[quote="George_Stegmeir, post:7, topic:313975"]
I am not going to argue or nit pick with you. I was making a logical conclusion based on having read what to this tim has been entirely a non-christian, secular art form that is definately not in the Western cultural main stream.
Pernaps, there is a way to introduce Christian themes into it, but why bother, unless one is trying to proselytize Japanese comic book readers or perhaps a few college students? I think ones energies would be better spent on other means.
I seriously doubt that more than 2 or 3 percent of Western )European, American or Canadian) youth or young adults even know what manga is! Maybe those who are heavy into the internet, but not those that live normal active lives.
You did make a logical conclusion but, in all charity, it was based on flawed premises--
That something is a "non-Christian, secular art form" doesn't necessarily mean that it is opposed to Christianity.
The popularity of manga and anime can hardly place it outside of the cultural mainstream.
Christian themes can be incorporated into any kind of work, any medium, whether evangelization is the thrust of the attempt or not--sometimes artists and writers just happen to write such themes into their work because that's part of who they are, not because they're trying to proselytize, in this case we're not talking about art as some kind of practical tool but as art for its own sake. And the Church has certainly never been one to discourage creativity.
Like it or not, the internet is part of our existence these days, and using the internet with some regularity doesn't necessarily mean one isn't living a normal, active life.
Ultimately, manga and anime and any kind of culturally-located style are not going to be intrinsically good or intrinsically bad; manga of itself is morally neutral, as is any art form. There can be Christian attempts at it too, or at the very least Christian themes written into it and any other form as a natural consequence of the orientation of the writer. I'm not entirely sure what is gained by trying to paint a whole artistic style and genre as being somehow opposed to the faith when really it is neutral--and regardless of its orientation, real evangelization would demand that we engage the culture and learn to see Christ in it and bring Christ to it, not to turn it away for not being good enough. Why bother, you ask? Because souls could be saved.