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We all know the power of listening to music when it comes to lifting our mood and helping us get over a bad day, but in Japan many people turn to their favourite comic book characters for inspiration. Showing courage, perseverance and optimism, these characters often share insights and wise words that can be a tremendous source of support for us all. Here are some words of wisdom from 15 famous manga characters. Pick a favourite and use it as your mantra to get you through the day.

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▲「きみはこれからも何度もつまずくでもそのたびに立ち直る強さももっているんだよ」
“Kimi wa kore kara mo nando mo tsumazuku demo sono tabi ni tachinaoru tsuyosa mo motte irun da yo”
“You’ll stumble many times in the future, but when you do, each time you’ll have more strength to bounce back”

Manga: Doraemon Character: Nobi Nobita

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▲ 「失敗するからこそ・・・そこから立ち向かって行く強さがあって・・・そんな強さが本当の強さだと私は思うから・・・」
“Shippai suru kara koso… soko kara tachimukatteiku tsuyosa ga atte… sonna tsuyosa ga hontou no tsuyosa da to watashi wa omoukara”
“It’s because I fail … I have the strength to keep fighting … and that type of strength is real strength …”

Manga: Naruto Character: Hinata Hyūga

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▲ 「あきらめたら そこで試合終了ですよ」
“Akirametara soko de shiai shūryou desu yo”
“If you give up, that’s the end of the game”

Manga: Slam Dunk Character: Coach Anzai

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▲「本気の失敗には、価値がある」
“Honki no shippai ni wa, kachi ga aru”
“Serious failures have worth”

Manga: Uchū Kyoudai Character: Mutta Nanba

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▲「千回のアドバイスより一回の失敗」
“Senkai no adobaisu yori ikkai no shippai”
“Better to fail once than get advice a thousand times”

Manga: Angel Bank: Dragon Zakura Gaiden Character: Personnel Department Chief

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▲「理想的な成績の伸ばし方は、壁にちょこちょこあたってその都度、乗り越えていくこと。右肩上がり一辺倒でいくと、ちょっとしたつまずきで急降下する危険が多い」
“Risō-tekina seiseki no nobashi-kata wa, kabe ni chokochoko atatte sono tsudo, norikoete iku koto. Migikata agari ippentō de iku to, chottoshita tsumazuki de kyūkōka suru kiken ga ōi”
“The way to get your ideal grade is to stay on the ground and climb over walls when you hit them. If you’re always trying to fly over the walls, the slightest stumble will send you into a steep nose-dive.”

Manga: Dragon Zakura Character: Tetsunosuke Yanagi

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▲「いやなコトのために、いい思い出を捨てちゃもったいないよ」
“Iyana koto no tame ni, ii omoide o sutecha mottainai yo”
“It’s a waste to throw away good memories just because something bad happened”

Manga: Ii Hito Character: Yūji Kitano

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▲「人生は七転び八起きだ 立ち上がり続けりゃ勝つんだよ」
“jinsei wa nanakorobiyaokida tachiagari tsudzukerya katsunda yo”
“In life, you fall down seven times but get up eight. Persevere and you’ll be successful”

Manga: Nana Character: Nana Oosaki

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▲「いちばんいけないのはじぶんなんかだめだと思いこむことだよ」
“Ichiban ikenai no wa jibun nanka dame da to omoikomu koto da yo”
“ThinkIng you’re no-good and worthless is the worst thing you can do”

Manga: Doraemon Character: Nobi Nobita

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▲「負けたことがある」というのが、いつか大きな財産になる
“Maketa koto ga aru’ to iu no ga, itsuka ōkina zaisan ni naru”
“To experience loss will one day benefit us in the future”

Manga: Slam Dunk Character: Coach Doumoto

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▲「人には誰にも言えないような過ちも失敗も沢山ある 無菌室で育った人間でもない限り 人生は試行錯誤のくり返しだと思う」
“Hito ni wa darenimo ienai yōna ayamachi mo shippai mo takusan aru mukin-shitsu de sodatta ningen demonai kagiri jinsei wa shikōsakugo no kurikaeshi da to omou”
“No one can say they grew up in a sterile room, never failing or making mistakes. Life is an ongoing process of trial and error.” 

Manga: Higurashi no naku koro ni Character: Mion Sonozaki

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▲「泣く程くやしかったら、…もっと強くなってみせろ!!!!」
“Naku hodo kuyashikattara,… Motto tsuyoku natte misero! ! ! !”
“When things are so tough you could cry, show them how tough you can be!!!”

Manga: One Piece Character: Smoker

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▲「失敗というのは…………いいかよく聞けッ!真の失敗とはッ!開拓の心を忘れ!困難に挑戦する事に無縁のところにいる者たちの事をいうのだッ!」
“Shippai to iu no wa…… ī ka yoku kike ~tsu! Shin no shippai to wa ~tsu! Kaitaku no kokoro o wasure! Kon’nan ni chōsen suru koto ni muen no tokoro ni iru-sha-tachi no koto o iu noda ~tsu!”
“Proper failure is when you forget to develop your heart! People fail when they don’t take up challenges in difficult times.” 

Manga: Steel Ball Run Character: Stephen Steel

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▲「何もできないって言って何もしなかったら、もっと何もできない・・・・」
“Nani mo dekinai tte itte nani mo shinakattara, motto nani mo dekinai”
“If you don’t do something because you think you can’t do it, you’ll never be able to do anything in the future.” 

Manga: Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Character: Kira Yamato

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▲「あんまり、おおげさに考えすぎないようにしろよ なんでも、大きくしすぎちゃ、だめだぜ」
“Anmari, ōgesa ni kangae-sugi nai yō ni shiro yo Nan demo, ōkiku shi sugicha, dameda ze”
“Don’t let your thoughts become too exaggerated. It’s never good to make a big deal out of anything”

Manga: Moomin Character: Snufkin

Good old Snufkin keeping it real there! Chin up, folks, and enjoy the rest of your week!

Source: Naver Matome