Dissociative Identity Disorder, and Finding One’s “True Self”: Boku wa Mari no Naka

Having multiple personalities can be a lot stranger then one might initially believe.

Boku wa Mari no Naha is a strange manga–definitely the strangest I’ve read in a long while.  But that doesn’t make it bad at all, of course not.  On the contrary, it’s one of the most fascinating stories I’ve experienced as of late.  You can read more on why exactly I think so in my review of the story, but for now, I’d like to focus on one particularly interesting part of it: its depiction of Dissociative Identity Disorder.

Before I get any farther into analyzing one very, very broken mind, I’d like to give a heads up–there’s HUGE spoilers ahead for Boku wa Mari no Naka.  Huge, in that you will not be able to experience this story in remotely the same way, if you read this analysis before the actual manga.  So I HIGHLY recommend you take a look at it beforehand, I promise it’s a pretty good read.

That being said. Let’s get started.

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Crafting The Perfect Story: The Three Elements of Storytelling

Everyone looks at stories differently.  It’s why people have differing opinions when it comes to stories that we enjoy.  Some of us like anime, manga, or other similar Japanese stories.  Others enjoy the attachment of watching actors on the big screen, or experiencing stories first-hand through a video game.

Stories are universal, but as we all know, every story won’t work for everyone.  Knowing that, I’d like to introduce you today to what I consider my Three Elements of Storytelling–the three factors, that I believe makes a story great, from an objective point of view.

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Reading Between Manga Review: Boku Wa Mari No Naka

Reading manga is an interesting journey.

I don’t know what it is,  but every interesting manga I hear about tends to be one that’s psychologically, thematically, and ethically…weird, to say the least.  I’ve actually made a list of such strange stories in manga, for the simple reason that they’re so, so common.  And, with Boku Wa Mari No Naka, or “Inside Mari,”I can add yet another manga to that list.

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My Top Ten Favorite Stories: #1

Here we are, my favorite story of all time.  Let’s go.

So, up to this point, there’s been a variety of stories that I could call my favorites.  They, at least in my eyes, are some of the best stories of their respective mediums, and have all influenced how I view, and judge stories even today.  However, no story up to this point has influenced my view of storytelling in general than my number one, which I experienced for the first time three years ago.

Suffice to say, my view on stories has changed a lot since then.

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Mob Psycho 100: A Psychosocial Look at Shigeo Kageyama

Mob Psycho 100 is a fun series.

Centered around the story of Shigeo Kageyama, aka Mob, the overpowered psychic youth who just wants to live his life, Mob Psycho 100 wows its audience in multiple ways.  Animation-wise, it’s fantastic, conceptually, it is intriguing, and its characters are engaging and fun.  That being said, our main character is not quite like most other series.

Mob’s a very interesting main character- he’s not designed to be very attractive, he’s not funny for the most part, and comes off as disinterested, when other main characters are passionate and engaged.  He’s an odd one, and I think, given his odd personality, and very restrained nature, he’d be quite an interesting person to psychoanalyze.

Now, this post is going to be a LONG one.  There is a lot to explain about Mob’s psyche, but that just makes it all the more interesting.  Hope you’ll join me for the ride- let’s get into the psychology of Shigeo Kageyama.

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Reading Between Reviews: Attack on Titan Season 1!

Dude.  Attack on Titan, Season 2, drops in four days.  WHAT THE HECK.

That in mind, I’d like to take a look back at the season that kicked the series off, as one of the most popular mainstream anime in recent memory.  A thrill ride from start to finish, the hype for Attack on Titan was quite honestly unprecedented.  I haven’t been able to talk to so many people about an anime in my life, and EVERYONE had a positive thing to say about it.  So, honestly though, how good was season one?

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RB Weekly News #10: Sonic Forces, Sentai’s New Anime, and A Dota 2 University Course!

Hello friends, welcome to the tenth edition of Reading Between Weekly News, for all your anime, manga, and gaming news!  This week, we have some rather intriguing news on the popularity of manga, as well as on the creation of an academic course that directly deals with the huge eSport, Dota 2.  It’s rather interesting stuff, so let’s get to it!

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