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Spirits Unleashed

Ryan Butt Sarah Ma An Nguyen


Spirits Unleashed:

An Anthology of Spirits in Japanese Manga

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Table of Contents

4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Introduction 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .About the Mangas Bleach - page 06 Blue Exorcist - page 07 Death Note - page 08 Inuyasha - page 09 Neuro - page 10 Yu Yu Hakusho - page 11 12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Life As We Know It Bleach - page 13 Blue Exorcist - page 15 Death Note - page 19 Neuro - page 21 27 . . . . . . The Gateway Between Two Realms Bleach - page 28 Death Note - page 32 Inuyasha - page 34 Yu Yu Hakusho - page 38 42 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Spirits and Humans Collide Blue Exorcist - page 43 Inuyasha - page 48 Neuro - page 52 Yu Yu Hakusho - page 55 57 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Editor’s Page and Stuff

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Introduction

Japanese manga is very popular in Asia and even in the U.S. today. There

are many genres of manga ranging from romance and drama in realistic settings to horror and action in a supernatural world. We read comics and manga to escape into an alternate reality whether it is that of the human world or another world. The manga focused in this anthology all have a common theme that brings a multi-dimensional factor into play: spirits.

What are spirits? In the manga we’ve chosen, spirits are supernatural

forces—like ghosts, demons, and souls—that intermingle between the human world and the realm of their origin. They can become allies or enemies of the human characters, and some are known or unknown to the human world. Spirits are more of the unknown because humans cannot see them and are unaware of their existence or presence. So, this idea of the supernatural unknown world captures the attention of the audience.

The manga we are presenting in this anthology include Bleach, Blue Exor-

cist, Death Note, Inuyasha, Neuro: Supernatural Detective, and Yu Yu Hakusho. All of the six manga have three themes in common: encountering spirits in the human world, seeing or entering through a gate/portal between the spirit world and human world, and a collision between humans and spirits. We feel that these three topics define our focus of this anthology and wholly represent the impact

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of spirits in Japanese manga.


About the Mangas Bleach Blue Exorcist Death Note Inuyasha Neuro Yu Yu Hakusho 5


Bleach

Ichigo Kurosaki is a teenager who has the ability to

see spirits. His life is drastically changed when he meets

Rukia Kuchiki, a Soul Reaper, whose job is to preserve the

flow of souls between the World of the Living and the Soul

Society. In the process of pretecting Ichigo from a Hollow,

dangerous lost souls who consume other souls, Rukia is

badly injured and resolves to transferring her powers into

Ichigo so he can fight in her stead. With his newfound

powers, Ichigo must now take on the duties of a Soul

Reaper, which is to defend humans from evil spirits, and to

guide departed souls to the afterlife.

About the Author

Noriaki Kubo, known by his pen name Tite Kubo, is a

Japanese manga artist. He was born on June 26, 1977 in Hiroshima. He took drawing seriously at age 17 and was inspired to become a manga artist after reading the manga Saint Seiya. He best known manga, Bleach, sold over 82 million copies as of 2013. In 2004, the manga was a winner of the Shogakukan Manga Award for its category.

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Blue Exorcist

This Japanese manga is about a teenager named Rin

Okumura who one day discovers that he is the son of Satan, the most powerful demon of the demon realm, Gehenna. Rin survives his encounter with Satan when his guardian, Father Shiro Fujimoto, dies to protect him. In the battle with Satan, Rin draws the demon-slaying blade Kurikara and releases his demonic powers, which includes features like pointy ears, fangs, a tail, and fiery blue “horns.” He also has the power to ignite himself in blue flames, but only when he draws his blade from its scabbard.

The death of Father Shiro launches Rin into seeking

revenge for his guardian. At the Father’s funeral, Rin decides he wants to become a powerful exorcist like his guardian to defeat Satan. He enrolls in a special Exorcist course after meeting a friend of his guardian, Mephisto Pheles, who agrees to help him. Rin and other young exorcists in training help protect the human realm, Assiah, from the creatures of Gehenna.

About the Author

Kazue Kato is a Japanase comic artist, a mangaka, born

July 20th, 1980 in Shinjuku Tokyo. She is a shonen manga author.

Shonen mangas are Japanese comics aimed toward a young male

audience. Kato is mainly known for her popular manga, Blue Ex-

orcist. She ranked 31st in the list of “Top 50 Manga Creators by

Sales Since 2010;” her sales were 2,218,000.

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Death Note

Light Yagami is a young genius in Japan who resents all

things evil. He is tired of his life, school, and believes that the

state of the world is imperfect and boring, as he knows it. One

day, he stumbles upon a black notebook with the words “Death

Note” written on the front. Light finds out that he can kill anyone

he writes whose name inside the notebook will die. Intrigued

and curious, Light wishes to be the “god” of the world and

wants to bring peace to the world by executing all criminals and

everything evil.

About the Author

Tsugumi Ohba is a writer and a manga artist who

was born in Tokyo, Japan. His best known work is his manga Death Note. However, Tsugumi Ohba keeps his real identity a closely guarded secret but he does state that he likes to collect teacups and develop manga plots while holding his knees on a chair in the beginning of each of his Death Note manga.

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Inuyasha

The story begins in modern Tokyo with Kagome Higu-

rashi, a 15-year-old middle school girl who lives with her family in a Shinto Shrine. When she goes into the well house to retrieve her cat, she is dragged into it by a centipede demon.

