Aum Shinrikyo Cult Recruitment Anime

Japan’s Tokyo-based Aum Shinrikyo (“Supreme Truth”) religious cult reached peak notoriety in 1995 when members conducted a string of terrorist attacks on the subway system, releasing sarin gas that killed thirteen people and injured thousands. Police raided the group’s compound and found a massive biological weapons stockpile including anthrax and Ebola cultures and chemicals that could produce enough sarin to kill millions of people.

Before their undoing, the cult used anime videos as their recruitment tool, portraying the secret origins of human life and the heroics of founder/guru Shoko Asahara. Even unsubtitled, they’re a fascinating view:

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  • Anarchy Pony

    That is some eerie ass shit right there. Doomsday cults are never a good thing. Especially when they had the stockpile of deadly things that aum shinrikyo had. I mean Ebola? Holy shit.
    My parents saw a bunch of heaven’s gate weirdos at a restaurant in my hometown about a week before they all killed themselves. That was a fun family story.

    • Redacted

      The Christian doomsday cult has WMDs that make this little Branch Davidian arsenal look like childs play. They even openly admit that they aim to bring about the Apocalypse. 

      Instead of lining those fuckers up on their knees and depositing some lead into their brain stems, we elect them to office. 

      Same difference I guess, they want to burn for all eternity to please the God of BDSM and Pederasty.

  • Wanooski

    That is some eerie ass shit right there. Doomsday cults are never a good thing. Especially when they had the stockpile of deadly things that aum shinrikyo had. I mean Ebola? Holy shit.
    My parents saw a bunch of heaven’s gate weirdos at a restaurant in my hometown about a week before they all killed themselves. That was a fun family story.

  • DeepCough

    I’m so, so glad I got outta the anime cult when I could.

  • DeepCough

    I’m so, so glad I got outta the anime cult when I could.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder how they found out which cultist was best suited for singing the themesong..

  • dumbsaint

    I wonder how they found out which cultist was best suited for singing the themesong..

    • Tuna Ghost

      It’s a lot like American Idol, but with less Ryan Seacrest and a lot more suicides.  

  • Anonymous

    Assuming the Jesus look alike  character is Shoko Asahara, why is he the only one that doesn’t appear Japanese? Anime is usually filled with doe eyed Caucasian characters. Strange they would do that in this video though. Perhaps doe eyed Jesus sells better to cult idiots too….or maybe Shoko Asahara didn’t want his real face known. Still, why the caucasian version? 

    Quazy….

  • GoodDoktorBad

    Assuming the Jesus look alike  character is Shoko Asahara, why is he the only one that doesn’t appear Japanese? Anime is usually filled with doe eyed Caucasian characters. Strange they would do that in this video though. Perhaps doe eyed Jesus sells better to cult idiots too….or maybe Shoko Asahara didn’t want his real face known. Still, why the caucasian version? 

    Quazy….

    • DeepCough

      It would interest you to know that modern day Japanese are half-Caucasian because of their Mongolian ancestors intermingling with this indigenous tribe of the Japanese island called the Ainu.

  • DeepCough

    It would interest you to know that modern day Japanese are half-Caucasian because of their Mongolian ancestors intermingling with this indigenous tribe of the Japanese island called the Ainu.

  • DeepCough

    It would interest you to know that modern day Japanese are half-Caucasian because of their Mongolian ancestors intermingling with this indigenous tribe of the Japanese island called the Ainu.

  • Anonymous

    So, Shoko Asahara really does look like that?

  • DeepCough
  • Anonymous

    Not lookin’ to doe eyed or caucasian. Only the hair and beard are accurate. He probably didn’t want to be that easily recognized being a death cult leader and all.

  • Anonymous

    The Christian doomsday cult has WMDs that make their little Branch Davidian arsenal look like childs play. They even openly admit that they aim to bring about the Apocalypse. 

    Yet instead of lining those fuckers up on their knees and depositing some lead into their brain stems, we elect them to office.

  • Jose

    HOKUTO NO KEN! 13:30

  • Jose

    HOKUTO NO KEN! 13:30

  • Tuna Ghost

    It’s a lot like American Idol, but with less Ryan Seacrest and a lot more suicides.  

  • greengestalt

    Yes, the Riddle of Steel, shall I teach it to you?

    Come to me!  Come to me, my pretty!  (Female cultist leaps off cliff and dies)

    That, is the riddle.  Steel is weak, boy.  What is steel, but for the hand that wields it?  Flesh is stronger!

    Contemplate that on the tree of woe.  Crucify him!

  • Anonymous

    Yes, the Riddle of Steel, shall I teach it to you?

    Come to me!  Come to me, my pretty!  (Female cultist leaps off cliff and dies)

    That, is the riddle.  Steel is weak, boy.  What is steel, but for the hand that wields it?  Flesh is stronger!

    Contemplate that on the tree of woe.  Crucify him!

  • greengestalt

    Makes me nostalgic, though…
    80s/90s anime that seemed so amazing…

    He should have Vampire Hunter D come by and slash him.  Or the cute girls from Cream Lemon (poorly adapted as cheap “Brothers Grime” anime, but I liked;-) visit.

  • Anonymous

    Makes me nostalgic, though…
    80s/90s anime that seemed so amazing…

    He should have Vampire Hunter D come by and slash him.  Or the cute girls from Cream Lemon (poorly adapted as cheap “Brothers Grime” anime, but I liked;-) visit.

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