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Yes, of course.
We're the spawns of Satan.
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I will say that I am kind of annoyed by how much the Japanese don't care at all about accurately portraying Christians in their anime, or even fantasy rehashes of Christians. Because I take that as sort of a cynical half-serious commentary about the nature of religion as a whole. It really rubs me the wrong way.

The more ridiculous it is, the easier it is to deal with, but I find the whole "demons are good, angels are bad" or just the "organized religion is bad" deal to be really annoying after a while, no matter how ridiculously it's portrayed.

On the other hand, the only direct dealings the Japanese had with Christians for a long time was with the Jesuits... Ah, but then the whole topic could get pretty messy.


First the world has a lot of Evil and Good.Even with religion there has been bad intentions in the past and prresent.

Second some animes tend to have good win a or send a positive message.

Chrono Crusade is an example of a some what based religious vs evil anime.
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Really anime is no different than normal television or other forms of entertainment. The people who made that are either just trolling or are out of their minds. Most media gets blamed for societal problems anyways, even if it's not or only partially true, since it only encourages tendencies that are already there.
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Its just a bunch of ignorant butt hurt people who can't appreciate some topics in entertainment MR.OP. It's no biggie. I really don't care what topics or themes are betrayed in a series. If it has a good story and plot then I'll watch it


Please don't let that Facebook group find out about Ao No Exorcist. They would have a heart attack from it
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FLjerry2011 wrote:

First the world has a lot of Evil and Good.Even with religion there has been bad intentions in the past and prresent.

Second some animes tend to have good win a or send a positive message.

Chrono Crusade is an example of a some what based religious vs evil anime.


Yeah, that's fair what you're saying. Some of my viewpoint is probably my fault for watching almost exclusively really cynical existentialist shows rather than some happier ones. I think I mainly just got bothered that they treat it as more a mythology than a religion.

It's good when the good guys win in anime, but I feel like I've been following too many antiheroes, or shows with protagonist-centered morality, rather than shows with a more absolute sense of morality. The problem is that usually, if the show isn't cynical, then it's probably not going to deal with issues like worldviews and morality. It would just rather deal with harems and whatnot.

Fairy Tail is one of the few that I've seen put religion in a good light, and is actually very positive about respecting different people's beliefs, and I love that about it, but I still feel like it's one of the rarer cases. Also, I'll look into Chrono Crusade.
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I don't think I've ever actually seen Christianity in an anime. More like just the trappings of it used to express "Western" religion since it's an exotic counterpoint to their own way of life. It's almost exactly like how they're so fond of vampires.

Hell, Trinity Blood even put the two together. XD

It's more like they take a scant view of how we organize our religion, rather than the religion itself.
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TrueGoober wrote:


FLjerry2011 wrote:

First the world has a lot of Evil and Good.Even with religion there has been bad intentions in the past and prresent.

Second some animes tend to have good win a or send a positive message.

Chrono Crusade is an example of a some what based religious vs evil anime.


Yeah, that's fair what you're saying. Some of my viewpoint is probably my fault for watching almost exclusively really cynical existentialist shows rather than some happier ones. I think I mainly just got bothered that they treat it as more a mythology than a religion.

It's good when the good guys win in anime, but I feel like I've been following too many antiheroes, or shows with protagonist-centered morality, rather than shows with a more absolute sense of morality. The problem is that usually, if the show isn't cynical, then it's probably not going to deal with issues like worldviews and morality. It would just rather deal with harems and whatnot.

Fairy Tail is one of the few that I've seen put religion in a good light, and is actually very positive about respecting different people's beliefs, and I love that about it, but I still feel like it's one of the rarer cases. Also, I'll look into Chrono Crusade.


This is for the whole thread how you can say anime is Satantic when all of media is insane. I am not a censor fan however look at how many horror, vampire, and other crap that is on TV movies etc.Anime for the whole is milder than most.
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Anyone saying that anime is Satanic is trying to look at media that is from a non-Christian nation through the filter of Christianity, and a very fundamentalist view as that. The main religion in Japan is Shintoism. There is kinda of a concept of gods and demons, but not in the way that Christianity thinks of them. Demon doesn't always imply bad, god doesn't always imply good. Just like Christianity is deeply ingrained in US culture and in Europe as well, (If religion comes up in Western media, it usually is Christianity. Even the occult stuff is based on Christianity), Japanese anime is infused with references and influences of Shintoism.

Anime isn't attacking Christianity, it isn't asking anyone to change their religious beliefs, it just reflects the cultural and religious background of the country it comes out of.

There are large parts of the world where Christianity isn't the predominate religion. In most of Asia, India, the Middle East, and Africa, Christianity is a religion of the minority. If you view the world through a lens that anything that isn't Christian is Satanic, then you would view the art and beliefs of these people as Satanic.

I know some here have expressed frustration with how Christianity is portrayed incorrectly in anime. I'm sure someone from Japan would cringe at Western media's attempts to show their spiritual beliefs. We do just as bad a job of portraying other cultures beliefs in our media as they do in theirs.
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That was beautiful. I think this thread can end since you hit the nail on the head.
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This topic isnt't even worth a discussion in my opinion. Crazy is crazy.
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Religions are made up by man just like anime/manga. Basically, christianity is the "anime" of Bronze age goatherders.
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Yes, soon an anime cult will be made, and Lelouch vi Britannia will lead our revolution and help us take over the world.
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I've never seen anime as Satanic or evil or anything. Just an expression of art, and is free to creative thought. However, I can see where a lot of the hard core Christian community comes from on this front. Sometimes anime glorifies demons and other 'evil' entities, and doesn't discourage homosexual relationships and promotes religions outside of Christianity. I'm not saying I agree with them, but I understand the mindset on these people, seeing as their mind set is extremely old fashioned. But, then again, I never see people bashing The Golden Compass series of books, seeing as they were written specifically to kill god. (not kidding, they kill god in that book.) But again there are series like A Certain Magical Index that deal with science vs religion.

BTW, out here in Cali, every year at Fanime-con, there is always a group of religious crazy people who come and protest the convention. It's really funny, and serves as a sort of entertainment when you want to take a break outside. I always find it fascinating to watch while I'm eating overpriced Con-Chow.

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When it comes to religion and religious people, isn't everything satanic nowadays?
Those folks always say every little thing is satanic. Music, tv/movies, anime, other religions.

And I agree, if anime was satanic, I wouldn't care and I'd still watch anime anyway. I love anime.
& Sure anime has different genres and there's even hentai, but who cares. It's animation.

I'd simply chuckle at the fact that anime is considered satanic to sum and move on with my anime watching days.

Anime ftw!!!!!
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