While I take the point of this SMBC cartoon…

…about using other people’s religious symbolism in games and popular entertainment, I am forced to point out this: what Japan does with Christian-based imagery in its games and popular entertainment is just as hysterically wrong and inaccurate.  And I’m forced to admit: I’m OK with that.  I know that they’re not really trying to piss me off or anything, and that actually counts for a good bit.  Besides, a lot of times it’s interesting to see, in a train-wreck sort of way.

Moe Lane

PS: I know that the next couple of sentences may undermine the point of this post, but I’m going to type it out anyway.  You may not want to do certain Google searches on this topic.  Particularly image searches.

Trust me on this one.


  • ChrisValentine says:

    Ever play Xenogears? The religious stuff thrown all around in that game practically drowns you. Best part: When the bad guys crucify your entire team.

  • Wombat-socho says:

    They treat their own Buddhist/Shinto religions with the same disregard for accuracy, too. So it’s not just us Catholics getting weirded out, I’m sure.

  • Cameron says:

    “Particularly image searches.”

    Let me guess; you played Google Seppuku and lost?

  • acat says:

    Heh. They seem to abuse pretty much any commonly recognized symbol…inverted McDonalds arches in one anime or another… It doesn’t seem to be intended to offend, it’s just … there.


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