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 being something of the devil! It's always been like that, it happened with Hello Kitty, Pokémon, Digimon and several other anime. Furthermore, some attack Japan's culture, customs and religion as being godless and devil people.
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 will not attack any religion, it will just make you reflect on your decision before judging something, in addition to bringing some interesting facts about 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:
Pokemon and Hello Kitty
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).
Hello Kitty has pact with devil - The dumbest thing I've heard, it only takes a few keystrokes on Google to see that it's nothing but a big lie. I myself have already written about Hello Kitty.
If you'd like to dig deeper, I've delved into the stories behind the Fake News about Hello Kiytty and Pokemon, you can read it by clicking on the article below:
Vampires and anime
Vampire teeth? – Some religionists think that some Anime are of the devil for the simple fact that some characters have teeth that look like vampires. But this is more of a cultural issue, dentist is not very popular in Japan, so most that have their upper canines misaligned leave it like that, some even bend them on purpose 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 shows 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 to 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 the devil in everything, even where they don’t have it.
Today almost everything in the world has fanciful, immoral, cultural and mythological influences. If a person wants to, he will always find the devil in something. Even Chaves has satanic and deadly sin theories. Games that have sinister origins like Mario that involves black magic, go unnoticed by the religious.
Do you usually attack some work from Japan for having dubious contents or mysterious origins? Ever wonder 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? Could it be that I have accused something just because one of the characters has a suspicious name, and in the source language it doesn't mean anything?
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 relating 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.