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ptolemy18
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2012 11:04 pm Reply with quote
Okay, perhaps this manga is just too weird? Are the adventures of men in drab prison outfits talking about how they prefer soy sauce to veggie sauce not compelling? -_- Still, I really like this manga. TWO MASSIVE MIRIN-STAINED THUMBS UP.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2012 11:30 pm Reply with quote
Um...I'll say something I guess? It does sound kind of interesting, especially when you bring up the contrast of how prison's usually portrayed in media.

I almost get the feeling that Japanese prisons try to enforce some kind of stockholm syndrome on inmates, if that's the right term to use.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 2:31 am Reply with quote
ptolemy18 wrote:
Okay, perhaps this manga is just too weird? Are the adventures of men in drab prison outfits talking about how they prefer soy sauce to veggie sauce not compelling?


Anything is possible in Japan. Hell, Soccer games has it own magazine specifically made for that game genre.

Shenl742 wrote:
It does sound kind of interesting, especially when you bring up the contrast of how prison's usually portrayed in media.


Compared to US prisons, some countries prisons look more like day camps than prisons.

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I almost get the feeling that Japanese prisons try to enforce some kind of stockholm syndrome on inmates, if that's the right term to use.


IIRC (info from the 90's, so it might be grossly outdated), Japanese prison systems try to rehabilitate prisoners thru the actions discussed in the article, coupled with other methods like aftercare once released. The goal is to help reintroduce people back into society, even if they did some horrible things.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 9:17 am Reply with quote
I bet this guy would be singing a different tune if he had stayed in an American prison
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 4:48 pm Reply with quote
This reminds me of The Shawshank Redemption and how some long-term prisoners can get institutionalized. Convicts released after so many years in prison can't function outside, so they commit a crime to get put back in jail. It sounds insane, but for them, it's the only way they know how to live.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2012 11:48 am Reply with quote
ptolemy18 wrote:
Still, I really like this manga.


Any Fanfare manga is good manga!

I really enjoyed Doing Time - it's not hard to see why some people found it a bit dry but I thought it was fascinating, as much for what it avoided covering as what it did. Great article (once again).
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 3:24 am Reply with quote
Shenl742 wrote:
I almost get the feeling that Japanese prisons try to enforce some kind of stockholm syndrome on inmates, if that's the right term to use.


A look inside Osaka Prison: http://www.japanprobe.com/​2012/​02/​21/​a-​look-​inside-​osaka-​prison/​
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