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* ''Manga/SakamichiNoApollon'' is interestingly accurate in its portrayal of Christians. Both Sentaro and Ritsuko are explicitly shown as practicing Christians, probably Catholic, and they are seen in church together, Ritsuko with her head covered, while singing the hymn ''"Jesus Paid It All"'' in Japanese. Sentaro wears a rosary around his neck, which is acknowledged to not be a correct use of a rosary but according to Ritsuko their priest allows him to do so as an exception - we see in a flashback that when Sentaro first received it he didn't know the purpose of a rosary and assumed it was a necklace. Ritsuko also owns a rosary, and uses it in the traditional manner.

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* ''Manga/SakamichiNoApollon'' is interestingly accurate ''Manga/{{Amakusa 1637}}'': ActionGirl Natsuki Hayami, her boyfriend Masaki Miyamoto and their friends are students from a Catholic school who get TrappedInThePast... and arrive to the Nagasaki of few before the tragic rebellion by Shiro Amakusa. Natsuki, being a {{bifauxnen}} and Amakusa's genderflipped IdenticalStranger, sets out alongside her friends [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong to change history and avert the massacre.]] [[spoiler: They sort-of succeed.]]
* ''Manga/TwentiethCenturyBoys'': [[BadassPreacher Father Nitani]] helps out LaResistance from his Church
in its portrayal Kabuki. He's also a close personal friend of UsefulNotes/ThePope.
* ''Manga/AkumaNaEros'': Miu Sakurai and Shion Amamiya attend a Catholic school and are Japanese
Christians. Both Sentaro and Ritsuko are explicitly shown as practicing Christians, probably Catholic, and they are seen in church together, Ritsuko The manga starts with her head covered, while singing Miu praying in the hymn ''"Jesus Paid It All"'' school chapel, and then Amamiya walks in Japanese. Sentaro and talks to her. [[spoiler:There's a major subversion, though: Amamiya is actually ''an angel'' under the disguise of a Christian boy.]]
* ''Manga/BladeOfTheImmortal'': There is a half-Portuguese underground Christian character, Isaku Yasonokami.
* ''Anime/BloodTheLastVampire'': Saya's teacher is a Christian and
wears a rosary around his neck, cross necklace, which is acknowledged to not be a correct use of a rosary but according to Ritsuko their priest allows him to do so as an exception - we see in a flashback that when Sentaro first received it he didn't know the purpose of a rosary pisses off Saya because crosses and assumed it was a necklace. Ritsuko also owns a rosary, and uses it references to Jesus are either her weakness or they draw in the traditional manner.bigger, more beastly-looking vampires she's trying to fight.



* One of the stories in the ''Manga/LoneWolfAndCub'' manga deals with the persecution and martyrdom of Christians during the Tokugawa era.
* In the manga ''Manga/MidnightSecretary'' Japanese vampires are specifically said to be weak against the piety of Christians. Luckily for him Japan is pretty secular, even on Christmas, but at one point Kyouhei is at a business dinner held by a Japanese family who were devout Christians and it made Kyouhei very sick.
* In ''Manga/LuckyStar'', Kagami and Tsukasa sing in a Church at Christmas time and play "Joy to the World" on their recorders. Their comment is that they were taught to be respectful to all gods. (Shinto is about animism. Why not!) Although, they and their two older sister' wonder whether it's all right for them to [[WeddingsInJapan marry in a Western wedding dress]].
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'':
** One of Kenshin Himura's strongest opponents was Shougo Mutou aka Amakusa, a Christian ReligiousBruiser trying to end the persecution of his fellow believers by helping a "holy man" overthrow the Japanese government, and basically an {{expy}} of real life Christian leader [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiro_Amakusa Shiro Amakusa.]] Kenshin essentially ended up fighting ''[[KungFuJesus Samurai Jesus]]''. And ''winning''.
** Not only that, but Shougo and his younger sister Sayo were the leaders of a small Japanese Christian colony hiding in Shimabara, a rural area near to Nagasaki. [[spoiler: And several years before, they barely managed to survive a major massacre in the same Shimabara area, in which their parents and ''everyone'' in their DoomedHometown were killed for their beliefs.]]
* In ''Manga/TwentiethCenturyBoys'', [[BadassPreacher Father Nitani]] helps out LaResistance from his Church in Kabuki. He's also a close personal friend of UsefulNotes/ThePope.
* Amon Kotarou from ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' was raised in a Catholic Orphanage, and continues to wear a crucifix as a TragicKeepsake. Whether he's remained religious or not is never addressed, though his memories of his childhood show him to have been very devout.
* Inori "Buki" Yamabuki from ''Anime/FreshPrettyCure'' goes into a Christian private middle school which apparently has its own chapel.

