Anime and Christianity are two terms that seem to be incompatible and even complete opposites. Particularly in America, anime is about as foreign a media as one can consume. Lauren Orsini’s recent guest post drove the differences between these concepts home even further. Of course, my blog attempts to show the connecting point that many anime have with Christian spirituality.
Still, for a parent who knows little or nothing about anime, the form can be disconcerting. Especially for Christians, who tend to be more conservative, parents might be concerned with the not-always-flattering imagery in the medium. As a Christian parent myself, I know I’d be confused and worried if I saw Naruto do his “Sexy Technique” in the very first episode of what is possibly the most popular anime among teenage boys.
So I’ve created a guide to help Christians parents understand this medium. This two-page document gives background about anime and also answers some questions parents might have.
In addition, there’s a new page on my blog that not only contains the guide, but presents Christian parents with a variety of resources related to anime and manga, Japanese religion, religion in anime, and anime and Christianity.