She falls through a portal and reappears in the “spirit

world” of ancient Japan. Upon arriving, she learns that she was reborn with the Shikon Jewel within her body. This special jewel grants enormous power to the owner, a power that all demons crave for.

To protect herself, Kagome unseals a half-demon boy,

named Inuyasha, by pulling out the sacred arrow that trapped him to a tree. Inuyasha easily defeats the centipede monster. However, Kagome shattered the Shikon Jewel into numerous shards across the spirit world. Inuyasha and Kagome must now set out to collect all the shards before a disaster occurs.

About the Author

Rumiko Takahashi, born in Niigata, Japan on October 10,

1957, is one of Japan’s most affluent manga artist. Her works are popular worldwide, where they have been translated into a variety of languages. Her most famous works are Inuyasha and Ranma ½. She is the best selling female comics artist in history with over 170 million copies of her various works sold just in Japan alone. She has twice won the Shogakukan Manga Award: once in 1980 for Urusei Yatsura, and again in 2002 for InuYasha.

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Neuro

This supernatural-themed manga is about Neuro Nogami, a

demon who eats mysteries as sustenance. After solving and eating all the mysteries in the demon world, Neuro goes to feast on the mysteries of the human world. In the human world, he makes an agreement with high school student Yako Katsuragi and forms a detective agency. Yako agrees to help him hide his demonic presence in the human world as long as he helps her solve the murder of her father. Neuro and Yako, along with two other companions, solve crimes and mysteries to feed Neuro’s appetite.

About the Author Yusei Matsui is a Japanese manga artist born on January

31 from Iruma, Japan. He is known for manga series Majin Tantei Nogami Neuro (Neuro: Supernatural Detective) and Assassination Classroom. He was an assistant to the manga artist of manga series Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo.

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Yu Yu Hakusho

Yusuke Urameshi, a troublesome delinquent, is hit by a car

and killed in an attempt to save a young boy by pushing him out of the way. He is greeted by a ghost named Botan who introduces herself as a carrier of souls to the “Underworld”, or Spirit World, where they are to be judged for the afterlife. Botan tells Yusuke that his act of altruism was a surprise for the underworld and there was not yet a place for him in either heaven or hell.

After going through a series of tests by interacting with

other spirits and humans, he is finally revived into the human world. However, he is assigned the task of being a “Spirit World Detective”, Yusuke must now investigate supernatural activities such as spirits and demons within the Human World.

About the Author

Yoshihiro Togashi wa s born in Yamagata Prefecture, Japan

on April 27, 1966. He began writing and illustrating mangas at an early age and his talent was recognized during his time in college. He is a Japanese manga artist that has created numerous manga series of various genres, his favorite and most successful genres being occult and supernatural. His most well known manga are Yu Yu Hakusho and Hunter X Hunter. His work, YuYu Hakusho, received the Shogakukan Manga Award in 1994.In addition, according to Shonen Jump, Togashi received the Tezuka Award, the most influential new comic artist award in Japan.

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Life As We Know It :

Encountering Spirits Every aspect of normal life changes after the first encounter with spirits

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Bleach

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Bleach

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Blue Exorcist

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Death Note

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Bleach

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Death Note

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Death Note

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Death Note

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Neuro

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Death Note

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Bleach

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The Gateway Between Two Realms

How does on travel between the human world and the spirit world? A dimensional gateway, of course!

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Bleach

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Death Note

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Inuyasha

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Yu Yu Hakusho

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Spirits & Humans Collide

The collision of humans and spirits: from battling each other to working together for a common goal.

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Blue Exorcist

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Inuyasha

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Neuro

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Yu Yu Hakusho

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Editor’s Page

Everything you want (or didn’t want) to know about us

Ryan

Sarah

An

Ryan Butt

Ryan is a freshman at Florida State University. He is studying accountant at FSU and trying to minor in forensics accounting and music. Ryan loves anything music related; his favorite instruments are the piano, violin and viola. He is a huge fan of Ariana Grande and cannot wait to see her perform live again.

Ryan loves to draw, sing and listen to music. He is also a huge gamer. His favorite video game series are the Final Fantasy series and Ace Attorney series. He enjoys videogames because they are engaging and yet relaxing. Ryan cannot wait for this anthology to be completed and hopes that everybody loves it.

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Editor’s Page

Sarah Ma

Sarah is a freshman at Florida State University who is studying music therapy at FSU’s well-known College of Music. Sarah is so happy with her English class because she is able to read about comics and manga and she is able to

discuss the content within a work. Also, for fun, Sarah loves to go to music concerts, practice piano and sing Barbershop. She also loves to play tennis and visit China over the summer. Sarah is excited for the upcoming years because she will be singing in Gospel Choir, and hopefully the Vocal Jazz and University Singers ensembles. Sarah wishes that everybody would come to more of the music concerts put on by the College of Music because they are truly great!

An Nguyen

An is a freshman at Florida State University who is studying computer sci-

ence at FSU. An loves to be creative, she loves to draw, paint and Photoshop pictures. An was so excited to take English with Naftzinger because she also loves to read comics and manga. Her favorite comic is Calvin and Hobbs. An loves baking sweets and cooking. She is, however, very picky with her food. Overall, An is a very happy and outgoing student.

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and Stuff

Thanks For getting through this.

We know it’s long. But here’s a smores cupcake that you’ll never have :D

And this too

(An: jk I’ll bring you some if you want)

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Spirits Anthology