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* One of the stories ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}'': Joe Shimamura is raised in an orphanage run by a priest, in the ''Manga/LoneWolfAndCub'' manga deals with 2001 anime adaptation. It never is specified if Joe himself identifies as Christian, although the persecution and martyrdom of priest himself would fit.
* ''Manga/DescendantsOfDarkness'': We're introduced to [[BigBad Muraki]] in Nagasaki's famous Oura Catholic church (which Tsuzuki ran into while chasing a vampire). Later, while dragging Tsuzuki around town after [[spoiler:kidnapping Tsuzuki's partner, Hisoka]], Muraki mentions ways the persecuted Japanese
Christians during would disguise their worship (i.e using statues of Kannon to represent the Tokugawa era.
* In the manga ''Manga/MidnightSecretary'' Japanese vampires are specifically said to be weak against the piety of Christians. Luckily for him Japan is pretty secular, even on Christmas, but at one point Kyouhei is at a business dinner held by a Japanese family who were devout Christians and it made Kyouhei very sick.
* In ''Manga/LuckyStar'', Kagami and Tsukasa sing in a Church at Christmas time and play "Joy
Virgin Mary). This has lead to the World" on their recorders. Their comment is that they were taught to be respectful to all gods. (Shinto is about animism. Why not!) Although, they and their two older sister' wonder whether it's all right for them to [[WeddingsInJapan marry in a Western wedding dress]].
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'':
** One
idea of Kenshin Himura's strongest opponents was Shougo Mutou aka Amakusa, a Christian ReligiousBruiser trying to end the persecution of his fellow believers by helping a "holy man" overthrow the Japanese government, and basically an {{expy}} of real life Christian leader [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiro_Amakusa Shiro Amakusa.]] Kenshin essentially ended up fighting ''[[KungFuJesus Samurai Jesus]]''. And ''winning''.
** Not only that, but Shougo and his younger sister Sayo were the leaders of a small Japanese Christian colony hiding in Shimabara, a rural area near to Nagasaki. [[spoiler: And several years before, they barely managed to survive a major massacre in the same Shimabara area, in which their parents and ''everyone'' in their DoomedHometown were killed for their beliefs.]]
Muraki being RaisedCatholic becoming minor fanon.
* In ''Manga/TwentiethCenturyBoys'', [[BadassPreacher Father Nitani]] helps out LaResistance from his Church in Kabuki. He's also a close personal friend of UsefulNotes/ThePope.
* Amon Kotarou from ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' was raised in a Catholic Orphanage, and continues to wear a crucifix as a TragicKeepsake. Whether he's remained religious or not is never addressed, though his memories of his childhood show him to have been very devout.
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''Anime/FreshPrettyCure'': Inori "Buki" Yamabuki from ''Anime/FreshPrettyCure'' goes into a Christian private middle school which apparently has its own chapel.



* It appears that most of the ''LightNovel/MariaSamaGaMiteru'' cast are Catholic. The subject of the actual faith of the characters is only brought up a few times, surprisingly. One character ([[spoiler: Shiori]]) wants to become a nun, and another is revealed to be both Christian and belongs to a Buddhist family (Shimako). Also, many of the characters can be seen praying before the Virgin Mary statue. There's also the school trip to Rome, where the characters visit the Vatican. Finally, most of the students are seen in Church, praying and singing. Although, it's mentioned outright at one point that one does not have to be a Christian to attend Lillian. There's only one character so far that is mentioned to not be Christian.
* In ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'', a few characters are seen wearing crosses (in the manga, anyway). While it's doubtful they are Christian, there's a possibility that Tamaki is: he was born and raised in France until he was fourteen before being shipped off to Japan. Chances are his French mother Anne-Sophie is Christian, but it's not really relevant to the story and therefore never brought up.
* In ''Anime/WeissKreuz'', Ken was RaisedCatholic, even spending a period of time in a Church orphanage, and it ''shows''. In later canon, Aya also shows interest in the faith - it's arguable whether or not he actually ''practices'' it, and in any case he doesn't hold with its doctrine of forgiveness, but a conversation with a nun in ''[[RadioDrama Fight Fire With Fire]]'' reveals that he's worn out a Bible reading it every night before he sleeps.
* At the start of ''Anime/TokyoGodfathers'', Gin and Hana attend a Christian church service just so they can get a free handout of some food. Hana at least seems to be a believer, to some degree, at least enough so that she muses about how, if God could impregnate a virgin woman, He could almost certainly get a transsexual such as herself with child.
* ''Manga/WanderingSon'':
** Early into the series, Saori Chiba converts to Christianity. Whether she does this out of true conviction or out of some misplaced feeling of guilt is not quite clear. In any case, she's not very diligent in attending Church.
** She met a boy, Fumiya, at Church. He seems rather casual about being Christian though, even smoking in church (he seemed around eleven to thirteen too).
* Zakuro Fujiwara from ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'' is a practicing Christian in the original anime, going to church regularly and using a [[CreepyCoolCrosses cross]] as the handle for her WeaponOfChoice. (Unusually for a Japanese Christian, she appears to be a Protestant.) This was [[{{Bowdlerise}} Bowdlerised]] in the dub; all crosses were changed to sticks without sides, leading to the fandom joke that [[DubNameChange Renee]] venerates toothpicks.
* ''Anime/WelcomeToTheNHK'': Misaki's aunt is one and forces Misaki to attend church groups as a condition of taking her in.
* Saya's teacher in the animated movie ''Anime/BloodTheLastVampire'' is a Christian and wears a cross necklace, which pisses off Saya because crosses and references to Jesus are either her weakness or they draw in the bigger, more beastly-looking vampires she's trying to fight.
* The persecution of Christians is part of the background in ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'', which is touched upon in the episode showing the Dutch East India Company as well as one revolving around a supposed descendant of Francis Xavier, who manipulates Japanese Christians. Japanese Christians ultimately are part of a reveal at the end of the series [[spoiler: namely that Fuu's DisappearedDad (the "Samurai who smells from Sunflowers") was one, and he left the family to prevent their persecution]].
* Karen Kasumi of ''Manga/{{X 1999}}''. Her mother converted both of them to it, though it seems that it was only to hide from cults who wanted to use Karen's fire powers for their own ends.
* In ''Manga/DescendantsOfDarkness'', we're introduced to [[BigBad Muraki]] in Nagasaki's famous Oura Catholic church (which Tsuzuki ran into while chasing a vampire). Later, while dragging Tsuzuki around town after [[spoiler:kidnapping Tsuzuki's partner, Hisoka]], Muraki mentions ways the persecuted Japanese Christians would disguise their worship (i.e using statues of Kannon to represent the Virgin Mary). This has lead to the idea of Muraki being RaisedCatholic becoming minor fanon.
* Miu Sakurai and Shion Amamiya from ''Manga/AkumaNaEros'' attend a Catholic school and are Japanese Christians. The manga starts with Miu praying in the school chapel, and then Amamiya walks in and talks to her. [[spoiler: There's a major subversion, though: Amamiya is actually ''an angel'' under the disguise of a Christian boy.]]
* The first zombie we see getting killed by ''Manga/ZombieLoan'' is a nun at the school that Shito, Chika and Michiru attend, and they all wear crosses somewhere on their uniforms.
* ''Anime/{{Superbook}}'' is about a Japanese family who travel to important Biblical moments.
* In ''Anime/MaiHime'', Fuka Academy has its own small church, staffed by a priest with a Western name and a Japanese nun. Like just about everything about the school, both are not what they seem.

