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December 8, 2007

Family Values…in an Anime? Is It Possible?

Filed under: Anime,Popular Culture — Psycheout @ 11:02 pm
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ClannadI’m not really sure, but I am encouraged by an anime recommended to me by a Christian friend. I don’t know if it’s possible that a Japanese cartoon has actually bucked the trend of violence and sexuality so rampant in anime, but perhaps it has happened at last.

I have only seen and commented on one episode of Clannad, so far, but although it does not glorify Christ, it does seem to put a certain amount of emphasis on family values. I know I’m sticking my neck out here, but perhaps I have found an anime that actually has something relevant to say.

When I am proven wrong, you folks can dogpile on me. That would be fine with me. But perhaps this is the beginning of a wholesome trend. Maybe Japan can be saved. One baby step at a time. We can only hope.

I know I’m going out on a limb here. So I hope that I am not condemned for it. Perhaps my investigations into anime have gone too far. If so, please forgive me.

Update: Watch the first episode over at B4C and judge for yourself.

— Psycheout

16 Comments »

  1. […] Clannad: The Christian-Friendly Anime? Tags: clannad, fall 07, linksOh, the things Google alerts finds. […]

    Pingback by a geek by any other name » Blog Archive » Clannad: The Christian-Friendly Anime? — December 9, 2007 @ 8:50 am | Reply

  2. This anime features some blonde guy having his crap kicked out of him. By a female. AND by the male lead.

    And this happens every (other) episode.

    Don’t be fooled by the cuteness. Japan is filled with weak male leads, losers who can’t compete in their society, and so much failure despite making cars that are better than ours.

    Comment by Tyrenol — December 9, 2007 @ 9:51 am | Reply

  3. Not to mention that the story is made by a company that makes Erotic games! :O

    Comment by Key — December 9, 2007 @ 11:14 am | Reply

  4. I told you so

    Comment by Elephant Bones — December 9, 2007 @ 12:56 pm | Reply

  5. Full Metal Panic! seems to be a pretty good one. The first story arc is about a young mercenary whose main task is to protect a teenage girl from being used as the pawn of North Korean terrorists. Aside from a few off-color jokes, none of which the hero finds at all amusing, I haven’t seen anything to be upset about in this series.

    Comment by L — December 9, 2007 @ 2:34 pm | Reply

  6. lol because an anime blogger linked this blog it is probably going to invite in a flood of CLANNAD fans to counter-argue…

    Firstly, yes. The CLAN in CLANNAD means “family” in Irish, and the over-arching theme of CLANNAD is about family.

    Secondly, even though the company (Key) that made CLANNAD do make erotic games (or eroge for short), 2 of their games, CLANNAD and Planetarian, do not have any erotic scenes in them at all. And anyway, the main focus of better eroge isn’t the erotic scenes if you experience more of them.

    However I’ll be fair on my part. I have watched quite a bit of anime and played some eroge and I’ll say that anime and Japanese visual culture in general is not the least bit conservative at all. Even in CLANNAD there are some radical themes (bisexuality) that can be found in episodes 4 or 5 onwards that many will enjoy immensely but conservatives will find offensive.

    Eroge, or visual novels (text based games) in general are aimed at a 18+ males and thus the audience is expected to be able to understand and appreciate such radical ideas with a mature mind and find them enjoyable and funny. If you’re thinking about introducing CLANNAD to your 12-year-old cousin, think again.

    Comment by dKiWi — December 9, 2007 @ 4:22 pm | Reply

  7. If you’d like a decent anime…try Rouroni Kenshin. It’s based after the Meji Revolution in Japan. The main character was a famous manslayer from the war that now wanders in effort to make up for his past with a vow to never kill again. It teaches self-sacrifice, charity, bravery, etc. And, it teaches that you can leave your past–that it’s possible to live beyond it. If you want to make a Christian reference, it would be a sort of parallel of before and after being “saved.”

    It’s possible to find “good” and “bad” no matter where you go. These varying themes in anime (from G to R rated) can be found in America in the forms of Looney Toons/Mickey Mouse to South Park.

    Comment by La Mona — December 10, 2007 @ 9:28 am | Reply

  8. I am glad to see that you have found a non-offensive anime series, Psycheout. However, this should really not surprise you:
    In Japan cartoons are not only directed at children. There are many that are suitable for children which are marketed appropriately. There are many series which are aimed at teens. There are many aimed at adults. And of course, there is the small minority of pornographic series that you have previously mentioned which are always marketed as so.

    To stereotype all Japanese cartoons as offensive or inappropriate is ridiculous, but I do admit that there are many that fall into those categories. The thing that one must realise is that anime is merely a medium of entertainment and falls into the same category as live action shows. Just as Sesame Street is completely different from say Sex and the City, Clannad is different from Higurashi no Naku Koro ni. The content of a medium is unrelated to the medium itself and is an independent factor.

