Within the anime media, most people simply accept the sexualization of females, both of young girls and older women; Japan has such a heavy secular influence that series created by anime companies are saturated with heavy doses of fan service. This is not an unfair assumption to make especially when analyzing almost every popular anime; there are always elements of sexualization present. Naruto has the “sexy jutsu” where he can transform into a Shadow Clone of a nude woman surrounded by fluffy clouds, Nami explores the open waters on a pirate ship with either a cleavaged t-shirt or a full bikini, and Kirito lives in his own personal harem fantasy. These famous productions, Naruto, One Piece, and Sword Art Online, are considered tame when it comes to sexual content, yet they are still sprinkled with fan service throughout, reflecting the morals and values of contemporary Asia. This leads many to believe that all anime is essentially pornography, since it all comes from Japan, but is this really the case?

What Do The “Super Christians” Think?

Most people in the church community that are highly against anime are a group that I would describe as “super Christians”. These are the folks that believe that anything that is not the Bible is unholy and live their lives without the love and grace of Jesus Christ within their hearts. They are usually exposed to anime for the first time through a pornographic picture they stumbled upon on Goggle or cleavage they saw from a Japanese video game. This obviously creates some huge bias against the media, and these people immediately shut down the practice, condemning it as “works of the devil”. They even goes as far as labeling all anime of all genres through this same stubborn lens as pornography, and by doing so wallow in their own ignorance.

These “super Christians” create groups all over church congregations and on the internet to completely ban anime across the United States, calling the media “evil entertainment from the dark shores of Japan”. They are the people that gather together and worry more about the existence of anime more than bringing lost people in to learn about Jesus Christ. Basically, these guys are the folks that make the loudest noise about the issue, and are the only reason why we are talking about it now.

What Do I Think?

Many people are left out of an amazing hobby and passion that has the potential to be used for God’s glory simply because of the ignorance of Christians, and I am very disappointed that this is the case. These “super Christians” are the religious, Pharisee-like people that Jesus warns us about in the Bible, and to see my brothers and sisters in Christ act like this is very disheartening for me. I know friends of mine that have felt guilty whenever they have watched a single episode of anime, thinking that they are viewing porn and sinning against God, and this has resulted from false doctrine and teaching.

What these religious people fail to realize is that it is impossible to place all anime into one box! It’s the equivalent of eating a McDouble at McDonalds and then saying that a five-star burger would taste the exact same or explaining that Napoleon Dynamite and Die Hard are the same movie because they both have people in them. Friends, this is nonsense thinking, and it is very obvious how silly these people sound. Christians may have a good point about the themes that are present in anime, but they need to take a second look at the media through a Biblical perspective rather than a judgmental, unloving manner.

Let me explain that I do agree with other Christians that there are certainly some dangers involved with viewing anime. Pornography does exist with some anime; this is why there are genres within this media known as ecchi and hentai. However, there are ways of watching anime without running into pornography.

How We Should Respond

Arguing with “super Christians” over the issue of anime is like trying to spark conversation with a brick wall; you will not be able to get anywhere with discussing your side. Although we cannot directly tell them, I believe that we can show them the benefits of anime through our actions, proving that it is not all pornography and that it can be used to glorify God. John emphasizes this in 1 John, where he stresses the importance of showing our faith by action and not words. Once these people see that the love of God is in our hearts, they cannot argue anything against us. This is the exact reason why Otaku Collision exists today: to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ to otakus and weeaboos that are nonbelievers. “Super Christians” will find this ministry, see the Holy Spirit moving through me, and they will have no basis to condemn me.

I would also highly suggest for you to create your own opinion about anime instead of simply accepting the opinions of others. Put on your Biblical glasses on if you decide to watch a show, and make your own judgements.

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