Lying has been part of most people's lives, over the years thousands of people spread lies and thousands more believe and end up spreading too. Remember that there were rumors that if you put a 2 liter bottle full of water on your watch, the electricity bill will be cheaper? How were thousands of people able to believe such things?
Unfortunately during those years rumors and lies about famous things were spread, mainly by religious people without any knowledge. We have already heard reports that Hello Kitty, Xuxa, Pokemon, Katy Perry, Globo and several famous things are accused of having a pact with the devil. Nowadays 90% of the famous things had pact with devil… It seems that some love to burn famous things.
This all happens, because some idiot spreads a rumor on the internet, and people believe and help the rumor to spread. How does a lie get spread? The more scandalous, famous and sensational the subject is, the easier it is for it to go viral and end up being defined as true for many people. And even with the existence of sites like google and e-scams, where we can easily search on the subject, it seems that the lies only increase. WhatsApp and social networks are one of the biggest sources of lies spread throughout Brazil.
Lies about Hello Kitty
In 2005, a rumor circulated on the internet that Hello Kitty was created by a woman through a pact with the devil to cure a 14 year old child who had cancer. This rumor spread in such a way that many people around me stopped buying products from that brand and criticized people who had such products. And that was not the only rumor, there were versions that said that the little girl was born without a mouth, or with cancer in the mouth.
Others said that the word Kitty was a devil in Chinese, and Hello Kitty was created by Japanese. China and Japan are totally different from each other, mainly in the language. Any English student obviously knows that Kitty means kitten. And the character's name has always been Kitty White or white kitten. The fact that the character does not have a mouth is a marketing ploy for people to imagine the kitten's expressions, her eyes are black and without eyebrows exactly so as not to present facial expressions. Some claim that the kitten was raised without a mouth to criticize the submission of Japanese women, something that we cannot rule out.
The great truth is that Hello Kitty was created by 3 men in 1974 who worked at Sanrio. The kitty designer was made by Ikuko Shimizu. Japan is famous for creating mascots and fictional characters, the Sanrio company had exactly that focus, creating characters and selling its licenses or products.
Lies about Pokemon
Pokemon was another franchise that was successful worldwide, created by the great Japanese gaming company Nintendo. The franchise where you capture pets in portable video games became so famous that it won toys, card games and television adaptations. At the time that anime was released in Brazil, many religious people already had in mind that all Japanese drawings were by the devil. The mere fact that there are non-real creatures was already a reason for countries to prohibit their children from watching this drawing.
The problem is that Pokemon was created using non-real creatures exactly to have no problem with organizations that defend animals. Nintendo managed to solve this problem with animals and was not even concerned with Christians, since they do not predominate in Japan. It is up to the conscience of the person to decide whether or not to watch Pokemon. The problem is that many criticize with all their might but play Mario Bros the biggest Nintendo franchise that clearly has magic and supernatural characters.
Pokemon is not set in our universe, many characters can be born there and a lot was created in the laboratory. There are no scientific arguments to defend pokemon that have hypnosis or ghost-like powers that can hurt the conscience of some Christians. The fact is that Pokemon is a franchise with thousands of games, each with its own story and characters, I personally don't know why to condemn a franchise just because 1 out of thousands of Pokémon has something questionable. If so, we cannot watch anything on TV at all.
People don't know how to translate
Now let's talk about the biggest stupidity and lie spread on the internet related to Pokemon. Many religious people suggest that the name means pocket demons, and the literal translation of Pokemon (Pocket Monster) means pocket monsters. Of course, if we research the meaning of the word monster we can understand that it is something questionable, but monster is a word that means any being or thing contrary to nature, anomaly or deformity. Since pokemon are not really animals, they are not normal. Now turn the word monster in Devils it is a big exaggeration. Thousands of video games and cartoons use the word monster to refer to collectible characters that don't exist in our world, whether science fiction or not.
Other lies that have been spread on the internet are related to the names of pokemon that are just adaptations, abbreviations and mixtures of the animals they were inspired by, or their elements and abilities. Some even said that Pikachu means Destroyer Monster. Any Japanese student knows that pika is synonymous with light and chuu it's a rat. Pika is also simply a small mammal that looks like a mouse, in Brazil it is called Ochotona.
Some also claim that the drawing caused hallucinations, suicides and took several children to the hospital. An unsubstantiated argument, the only worrying thing that happened was people suffering from epilepsy ended up having problems in an episode where they used a strong light in the animation.
What can we conclude from that?
We cannot deny that many drawings, games and other things that originated in Japan have something considered wrong with Christians. The fact that the majority of the population is Buddhist and Shinto ends up making the authors of these works simply put biblical references because they find it interesting and do not think that Westerners will criticize or find it strange. Japanese culture is totally different from Western culture and they don't see the devil at all, nor do they even think about conspiracies, hidden messages or anything like that when creating their works.
If you want to know if a Japanese game or anime is appropriate for your child, simply search from trusted sources, watch and check out the story. Do not believe rumors just because something is famous and several lies have started to circulate it. The internet is full of lies, stop depending on the opinion of others, or believing everything you read! Take your conscience into consideration!