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Probably not on topic but that's what I found so refreshing about Kids On the Slope - just another aspect to their lives.


Agreed.

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This is indeed something I have thought about many times. I was born into a Catholic/Apostolic family, and my father is a deacon in the Catholic Church. I have watched anime for years, and I have been as devout of a follower of Christ as I can, though I have hardly been perfect.

Anyway, why I like anime even though I am a Christian: I think that the culture is a very big part of it. My father was the son of a missionary to Japan, and we have many Japanese customs in our house. I have grown up being fascinated by Japanese tradition and culture, which is one of the main reasons I began watching anime, and learning the language. I am fascinated by all foreign cultures, not just the Japanese, and nearly all the TV, music, and movies that I love are from other countries than my own. I am also not only fascinated by other cultures, but by how other cultures view mine. It is interesting to see how anime and the characters therein view my American culture, my Christian beliefs, and my Scandinavian/German heritage. The stories told in anime are another major factor. I love stories with strong plot and believable characters. Sure plenty of anime don't have those qualities. but I have found far more that do than I have, say, in American TV. I watch what I like. I don't like heavy fan-service, for instance, so I just don't watch that kind of anime. Finally, a good moral is a good moral - it doesn't have to be a Christian one to be good. Quite a few anime have very good morals and teachings, and I would never denounce them just because they are secular beliefs, or because the character who teaches them is a Shintoist, Zen Buddhist, or atheistic.

Well, that's my story anyway. We humans are all unique, and see things in different ways. I have many Christian friends, including other Catholics, that love to watch anime just as I do, and I also know plenty of Christians that don't like anime.
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I myself am Christian and i separate what i like to watch and play with what i believe in. They never intersect, since i do not have to make moral or religious decisions or opinions when i watch anime.
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It's no different than "devout" Christians watching shows on television or movies. Or, how many "devout" Christians do you know that enjoy Harry Potter, Twilight, Lord of the Rings, or any other fantasy novels?

I consider myself a pretty devout Catholic but I love Asian drama, anime, and manga just as much as anyone else on this site. The important thing is to keep your own morals and actions in line. Just because you witness something on a show doesn't mean you have to act the same way in real life. Everyone loves a good story.

EDIT: Sasuke out posted me lol -----^
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A number of well-written answers are already posted above, so I won't be too long-winded (more than my usual!). A Christian is to be in the world, but not of it, as another poster also mentioned. I attend a Southern Baptist church, have attended fundamental Bible churches in the past, and still consider those churches as closest to Biblical theology and my understanding/relationship with God-- so I guess I'm a "Bible thumper"-- and I watch and enjoy anime. True enough, there are things I won't watch (e.g. hentai) and would encourage others not to watch if the topic came up, and of what I do watch, I won't necessarily agree with the worldview or ideas promoted in them, but my faith in no way precludes me from exposure to other worldviews. Same with movies and TV and books. Indeed, knowledge of other worldviews better enables interaction with those of other worldviews. Christianity is an "evangelistic" faith (i.e. one looks for opportunities to share one's faith with others, whether through word and/or deed, that others might come to know about Christ and believe in Him, and thus share in the benefits thereof), and so a Christian who only knows "Christianese" and his/her own world of believers may not be a very effective testimony, particularly in today's world where Christianity's presence seems to me diminishing in the West, where it formerly was quite dominant. However, a Christian values his/her relationship with God perhaps above all else, and so if something should happen to come between a believer and God (e.g. anime-- but could be any number of other things that in and of themselves are not necessarily bad things-- and it may be different things for different people), he/she will have to choose between one or the other, and the choice will reflect the depth of his/her commitment and Whom/what he/she values more. I'd say this is wisdom, and not close-mindedness.
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Posted 8/22/12 , edited 8/22/12

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Then you misinterpreted what she said and I agreed with. The majority of my friends are majorly Christian based. They also are extremely open minded. The one that I mentioned is close minded and had his views drastically changed or in some other way he no longer enjoyed anime and manga.


Oh quite probably, I'm still rather stunned at the OP's belief that christianity and anime are entirely incompatible I don't get that at all. But I think it's in part that outsiders seem to think all Christians are US Conservative Evangelical Christians. My point was that Christianity includes people with broader political and social perspectives than Ronald Reagan's 'moral majority'.

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im Cristian and i love anime
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Kevin703 wrote:

im Cristian and i love anime


The OP is wondering how you reconcile those two things though. OP seems to think Anime and Christianity are incompatible. Presumably from a misunderstanding of Christianity.
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well some people aren't as uptight as others i mean sure some animes are well into different religions to Christianity but its a anime as in just drawings sure drawings can be offensive but its not like they hate on Cristian's in anime
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When you watch a zombies movie, does that mean you believe zombies exist? Nope you just enjoy the fictitious setting. Same with anime. It's fake. You can watch anime for entertainment and still hold onto your beliefs. Just cause an anime may use multiple gods as part of its story doesn't mean that multiple gods exist in reality. You accept it as a truth in the anime, but not a truth in reality.

Don't mix tv with reality.
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I haven't run across what I'd call outright hate for Christians or Christianity in any anime I've watched, but when Christianity does make some sort of appearance in anime (which is rather rare overall, it seems-- likely reflective of the home culture, which is perhaps some single-digit-percent Christian or less), it tends to be negative or neutral/fanciful at best. When watching, I just kind of take it in stride.
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sushipath wrote:

I haven't run across what I'd call outright hate for Christians or Christianity in any anime I've watched, but when Christianity does make some sort of appearance in anime (which is rather rare overall, it seems-- likely reflective of the home culture, which is perhaps some single-digit-percent Christian or less), it tends to be negative or neutral/fanciful at best. When watching, I just kind of take it in stride.


The OP doesn't seem to be participating anymore but I Imagine it's less about the rare and oddball presentation of Christianity in anime and more about the various ways that anime appears to generate loud umberage from right wing american christians. I THINK the op assumes that these loud conservative voices represent all of christianity. which is why I THINK the OP assumes anime and christianity are incompatible, hence his bewilderment at so many Christians who like anime.


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Posted 8/22/12 , edited 8/22/12
People can separate fantasy in there entertainment with their real beliefs, and not mix the two.

The same group that wan't watch anime on beliefs, are likely the same people that boycott Harry Potter, Dungeon & Dragons, etc.

Some anime fans, will turn off / not like specific anime depending if it has strange specific themes that resonate with them.

(some minor edits)
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Posted 8/22/12

etempest wrote:

People can separate fantasy in there entertainment with their real beliefs, and not mix the two.

The same group that wan't watch certain anime, are likely the same people that boycott Harry Potter, Dungeon & Dragons, etc.


Don't forget Disney... many of them find western cartoons worthy of boycott too.

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There-in lies the basic assumption that all anime is about rape, tentacles and big tits.

There are numerous anime shows that are child/family friendly and don't necessarily reflect the above mentioned.

It is possible to enjoy such things and be a Christian.

But as mentioned earlier too, many use the term "Christian" like people use the word love. Often it's just used as a obligation or something else.
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