One the of most interesting aspects of Sakamichi no Apollon is the inclusion of Christianity in the plot. In episode two, it’s inferred that Kaoru is surprised (and maybe even a little weirded out) to find that Sentarō and Ritsuko are Christians. Yet, it doesn’t hinder Kaoru from continuing to pursue a romantic relationships with Ritsuko.
Although that relationship may not come to fruition, the question which remains with me is about how the difference in belief would impact that relationship, if at all.
I had a conversation with Alexander of Ashita no Anime (aside: check out his reasons for disliking the show) in which we discussed the wall a Christian may put up when considering whom to date. Conservative Christians often choose not to date individuals outside of their faith. I can attest to this. Right or wrong, I decided not to further pursue a relationship with a young lady during my college years primarily because of the difference in our religious beliefs.
Alexander further commented that conflict involving faith would be inevitable even in a relationship between Christians – how much more so, I wonder, between a Christian and someone of a different faith?
So, I’ll leave these questions to you readers to discuss:
Have you dated someone with a strong faith in a religion other than yours? Did it cause difficulties? If so, how did you resolve them?
Would you ever date someone of a different faith? What concerns would you have, if any?
Would you consider marrying such a person?