- Mar 1, 2018
We're on the exact same boat.Anime in general is pretty evil. All you see is perversion, lgbtq stuff, rebellious teens, abuse, severe foul language, lust, idolatry, all of that stuff. Anime is usually about characters with powers and drama and bad pasts and that's it ;-; as a lover of anime, trust that I'm careful of what I watch. As a Christian, I have to shield my eyes from wickedness although I need to learn about it but you know what I mean.
I feel like anime just makes people envious of what happens in whatever anime they're watching because you know, you see the characters with a dramatic bad past making friends, finding a lover, having powers. There's a joke that antisocial people and depressed people only watch anime (which isn't true) and anime can create a whole fictional place in ones mind making them confused with reality and fantasy which I'm sad to say, but it happened to me, and ever since then I've been confusing reality with fantasy. Asked for deliverance many times, and currently I'm partly delivered, still going.
But yeah, if anything, anime just makes your mind drift apart from reality in the most ruthless way.
Becoming Christian you quickly realize anime culture is NOT appropriate and pretty much all of the topics &values, it uplifts are wicked and demonic. Like 99% of it can be flushed down the toilet at this point.
One of my favorite manga was Berserk and retrospectively I realize it's one of the most wicked and demonic manga I ever read (plus the obvious Christ/antichristic duality between Griffith and Guts). But I was also oddly fascinated by it.
I was a huuuuuge manga fan. And let me te you this culture you're right on the money about how it capitalizes on people feeling "envious" about characters. Most manga are about teenagers (never adults) who are with no real social or familial structure (ever noticed how parents were pretty much nonexistent in manga?) and are no bounded by society's rules or behavior. I get why this aspect is appealing for young people bc our current world is pretty scary, oppressive and expects so much from us, so anime is the perfect escapism from all of that. But this also create a whole generation of adults (25+ years old) who are still behaving like teenagers and are socially awkward because they didn't get over that stage and keep looking up anime as standard for idealized social relationships and personality.
Anime glorifies totally odd relationship dynamics & personality type (tsundere/yandere), predatory age gap (there's a whole trope in shojo of love relationship with teachers), and let's no forget how most female characters are pictured as forever childish, petite or kawaii - if not endorsing the yandere stereotypes of the sexually aggressive type... without pretty much nothing in between. Female representation in manga/anime is WICKED and it's shocking nobody is speaking out more about it. (the only good female characters are unsurprisingly in manga made by women ; Full Metal Alchemist, Sailor Moon, etc)
Anime culture is hyper derivative and reductive when thinking about it and I'm astounded whenever I see people arguing it explores so well human emotions when said emotions are stereotyped to oblivion. Call me when an anime expresses the struggle of finding a job, failing exams, helping your poor parents, discrimination, etc.. and without adding a layer of unecessary lovestories, battles, or superpowers... Anime rehashes the same things again and again. It's always extra and lacks subtleness.
That's why the solution IMO is to let go of ALL of these things. All these "[..] is full of evil symbolisms" with people gasping at all the toxic energy displayed by artists/scenes/cultures while keeping entertaining this stuff (= listening to their music/playing their games/watching their movies) is pointless and hypocrite.... How about stopping playing these demonic video games and lining the pockets of these studios? I mean, watch the hot mess the Kpop illuminati threads are.... Fans faking to be anti illuminati while not remotely one second to stop supporting celebrities pushing this agenda..... All this crap is really acting like a drug onto the mind of these people.