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All too true I have found that most anime that quote Scripture or have a so called Christian in it are more of a condemning nature or just plain silly. However, I will say I did like the portrayal of Christianity in Rurouni Kenshin where he went to an underground church. It was pretty close to the actual thing, but at the same time it did have some twisted or misunderstood idea of it.
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I try not to watch fan service titles that would get a +17 rating, though I have personally watched a few and invariably regret it, both because it detracts from the value of the work and is an occasion of sin. I am however, slightly surprised you thought Super Sonico was too fanservicey. I didn't think it was so bad, certainly not compared to a few of the fan service titles I've had the displeasure of viewing, like To Lov Ru, which should be avoided like the plague. You're certainly spot on about the merchandise surrounding Super Sonico in general, however. If anything, though, I admire you setting somewhat of a higher standard for yourself when it comes to avoiding sexual content.

What I go out of my way to avoid viewing is anything which I decide might present negative worldviews in a positive light or positive views in a negative light. In other words, calling evil good and vice versa. That's kind of a deep topic that could have its own thread though, and is most certainly widely open to interpretation for each particular anime title, since anime is art, and art is subjective.
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i_love_u_jesus wrote:

I try not to watch fan service titles that would get a +17 rating, though I have personally watched a few and invariably regret it, both because it detracts from the value of the work and is an occasion of sin. I am however, slightly surprised you thought Super Sonico was too fanservicey. I didn't think it was so bad, certainly not compared to a few of the fan service titles I've had the displeasure of viewing, like To Lov Ru, which should be avoided like the plague. You're certainly spot on about the merchandise surrounding Super Sonico in general, however. If anything, though, I admire you setting somewhat of a higher standard for yourself when it comes to avoiding sexual content.

What I go out of my way to avoid viewing is anything which I decide might present negative worldviews in a positive light or positive views in a negative light. In other words, calling evil good and vice versa. That's kind of a deep topic that could have its own thread though, and is most certainly widely open to interpretation for each particular anime title, since anime is art, and art is subjective.

I can get that - there are a lot of pretty risque series out there. But just the first episode of Super Sonico alone was one big fan service. I actually wrote about it and my views on the first episode on my blog
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I don't really avoid anything based on faith, but I do find that any sort of entertainment that is consistently trying to drive a political point, or normalize behavior (such as a sympathetic main character being given to debauchery, worshiping demons or incest) that is contrary to the will of God (since He alone knows and desires what is best for us) to be obnoxious, so I won't watch that.

Test everything; hold fast what is good, and "your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness."
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I spend alot of time browsing the internet, as a result I've gotten fairly used to people going against my beliefs. this is probably why my beliefs have never influenced what I watch. as long as I consider a show to be well written and directed and all that other stuff I'll watch it regardless of what its about.
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My restrictions are not really based on faith. I'm already VERY picky when it comes to anime, so magic, demons, light vs darkness, fanservice, hentai, gore, violence, horror were already out of my list even before I became a Christian.

Although I admit I committed a sin and watched Jigoku Shoujo four years ago BUT IN MY DEFENSE I wasn't a Christian yet and the horror aspect of it was implied, nothing really explicit.
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I'm new to this group, and glad I found it because I find it encouraging to know that there are other believers who watch anime and have restrictions as well! A little background on myself:

I am the only one in my family who watches anime, and they all think I'm weird and that anime is stupid and demonic (and a lot is). That said, when my parents found out I watched Fairy Tail, they got really upset and said I could no longer watch it because it contains magic, dark magic, wizards, etc. They used the verse in Leviticus 19:26 "Do not practice divination or sorcery." and said that I shouldn't even be entertained by these things. And I kind of agree from where they are coming from, I do think that things we allow into our minds can lead us away from God if we are careless. But what I don't understand is why I didn't feel convicted by watching Fairy Tail? Was it because I told myself "Oh, it's just entertainment, it's harmless."? Also, the magic fights were mostly like beating the other person up, not chanting some kind of spell... What are your thoughts on Fairy Tail and what God says about sorcery? I know for a fact that I am not to partake in sorcery, and I don't! But is watching shows that contain sorcery a form of taking part in it?