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* ''Manga/TheKurosagiCorpseDeliveryService'': The protagonist is a student at a Buddhist university, but one of his friends catches him absentmindedly making the sign of the cross when making a Shinto prayer. Then again, given that the premise of the series is fulfilling the unspoken last wishes of the recently dead, they may have a broader approach to religion.
* ''Manga/LoneWolfAndCub'': One of the stories deals with the persecution and martyrdom of Christians during the Tokugawa era.
* ''Manga/LuckyStar'': Kagami and Tsukasa sing in a Church at Christmas time and play "Joy to the World" on their recorders. Their comment is that they were taught to be respectful to all gods. (Shinto is about animism. Why not!) Although, they and their two older sister' wonder whether it's all right for them to [[WeddingsInJapan marry in a Western wedding dress]].
* ''Anime/MaiHime'': Fuka Academy has its own small church, staffed by a priest with a Western name and a Japanese nun. Like just about everything about the school, both are not what they seem.
* ''LightNovel/MariaSamaGaMiteru'':
It appears that most of the ''LightNovel/MariaSamaGaMiteru'' cast are Catholic. The subject of the actual faith of the characters is only brought up a few times, surprisingly. One character ([[spoiler: Shiori]]) ([[spoiler:Shiori]]) wants to become a nun, and another is revealed to be both Christian and belongs to a Buddhist family (Shimako). Also, many of the characters can be seen praying before the Virgin Mary statue. There's also the school trip to Rome, where the characters visit the Vatican. Finally, most of the students are seen in Church, praying and singing. Although, it's mentioned outright at one point that one does not have to be a Christian to attend Lillian. There's only one character so far that is mentioned to not be Christian.
* In ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'', ''Manga/MidnightSecretary'': Japanese vampires are specifically said to be weak against the piety of Christians. Luckily for him Japan is pretty secular, even on Christmas, but at one point Kyouhei is at a business dinner held by a Japanese family who were devout Christians and it made Kyouhei very sick.
* ''Franchise/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': That crucifix pendant she wears is at least a strong hint that Misato was a Christian.
* ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'': A
few characters are seen wearing crosses (in the manga, anyway). While it's doubtful they are Christian, there's a possibility that Tamaki is: he was born and raised in France until he was fourteen before being shipped off to Japan. Chances are his French mother Anne-Sophie is Christian, but it's not really relevant to the story and therefore never brought up.
* In ''Anime/WeissKreuz'', Ken was There's a bit of {{fanon}} about Choutarou Ohtori from ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'' being a Japanese Christian or at least RaisedCatholic, even spending a period of time in a Church orphanage, and it ''shows''. In later canon, Aya also shows interest in the faith - it's arguable whether or not he actually ''practices'' it, and in any case he doesn't hold with its doctrine of forgiveness, but a conversation with a nun in ''[[RadioDrama Fight Fire With Fire]]'' reveals that he's worn out a Bible reading it every night before he sleeps.
* At the start of ''Anime/TokyoGodfathers'', Gin and Hana attend a Christian church service just so they can get a free handout of some food. Hana at least seems to be a believer, to some degree, at least enough so that she muses about how, if God could impregnate a virgin woman, He could almost certainly get a transsexual such as herself with child.
* ''Manga/WanderingSon'':
** Early into the series, Saori Chiba converts to Christianity. Whether she does this out of true conviction or out of some misplaced feeling of guilt is not quite clear. In any case, she's not very diligent in attending Church.
** She met a boy, Fumiya, at Church. He seems rather casual about being Christian though, even smoking in church (he seemed around eleven to thirteen too).
* Zakuro Fujiwara from ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'' is a practicing Christian in the original anime, going to church regularly and using a
based on his [[CreepyCoolCrosses cross]] as the handle for her WeaponOfChoice. (Unusually for a Japanese Christian, she appears to be a Protestant.) This was [[{{Bowdlerise}} Bowdlerised]] in the dub; all crosses were changed to sticks without sides, leading to the fandom joke that [[DubNameChange Renee]] venerates toothpicks.
* ''Anime/WelcomeToTheNHK'': Misaki's aunt is one and forces Misaki to attend church groups as a condition of taking her in.
* Saya's teacher in the animated movie ''Anime/BloodTheLastVampire'' is a Christian and wears a
silvery cross necklace, which pisses off Saya because crosses and references to Jesus are either her weakness or they draw in the bigger, more beastly-looking vampires she's trying to fight.
* The persecution of Christians is part of the background in ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'', which is touched upon in the episode showing the Dutch East India Company as well as one revolving around a supposed descendant of Francis Xavier, who manipulates Japanese Christians. Japanese Christians ultimately are part of a reveal at the end of the series [[spoiler: namely
pendant.]] In canon, Ohtori says that Fuu's DisappearedDad (the "Samurai who smells from Sunflowers") was one, and he left the family to prevent their persecution]].
* Karen Kasumi of ''Manga/{{X 1999}}''. Her mother converted both of them to it, though it seems that it was only to hide from cults who wanted to use Karen's fire powers for their own ends.
* In ''Manga/DescendantsOfDarkness'', we're introduced to [[BigBad Muraki]] in Nagasaki's famous Oura Catholic church (which Tsuzuki ran
sometimes sneaks into while chasing a vampire). Later, while dragging Tsuzuki around town after [[spoiler:kidnapping Tsuzuki's partner, Hisoka]], Muraki mentions ways the persecuted Japanese Christians would disguise their worship (i.e using statues of Kannon to represent the Virgin Mary). This has lead to the idea of Muraki being RaisedCatholic becoming minor fanon.
* Miu Sakurai and Shion Amamiya from ''Manga/AkumaNaEros'' attend a Catholic school and are Japanese Christians. The manga starts with Miu praying in the school chapel, and then Amamiya walks in and talks to her. [[spoiler: There's a major subversion, though: Amamiya
local chapel since he feels at peace there, but is actually ''an angel'' under the disguise of a Christian boy.]]
* The first zombie we see getting killed by ''Manga/ZombieLoan'' is a nun at the school that Shito, Chika and Michiru attend, and they all wear crosses somewhere on their uniforms.
* ''Anime/{{Superbook}}'' is about a Japanese family who travel to important Biblical moments.
* In ''Anime/MaiHime'', Fuka Academy has its own small church, staffed by a priest with a Western name and a Japanese nun. Like just about everything about the school, both are
not what they seem.exactly a believer.



