Can Christians watch anime? – Understanding the question

​LANGUAGE NUANCES

Meaning of can.
   I am not a native speaker of English, that’s why I will check whether I understand the question correctly. 

   As I remember, we, Soviet pupils, were taught, that can means ‘ability‘, while may means ‘permission‘. But I sense that in this question can, due to the context where it used (see the quotation of Theresa Christina’s words in my previous post), means the same as may does, namely: permission.

I looked can up in Concise Oxford English Dictionary:

can1 

n modal verb (3rd singular present can; past could) 

1 be able to. [with negative or in questions] used to express doubt or surprise: he can’t have finished. used to indicate that something is typically the case: he could be very moody. 

2 be permitted to. 

ORIGIN

Old English cunnan ‘know’. 

USAGE

The use of can rather than may to request or express permission, as in may/can I ask you a few questions?, is not incorrect in standard English, although some people object to it. May is, generally speaking, a more polite way of asking for something, however, and is the better choice in more formal contexts.

So, I make conclusion, that ‘Can Christians watch anime?‘ means ‘Are Christians permitted to watch anime?‘ . 

Meaning of Christian.

There are many Christian denominations in the world. The members of them are called Christians. There are various Christians. Who does the question refer to? Of course, to modern Christians (there was no anime in the first century AD).

There are also true and false Christians. Greek word Χριστιανος means ‘a follower of Christ‘. Only true follower of Christ is worthy to be called Christian
So let’s rephrase the question: ‘May genuine Christians as true followers of Christ watch anime?‘ or ‘Is watching anime morally appropriate for genuine Christians?’.

Meaning of anime.
Simply: Japanese animation.

Final rephrasing of the question:


May genuine Christians as true followers of Christ watch Japanese animation?‘ 


THE ESSENCE OF THE QUESTION



Below I quote from Theresa Christina’s post How anime drew me closer to the Lord:

It all started in high school… as most epic stories do. I was 17 and obsessed with martial arts. Iwent to the dojo almost every day of the week. There I met a friend who I bonded with over our martial art and Star Wars (my second nerd love, my first being Lord of the Rings). Then a crazy idea popped into my head. I asked her if she would go to a Star Wars convention with me in LA. I sewed our cosplay and together we choreographed a light saber routine to do flash mob style at the convention.

As we practiced our sword training in my back yard, my friend mentioned, “Hey, there is thisanime that I really liked about swords. It’s called Sword Art Online.”

“I dunno,” I replied, “Anime is some scary stuff.”

“Oh come on, just try one episode.”

When I saw her next I looked her in the eyes, “I WANT MORE!!!!!” 

And so the obsession started.

As I got more into anime, I remember wondering if my parents were going to stop me. I satdown on the couch and googled, “Can Christians watch anime?”

For Theresa Christina watching anime is obsession. Asking the question “Can Christians watch anime?” she wanted to know if she will be allowed to continue her obsession. For her it was personal question (not abstract or merely theoretical one): ‘Does God approve my obsession?’.

In my following posts I plan answer the question “Can Christians watch anime?” from purely theoretical perspective and then analize how it can be applied to a particular cases.

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Can Christians watch anime? – Introduction.

THE OBVIOUS FACT

   Present day Christians DO watch anime, read manga, light novels and do other things which the world does. That they DO watch anime can be easily proved: there are Internet sites created and maintained by CHRISTIANS who WATCH anime. Some examples:

  • Otaku in My Veins. A Blog about Watching Anime with Jesus. At wordpress.com. By Lady_TeresaChristina.
  • Beneath the Tangles. Beneaththetangles.com. By TWWK.
  • Christian Anime Alliance. Christiananime.net.
  • Christian Anime Review. Christiananimereview.wordpress.com.

THE ISSUE AT STAKE

   Teresa Christina, the author of the first aniblog, posted in July 13, 2017 at Beneath the Tangles guest post about her experience with anime. The title of the post is How anime drew me closer to the Lord. At some point of her experience with anime she came to the state of asking the crucial question: “Can Christians watch anime?”. Below I quote her own words from the post (bold font is supplied by me):

As I got more into anime, I remember wondering if my parents were going to stop me. I sat down on the couch and googled, “Can Christians watch anime?” 

   She did research and answered Yes
 
   After reading her post I had decided to also answer that question and form my own opinion on the issue. I will address it using CRITICAL THINKING.

   I plan to address this issue in the series of posts. As the name of the series I will use that CRUCIAL question: “Can Christians watch anime?

 
 Disclaimer:

   I have no intentions to criticize Christians who watch anime and judge them as a persons and pass a sentence upon them. But I will EVALUATE their beliefs, views, experiences etc.

   John 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment. (KJV)

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Health Principles – 健康の原理

NEW START

N – nutrition – 栄養

E – excercises – 運動

W – water – 水

S – sunshine – 日照

T – temperance – 自粛

A – air – 空気

R – rest – 安息

T – trust in God – 全世界を創造した神様に信じること (信託)

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Strange clouds in Shumerlya, Chuvash Republic, Russia

Strange clouds in Shumerlya, Chuvash Republic, Russia, September, 4, 2011, about 6:15 am (video is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZY-5b_9Fwnc).

 

 

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The big willow

I am now on my vacation. I live in the town called Shumerlya. In neighbor village also called Shumerlya I have found big willow.

the big willow in the village of Shumerlya, photo1

 

 

There are several such big willows in the village.

the big willow in the village of Shumerlya, photo2

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Issunboshi in Chuvash

Chuvash poet Vasiliy Kerven translated Japanese mukashibanashi ‘Issunboshi’ into Chuvash and made it poetry. Some examples of the book were presented to several Japanese people who visited Chuvashia including Masanori Goto, only Japanese who knows Chuvash language, I think.

Issunboshi in Chuvash_cover

The magical mallet(Issunboshi in Chuvash), cover

The magical mallet(Issunboshi in Chuvash), last page

The magical mallet(Issunboshi in Chuvash), last page

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It seems to me that characters on the pictures are “Chuvashizied”.

 

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Metamorphoses of music: 2nd example – Koi no Mikuru Densetsu(Mikuru Legend of Love)

Metamorphoses of music: 2nd example – Koi no Mikuru Densetsu(Mikuru Legend of Love)

The 2nd example.
Koi no Mikuru Densetsu(恋のミクル伝説) from ‘The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi’

a-version. From episode 0. Pop-song. I think it is not good, but contagious. I didn’t like it.

 

b-version. From ‘Suzumiya Haruhi no Gensou'(‘Suzumiya Haruhi’s Fantasy’). Very good! I like it! Mediocre melody became a wonderful piece of music!

 

What do you think?

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