Mythology/Legends
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I am talking about the type that is legendary/mythical in the classical sense of Greco-Roman or Asian mythologies. Ones that incorporate mythologies loosely as a side plot (like Yu-Gi-Oh: Duel Monters) or like a mythical/legendary-type setting are acceptable. For me, Kemono no Souja Erin is on that list.

Also, shows incorporating mythical character names like Sora no Otoshimono's Ikaros are accepted (cause it has some connection to mythology).
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Occult Academy.
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If character names are all that are necessary, I'll say Hell Girl/Jigoku Shoujo(地獄少女). While the series takes place in modern Japan (except the flashbacks...) the characters are classical Japanese youkai: Wanyuudou(輪入道), Hone Onna(骨女), Ichimoku Ren(一目連). I believe Enma Ai (閻魔あい) is named after Enma or Yama, who's something like the king of the underworld or the dead in Buddhist conception. Or, Koi Hime Musou (恋姫無双). The character names appear to be all based upon ancient Chinese personalities in the classic Chinese novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms (三國演義)-- perhaps not exactly mythical as I think the characters in this novel were all supposedly real historical persons. I've never watched Dragonball, but I think one of the main characters, Son Goku, is named after the Monkey King (孫悟空) from Chinese mythology and the Chinese novel Journey to the West (西遊記).

As for taking place in a mythologic time or setting, perhaps Moribito(精霊の守人) would count. I'm not sure when the events are supposed to have taken place, but Mushi-shi (蟲師) definitely evokes a sense of mysticism and ancient days in my mind when I watched it. Maybe Spice and Wolf (狼と香辛料) could be considered here too?

Or how about Otome Youkai Zakuro (乙女妖怪ざくろ) right here on Crunchyroll?
Posted 1/28/11
... I like Greek Mythology.
Posted 1/28/11
Hard for me to think of some. I'll go and say Nura: Rise Of The Yokai Clan. As the name suggests, it's about yokai. There are many yokais incorporated such as Nurarihyon, Yuki-onna, bunch more I don't know names of.
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I'd say a large proportion of anime deals with Japanese folklore and mythology, so there's a whole lot to choose from. Personal favorites are Kamichu!, Natsume's Yujincho, InuYasha and Ghost Hunt.
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hmm... Ah my goddess?

and I also watched something on tv with zeus and athena and other goddesses there, XD it's pretty fuuny, forgot the title, though..
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Fate/Stay Night series. The show incorporate some of the most well known mythological and legendary heroes as part of the participants of the Grail War.
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The second season of Darker Than Black.
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Since the affiliation needed is so loose "Character names and such" Naruto will point to quite a bit of Japanese folklore. Techniques the Uchiha use such as Izanagi, Amaterasu, and Susanoo are examples. Amaterasu is the sun goddess while Susanoo is the god of storms in Shinto beliefs. I don't remember the details but I know Izanagi is directly involved with the genesis of Japan.

There are also references to the legendary swordsmiths Masamune and Muramasa in a number of anime (soul eater, bleach, final fantasy 7<= i guess it can count it had an anime). They had a competition between there two swords (Muramasa being a pupil of Masamune) in which they would dip their swords into the stream and see which one performed best. While Muramasas sword cut everything that passed it indiscriminately leaves, fish, etc. Masamune's sword cut nothing and for that it was praised by a Monk. While both swords were impressive the one that does not needlessly kill was credited with the victory over the bloodthirsty, evil blade that Muramasa forged.

Durarara! references The Dullahan (headless horsemen). This is a reference to a celtic diety that throws buckets of blood at people to signal their death (as far as my memory serves) during nightly runs. They fear gold so travellers were advised to carry gold to ward them off.

Also Twelve Kingdoms talks about the Kirin which is a mythological creature in Chinese culture that usually marked the coming of a sage which is the same role it plays in the show.

Like this thread can't wait to see what other connections people bring up.
Posted 1/29/11
yu yu hakusho, xxxholic, history stongest disciple kenichi, there is more but ....
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mostly manga here. A lot of the Seinen genre is based on mythology

Vagabond --> pretty much the musashi story-japanese
Ikki Tousen --> Loosely based on romance of the 3 kingdoms-chinese
Threads of Time --> Loosely based on Korean History
Hoshin Engi --> wiki has it as based off an ancient chinese novel Fengshen Yanyi-- This story seemed really old when i read the manga.
as much as it pains me to say it Saiyuki/ dragonball --> already said
Kurosagi Corpse Delivery --> references some old folklore in thier stories-- i don't know if this is an anime yet though.
Bride of the Water God --> dealing with Habaek --> Korean mythology for example
Posted 11/29/11
Sailormoon
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