A former second generation member of the Unification Church revealed in her recent interview that the Church’s doctrine considered anime to be the work of the devil.
The woman, whose identity was not revealed, said that she had a lot of restrictions placed on her when she was kid. One such restriction was not being allowed to watch anime by her parents, who were members of the Unification Church.
Going against her parent’s words, which was equivalent to going against the church’s doctrine, meant having strict repercussions for her. The punishment for watching anime often involved washing out her eyes as it was considered to be dirtied by the show.
“Even if I wanted to watch a famous anime, I was told, ‘You can’t watch that because it’s an anime about Satan (the devil). If I watched them, they would say, ‘Your eyes are dirty,’ and I would have to have my eyes washed out,” the woman told Nippon TV.
She claimed that she couldn’t fight back as she did not have the knowledge to counter what the doctrine dictated. There was no room for doubt.
“I was raised with the fear that if I disobeyed the teachings, I would go to hell, and I had no choice but to believe,” she said.
The restriction was not just on anime, but also on other aspects of life including romance among other things. When her mother found out that she had a boyfriend, she was told to fast and repent for “having a relationship with a man” in violation with the church’s teachings.
The Unification Church, which is The Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, is a new religious movement. It was officially founded on May 1, 1954, under the name Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity (HSA-UWC) in Seoul, South Korea, by Sun Myung Moon.
Its followers are colloquially known as Moonies, after the name of the founder.
The beliefs of the Unification Church are based on Moon’s book Divine Principle. Unification Church members believe that Jesus appeared to Moon on Easter Sunday, 1936, and asked him to accomplish the work he left unfinished after his crucifixion.