*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”
*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”
*From Episode 1a of Re:Zero*
The old saying “what goes around comes around” has been a sort of social karma that society follows because they believe that they will receive a reward for their good deeds. Working overtime so that someone else doesn’t have to, mowing the lawn for your buddy, or even paying your otaku friend’s monthly Crunchyroll bill are examples that we see in our everyday lives. However, this expectation of gaining something in exchange for works is selfishness that will never give a pure sense of fulfillment. Jesus knew this almost 2000 years ago when he came down from heaven, and talked numerous times about living selflessly for others with no expectation of Earthly rewards. Continue reading “The Good Samaritan and Re:Zero’s Emillia”
Your Lie In April has been getting a lot of commotion in the otaku community, known by many as the anime of 2016 that will guarantee to make you cry. Once I heard this I had assumed that the show was the cliché slice-of-life/romance type of series, solely relying on watered-down plot and straw characters stuffed with no personality. However, my view drastically changed as I got through each episode and I can say with confidence that Your Lie In April does not fall into the common traps for its genre. In fact, the show goes way beyond what normal romance anime typically accomplish and displays how our relationships with our significant other should be. Continue reading “The One That Will Make Everyone Cry: Review for Your Lie In April”
Atheism, the belief that condones the existence of God, has become increasingly popular in the last millennium and is the main contender against religion. Science has been the backbone of this radical movement and avid supporters explain their position using theories and laws created by man. These same people claim that religious philosophies operate solely on circular reasoning and argue that they cannot possibly be valid, but what if the same is true for science? What if it is all merely assumptions? What if society has been lied to by it’s own doctrines?
Continue reading “Science Is The Religion of Assumption”
With access to emerging technologies and increased internet access, it has become easier than ever to pirate episodes of anime. The process has become as simple as going onto Kissanime or Sidereel and clicking on a series to watch for free, changing the way that people view shows. Laws and regulations have been put into place, attempting to stop the public from using these illegal sources for illegal activities, yet society still puts these websites into service; hardly any punishments or none at all have come to them. Continue reading “Anime Piracy”
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. Continue reading “Is All Anime Porn?”