There are many who believe in the humanization of Death and that his task is to collect the souls that have gone astray. There are many myths surrounding the personification of death and the creation of his famous scythe. Funimation created the animated show Soul Eater to give an explanation on how the weapons used by Death were created.
Many fans of Nickelodeon were introduced to a new hero named Aaog in Avatar: The Last Airbender. The animated show ran for three seasons before its story was complete and a sequel was created. The show has influences of Budish beliefs, war, and human’s connections to nature through the four core elements.
What if you had to leave everything behind and start a new life at the age of thirteen? Find a new place to live, discover a career, and live completely alone without your family or friends? For a witch named Kuki, this is the age where they complete a year of private study and find a chance to discover who she is.
Many cultures around the world have different views of what the spirit world would appear as if seen by humans. In Japanese culture, it is believed that the realm of spirits co-exists in the human world. That spirits must have a purpose to stay in the human world, otherwise they will fade from both worlds.
What if there was a power that allowed you to change the world? To hear people’s thoughts, change their emotions or memories? To make them obedient without question? For those gifted with the power of Geass, these powers are both a blessing and a curse.
Luna introduced me to the classic comedic anime Inuyasha, thinking I would enjoy the comedic nature between the characters and its use of time travel. The show equally balances both the present world in Tokyo, Japan and Japan's Sengoku Period. Many consider Inuyasha one of the classic animes, given how popular the anime became in the United States, earning a second installment to the series titled Inuyasha: The Final Act to show the rest of the manga written by Rumiko Takahashi.
One of the classic animes that focuses on brotherly love and their journey to discover a legendary treasure, The Philosopher’s Stone, is Full Metal Alchemist. The Elric brothers push the boundaries of science and magic by using alchemy, hoping to defy the governing law of equivalent exchange with The Philosophers Stone.
Cartoon Network used to run anime shows after midnight on a series called Toonomie. One show that I watched was Bleach by Tite Kubo is an action drama about a soul reaper substitute named Ichago. The series focuses on a society that is tasked with collecting the souls of the dead and the souls that go dark with the intentions of attacking those in the human world.
It’s common in animes to use common features in magic as a focus point or a key plot in their stories. Arcana Fsmigila is an anime that falls into this category. The anime is a drama or action mixed with fantasy. The anime plays on the ideas of family and what people will do to protect those they care about.
It’s common in anime for characters to have special powers or unique abilities to assist them with their daily lives. Some are created while others are born with these gifts. In Witch Hunter Robin, their abilities are given in the form of magic making them casters on the wrong side of the law. Many might compare them to vigilantes, trying to use their gifts to stop crime instead of letting the justice system handle it.