** The character [[{{Jerkass}} Kyouko Sakura]] is one, given that her father was a preacher. (Likely a Protestant minister, for obvious reasons.) On the other hand she no longer seems to be practicing the religion in any fashion. [[spoiler: It's appropriate, since the story has numerous references to {{Faust}}...and Kyouko made a DealWithTheDevil that went ''[[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor very wrong]]'' and finished in a PaterFamilicide.]]
** Additionally, the witch Elsa Maria has a bit of Christian symbolism to her. [[spoiler: She ''might'' have been a Japanese Christian [[WasOnceAMan when she was human.]]. Some fans speculate that she either was Kyoko's little sister Momo or a member of the Sakura family's cult.]]

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** The character [[{{Jerkass}} Kyouko Sakura]] is one, given that her father was a preacher. (Likely a Protestant minister, for obvious reasons.) On the other hand she no longer seems to be practicing the religion in any fashion. [[spoiler: It's [[spoiler:It's appropriate, since the story has numerous references to {{Faust}}...{{Faust}}... and Kyouko made a DealWithTheDevil that went ''[[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor very wrong]]'' and finished in a PaterFamilicide.]]
** Additionally, the witch Elsa Maria has a bit of Christian symbolism to her. [[spoiler: She [[spoiler:She ''might'' have been a Japanese Christian [[WasOnceAMan when she was human.]]. Some fans speculate that she either was Kyoko's little sister Momo or a member of the Sakura family's cult.]]



