That said, there’s plenty to go around and references show up in many
Sometimes those elements are Christianity, Buddhism, tend to involve churches, and other symbolism.
typical genres include:
And genres that mix well with either of those.
Let’s get to it.
anime with religion or biblical themes:
1. Maria The Virgin Witch
Maria The Virgin Witch was one of my first 50 or
The main character is Maria. And this
You do get some action here and your dose of comedy, but the theme is unique and meaningful in its own way compared to the average series.
2. Sunday Without God
Sunday Without God is an
God abandons the world on Sunday and all Hell (no pun intended) breaks loose. People can no longer die, and so they become living zombies after death pretty much.
There’s a type of person called a Grave Digger. The main character Ai Aston is a grave digger and these people put these people being tormented by death to rest.
3. High School DxD
High School DxD is a hilarious recommendation when you realize what the
Half naked and sometimes naked girls, juicy fan service, Ecchi moments and some supernatural action is what you can get from DxD.
It’s considered the king when it comes to Ecchi and harem
Trigun is about Vash Stampede, a guy who seems to be wandering aimlessly. On the surface he’s a comedic kinda guy.
He’s always acting stupider than he really is, and pretending to not know more than he actually does. But what’s underneath that layer is a deep story attached to a past event that’s still fresh.
Vash ends up with a partner who has a gun in the shape of a cross. An obvious religious reference.
It’s not an extreme
5. A Certain Magical Index
A Certain Magical Index is about Touma Kamijou, an average student living in a dorm. He’s poor compared to other characters in Academy City, a place where millions of espers live.
After being joined by Index, a selfish, spoilt church girl, Touma ends up in the underworld of the religious side of the city.
Churches, nuns, evil people within certain churches, and their schemes is what becomes the main focus of this
There’s also a traveling aspect where the main characters end up in different countries, so the scenery changes a bit.
6. Re:Zero – Starting Life In Another World
Re:Zero has religious references almost from the beginning of this
Subaru Natsuki, a 17 year old teenager dies in the real world and is reincarnated. In this world of elves, humans, swordsman, knights, and assassins, he now has to learn how to survive.
He has the ability to “return by death” and though painful, each death allows him to reset to a checkpoint like a game, giving him the opportunity to change his outcome and results.
Fire Force is an
Companies like Company 8 are ordered to put out these supernatural fires and exorcise the Infernals. To do so they bring a nun to the scene to give a prayer while carrying out the task.
This word, and this routine is a common thing in
It’s a concept baked deep into the world of
Hellsing is like the horror version of Black Lagoon. You have the main character, Alucard, who’s a twin pistol gunslinger. A man who gets a kick out of slaying vampires.
No matter how brutal the kill, Alucard thrives on the joy of it.
His partner is a girl who he saves the life of in exchange for her becoming a vampire, which is necessary for survival after being harmed.
They all work for and within an organization, which is religious in nature. The
9. Black Lagoon
Black Lagoon is about the lagoon company, run by black character Dutch. This company specializes in smuggling.
Weapons, people, drugs, it doesn’t matter what it is. They do it.
Rock, a business man is the latest victim who ends up working with the Lagoon company, putting his past life behind him in exchange for a crazy, mercenary, gangster life style. Or close enough.
Revy Rebecca, one of the main characters has a friend called Eda, who dresses like a nun but has the opposite attitude and lifestyle of a nun.
There’s also the rip-off church that’s relevant in the
10. Chrono Crusade
Chrono Crusade is a classic religious based
Rosette Christopher, the main female character is also related and referenced as “Mary Of Magdalene”, another religious reference related to a historical figure.
Aside from the religious stuff this is a solid
11. Land Of The Lustrous
Land Of The Lustrous portrays religion in a different way to other
First off, it’s a sci-fi
Each gem has a master they call Sensei. This sensei resembles a Buddhist and practices Buddhism.
He’s the strongest character in this
12. Eureka Seven
Eureka Seven is a Mecha
Renton Thurston is a kid who’s sick of the place where he lives, and wants something new. He gets his wish.
Eureka, the girl he falls for, takes him away on a massive airship with other members, and he starts to live with them.
13. Inari Kon Kon
Inari Kon Kon is about Inari Fushimi, a girl who has feelings for a certain guy in her school. She’s also a girl who’s been visiting a shrine for years.
She ends up meeting the Shrine Goddess accidentally, and after getting a wish granted, ends up regretting it.
The concept of shrines, Goddesses, Gods, and things of that nature is what makes this
In the end this is an underrated series with some surprisingly wholesome and well written romance content where it counts.
14. Spice And Wolf
Spice And Wolf is an
She’s hidden inside hay in a cart.
They partner up and go traveling together, with Holo being the wise one able to spot and notice things Kraft can’t. This helps him in the world of business as he’s a merchant, though a skilled one.
Kraft is then the one who makes the money and together they’re better than separated (business wise).
There’s also the wholesome romance and chemistry between these 2 characters. It’s well done.
15. Fate Zero
Fate Zero is an
Those masters can be any random human being it see’s fit for participating in the war, who then ends up with a marking on their hand, sealing the deal.
The Holy Grail War and the church are connected.
There’s stories in between all of this that plays out with each relevant character, who they are, how they fit into the overall story, and more.
The action scenes and aesthetics, even to this day are gorgeous and in a league of their own.
It’s claimed that when Pacifica, or “the
It has religious ties which play a relevant (but not overly relevant) role in the series.
Scrapped Princess is an old school
Fantasy, sci-fi, drama, romance, comedy, and so on. It still manages to produce an underappreciated anime in spite of the many genres.