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:
What exactly is anime? While I give a brief rundown in the guide, these pages go further in depth:
- The Christian’s Guide to Anime and Otaku-dom
- Otaku Dictionary
- Anime 101
- Anime (defined)
- Anime (Wikipedia)
- Introduction to Manga
Religion in Japan
- Religion in Japan
This page quickly conveys some of the important facets of religion in modern Japan.
- Japanese Buddhism
- Religion Facts: Shinto
- Christianity in Japan (Wikipedia)
- Books about Japanese religion
- Christianity Made in Japan by Mark R. Mullins
- On Understanding Japanese Religion by Joseph M. Kitagawa
- Religion in Japanese Culture: Where Living Traditions Meet a Changing World, edited by Noriyoshi Tamaru and David Reid
- Practically Religious: Worldly Benefits and the Common Religion of Japan by Ian Reader and George J. Tanabe, Jr.
- Religion in Contemporary Japan by Ian Reader
Anime and Religion
- Can Christians Watch Anime?
- More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About Buddhism and Anime
- Spirituality in Anime
Anime and Christianity
- Christian Anime Alliance (CAA)
This long-running site features information for Christian parents, a vast review database, and an active forum.
- Anime Recommendations for Christian Viewers
- Anime Movie Recommendations for Christian Viewers
- Manga Recommendations for Christian Readers
- Visual Novel Recommendations for Christian Readers
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.
- Viewing Anime Through a Christian Lens
- Haibane Renmei Study
- Confessions of a Middle-Aged Otaku: Discovering Christian Messages in Anime
- Orthodoxy, Anime, & Me
- Christian, Anime, Blogger
- 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.