Christian Parents and Anime

Anime continues to  grows in popularity, particularly among adolescents and even younger children. If you’re a parent who is unfamiliar with anime and it’s comic book counterpart, manga, you may be seeking more information about what your child is consuming. I’ve assembled a short guide to anime for Christian parents, along with answers to Frequently Asked Questions that can help you on your journey. Below are some other links that may help you better understand this fascinating and popular form of entertainment:

Anime

What exactly is anime?  While I give a brief rundown in the guide, these pages go further in depth:

Religion in Japan

Anime and Religion

Anime and Christianity

Resources

Viewing Anime

These posts reflect the various ways a Christian may approach anime (or media in general), and include three personal testimonies explaining why Christianity and anime need not be mutually exclusive, and a website that focuses on Haibane Renmei, a series that particularly emphasizes imagery and themes that fit within a Christian worldview.

Reviews

  • CAA’s Reviews
  • The Anime Review
    Created and run by a Presbyterian pastor, this long-established review site doesn’t give “Christian reviews” per se, but the owner obviously has Christian concerns with the goal “to write reviews that honor Christ both in their perspective and in their quality.”
  • Beneath the Tangles reviews
    We aren’t a review site, but do occasionally review anime—particularly new film releases.
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  • Aniblog Stuff Day 3
    18 April 2012 at 10:38 pm
  • Alysa Good Stuff
    9 June 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Came across your site through a post somewhere else. I have not liked much of anime’s negative influence in the shows, books and art… but I have also seen positive influence in the creative writing and art encouraging my daughter. So it is good to find a Christian perspective. Gotta find some good animes my daughter will enjoy, gonna share this blog too!

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    • TWWK
      10 June 2012 at 9:38 pm

      Kids these days definitely feel a connection to the art style and storytelling in anime. I think it’s a good idea to encourage our kids to develop their skills and pursue something they enjoy. But I definitely know what you mean – when it comes time that my kids start watching anime, I know I’ll definitely have a more critical eye about what they watch.

      And thank you!

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    2 October 2013 at 11:04 am

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  • visionary fiction
    16 August 2014 at 5:41 am

    I have studied the Torah and Talmud my entire
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  • april black
    3 January 2015 at 8:22 am

    For the average reader, anime probably has no really bad effects; however, for one of my daughters, it did. She came from a Christian home, but when she was 15, her father and I divorced. She had always been prone to living in her own world. She lives art and fantasy so she was very drawn to it. Whereas my other daughter steered clear of the homosexual elements of some anime, my other daughter did not. She never showed any signs of homosexual behavior growing up. She always made her sister play boy parts so she could be the girl. Now, she is butched and seems to prefer looking like a man. She idolizes some of the male characters and presently is involved in a relationship with her best friend. While I will not sit here and tell you anime is to blame for all of this, I will say it played it’s part and you can’t always be aware of what they are viewing or reading. Just be cautious, parents.

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    • TWWK
      7 January 2015 at 1:15 pm

      I’m really sorry to hear that. I’m glad that you mentioned that anime isn’t “to blame for all of this” – it seems to me that anime can be something that perpetuates issues and problems, just as it can reveal wonderful ideas about grace and love and so forth. We focus a lot on the latter, but your point is more than well taken – it’s very significant. Thank you for sharing. I’ll be praying for you and your family.

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      • Anonymous
        15 November 2017 at 7:02 am

        I am sorry to say this but I doubt your daughters homosexuality has nothing to do with anime. I know you mentioned that your daughter never showed signs of homosexuality growing up but this is common because children have no sexuality or even any interest in sex of any kind. Your daughter most probably discovered her sexuality when she hit puberty. Even if your claims that anime was cause of her homosexuality, it was you that created the problem. Your daughter most probably sensed your disapproval of her sexuality ( your disapproval of her being herself ) and used anime to push back like any teenager would

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  • Anime
    18 January 2017 at 5:40 pm

    Many anime series are far away from religion and make religion seem like something very hateful and they show gods as evil creatures :-/ I know that the Japanese are mostly non religious people but it is really spreading negative thoughts :/ Thank you for the list here and for opening this.

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