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Five anime series and films that have pro-life messages

While it is true that most of the entertainment industry appears to cave to the pro-abortion movement, you might be surprised how many movies, television shows, documentaries, and even animated films espouse pro-life values.

Anime, a Japanese style of animation, is one such medium that is often criticized, rightly so, for some of the questionable content that comes from it. That being said, there are many nuggets of gold within the industry that display good values, including the idea that all life is sacred. Here are five anime series and shows that have pro-life messages:

Superbook

Superbook screenshot

The 1981 show follows Chris, his neighbor Joy, and their robot Gizmo as they encounter a “superbook” that takes them into the Bible. They learn important lessons on honesty, friendship, and about valuing life, particularly “The First Christimas,” which features the children witnessing the birth of Jesus. The show was rebooted in 2011 and continues those themes. 

The Secret World of Arietty

The Secret World of Arietty screenshot

Based on the book, “The Borrowers” by English author Mary Norton, this film adaption features the tiny human Arietty living with her parents in the house of a sickly boy named Shō. When the young lad discovers Arriety’s family and knows that his Great Aunt and her cat want to “exterminate” them as rodents, he vows to protect them, realizing that they are people despite their tiny size. 

Usagi Drop

Usagi Drop screenshot

This series tells about Daikichi, who arrives at his grandfather’s funeral to discover that the elder had an illegitimate child named Rin. While the rest of the family sees her as an embarrassment and wants to get rid of her, he adopts her and becomes a father figure to her. The series touches on family and how even a child born in the most unusual of circumstances becomes a blessing to those around her. 

Jungle Emperor Leo

Jungle Emperor Leo screenshot

Sometimes called “Kimba The White Lion” and later “Leo the Lion” the show follows a white lion cub who is born after his father is hunted by poachers. Though the rest of the jungle is hesitant to be ruled by a lion cub, he fights for a peace between human and animals, knowing that his father saw value in all life. Though original a 1965-1966 show, it was followed up in 1997 as the feature length film, “Jungle Emperor The Movie.”

The Flying House

The Flying House screenshot

A companion anime to the aforementioned “Superbook,” it follows childhood friends Justin, Angie, Corky, and their robot SIR (made by Gizmo’s engineer) as they go on adventures in Professor Humphrey Bumble’s time machine. They explore the Bible with the episodes “Blast Off For the Past,” discussing the difficult birth of John the Baptist and later the birth of Jesus in “Star-Spangled Night.” Both of these episodes display the value of life and how both John’s and Christ’s parents endured despite the unusual circumstances surrounding their pregnancies. 

From coming-of-age dramas to Biblical adventures, the value of protecting life and holding it sacred is something that we can find no matter the medium or art style. It is universal idea that humanity is inherently and intrinsically valuable.

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