As to the original topic, animes that I draw the line are: Death Note and Bleach, because I believe we are not to speak to demons or associate with them. Demons are the Devils' servants and only seek to destroy the children of God and all of humanity.
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Heirisu wrote:

I'm new to this group, and glad I found it because I find it encouraging to know that there are other believers who watch anime and have restrictions as well! A little background on myself:

I am the only one in my family who watches anime, and they all think I'm weird and that anime is stupid and demonic (and a lot is). That said, when my parents found out I watched Fairy Tail, they got really upset and said I could no longer watch it because it contains magic, dark magic, wizards, etc. They used the verse in Leviticus 19:26 "Do not practice divination or sorcery." and said that I shouldn't even be entertained by these things. And I kind of agree from where they are coming from, I do think that things we allow into our minds can lead us away from God if we are careless. But what I don't understand is why I didn't feel convicted by watching Fairy Tail? Was it because I told myself "Oh, it's just entertainment, it's harmless."? Also, the magic fights were mostly like beating the other person up, not chanting some kind of spell... What are your thoughts on Fairy Tail and what God says about sorcery? I know for a fact that I am not to partake in sorcery, and I don't! But is watching shows that contain sorcery a form of taking part in it?

As to the original topic, animes that I draw the line are: Death Note and Bleach, because I believe we are not to speak to demons or associate with them. Demons are the Devils' servants and only seek to destroy the children of God and all of humanity.

Welcome aboard! I hope to see some great discussions.

In my opinion, the question with any entertainment is - how do you respond to it and what was the purpose of the entertainment? If the purpose was purely in order, for example, to cause a person to sin through lustful desires - such as pornography, then clearly we need to stay away from it. That said, others are not so simple. Is a film or anime series where characters are in revealing clothing sinful? Not at its face, but it can cause some to sin - so if you are a person prone to lustful thoughts when watching such a series, you should avoid it. For me, that series was Super Sonico - which I watched one episode and felt - "This series is merely existing to try to flash a lot of skin and titillate the audience with partial nudity, I'm out."

Now, regarding magic and demons, I think we need to consider it from a Biblical perspective as well. First, by watching the series are you condoning the use of magic in reality? Second, where does their magical power originate in the series? These are both important to consider. The first tells you if you are bringing this into your reality and sinning. The second tells you if their "magic" is merely super powers or something their drawing from a demonic source. For example - Harry Potter involves magic, but their magic is drawn from the fact that they were born with some kind of inherent power, some were not. They are not invoking demons or false gods in order to perform magic, so I see their magical powers no different than say the superpowers of Superman or the Green Lantern, which I would be hard pressed to consider sinful or evil. Now, on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the characters performing magic are invoking false gods and demons in their attempts at magic. It's pretty explicit on the program that they are doing it. So their magic is inherently wrong at its face. There's a distinct difference between the two. Now, I haven't seen Fairy Tail and as such, I do not know which version of magic we're dealing with. Is it an inherent power source like Harry Potter or a superhero? Or are they invoking dark spirits in order to gain their power? If the former, I would watch it without worry. If it is the latter, I'd proceed with caution.

Now, I watch Blue Exorcist and read the manga. The characters in the series include a number of characters who are classified as "demons." The main characters, Rin and Yukio, are half demon (specifically their version of Satan) and half human. They also are exorcists trying to slay and destroy demons. First - their universe is not like our own, so the parallels are very distinctly different. Secondly - in Blue Exorcist, demons are NOT like Biblical demons. In fact, they are more akin to monsters than demons - they have no connection to Hell, they are not condemned former angels, they are just creatures which are generally evil but on the whole merely are powerful and monstrous looking, coming from a different dimension. Does that make the series inherently evil? I'd say no, and if it were and I were drawn to sin from it - then I would stop watching/reading. In fact, reading this manga and watching the anime have given me new ideas and helped me see different Biblical truths in ways which I can share them with others.
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have you guys heard about the anime/manga jojo's bizarre adventure? in part 7 the corpse of Jesus Christ is used as a plot point for most of the arc in which characters can enhance their powers by recovering these body parts. The story of Jesus Christ is also somewhat skewered for many christians in which Jesus travels to America after his ressurection and dies a second time there. Would you consider this extremely blasphemous? Do you believe a christian could enjoy a story like this while being a true follower of christ at the same time? Jesus is never portrayed in a negative light, but his story can be considered skewered for many denominations
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I don't know if I'd say "extremely blasphemous," but given who Jesus Christ is (Son of God, and indeed God Himself, the One and Only God of all that is, was and ever will be, etc. etc.), I think it is at the very best treading on very thin ice, "it" being using Christ as a character in some fictional story, even if He is not made to do anything particularly "negative." It's something I personally think any wise Christian who accords God the proper respect would avoid doing. As for watching something like this, presumably made by non-Christians, I'd at the very least exercise proper discernment when watching, if one chooses to watch it in the first place. To paraphrase loosely from the Bible, it maybe lawful for a believer, but not necessarily helpful or beneficial in any way (and maybe even harmful).
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ErickB101 wrote:

