*First broadcast on August 3, 2023. An Italian psychiatrist who uses an original "anime therapy" approach is the guest in this episode of Japanophiles, an occasional series in which we look at Japan through the eyes of residents who originally come from other parts of the world. Francesco Panto was bullied as a child but took comfort in anime. That led to his unusual approach to improving mental health. We hear Panto's story and learn how his work might help to address the widespread challenge of mental health issues among young Japanese.
Francesco Panto offers psychiatric care to young people and others at four facilities in and around Tokyo
Panto is a passionate fan of anime, with a particular love for Sailor Moon
He harnessed his own interest in anime to develop a form of therapy that uses anime to address mental health issues