A Lesson in Revenge: Itachi as the Anti-Mentor in Naruto [OWLS Blog Tour July 2018 – “Mentor”]

Throughout our lives, we might have encountered someone that we admired as a role model or has guided us in some life dilemma. This mentor could be a teacher at school, a coach, a boss or team leader at work, or a family friend. Whoever it is that person impacted your life in a positive manner. For this month’s OWLS topic, we will be writing about mentors or mentorships in anime and other pop culture media. Some topics we will be exploring include how a mentorship impacted a main character’s life, the types of mentor relationships a person could have, and/or personal stories about mentors or mentorships.

Whenever we think of a mentor, we think of someone who has had a positive influence on our lives or who has made us a better person in one capacity or another; be it physically, academically or even emotionally and psychologically. But what about someone who negatively affects us, yet still makes us stronger in the process? Can we still consider them a “mentor” in the traditional sense? For this blog tour, I would like to explore this idea of what I call the “anti-mentor” by using Itachi and his influence on Sasuke in the Naruto series as a case study.

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Cosplay 101: Interview with Kuroneko Cosplay

Mikoto Suoh from K Project [Image via Michelle George]
Mikoto Suoh from K Project [Image via Michelle George]
For those, like myself, who have never cosplayed before, the task seems very daunting. The idea of creating an outfit based on your favourite anime or comic book character seems quite laborious and expensive. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to create an outfit if you want to cosplay; there is nothing wrong with buying a pre-made costume at a store. This is what Cape Town cosplayer, Kuroneko Cosplay, did the first time she started cosplaying. She knows from experience how difficult, but rewarding, it can be creating cosplays. Wearing her Dragon Age T-shirt and Assassin’s Creed necklace, I recently sat down with her to discuss the world of cosplay and the processes that are involved when creating an outfit.

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