have you guys heard about the anime/manga jojo's bizarre adventure? in part 7 the corpse of Jesus Christ is used as a plot point for most of the arc in which characters can enhance their powers by recovering these body parts. The story of Jesus Christ is also somewhat skewered for many christians in which Jesus travels to America after his ressurection and dies a second time there. Would you consider this extremely blasphemous? Do you believe a christian could enjoy a story like this while being a true follower of christ at the same time? Jesus is never portrayed in a negative light, but his story can be considered skewered for many denominations

It sounds like a complete misunderstanding of the life of Christ. Also, sounds like it mixes in some Mormon theology (Jesus traveling to the Americas is part of the Book of Mormon). The question, as asked above is - does it belittle Christ? I am unsure as I have never seen the show.

As usual, I agree with sushipath .
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I'll add that I too haven't seen this particular episode of Jojo, so really can't comment on it specifically. Incidentally, I hear Jojo's Bizarre Adventure (and related works) is pretty interesting. My former Japanese conversation partner (who graduated school and went on) mentioned it (the manga specifically) as one of her favorites and recommended it. I've seen still images, promotional images and such from it, and the look of it is certainly unique. However, these days especially, there's so much anime and manga now available in the U.S. I can only select a small subset to watch/read myself, and inevitably I'm going to miss some good ones, but that's life. The Jojo manga also has over 100 volumes, plus other associated works (movies, the anime etc.), so for me it's just too big to even try to take a bite of it now.
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Hi everyone,

I'm a new member, so please take care of me. Haha! As for judging anime, I write an anime review blog where I bounce all of the anime I watch off of the word of God. So if something doesn't line up with the word, it gets a negative review (which can be so heartbreaking at times). Anyway, that's how I do it and I recommend it for everyone since our whole life--including our entertainment--should align with the Bible. If you want to see the blog, check it out here: https://animegodsway.wordpress.com/
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EphraimsAuthor wrote:

Hi everyone,

I'm a new member, so please take care of me. Haha! As for judging anime, I write an anime review blog where I bounce all of the anime I watch off of the word of God. So if something doesn't line up with the word, it gets a negative review (which can be so heartbreaking at times). Anyway, that's how I do it and I recommend it for everyone since our whole life--including our entertainment--should align with the Bible. If you want to see the blog, check it out here: https://animegodsway.wordpress.com/

Welcome aboard! I'll have to check out your site.

While I'm at it, I'd be remiss not to recommend you checking into Beneath the Tangles which focuses on anime and items of faith.

Also, I write on anime/manga & the Lord here: http://oldlineelephant.com/animemanga-theology-index/
That link goes directly to the sub-page of my site which sorts through all my writings which are directly associated with anime/manga and items of faith, as opposed to general anime discussions.
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mdmrn,

Thank you for the welcome. As for your recommendation...well...let's just say Beneath the Tangles and I don't exactly see eye-to-eye. I write reviews from the Japanese cultural perspective knowing that not much, if any, Biblical views were inserted into anime/manga by their creators while Beneath the Tangles tries to seek out Biblical values in the entertainment instead of taking it for what it was created to be. I admit I've briefly looked at yours and see some items where we would disagree, but I'll have to dig through it more thoroughly at a later time. Thank you for providing another resource though.
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