* ''Manga/TheKurosagiCorpseDeliveryService'': the protagonist is a student at a Buddhist university, but one of his friends catches him absentmindedly making the sign of the cross when making a Shinto prayer. Then again, given that the premise of the series is fulfilling the unspoken last wishes of the recently dead, they may have a broader approach to religion.
* Yuuki from ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'' is heavily implied to be a Christian. Her ALO avatar may be [[DarkIsNotEvil darkness-aligned]], but she has a cheerful personality. [[spoiler:She is also [[IllGirl a terminally-ill AIDS patient spending her final years.]]]]
* A fairly surprising amount of fanon in the ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' fanfic community grew from one single (non-story) image of Kasumi Tendo wearing a cross on a chain. However this probably reflects nothing more than Takahashi's habit of creating promotional images depicting her characters wearing whatever happened to be fashionable at the time.

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* ''Manga/TheKurosagiCorpseDeliveryService'': the protagonist is a student at a Buddhist university, but one of his friends catches him absentmindedly making the sign of the cross when making a Shinto prayer. Then again, given that the premise of the series is fulfilling the unspoken last wishes of the recently dead, they may have a broader approach to religion.
* Yuuki from ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'' is heavily implied to be a Christian. Her ALO avatar may be [[DarkIsNotEvil darkness-aligned]], but she has a cheerful personality. [[spoiler:She is also [[IllGirl a terminally-ill AIDS patient spending her final years.]]]]
*
''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': A fairly surprising amount of fanon in the ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' fanfic community grew from one single (non-story) image of Kasumi Tendo wearing a cross on a chain. However this probably reflects nothing more than Takahashi's habit of creating promotional images depicting her characters wearing whatever happened to be fashionable at the time.



* In MichiyoAkaishi's ''Manga/{{Amakusa 1637}}'', ActionGirl Natsuki Hayami, her boyfriend Masaki Miyamoto and their friends are students from a Catholic school who get TrappedInThePast... and arrive to the Nagasaki of few before the tragic rebellion by Shiro Amakusa. Natsuki, being a {{bifauxnen}} and Amakusa's genderflipped IdenticalStranger, sets out alongside her friends [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong to change history and avert the massacre.]] [[spoiler: They sort-of succeed.]]

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* In MichiyoAkaishi's ''Manga/{{Amakusa 1637}}'', ActionGirl Natsuki Hayami, [[spoiler:Suzunagi and her boyfriend Masaki Miyamoto parents]] in ''Anime/RoninWarriors''. [[spoiler:And that's why they were killed.]]
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'':
** One of Kenshin Himura's strongest opponents was Shougo Mutou aka Amakusa, a Christian ReligiousBruiser trying to end the persecution of his fellow believers by helping a "holy man" overthrow the Japanese government,
and basically an {{expy}} of real life Christian leader [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiro_Amakusa Shiro Amakusa.]] Kenshin essentially ended up fighting ''[[KungFuJesus Samurai Jesus]]''. And ''winning''.
** Not only that, but Shougo and his younger sister Sayo were the leaders of a small Japanese Christian colony hiding in Shimabara, a rural area near to Nagasaki. [[spoiler:And several years before, they barely managed to survive a major massacre in the same Shimabara area, in which
their friends are students from a Catholic school who get TrappedInThePast... parents and arrive to the Nagasaki of few before the tragic rebellion by Shiro Amakusa. Natsuki, being a {{bifauxnen}} and Amakusa's genderflipped IdenticalStranger, sets out alongside her friends [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong to change history and avert the massacre.]] [[spoiler: They sort-of succeed.''everyone'' in their DoomedHometown were killed for their beliefs.]]



* There is a half-Portuguese underground Christian character, Isaku Yasonokami, in ''Manga/BladeOfTheImmortal''.
* There's a bit of {{fanon}} about Choutarou Ohtori from ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'' being a Japanese Christian or at least RaisedCatholic, based on his [[CreepyCoolCrosses silvery cross pendant.]] In canon, Ohtori says that he sometimes sneaks into a local chapel since he feels at peace there, but is not exactly a believer.
* Hyoga, the Cygnus Saint in ''Manga/SaintSeiya''. He inherited it from his mother Natasha (and only parent he got to know), who was Russian; he owned a rosary as a TragicKeepsake from his MissingMom [[spoiler: which [[PocketProtector saved his life]] at some point]], and in one of the movies his friends asked him about Christianity in itself since they're dealing with Lucifer. Especially weird in that, like all characters in the story, he acknowledges Athena, and the other Greek gods, and even follows her as a WarriorMonk of sorts. Maybe another example of how the Japanese are fine with mixing religions, this time with two foreign ones?
* [[spoiler:Suzunagi and her parents]] in ''Anime/RoninWarriors''. [[spoiler: And that's why they were killed.]]
* Joe Shimamura is raised in an orphanage run by a priest, in the 2001 anime adaptation of ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}''. It never is specified if Joe himself identifies as Christian, although the priest himself would fit.
* SenseiChan Megu-nee from ''Manga/SchoolLive'' is heavily implied to be Christian. In the manga there was a minor background character during Miki's backstory who was a Christian senior. In the anime she received a [[AscendedExtra slightly bigger role]] as Taroumaru's owner and is [[RelatedInTheAdaptation related to Megu-nee]], which only supports Megu-nee being Christian more.
* ''Franchise/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': That crucifix pendant she wears is at least a strong hint that Misato was a Christian.

