Thanks to Scarlett Rose, who suggested this post for the site she is part of called Money Week. You can find her guest post that she wrote on Final Fantasy X here. I love anime, and there are certain ones that have Christian themes that I wanted to highlight in this post. Hope you check it out in it’s entierity, and also let me know what are your favorite anime with or without themes of faith in the comments.
Watching a couple of hundred series and hundreds of more episodes, movies, OVAs, and other anime content, I have been able to find several that can be relatable to Christians.
Now, I am not saying these are anime made by Christians, or for Christians, or are they biblical in theme.
There are a couple of those, but I don’t recommend them as they are pretty ancient (Superbook, Flying House). Instead, the list below reflects anime that either has lessons that we can apply to our daily walk with God or biblical themes found in the characters or plot.
One way or another, for me, these anime reminded me of who God is or how He wants me to live my life to honor Him. Some you might know, while others might be a surprise. Let me know which ones you think should have been on the list, and which of these you enjoyed or want to watch!
The 10 Best Christian Anime
This is an older series, one of my personal favorites that I watched years ago sometime after it was released. I had no idea it would have any Christian themes until analyzing it a long time after viewing it. The series is about a wanted man named Vash the Stampede, who has a mysterious past.
He is very silly, but is extremely skilled with a gun and has an impeccable aim. He is hunted by all sorts of people who want to collect his bounty, but the anime gets much better later on as you discover his history and what truly happened on the planet.
Vash’s gentleness and desire to help others is his motto, “love and peace!”. He exemplifies good character, is respectful, but most of all, he understands the weight of his sins and seeks retribution for them. Along for the ride is Wolfwood, a priest with a large machine gun-shaped as a cross.
That doesn’t make a lot of sense, but if you watch the anime, you’ll see why his character is very impactful. Overall, I recommend this one even though the animation is somewhat dated; you will love this one if you like action, some comedy, and a strong plot.
I have not watched this one again for some time, but now (as of this writing) it’s on Netflix, I hope to rewatch it. It’s a love story about two students who fall in love, friendships, and the hardships of life. What makes Clannad stand out for many fans, myself included, is how deep it hits you.
This show is not afraid to get real with emotions, daily struggles people go through when in a relationship or marriage, and the effects of depression and pain.
It can be a little bleak at times, as the content gets pretty heavy later on in the series. Don’t let the beginning fool you, it’s lighthearted and seems like a regular slice-of-life or school anime, but it hits your heart later on. I don’t want to spoil anything, but let me know what you thought after watching it!
Haibane is an older anime that you might not have heard of. It wasn’t very popular, but the story was unique in that it deals with angels. The characters are all angels, dealing with their past in a slice-of-life and drama setting.
It’s not a fast-paced, action-packed anime, but it deals with the repercussions of our actions, good or bad. It keeps the mystery of how they arrived where they are, which keeps you entertained. Overall, an excellent anime to watch if you aren’t looking for anything heavy.
Wow, this anime (which currently can be watched on Netflix) helped remind me why I love this genre of animation. There’s so much bad, dull, or copy-cat animes out there that I was looking for a breath of fresh air, and I found it in Violet Evergarden.
The animation, for me, was excellent, and the story of how Violet becomes an Automemory doll, transcribing letters for clients to express themselves through words. The show delves into the meaning of love, finding peace in pain, and shares the personal stories of various characters in each episode.
It’s a spectacular show that I hope you enjoy.