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High School DxD has references for: The Bible, Norse mythology, Greco-roman mythology, King Arthur, Japanese youkai, Journey to the West, and Hindi Mythology. I may have left something...
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I do think it's interesting that Norse myths seem to be the "go to" Western mythology in anime. I've a whole bunch of anime that uses or references Norse myths. (Is this a Zombie? references Mistilteinn, Familiar of Zero references Gandalfr.) But I can only think of 2 anime I've seen (off the top of my head) that make use of other mythologies. Durarara!! of course has a Dullahan (but the actual mythology is almost incidental to the story) and Campione! made use of a lot of Greek myths as well as a bit of Persian. Makes me wonder what attracts Japanese storytellers so much to Norse mythology over any other.


yeah.. it tends towards norse and celtic.


I haven't come across a lot of Celtic mythology used in anime. Other than Durarara, as I noted. Where else is it used?
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I do think it's interesting that Norse myths seem to be the "go to" Western mythology in anime. I've a whole bunch of anime that uses or references Norse myths. (Is this a Zombie? references Mistilteinn, Familiar of Zero references Gandalfr.) But I can only think of 2 anime I've seen (off the top of my head) that make use of other mythologies. Durarara!! of course has a Dullahan (but the actual mythology is almost incidental to the story) and Campione! made use of a lot of Greek myths as well as a bit of Persian. Makes me wonder what attracts Japanese storytellers so much to Norse mythology over any other.


yeah.. it tends towards norse and celtic.


I haven't come across a lot of Celtic mythology used in anime. Other than Durarara, as I noted. Where else is it used?


Fate series. They got some Irish heroes.

Though yeah, the series uses a lot of Greeks, I noticed.
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mythopoet wrote:


serifsansserif wrote:


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I do think it's interesting that Norse myths seem to be the "go to" Western mythology in anime. I've a whole bunch of anime that uses or references Norse myths. (Is this a Zombie? references Mistilteinn, Familiar of Zero references Gandalfr.) But I can only think of 2 anime I've seen (off the top of my head) that make use of other mythologies. Durarara!! of course has a Dullahan (but the actual mythology is almost incidental to the story) and Campione! made use of a lot of Greek myths as well as a bit of Persian. Makes me wonder what attracts Japanese storytellers so much to Norse mythology over any other.


yeah.. it tends towards norse and celtic.


I haven't come across a lot of Celtic mythology used in anime. Other than Durarara, as I noted. Where else is it used?


There's been a few (can't remember off the top of my head) where cu cullhain and Gae Bolg were used (after FSN) that came to mind immediately. with video games, I vaguely remember in Persona 2, that you evolved some of them and I think Susanoo directly evolved into lugh... Any mention of a cait sith is an obvious take. Any mention Selkies, as well.

Last exile named it's ships after famous celtic swords. and I think they had a bit more of a celtic lean as well.

I think Rental Magica and a few others also drew from celtic traditions and druidism.

More likely than not you'll find it in magical based titles... I mean both celtic and norse mythologies are nature based, and systems of magic that rely on nature. It makes a good compliment with shinto based beliefs that are similar yet oh so slightly different.

You see the references more in fantasy, and I don't watch that much of it.

Here's a google book that mentions that in one of the gundam series, that the pulled the names of the gundams from Celtic myths: https://books.google.com/books?id=X6YtQxURSvUC&pg=PA45&lpg=PA45&dq=celtic+mythology+in+anime&source=bl&ots=yhcQShslt5&sig=P-xQs5Qc1lZZQylUlTcVcBAAJwc&hl=en&sa=X&ei=bK3sVJuuBIHfggTV8oDoCg&ved=0CD8Q6AEwBjgK#v=onepage&q=celtic%20mythology%20in%20anime&f=false

it also mentioned the anime title "Spriggan"
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Most western European medieval fantasy settings tend to be based on either Norse or Arthurian mythology. So any fantasy story with a such a setting will generally have some Norse mythology elements.

As for Celtic/Arthurian, Tears to Tiara has some elements. The Seven Deadly Sins also has some warped version of an Arthurian setting. Soul King has a few Celtic/Gaelic references, along with most other things under the sun.

And if you want something completely different, Bleach has an arc based on Aztec mythology.
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I want more World Mythology in my anime please!
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I'm all for japan using different mythology for anime. However in my opinion most shows that try this often just stop at references that can be swapped out for any other mythology without trying to make it feels like its tied in to the myths and legends that makes each unique.


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High School DxD has references for: The Bible, Norse mythology, Greco-roman mythology, King Arthur, Japanese youkai, Journey to the West, and Hindi Mythology. I may have left something...


Welsh Mythology. Ddraig is the symbol of Wales, Albion is the symbol for the English.

Jewish/Western Demonology. Gremory & Sitri are both mentioned in one of the Keys of Solomon. Grigori as the fallen angels grew out of the biblical verses about the Nephilim. (Akeno is one yummy nephilim imho.) Plus the whole magic circle and pact thing.

Medieval epic poetry. Durendal is from Song of Roland. Pretty sure the sword Beowulf used is mentioned at least once also.
Fafnir is form both this and Norse Mythology by being in the Nibelunglied.

Alice in freakin wonderland.

Faust.


With that series just assume you either missed something from any list or will have by the time the next book comes out. Author seems to like his homework.
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With that series just assume you either missed something from any list or will have by the time the next book comes out. Author seems to like his homework.


Yeah, it's hard to keep up with it. He also likes to fool around with the power-ups (Ex: origin of Dress Break).


Akeno is one yummy nephilim imho.


'nods in approval'
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When it comes to anime, prefer when they stick to its symbolic uses, without going heavy on it, very recent example this season is Aldnoah Zero with its odin v loki.
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