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Shoujo Manga on How to Catch a Man By His Bloodtype

Sometimes these promo items just make me cringe.

As many of you know, many manga magazines in Japan come with a wide variety of promotional items to entice newsstand buyers as well as subscribers. For the most part, I prefer the shoujo anthologies for promo items, which tend to include useful things like stationary, pens and pencils, bags, and occasionally even jewelry (ask me about my Vampire Knight bracelet and necklace sometime).

But every once in a while, I just cringe. The next volume of Sho-Comi features a special additional book that's all about catching men based on their bloodtype

See, Japan uses bloodtype the same way we use the zodiac: your bloodtype says certain things about who you are as a person. This is why in most detailed character profiles, you'll find the character's blood type, which may seem like a random piece of information to westerners. 

(Actually, some people THINK we use this in the west too, but the "type A personality" concept actually comes from a 1950s psychological theory, not blood types-- though there are also "type B" and "type AB" people within  that theory. It really wasn't a very good naming concept.)

So the blood types are:

Jet Black: Type A 
Jet Black: Type A 
- Type A: earnest, creative, and sensible, but fastidious and sometimes overly earnest. 

Faye Valentine: Type B 
Faye Valentine: Type B 
- Type B: Wild, active, proactive, but selfish and irresponsible. 

Ed: Type AB 
Ed: Type AB 
- Type AB: Cool, controlled, and rational, but critical and indecisive. 

Spike Spiegel: Type O 
Spike Spiegel: Type O 
- Type O: Agreeable, social, and optimistic, but vain and rude.


Which type are you based on your blood? Which one SOUNDS more like you? ALL of them sound like me. And none of them. Hm..
Matteon Feb. 5, 2010 at 9:17 a.m.
I don't know my blood type =(  but I think I lean toward Type AB more recently.
giaon Feb. 5, 2010 at 9:46 a.m.
@Matte: Yeah, it's weird. I'm type O, and I am super optimistic, but I don't know if I'd say I'm "vain." I can be very rational and indecisive (type AB), and I'm definitely a go-getter (type B), and I am also definitely both earnest and over-earnest at times (type A). 
So, kinda at a loss.
Matteon Feb. 5, 2010 at 10:05 a.m.
@gia: Is that a O- or +?  Universal donors ftw.  I know, I'm an introverted Libra.  Like, wtf is this?
HeeroYuyon Feb. 5, 2010 at 11:42 a.m.
I have no clue what my bloodtype is, but going by those descriptions I'm probably AB... I tend to be indecisive on a lot of things whenever it's not urgent.
JackSukeruon Feb. 5, 2010 at 11:47 a.m.
A, RH negative, Aries, Bunny. 
A does fit me really well, but it's just a coincidence.
jlanzeron Feb. 5, 2010 at 11:53 a.m.
What about the +/- or do they just ignore that all together?
giaon Feb. 5, 2010 at 12:20 p.m.
@Matte: I think positive-- the most common. I'm a Taurus, Aries cusp-- cusps have it easiest  I we can pick and choose the traits that make the most sense from TWO signs =P I'm stubborn and reliable (Taurus), but I'm also a fiery go-getter (Aries). ;) 
Actually, when I was born my uncle had a giant print-out done for my mum about all of my horoscope stuff, with all the x planet in y house details and stuff. It's a fun read; some of it's quite accurate, but any given paragraph probably has another paragraph that contradicts it ;) 
@jlanzer: You know, I looked around and I could not see a single reference to positive or negative in any English-language articles on the topic-- Japanese would be a bit tougher; maybe I can take the time later :)
Matteon Feb. 5, 2010 at 5:50 p.m.
@gia: I can attest to those traits of Taurus and Aries, I seem to make a lot of friends with those signs.  And a full reading sounds awesome, I'd like to have mine done as well before I get too old or *gulp* grow up.  
Being Korean I got a traditional first birthday.  Back in the day in Korea the success rate of babies surviving their first year was very low, I mean we lived in straw huts for pete sake, but if they made it through their chances went up abundantly, hence they celebrated.  After a feast the parents would place several objects in front of the baby and the first two they picked would help predict their future.  Like taking a pen/book would mean they'd be smart, or rice would mean they'd never go hungry and be successful career wise and such.  Somehow I ended up taking all three of my items so my family laughed it up, but I've yet to see that future come true =P Maybe it just meant I'm greedy
Konandaon Feb. 5, 2010 at 7:59 p.m.
Isn't pretty much any kind of divination ritual pretty popular in Japan.
Anyway to the question I would lean to AB with a decent amount of O, some A and a splash of B.
That said I believe my blood type is A negative. I could be mistaken however.

Astrology wise I'm a Libra along with a wood snake. I will admit from what I've noticed and my friends have told me I exhibt quite a few traits of being born under the sign of balance and some of the latter. Particularly the ability to debate on a topic for hours (if you let me) and the tendency to have such a debate come to a fairly moderate conclusion after having taken in the many different views of the subject into account. Being fairly empathetic to the needs of another and the tendency to negotiate to my own detriment so as to not upset the other. On the other hand though I can sometimes be overly critical, indecisive and seemingly uncaring due to a reluctance with taking a hard stance on an issue.

However, either way I find most personality divination (or any divination really) to work in such broad strokes that it's easy for someone to say that totally fits me. So I don't put much stock into saying that this is what defines me and rather just find it to be some neat coincidences.

giaon Feb. 5, 2010 at 10:26 p.m.
@Matte: I've always noticed that it seems like there are always a LOT of April-May birthdays. I guess people just get it on during August/September a lot.
lanaswifton Feb. 6, 2010 at 11:29 a.m.

I'm O-pos. How many of you guys would consider me "optimistic"?

reinon Feb. 6, 2010 at 11:38 a.m.
I thought Ed Was A girl.....
(edit) Nm. I didn't realize that it was mixed gender (faye) Since the title was "how to catch a man"
Plumon Feb. 6, 2010 at 11:56 a.m.
Ooo, I want fun prizes. I'll have to pick me up one of those.
I agree that both all and none of those types sound like me. I know my bloodtype is A+ though. *shrug*

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