    Unfortunately you have chosen a flawed series to be condoning. While the television series Clannad is suitable for anyone, the that produced it is known for making what is known as an eroge (erotic game), for which there is a large market in Japan (as there is for general pornographic material in the west).

    Every series must be taken at its own merits or faults, and one should not find exception in this.

    Comment by Loretta Martin — December 25, 2007 @ 3:47 pm | Reply

  9. Though you are still (in my opinion) a tad ignorant, I must ask you this:
    Name an American cartoon that glorifies the almighty.

    The fact is, no, Clannad does not glorify God. However, it does mention him (don’t screw with me for calling God a ‘him’ because I imagine that he’d lean more to that side created Adam first). No, Clannad does not slam God. And in most animes I’ve seen, the characters talk about God the way we do (help me God, please God no, Oh God this can’t be, the works).

    Actually, you are such an ignorant fool that I think you in fact are not a Christian but in fact a poser making fun of Christians. If I am wrong, shame on me.

    What do you think about Futurama, Family Guy, The Simpsons, American Dad, South Park (especially South Park), Lil’ Bush, King of the Hill, The Boondocks, and all those other cute little shows I can find on at 10:00 p.m. on every other channel (especially cartoon network). Those shows slam Christ every chance they get!

    And what about shows like Nip/Tuck? I learned what a hymen was watching that. Not only is that show more sexual than the sexual animes, it’s REAL people having REAL sex with REAL nudity.

    Whatever. I’m going to go rescue the local orphanage from the horrors and sexual antics of Pokemon. Have a nice day/night.

    Comment by T Chevelle — January 17, 2008 @ 10:40 pm | Reply

  10. you really need to get over yourself…stupid christians

    Comment by idiots... — February 15, 2008 @ 11:51 am | Reply

  11. CLANNAD GUD FOR STOOPID CONSERVATIEVE BRAINZ ORLY?

    Wrong, moron. Kyou attempts to have wild sex with Tomoya in the gym closet in episode, mmm, 16? Or was it 17? Either way, your idiocy has just been proven again. ;D

    (In all seriousness, try Sketchbook ~full color’S~. Good clean, family fun. Then again, you might be offended by the talking cats.)

    (And also in all seriousness, why are you conservative hypocrites supporting FANSUBS? In your narrow minds, aren’t those technically completely ILLEGAL?)

    Comment by CJ Blackwing — March 16, 2008 @ 4:41 pm | Reply

  12. Of course you could only like a “wholseome” anime. Heaven forbid you watch something with a strong story, well-developed characters, or anything that has any actual creative merit.

    I would reccomend Neon Genesis Evangelion (to you specifically) if only for the near endless amount of biblical references throughout the series. (Yes I know there’s constant violence throughout the series.)

    If you can, I suggest getting that stick out of your bum.

    Comment by NCHammer326 — June 13, 2008 @ 8:26 pm | Reply

  13. : ) You should Neon Genesis Evangelion! It has lots of good bibley-stuff!

    Comment by merei-chan — October 7, 2008 @ 1:48 pm | Reply

  14. I’ve been an anime addict for a while, and I’ll be honest…..

    I can not think of one show that should not be offensive to Christians in one way or another😦 I might have go back to the list of shows that I’ve watched…..but the shows that people recommended aren’t good suggestions.

    I haven’t seen Clannad

    Comment by Bryan — July 8, 2009 @ 11:14 pm | Reply

  15. I have watched all of Clannad and I agree that it is not the best show, there is some swearing and at a few points it talks about telling the future. So yes this show dose have some things that aren’t so great, but it also has some really great things about it also. It strongly supports family and doing the right thing. I personally really like this show because of its redeeming quality’s. If a person is 16 or older I think this show would be alright. out of all the anime out there, this one is better to watch. This show is mostly clean and there is no sex or other junk like that in the show.

    Comment by John — October 4, 2010 @ 6:33 am | Reply

  16. well i have been watching Clannad and i actually like it. i am a Christian too. i didnt like a few parts like the swearing and a few other things but really putting that aside i think its ok. and yes anime does have a lot of bad themes. just be careful which ones you choose. i guess when it comes to something like this only you can decide. good luck. oh yeah and by the way i do think that making a Christian friendly anime is quite possible. after all anime is just a style and a medium of entertainment not a genre. there can be plenty of genres in anime. so maybe one day we really will see a good anime show that is Christian. i can only hope.

    Comment by Cloudwatcher — December 22, 2010 @ 8:30 pm | Reply


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