Belonging
    An Analysis into Screen Adaptations
    Edgar Allan Poe: Unknown Horrors
    How Cosmic Horror Made Paganism Great Again

    Arts

    Indian Folk-art: An Expression of Cultural Diversity
    Indian Folk-art: An Expression of Cultural Diversity
    Problematic Creators: How Do We Interact With Their Work?
    Gavazov and the Eastern European Art Scene
    Alienation in Simon and Garfunkel’s Music

    Writing

    The Relationship between Travel and Creative Writing
    The Relationship between Travel and Creative Writing
    Fanfiction and LGBT+ Representation
    Planning for a Better Communication
    The Emergence of New Media Writing