God in Hana Yori Dango
I found the following post in my GJ, and thought it was rather interesting. Since I’ve abandoned my GJ, I thought it might be a good idea to move this post here (though I have been neglecting this place as well…but still..
Before watching Hana Yori Dango, I was reading Authentic Beauty, where it compares us and Christ’s relationship to that of a fairytale princess and princes, how we are to leave behind our past lives and lovers to be with the one we love. Obviously, the relationship with Christ is not a romantic one, but the fact that He loves you so much as to give His life for your freedom from sin.
I was still trying to relate to how the book was putting it, but the love I’ve had for my Savior has sort of died away after the retreat last year *broomed*.
However, watching Hana Yori Dango, I couldn’t help but noticing some similarities between Makino & Domyouji’s relationship and ours & Christ’s relationship.
- Makino comes from a poor family who didn’t fit in at their school until Domyouji made clear that he liked her and approved of her. In the same way, we as sinners need to have a relationship with Christ to have eternal life.
- When Domyouji first asked Makino out on a date, Makino was hesitant didn’t appear until 3 hours later. Regardless, Domyouji waited for her, even if it meant getting cold and wet. Of course, finally seeing her there, he was more than thrilled (though I think he called her an idiot or something, but that’s beside the point). In the same way, our Lord patiently waits for us to turn back to him. Regardless of the hesitations and doubts we may have, know that He is there waiting for us.
- When Makino was drugged and brought to the hotel and had those sleazy pictures taken of her, Domyouji was heartbroken and disappointed. True that she was set-up, and he still forgave her later, but the hurt was already done. It’s the same when we sin. A lot of time we don’t do it on purpose, but it’s a sin nonetheless, and by doing it, we’re not only hurting ourselves, but Christ.
- Domyouji was beaten up in order to save Makino from Sakurako. He could have fought back and won, but he didn’t. Later on, he told Makino that if he did, then he wouldn’t have been protecting her. That was the first time Domyouji ever got beaten up like that. This was the most striking similarity (well at least for me). In order to atone for our sins, Christ had to be crucified. He could have refused, but had He not died for us, then we would not be saved.
EDIT// Though Domyouji was beaten badly, he won when Sakurako eventually admitted defeat and gave up. This is just like Christ died, but overcame death and rose again 3 days later.
I’m 100% sure that the script writer had no intentions of linking the show with Christianity, but it’s funny how such themes and motifs pop up everywhere. :)
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