Japanese Animation series Dragon Ball Super portrays Lord Ganesh as one of the ‘evil gods of destruction’

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Lord Ganesha, Pixabay

Japan, Feb 8, 2017: Dragon Ball Super is a popular Japanese animated television series, which released its fifth season Universe Survival Saga and has faced overt criticism from a community leader from the US over the portrayal of Lord Ganesha as one of the eight ‘evil gods of destruction’.

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“It is trivialisation of our highly revered deity and a distortion Lord Ganesha is worshipped as god of wisdom and remover of obstacles and was invoked before the beginning of any major undertaking,” said Rajan Zed, a social activist in a statement on his website.

Dragon Ball Super Opening Logo, Wikimedia

Zed urged Toei Animation Company Limited of Tokyo, the producers, and FUNimation Entertainment of Texas to withdraw the character from the series which resembled Lord Ganesha. “Inappropriate usage of Hindu deities or concepts for commercial purposes is not okay as it hurts the devotees,” he said to PTI.

“Hinduism is the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about one billion adherents and a rich philosophical thought. It should not be taken frivolously. Symbols of any faith, larger or smaller, should not be mishandled,” Zed noted.

prepared by Shambhavi Sinha of NewsGram. Twitter:  @shambhavispeaks

 

  • Joe

    You want to talk about misinformation, and all the while people from all over the world are correcting you on your piss poor article; you have no idea what you are talking about. I know what this is trying to achieve, and I don’t believe for one second that it “matters” to anyone whether it came from the US, or from an uneducated agenda that stinks of pure dog shit and screams stupidity, and a most saddening hypocrisy in all, but no, the origin of the matter, that only matters to you, a nameless incompetent, a nobody in the field of journalism; you are a nobody, a nothing of a “correspondent” again, I know your intentions. Perhaps you should know that there are many extinct religions which happen to predate Hinduism, the fact that it is a scripted religion disproves it’s title as “oldest” and even Jainism is the oldest known religion in the world in that regard. This character is not Ganesh, nor does he represent anything “real” in our history. He is quite possibly the Lord and God of Destruction of Universe 10, in a fictional multiverse, that exists in a plane whose pillars are founded on neutrality, balance, and peace. Also in short, there does not exist any season 4, 3, nor 2, not even season 1 for this show, I cannot fathom where you’ve happened upon this “fifth” season you speak of. You have failed, and maybe your country, and community would do well, and far better to OBJECTIVELY report on the current state of India as a nation, which is deplorable, $130 billion in public funds spent on statues and not on, yes, the public itself.

  • Joe

    You want to talk about misinformation, and all the while people from all over the world are correcting you on your pis’poor article; you have no idea what you are talking about. I know what this is trying to achieve, and I don’t believe for one second that it “matters” to anyone whether it came from the US, or from an uneducated agenda that stinks of pure ignorance and screams stupidity, and a most saddening hypocrisy in all, but no, the origin of the matter, that only matters to you, a nameless incompetent, a nobody in the field of journalism; you are a nobody, a nothing of a “correspondent” again, I know your intentions. Perhaps you should know that there are many extinct religions which happen to predate Hinduism, the fact that it is a scripted religion disproves it’s title as “oldest” and even Jainism is the oldest known religion in the world in that regard. This character is not Ganesh, nor does he represent anything “real” in our history. He is quite possibly the Lord and God of Destruction of Universe 10, in a fictional multiverse, that exists in a plane whose pillars are founded on neutrality, balance, and peace. Also in short, there does not exist any season 4, 3, nor 2, not even season 1 for this show, I cannot fathom where you’ve happened upon this “fifth” season you speak of. You have failed, and maybe your country, and community would do well, and far better to OBJECTIVELY report on the current state of India as a nation, which is deplorable, $130 billion in public funds spent on statues and not on, yes, the public itself. Shameful. Thats all.

  • Manu_Fan

    I belong to Hindu religion. I watch dragon ball super. There is absolutely nothing offending in Dragon ball super. This article is bull shit. First of all its just an Anime. The anime has no religious agenda nothing. Dragon ball Z/super always had characters with funny shapes(To show that those characters are aliens from other planets) . The recent episodes feature a character with elephants head and humans body. Thats all. Cant an Anime/movie or anything have evil characters with beards because he may resemble jesus christ? What kind of thinking is this? If any one here is demeaning Hindu religion, that is the so called Hindu social activist supposedly being offended by dragon ball super. I request the so called Hindu social activist to read Bhahavad Gita.

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  • Joe

    You want to talk about misinformation, and all the while people from all over the world are correcting you on your piss poor article; you have no idea what you are talking about. I know what this is trying to achieve, and I don’t believe for one second that it “matters” to anyone whether it came from the US, or from an uneducated agenda that stinks of pure dog shit and screams stupidity, and a most saddening hypocrisy in all, but no, the origin of the matter, that only matters to you, a nameless incompetent, a nobody in the field of journalism; you are a nobody, a nothing of a “correspondent” again, I know your intentions. Perhaps you should know that there are many extinct religions which happen to predate Hinduism, the fact that it is a scripted religion disproves it’s title as “oldest” and even Jainism is the oldest known religion in the world in that regard. This character is not Ganesh, nor does he represent anything “real” in our history. He is quite possibly the Lord and God of Destruction of Universe 10, in a fictional multiverse, that exists in a plane whose pillars are founded on neutrality, balance, and peace. Also in short, there does not exist any season 4, 3, nor 2, not even season 1 for this show, I cannot fathom where you’ve happened upon this “fifth” season you speak of. You have failed, and maybe your country, and community would do well, and far better to OBJECTIVELY report on the current state of India as a nation, which is deplorable, $130 billion in public funds spent on statues and not on, yes, the public itself.

  • Joe

    You want to talk about misinformation, and all the while people from all over the world are correcting you on your pis’poor article; you have no idea what you are talking about. I know what this is trying to achieve, and I don’t believe for one second that it “matters” to anyone whether it came from the US, or from an uneducated agenda that stinks of pure ignorance and screams stupidity, and a most saddening hypocrisy in all, but no, the origin of the matter, that only matters to you, a nameless incompetent, a nobody in the field of journalism; you are a nobody, a nothing of a “correspondent” again, I know your intentions. Perhaps you should know that there are many extinct religions which happen to predate Hinduism, the fact that it is a scripted religion disproves it’s title as “oldest” and even Jainism is the oldest known religion in the world in that regard. This character is not Ganesh, nor does he represent anything “real” in our history. He is quite possibly the Lord and God of Destruction of Universe 10, in a fictional multiverse, that exists in a plane whose pillars are founded on neutrality, balance, and peace. Also in short, there does not exist any season 4, 3, nor 2, not even season 1 for this show, I cannot fathom where you’ve happened upon this “fifth” season you speak of. You have failed, and maybe your country, and community would do well, and far better to OBJECTIVELY report on the current state of India as a nation, which is deplorable, $130 billion in public funds spent on statues and not on, yes, the public itself. Shameful. Thats all.

  • Manu_Fan

    I belong to Hindu religion. I watch dragon ball super. There is absolutely nothing offending in Dragon ball super. This article is bull shit. First of all its just an Anime. The anime has no religious agenda nothing. Dragon ball Z/super always had characters with funny shapes(To show that those characters are aliens from other planets) . The recent episodes feature a character with elephants head and humans body. Thats all. Cant an Anime/movie or anything have evil characters with beards because he may resemble jesus christ? What kind of thinking is this? If any one here is demeaning Hindu religion, that is the so called Hindu social activist supposedly being offended by dragon ball super. I request the so called Hindu social activist to read Bhahavad Gita.