Is Watching Anime a Sin


                                             Is Watching Anime a Sin

Is watching Anime a sin? Are Christians sinning by watching anime? What does the Bible really say about watching anime? Continue reading to find answers to all the questions.

What Is Anime?

Anime is a Japanese film and television animation, typically aimed at adults as well as children. "Anime" is a Japanese term for animation. Anime is normally referred to animation produced in Japan.

There are animations produced outside of Japan with similar styles to Japanese animation called 'anime-influenced animation'. The earliest commercial Japanese animations date to 1917. Anime was adapted in America in the 1960s which made Japan expand into the continental European market [1]

What is important here is the Christians view on anime. Most Christians want to know whether watching anime series such as 'demon slayer's or 'Naruto' is a sin according to the Scriptures.

What Is Sin?

Sin is the transgression of the law of God according to the Holy Scriptures. "Whoever sins is guilty of breaking the law, because sin is a breaking of the law" 1 John 3:4. Sin is a failure to do what is right.

Is Watching Anime a Sin?

Is watching anime a sin? The answer is No and Yes. It depends on the content being shown. Watching anime is not a sin in itself. However, just like movies, watching anime can lead to sinful activities such as watching pornography and lusting after anime characters.

There is no Biblical evidence that suggests watching anime is a sin. We know the Bible did not specifically mention anime, so we can be sure that watching animated characters with good intention is not a sin.

God knows our thoughts according to the Bible. "Then hear in Heaven your dwelling place, and forgive an act and render to each other according to all his ways, whose heart you know, for you alone know the hearts of all the sons of men" 1 Kings 8: 39

It is obvious that, sometimes what we think is "sinful " in our our eyes, might not be sinful in the eyes of the Lord. The Bible says our thoughts and ways are different from the Lord. "My thoughts", says the Lord, "are not like yours, and my ways are different from yours" Isaiah 55:8

John Taylor, a former Christian Theologian commented:

"When it comes to things that a Christian should watch, the Scriptures does not really give us a yes or no answer. It is the content of the movie that will determine whether or not what you watch is a sin"

We know from the Scriptures that, anything that causes us to sin should be cut off or avoided according to the Lord Jesus Christ. "And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than to for your whole body to be thrown into hell" Mathew 5:30

Here, Jesus does not mean literally cutting off your hand o legs. Rather, anything that makes us sin. For instance, if watching anime will lead us to sin, it is better we do not watch it at all. 

Why Do Some Christians Say Watching Anime Is a Sin?

There are still some Christians who do not watch anime at all citing so many reasons. Here is a list of reasons some Christians assume watching anime is a sin:

1. Most anime are bad because they show demons and creatures that have a back story from the devil and demons.

2. There are a vast majority of anime scenes that contact sexual scenes which is bad for the believer.

3. There are some anime movies that teach strong hatred and violence on some people. This is obviously not good for the innocent Christian.

4. Anime stories contain constant obscenities, despair and blasphemy. This does not facilitate life in the spirit.. therefore keeps you away from the Lord 

Should a Christian Watch Anime?

The quick answer is Yes. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. A Christian can watch anime as long as his intentions are good. The purpose of he watching the video will determine whether or not he is committing a sin. 

However, if there are obscenities or sexual or blasphemous scenes in the movie, I suggest he does not watch it all. Watching unholy scenes on anime can make us fall. If anime, or any media contains horrible scenes, it is better not to watch it as a Christian. It would be a sin if you do watch it.

Should I Watch Black Butler As a Christian?

In my opinion, I suggest you should not watch Black Butler as a believer in Christ. We all know the main character sold his soul to the devil in reward for something. Any anime that depicts sexual scenes, blasphemy, or obscenities should not be watched by a Christian.


I believe I have been able to convince you enough not to worry about watching anime. To summarize my answer to the question 'Is watching anime a sin?'. No, watching anime with good intention is not a sin. However, there are some situations that may trigger us to sin such as blasphemous and sexual scenes.

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Online Sources 

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