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* There is a half-Portuguese underground Christian character, Isaku Yasonokami, in ''Manga/BladeOfTheImmortal''.
* There's a bit of {{fanon}} about Choutarou Ohtori from ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'' being a Japanese Christian or at least RaisedCatholic, based on his [[CreepyCoolCrosses silvery cross pendant.]] In canon, Ohtori says that he sometimes sneaks into a local chapel since he feels at peace there, but is not exactly a believer.
* Hyoga, the
''Manga/SaintSeiya'': Cygnus Saint in ''Manga/SaintSeiya''. Hyoga. He inherited it from his mother Natasha (and only parent he got to know), who was Russian; he owned a rosary as a TragicKeepsake from his MissingMom [[spoiler: which [[spoiler:which [[PocketProtector saved his life]] at some point]], and in one of the movies his friends asked him about Christianity in itself since they're dealing with Lucifer. Especially weird in that, like all characters in the story, he acknowledges Athena, and the other Greek gods, and even follows her as a WarriorMonk of sorts. Maybe another example of how the Japanese are fine with mixing religions, this time with two foreign ones?
* [[spoiler:Suzunagi ''Manga/SakamichiNoApollon'' is interestingly accurate in its portrayal of Christians. Both Sentaro and her parents]] in ''Anime/RoninWarriors''. [[spoiler: And that's why Ritsuko are explicitly shown as practicing Christians, probably Catholic, and they were killed.]]
* Joe Shimamura
are seen in church together, Ritsuko with her head covered, while singing the hymn ''"Jesus Paid It All"'' in Japanese. Sentaro wears a rosary around his neck, which is raised acknowledged to not be a correct use of a rosary but according to Ritsuko their priest allows him to do so as an exception - we see in an orphanage run by a priest, flashback that when Sentaro first received it he didn't know the purpose of a rosary and assumed it was a necklace. Ritsuko also owns a rosary, and uses it in the 2001 anime adaptation traditional manner.
* ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'': The persecution
of ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}''. It never Christians is specified if Joe himself identifies as Christian, although part of the priest himself would fit.
background, which is touched upon in the episode showing the Dutch East India Company as well as one revolving around a supposed descendant of Francis Xavier, who manipulates Japanese Christians. Japanese Christians ultimately are part of a reveal at the end of the series, [[spoiler:namely that Fuu's DisappearedDad (the "Samurai who smells from Sunflowers") was one, and he left the family to prevent their persecution]].
* ''Manga/SchoolLive'': SenseiChan Megu-nee from ''Manga/SchoolLive'' is heavily implied to be Christian. In the manga there was a minor background character during Miki's backstory who was a Christian senior. In the anime she received a [[AscendedExtra slightly bigger role]] as Taroumaru's owner and is [[RelatedInTheAdaptation related to Megu-nee]], which only supports Megu-nee being Christian more.
* ''Franchise/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': That ''Anime/{{Superbook}}'' is about a Japanese family who travel to important Biblical moments.
* ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'': Yuuki is heavily implied to be a Christian. Her ALO avatar may be [[DarkIsNotEvil darkness-aligned]], but she has a cheerful personality. [[spoiler:She is also [[IllGirl a terminally-ill AIDS patient spending her final years.]]]]
* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'': Amon Kotarou was raised in a Catholic orphanage, and continues to wear a
crucifix pendant she wears as a TragicKeepsake. Whether he's remained religious or not is never addressed, though his memories of his childhood show him to have been very devout.
* ''Anime/TokyoGodfathers'': At the start, Gin and Hana attend a Christian church service just so they can get a free handout of some food. Hana
at least seems to be a strong hint believer, to some degree, at least enough so that Misato she muses about how, if God could impregnate a virgin woman, He could almost certainly get a transsexual such as herself with child.
* ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'': Zakuro Fujiwara is a practicing Christian in the original anime, going to church regularly and using a [[CreepyCoolCrosses cross]] as the handle for her WeaponOfChoice. (Unusually for a Japanese Christian, she appears to be a Protestant.) This
was [[{{Bowdlerise}} Bowdlerised]] in the dub; all crosses were changed to sticks without sides, leading to the fandom joke that [[DubNameChange Renee]] venerates toothpicks.
* ''Manga/WanderingSon'':
** Early into the series, Saori Chiba converts to Christianity. Whether she does this out of true conviction or out of some misplaced feeling of guilt is not quite clear. In any case, she's not very diligent in attending Church.
** She met
a Christian.
boy, Fumiya, at Church. He seems rather casual about being Christian though, even smoking in church (he seemed around eleven to thirteen too).
* ''Anime/WeissKreuz'': Ken was RaisedCatholic, even spending a period of time in a Church orphanage, and it ''shows''. In later canon, Aya also shows interest in the faith - it's arguable whether or not he actually ''practices'' it, and in any case he doesn't hold with its doctrine of forgiveness, but a conversation with a nun in ''[[RadioDrama Fight Fire With Fire]]'' reveals that he's worn out a Bible reading it every night before he sleeps.
* ''Anime/WelcomeToTheNHK'': Misaki's aunt is one and forces Misaki to attend church groups as a condition of taking her in.
* Karen Kasumi of ''Manga/{{X 1999}}''. Her mother converted both of them to it, though it seems that it was only to hide from cults who wanted to use Karen's fire powers for their own ends.
* The first zombie we see getting killed by ''Manga/ZombieLoan'' is a nun at the school that Shito, Chika and Michiru attend, and they all wear crosses somewhere on their uniforms.



