Christian Parents and Anime

Anime continues to skyrocket in popularity, particularly among adolescents.  However, this can cause consternation among parents who don’t understand anime and it’s literary counterpart, manga.  Christian parents, particularly, might be concerned by the images they associate with this media.  I’ve assembled a short guide to anime for Christian parents.  It is linked below, along with a Frequently Asked Questions page for Christian fans of anime.

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.

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.”
  • Christian Anime Reviews
    This site is “devoted to cataloging anime soundtracks, albums and singles; and reviewing anime series and manga volumes, all from a Christian perspective.”
  • OEL Christian Manga Reviews
    Although no longer current, this site offers reviews for many Christian Original English Language (OEL) manga and graphic novels, like Serenity and Goofyfoot Gurl.
  • Plugged In Online
    Focus on the Family’s review site sometimes reviews major anime movie releases and series.
  1. 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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    • 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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