The Truth About Fanservice

*Sexually-explicit content discussed*

Ever since I began watching anime three years ago, fan service was a recurring theme that I knew would not be going away. “Giving the fans exactly what they want” is what I was told it was, but I soon realized that it was much more than that. Men and women coming back again and again to Japanese media filled with sexually-charged content is what I saw and it soon became acceptable in my mind, a part of anime that would never disappear. I can openly admit that in my past I had consumed a lot of sexualized anime in the form of fan service, both softcore and hardcore. I had done it all and seen it all: every fetish, trope and outfit. Most importantly, I am a living testimony that breaks the common misconception that a “good Christian man” like myself would know nothing about fan service. In fact, I know more about the sexualized subsection of otaku culture than most people.

Fan service, whether you know it or not, tries its best to give people expressions of sexuality that were only meant to be experienced with a partner of the opposite biological sex. In anime, these are seen through common tropes and situations that are a staple to the media like panty shots, boob grabs, bikini scenes, etc. Some may see these actions as innocent pleasure to the viewer, harming no one and thus being justifiable. However, there is a lot more going on under the surface with our hearts that works to destroy intimacy with our future spouses by stealing sexual purity. Based on what I’ve seen fanservice do to myself and being a follower of Jesus, I can never agree with it and try my best to avoid it when watching a show. As a man who reveals the truth, let’s start calling fanservice by the beast that it truly is: pornography.  Continue reading “The Truth About Fanservice”

Zabuza, The Thief on the Cross, and Redemption

*Spoilers to Naruto*

Zabuza Momochi is a name that is feared across the land. Known as “Demon of the Hidden Mist”, he works for an elite assassination group called Anbu, cutting down anyone that stands in his way. He possesses deadly skill with a long-sword, being an ex-member of the Seven Swordsmen, and is on every hidden village’s bingo book for Class A crimes. He has a bloodlust that cannot be stopped, a thirst for violence that cannot be quenchable, and a heart as cold as a stone. Zabuza Momochi is a man that lives and breaths death, following the name that he was given to him for his murders, bearing the identity of a true demon.  Continue reading “Zabuza, The Thief on the Cross, and Redemption”

The Rebellion of Non-Believers

*Spoilers to Madoka Magica The Movie: Rebellion*

There are two kinds of people in this world: Christians and non-believers. Non-believers, those who have not been saved by Jesus Christ, live according to works and are slaves to sin. Christians know this because they have been set free from their pasts and have faith in God, opening their eyes to the darkness around them. Those who do not follow the Lord have the opportunity to receive grace for their wrongdoings by accepting Jesus’s sacrifice and having faith in Him. However, there is a certain point where depravity of mind and rejection of the Gospel message influences the non-believer so much that they tune out to anything God. These people are in rebellion against the truth that aims to set them free and instead freely choose sin that locks them in chains.

I couldn’t help but be reminded of Homura Akemi while discussing the subject of non-belivers, especially after gaining a fresh perspective from watching Madoka Magica The Movie: Rebellion. Her actions, attitudes, and emotions towards the sacrifice Ultimate Madoka made mirror perfectly the way non-believers reject the sacrifice that Jesus made. Continue reading “The Rebellion of Non-Believers”

Religious People Ruin Everything

The character Sakamoto from the recent anime Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto represents perfection, something without flaw or error. Being extremely handsome, intelligent, and athletic, our protagonist has all the girls falling for him and drives the men to jealousy. He has it made for himself and always aims to achieve his best. But isn’t this how religion tries to dress-up Jesus Christ, that He only accepts perfection? Continue reading “Religious People Ruin Everything”