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* Creator/MamoruOshii of Anime/GhostInTheShell was raised Christian and even considered joining the seminary before eventually losing his faith. This may or may not have influenced Anime/AngelsEgg.

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* Creator/MamoruOshii of Anime/GhostInTheShell ''Anime/GhostInTheShell'' was raised Christian and even considered joining the seminary before eventually losing his faith. This may or may not have influenced Anime/AngelsEgg.
''Anime/AngelsEgg''.
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* Creator/MamoruOshii of Anime/GhostInTheShell was raised Christian and even considered joining the seminary before eventually losing his faith. This may or may not have influenced Anime/AngelsEgg.
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* Plays a major part in James Clavell's ''Literature/{{Shogun}}'', with the Protestant protagonist Blackthorne out to destroy [[EvilJesuit Jesuit]] influence in feudal Japan, and with several of the major players not trusting Christianized daimyo, fearing the influence the Jesuit have over them.

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* Plays This plays a major part in James Clavell's ''Literature/{{Shogun}}'', with the Protestant protagonist Blackthorne out to destroy [[EvilJesuit Jesuit]] influence in feudal Japan, and with several of the major players not trusting Christianized daimyo, fearing the influence the Jesuit Jesuits have over them.



* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' has an interesting example in Knight of the Cross Shiro, who was born and raised in Japan, and was accidentally baptised while attending an Elvis Presley concert (some Baptists in the audience asked if he wanted to meet "The King," and Shiro's faulty-at-the-time grasp of English made him think they meant Elvis). Even though his conversion was by accident, he made an effort to be as good a Christian as he could. Considering he was good enough (both in the moral/ethical sense and the skill sense of the word) to become a Knight of the Cross and stay one long enough to grow old, it's safe to say he succeeded.

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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' has an interesting example in Knight of the Cross Shiro, who was born and raised in Japan, and was accidentally baptised baptized while attending an Elvis Presley concert (some Baptists in the audience asked if he wanted to meet "The King," and Shiro's faulty-at-the-time grasp of English made him think they meant Elvis). Even though his conversion was by accident, he made an effort to be as good a Christian as he could. Considering he was good enough (both in the moral/ethical sense and the skill sense of the word) to become a Knight of the Cross and stay one long enough to grow old, it's safe to say he succeeded.



* There have been several important Japanese Christian writers whose work show clear influence from their faith. Of these, the most important is probably Creator/ShusakuEndo. He wrote several novels about many subjects, but the most famous is ''[[Film/{{Silence}} Silence]]'' (''Chinmoku'' in Japanese) about a 17th-century Portuguese missionary in Japan who has to shepherd his flock through the initial Tokugawa persecution. Said novel is also getting adapted into a film by Creator/MartinScorsese.

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* There have been several important Japanese Christian writers whose work show shows clear influence from their faith. Of these, the most important is probably Creator/ShusakuEndo. He wrote several novels about many subjects, but the most famous is ''[[Film/{{Silence}} Silence]]'' (''Chinmoku'' in Japanese) about a 17th-century Portuguese missionary in Japan who has to shepherd his flock through the initial Tokugawa persecution. Said novel is also getting has been adapted into a film by Creator/MartinScorsese.



* Award winning author [[http://web.mac.com/dosankodebbie/iWeb/Site/Miura%20Profile.html Ayako Miura]] wrote several books that elaborate on her trip from Nihilism to Protestantism as well as several novels that have several Christian themes such as "Shiokari Pass" and the better-known "Hyoten", the latter being adapted as a television drama series

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* Award winning Award-winning author [[http://web.mac.com/dosankodebbie/iWeb/Site/Miura%20Profile.html Ayako Miura]] wrote several books that elaborate on her trip from Nihilism nihilism to Protestantism Protestantism, as well as several novels that have several Christian themes such as "Shiokari Pass" and the better-known "Hyoten", the latter being adapted as a television drama series



* St. Nicholas of Japan, Orthodox missioner from Russia, in 19th century started his mission from a chapel in Russian embassy and founded a diocese, converting thousands of natives. His position during UsefulNotes/RussoJapaneseWar (not praying[[note]]by himself, while encouraging to do so Japanese believers[[/note]] for the defeat of his native country while being the bishop of Japan) is still [[MoralDilemma somewhat disputed]]. Even so, Nicholas is remembered with respect by even non-Christian Japanese.

