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Start the Rapture / Anime Jesus on The Phone

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Start The Rapture, sometimes called Anime Jesus On The Phone, is a reaction image from the Japanese anime Chouetsu Sekai. The anime series was developed by the Japanese death cult Aum Shinrikyo, which made the series for self-promotion purposes. A screencap and image macro of the anime version of the cult leader with a text overlay that reads, "Start The Rapture" began to be used as a Twitter reaction image in 2021.


In 1984, Shoko Asahara started the Japanese doomsday cult Aum Shinrikyou, the group responsible for the deadly Tokyo subway sarin attack of 1995.[1] As part of the cult's recruitment practice, the cult's studio created a 10-episode anime called Chouetsu Sekai, which focuses on cult leader Asahara being portrayed as Jesus Christ.[2]

The screengrab from Chouetsu Sekai depicting Asahara looking like Jesus and speaking on the phone can be accessed in the YouTube[3] video shown below at the 14:30 timestamp (seen below).

The screenshot's first appearance as a meme was the Moshi Moshi Jesus Desu meme of the early 2010s (seen below, left). The earliest known use of the Start The Rapture meme was a March 27th, 2021, post by Twitter[4] user @SwiftOnSecurity, gathering over 700 likes in two years (seen below, right).

MOSHI MOSH JESUS DESU SwiftOnSecurity @SwiftOnSecurity When Jesus see Linux coming to the desktop ALT 7:39 PM Mar 27, 2021 start the rapture 89 Retweets 2 Quotes 789 Likes 13 Bookmarks :


On April 4th, 2021, Twitter[5] user @Oh_my_josh69 posted a tweet that was reposted to the subreeddit /r/BlackPeopleTwitter, where it gathered over 3,000 upvotes in two years (seen below, left). On April 7th, the image was then posted to Tumblr,[6] where it gathered over 45,000 notes in a similar timeframe (seen below, right).

Josh Mitchell @Oh_My_Josh69 Jesus waking up today start the rapture 2:20 AM - 4/4/21. Twitter for iPhone ... start the rapture 45,354 notes Apr 27th, 2021 tl

On September 11th, 2021, Tumblr[7] user @o-kurwa posted an image using the meme, gathering nearly 200 notes in two years (seen below, left). On October 26th, 2022, Twitter[8] user @_HitchSlap_ then posted the image and gathered over 19,000 likes in five months (seen below, right).

Squirrel 'with very large breasts' drives Japanese social media wild By Sara Malm for MailOnline 11:39 15 Oct 2018, updated 11:39 15 Oct 2018 start the rapture Davíe @_HitchSlap_ 4:34 AM Oct 26, 2022 222 Retweets 5 Quotes start the rapture 19.3K Likes 159 Bookmarks


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Oh absolutely not: tagse to sing STRONG BONES Nutrition Facts Calorie 30 Tule LAM Food Cond FRESH HENTON'S creamiest! POTATO SALAD TRESSMED C ARR start the rapture "Hey man, you still on for the 2020 Grand Finale?" and Lo @lokeshwarajones Sep 15, 2022 Just learned about lil miquella II GIF and Lo @lokeshwarajones 3 3:28 PM - Sep 15, 2022 al Start the Butlerian jihad Jesus watching 14 y/o me microwave a banana peel before fucking it start the rapture @whatsupboosh

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External References

[1] My Anime List – Chouetsu Sekai

[2] Cracked – Death Cult

[3] YouTube – Garlic Goblin Ziusudra

[4]  Twitter – SwiftOnSecurity

[5] Reddit – BlackPeopleTwitter

[6] Tumblr – topherchris

[7] Tumblr – o-kurwa

[8] Twitter – HitchSlap

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