“So take me someplace far away; I want happiness” – a CLOVER review

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from left to right: Suu, Kazuhiko, Oruha, A and C (Ran) – the initial four covers

Kazuhiko is a young, but already deeply wounded black ops agent of a baroque, retro-tech future – pulled out of retirement to escort Sue, a mysterious waif, to a destination she alone knows. Suu and Kazuhiko have never met . . . yet she knows him, having grown up since the age of four with her only human contact being two distant voices: that of her elderly “grandma,” General Ko, and of Kazuhiko’s dead girlfriend, Oruha. And Suu has been kept in that cage all these years because of what she is, and what the Clover Leaf Project found her to be — a military top secret, and the most dangerous person in the world.

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Asian Artists: Fluff & Stars

clockwise: Akira Ebihara, Aya Kishimoto, Yoshiko Miyamoto and UYU/Soey Milk

clockwise: Akira Ebihara, Aya Kishimoto, Yoshiko Miyamoto and UYU/Soey Milk

When feeling down, look for some fluffy art that might change your mood. Some sparkles in the hair or here and there makes it all the better! Here is another installment of Asian Artists post series that introduces you to the world of Asian illustrators.  Continue reading

Mental Health in ‘Devil’s Crossroads’

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Kunizuka Yayoi’s Hue gets clouded due to her getting upset over her purchase requests being ignored. The alarm goes off and a pacifying gas is released.

Wards are sometimes locked 24 hours a day. Access to telephones and other means of communicating with the outside world are severely restricted. Day to day patients are “totally controlled”. “Treatment” is equally primitive. Electric-shock therapy is sometimes used to calm or punish patients, as are isolation rooms.

You’d think that this is a quote from a post about Psycho-Pass’ world. The truth is that those are the words of Dr. Fujisawa, as an article in the Economist back in 2001 transfers them. And of course they refer to Japan. The conditions in mental health care establishments there is even nowadays questionable in most cases – what with cases of violent behavior towards the patients being leaked in the newspapers. The mentality that Asians have about mental illnesses doesn’t help people facing such problems either.

Episode 12 of Psycho-Pass was highly discussed for clumsily sticking out of the rest of the narrative and yet it did something right: it allowed us a glimpse behind the closed doors of the so called rehabilitation institutes. It also gives me the chance to discuss mental health care during the ages, through Socrates and Plato, as well as in modern day Japan. Continue reading