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Should Christians Watch Anime?

Should Christians Watch Anime?

(Originally published at WriteforACause.Org)

In my own opinion, when it comes to Christianity, this question can be a ‘yes’ and it can be a ‘no’. Everything I discuss here is just my perspective, an opinion mostly biased to my own experiences, and it doesn’t necessarily mean that I force this insight to the readers. This, however, is something that every Christian needs to know. I hope I made this clear to everyone who is reading this. My purpose in writing this is only to make the readers, most notably Christians, evaluate their selves.

To me, Christians can watch anime for a simple reason that it doesn’t bring you to hell, just because you watch anime doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re doomed to that place where gnashing of teeth and eternal fire is ever present. No, you won’t be doomed to hell just because you watch Naruto!

Before I proceed, let us first evaluate who we are. It is very important to note that we must know our real identity, when I say identity I do not mean our birth names, or our status in the world, what I mean is our identity in Christ.

Who Are We? What’s our Identity?

We’re Christians. We’re not just simply believers, are we? We’re born again in Spirit and in Truth. We are saved not because of our good works. We are saved notbecause we’re actively participating in church ministries—but we are saved because we believe and accept that Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven. Salvation is about Christ who died for us on the cross for our redemption; His amazing grace and love for us. We believe that Jesus is the Son of God who became a Man to fulfill the will of His Father who sits in the heavenly throne. We are saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8), and if we truly believe on that, we are freed from our tragic destiny—hell. But once we accept Jesus, we don’t only believe (James 2:20), but we follow Him, because you see, faith without action is dead. We become His, our old self has passed away and we become a new creation. That’s our identity! We are bought with a price–Jesus’ blood on the cross!

2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

John 1:12 ESV

But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God,

Now that we’re clear with our identity, let’s settle with the following question.

Is it wrong for a Christian to watch anime?

  • No, it is not wrong. You don’t sin because you watch anime, or a movie, unless of course, if the anime you’re watching doesn’t conform to the will of the Father. What I mean is that, if you’re watching an anime that displays nudity, extreme worldly practices, and blasphemes God, it then becomes spiritually WRONG for a Christian to watch it. Come on, if you’re a real Christian and loves Christ, why would you love watching an anime that contradicts His teachings? It just doesn’t seem right.
  • If you’re watching an anime only for entertainment, it isn’t wrong, too, as long as you’re not completely indulging yourself into it, to a point that you’re idolizing the characters and the unrealistic story that it presents.  Remember, anime characters are purely fictional.

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A Cosplayer Who Abandoned Costume Play

(Originally published at WriteforACause.Org)

Cosplay is the shortened term for “costume play.” A cosplay event then is a gathering where anime lovers, fanatics, and cosplayers engage together for fun and activities. It’s an event where colored wigs are worn everywhere. Youths wear gigantic costumes and weapons, and each of them are portraying the anime character of their choice. Some years ago, I was one of those youths. A cosplayer.

Hello, that’s me in purple, by the way.

I was an anime freak, err, fanatic. I think I can categorize myself as “otaku” way back before. I really loved watching cosplays. Honestly, my friend and I used to watch cosplay events every now and then. When I was a freshman in college, I joined an anime club at my university. I used to attend our club meetings and participate in our team buildings.

And sometimes, when there was a cosplay event happening in the mall, all of us in the anime club, organized by our Club President, would go together in that cosplay event. I remember back then that we rented a jeepney just to cater all of us.

Every time I went to a cosplay event, I used to wear clothes that would reflect the event. My friends used to tell me, “Are you cosplaying, too?” That’s how fanatic I was, to a point that I wanted to be like them—the animes or the cosplayers. We would watch the event together, and we would sit together, shouting and giggling every time we see a favorite cosplayer.

Then I came to a point in my life that I wasn’t just watching the event. I was PART of the cosplay event! I cosplayed. My friend (I call her Tine) was very supportive of me and she helped me from start to finish. To both of us, it was a breakthrough that I would do the costume playing. In fact, I wasn’t just going to walk around to flaunt my costume, but I actually joined the contest. I had my own acting script and I went on stage—in front of many judges and people whom I don’t know. I walked on stage with the demeanor of a man, with the grace of a noble, and bearing with me the arrogant yet sophisticated act. I even threw a red rose to the audience at the final scene and I heard everyone shouting and giggling—but to the present me, I find it disturbing (insert sighing here).

On that day I wasn’t myself, I was somebody else. I wasn’t a woman, I was a man. I kept reminding myself that it wasn’t me, that I was portraying the character which people loved, and therefore, I should satisfy their desire to look at me as if I was really that anime character, and then completely abandon my own. I thought it was alright, that it wouldn’t offend God. Why would God be offended? I couldn’t understand why He would. Because as long as I didn’t hurt anyone, I’m good. We’re good. But I was wrong.

Why is God offended?

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