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Posted 3/13/15
Basically what the title says, I was wondering if you guys knew any anime that have a premise based around Christianity as I would be interested in watching them. I'd also like to know what you think about therm first.

I'll start things off I'm currently watching 'Junketsu no Maria' (Maria the virgin witch) although it doesn't portray the church in a very positive light and doesn't address alot of the themes as directly as I wish it would, I find the show as a whole quite interesting and enjoyable and I recommend that you check it out.

Ok your turn.
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Well, let's see - we have My Last Day which is a 9 minute anime short film that shows the crucifixion of Christ through the perspective of the theif on the cross who repents. It's gripping and powerfully done. That's one which directly addresses Christianity.

I mean, there are Christian elements in Trigun. Lots of them throughout the series and that's been spoken of at length online by people who are much smarter than I.

Now, I've heard that Trinity Blood is interesting - if you like Catholic vampires. The series directly involves the Catholic church and characters who are vampires who feed on vampires working for the church. I've never seen it, but it's supposedly interesting and includes overtly Catholic themes.
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Posted 3/16/15
Let's not forget about Christian based, family-friendly animations and radio dramas like Paws & Tales and Adventures in Odyssey.

Even though I'm an adult, I still enjoy downloading the stories and listening to them during my drive home from work.

By the way, anyone out there listen to Jungle Jam and Friends?
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Posted 3/17/15
Haibane Renmei is one of my all time favorites,. It's a great anime that discusses the philosophical concept of sin.
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So throwing my two cents into this...and my best answer is there are four areas to consider.

First there are some Christian anime that were produced over the years, but they are few and far between. Anime oyako gekijô (SuperBook) was one such production (one of my originals from back in the early 80's). Md mentioned another, and I know I have seen one that was the birth of Christ (it was more in the style of kamishibai than traditional anime), but for the life of me I can't find it again.

Second there are anime that have very strong correlations to Christianity (such as one can see with the Lord of the Rings series), but are not considered Christian. Eden of the East (I haven't seen yet), Haibane Renmei (mentioned above, and I have seen...very good watch), and Puella Magi Madoka Magica (I have also seen this one...another good watch) are all examples of this style.

Third there are anime that have strong elements of Christianity in them (kind of a step down from the above...you could consider them together, but I am just one of those that likes to categorize everything ). Trigun (watched...one of my favorites), Kino's Journey (watched...very philosophical anime), and Chrono Crusade (started watching...just couldn't get into it enough before it was pulled from Netflix/Hulu) are good examples of this style.

Fourth there are anime that have lessons that reflect Christian teachings (such as compassion, sacrifice, unconditional love, etc.). While most anime has some elements of this what I am talking about are the ones that throughout the show you could make a connection. Guilty Crown is an example of what I consider to be in this category (also watched, and it is also on my favorites list).

I hope this helps, and I look forward to any replies.
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Now that I've finally finished watching Trigun, I think I must say - it's awesome. As Dango mentioned, it does have strong Christian elements in it. On his old English language website, it said that the creator of Trigun was a Buddhist who converted to Catholicism as an adult. Though, there's been no other evidence of that on the internet since.

But, the redemptive themes in that series are excellent and make it well worth the time to watch it. Also, it's one of those series which are also so well done in terms of their dub that it's worth watching that way
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The sad thing is, if you're not a Christian, the art you make isn't really going to promote many if any Christian values. What intrigues me about anime is that many of the creators are more into "asking the big questions" rather than boasting about having all the answers. Take these as examples:

A Certain Magical Index is mainly about corruption in the church. I don't know if you can call that "Christian", but the themes are pretty interesting for anyone of faith to explore.

Neon Genesis Evangelion is one of my all-time favourites. It explores the mind of director Hideaki Anno and his trying to make sense of the world around him in terms of psychology and spirituality. There is heavy judeo-christian (as well as gnostic) symbolism, and it's a great series to get your brain thinking about what the Bible says and why you believe it.

Serial Experiments Lain treads the line between extremely god-fearing and extremely god-hating, but pushes the viewer to come up with his own conclusions about the meaning of the series (much like Evangelion). It can be pretty confusing to some people because of its abstract storytelling, but I personally enjoyed it.
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