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* St. Nicholas of Japan, an Orthodox missioner missionary from Russia, in the 19th century started his mission from a chapel in the Russian embassy and founded a diocese, converting thousands of natives. His position during UsefulNotes/RussoJapaneseWar (not praying[[note]]by praying[[note]]By himself, while encouraging to do so Japanese believers[[/note]] believers.[[/note]] for the defeat of his native country while being the bishop of Japan) is still [[MoralDilemma somewhat disputed]]. Even so, Nicholas is remembered with respect by even non-Christian Japanese.



* Actress and singer Yuki Saito is a Japanese member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly known as Mormons). Holding to her beliefs she refuses to work on Sundays and smoked fake cigarettes in the 1986 film ''Koisuru Onnatachi (Young Girls in Love).'' Saito is also known for singing the theme song in the anime ''Manga/HyougeMono''.

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* Actress and singer Yuki Saito is a Japanese member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly known as Mormons). Holding to her beliefs beliefs, she refuses to work on Sundays and smoked fake cigarettes in the 1986 film ''Koisuru Onnatachi (Young Girls in Love).'' Saito is also known for singing the theme song in the anime ''Manga/HyougeMono''.
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* There have been several important Japanese Christian writers whose work show clear influence from their faith. Of these, the most important is probably [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shusaku_Endo Endo Shusaku]]. He wrote several novels about many subjects, but the most famous is ''[[Film/{{Silence}} Silence]]'' (''Chinmoku'' in Japanese) about a 17th-century Portuguese missionary in Japan who has to shepherd his flock through the initial Tokugawa persecution. Said novel is also getting adapted into a film by Creator/MartinScorsese.

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* There have been several important Japanese Christian writers whose work show clear influence from their faith. Of these, the most important is probably [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shusaku_Endo Endo Shusaku]].Creator/ShusakuEndo. He wrote several novels about many subjects, but the most famous is ''[[Film/{{Silence}} Silence]]'' (''Chinmoku'' in Japanese) about a 17th-century Portuguese missionary in Japan who has to shepherd his flock through the initial Tokugawa persecution. Said novel is also getting adapted into a film by Creator/MartinScorsese.
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* Between 1885 and the start of 2012, there have been 58 unique Prime Ministers of Japan. Seven were Christians (three Catholic, four Protestant), a disproportionately high ratio compared to Japan's general population. Since 2016, another Protestant Prime Minister reigned, making the number of Christian Japanese Prime Ministers to be 8 overall in Japan's history.

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* Between 1885 and the start of 2012, there have been 58 unique Prime Ministers of Japan. Seven were Christians (three Catholic, four Protestant), a disproportionately high ratio compared to Japan's general population. Since 2016, another Protestant Prime Minister reigned, making the number of Christian Japanese Prime Ministers to be 8 overall in Japan's history.
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* ''Film/{{Silence}}'', adapted from a novel by Shūsaku Endō, about the evangelisation attempts and subsequent repressions of Japanese Christians by the Shogunate at the beginning of the Edo period.

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* ''Film/{{Silence}}'', adapted from a novel by Shūsaku Endō, about the evangelisation attempts and subsequent repressions repression of Japanese Christians by the Shogunate at the beginning of the Edo period.
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* ''Film/{{Silence}}'', adapted from a novel by Shūsaku Endō, about the evangelisation attempts and subsequent repressions of Japanese Christians by the Shogunate at the beginning of the Edo period.
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* There have been several important Japanese Christian writers whose work show clear influence from their faith. Of these, the most important is probably [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shusaku_Endo Endo Shusaku]]. He wrote several novels about many subjects, but the most famous is ''Silence'' (''Chinmoku'' in Japanese) about a 17th-century Portuguese missionary in Japan who has to shepherd his flock through the initial Tokugawa persecution. Said novel is also getting adapted into a film by Creator/MartinScorsese.

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* There have been several important Japanese Christian writers whose work show clear influence from their faith. Of these, the most important is probably [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shusaku_Endo Endo Shusaku]]. He wrote several novels about many subjects, but the most famous is ''Silence'' ''[[Film/{{Silence}} Silence]]'' (''Chinmoku'' in Japanese) about a 17th-century Portuguese missionary in Japan who has to shepherd his flock through the initial Tokugawa persecution. Said novel is also getting adapted into a film by Creator/MartinScorsese.
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** And then there's Kotomine Kirei, a Japanese priest, although he's... [[SinisterMinister not exactly a sterling example of Christian values]]. [[spoiler:He is also none other than Amakusa Shiro.]]
*** There's some implication that Shirou might be Christian, himself (though non-practicing) or at very least familiar with the Christian faith, since he muses to himself on his first visit to the Kotomine church that it's his first visit to a House of God in many years.

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** And then there's Kotomine Kirei, a Japanese priest, although he's... [[SinisterMinister not exactly a sterling example of Christian values]]. [[spoiler:He is also none other than Amakusa Shiro.]]\n***
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There's some implication that Shirou might be Christian, himself (though non-practicing) or at very least familiar with the Christian faith, since he muses to himself on his first visit to the Kotomine church that it's his first visit to a House of God in many years.
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