Today I'm here to talk about a controversial issue that bothers many fans in Japan, especially young people. Christian religions always attack anime, games and things from Japan as something of the devil! It has always been like that, it happened with Hello Kitty, Pokémon, Digimon and several other animes. In addition, some attack the culture, customs and religion of Japan as people without God and the devil.
I am writing this article to talk about these controversies, and to explain my opinion about these cultural differences and discussions generated on the internet. This article is not going to attack any religion, it will just make you reflect on your decision before playing a thing, besides bringing some curiosities on the subject.
Why does it happen?
I admire their faith in avoiding any content that is harmful to their spirituality. Unfortunately people are getting carried away by rumors, lies, theories and sensational information. Here are some of the false rumors that religious people have helped to spread:
Hello Kitty has pact with devil - The stupidest thing I've ever heard, just a few keystrokes on Google to see it's just a big lie.
Pokemon means Pocket Demons - I wanted to know where people are studying English ... It means Pocket Monsters, and just because it means monsters, it does not mean that it has mythological origins, being that a monster is anything unnatural. The same thing happens with Digimon (this one really has mythological inspirations).
Vampire teeth? - Some religious think that some anime belong to the devil simply because some characters have teeth that look like vampires. But this is more of a cultural issue, dentist is not something very popular in Japan, so most who have their upper canines misaligned leave it like this, some even purposely bend them because they think they are beautiful, this practice is called yaeba.
Japanese drawings are by the devil - Animation in Japan is something very relative and complete, as well as films and series, in Japan there are thousands of anime with different genres, contents and stories. Things like big eyes, fantasy worlds are just fans of Japanese art and culture that we’ll cover later on. More than 300 animations are released every year, and among them I say that about 100 is suitable for any Christian to watch. Not to mention the thousands of manga that are released every year.
Now anime that clearly present witchcraft, violence, macumba, demons and others, you have complete freedom to speak. Just be careful not to generalize and say that everyone is like that. Many show only the daily life of Japan, teaches education, culture, life lessons, novels and others. For example, Japanese dating is so innocent that it is even boring, in some it doesn't even happen a kiss.
People often attack Japan because of its cultural differences, these differences can really upset Christians, as more than 90% of the population follow Buddhist and Shinto beliefs and customs.
Another thing that makes it difficult for the religious to understand Japanese media is the language. They don't translate Japanese correctly and end up creating crazy theories. Japanese is a language that has only about 109 phonemes, many words are the same and have few syllables.
Unlike Brazilians, Japanese people value reading and study, giving them a much greater knowledge of history, culture and fantasy. This ends up influencing his fantasy works, which generates controversy among the religious. There are thousands of literary works and manga written every year, and some of these works become animations.
I see no problem with religious alerting their brothers if something is right or wrong. Unfortunately I see them doing it the wrong way. They are looking for devil in everything, even where they don’t have it.
Nowadays almost everything in the world has fantastical, immoral, cultural and mythological influences. If the person wants, he will always find the devil in something. Even Chaves has satanic theories and involving capital sins. Games that have sinister origins like Mario that involves black magic, go unnoticed by religious.
Do you usually attack some work in Japan for having dubious contents or mysterious origins? Have you ever wondered if you're not watching Western movies or series that have similar content? Is the influence of the occult as strong as the influence of something violent or immoral? Have I accused something just because one of the characters has a suspicious name, and in the source language it means nothing?
They criticize Japanese works, but have you ever compared a soap opera to a Japanese drama? What do Japanese works teach people? Am I playing innocent things? Should I blame an entire country for material that I think is wrong?
Whether the works of Japan or the Japanese belong to the devil? Why is there less crime and violence than in Brazil? Why do people have education and respect there? How can Brazil, where more than 90% of people are religious and Christian, have so many evils, while a country like Japan has a peaceful and respectful lifestyle?
It is not only in relation to anime, games and other works that Japan suffers from this prejudice. People often use suicides and the habit of working hard to denigrate Japan. This is another result of sensational news and hasty conclusions.
I find it unnecessary to create articles and post criticism on a subject just because you think it is wrong. Each one must carry out his biblical research, and research the origin of something, and with the help of his conscience I have decided whether or not it is right to watch or play something. Remember what was said in Matthew 7: 5 Hypocrite, first remove the beam from your eye, and then you will take care to remove the speck from your brother's eye.