The best anime worlds are the ones that make everything believable, especially the ones that come with their own detailed cultures and stories. A good way to reflect this is to endow these anime worlds with their own legends and mythologies. Detailed captions can be a good way to draw audiences to an anime, especially if the series’ captions turn out to be true.
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That said, the lore of some series is more real than the characters or viewers realize. Whether it’s a completely fictitious set of beliefs or based on pre-existing ones, these stories take on a life of their own.
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10 One Piece – The unique piece is a tangible treasure
Before the timeskip, One Piece it took place in what has been retroactively called the Golden Age of Piracy. This period began after Gol D. Rogers challenged the world to find his treasure, the mythical One Piece, and take his place as King of the Pirates. After years of futile searching, One Piece fell into myth when the disillusioned pirates gave up.
During the Parameter War, Whitebeard used his dying breath to confirm that the One Piece was real. This rekindled the pirates’ motivation and ushered in a rebellious New Age of Piracy. What exactly One Piece is has yet to be revealed, but mangaka Eiichiro Oda assured fans that it was a physical reward, not something abstract like friendship.
9 Attack On Titan – There really was a world beyond the walls
Before the truths of the outside world were revealed, it seemed that the walled cities of Paradis Island were humanity’s last refuge from the Titans. Throughout their lives, Eren, Armin, Mikasa, and everyone else who lived in the walled cities believed that claims in history books about an outside world were either disproved or fictitious.
As the contents of Grisha Yaeger’s basement reveal, Paradis was not just a small island nation, but a penal colony for the descendants of Ymir (that is, the Eldians) that the world despised. Although the Eldians did not realize it until later, the very existence of the Titans also proved that their myths and religions dedicated to founder Ymir were indeed historical fact.
8 Fushigi Yuugi – Miaka Yuki experienced Chinese mythology for herself
Fushigi Yuugi owes its very existence to Chinese culture and mythology. Through Miaka Yuki and Yui Hongo, the series gave viewers the opportunity to experience it for themselves. When Miaka and Yui leafed through a copy of “The Universe of the Four Gods”, they did not realize that the mythology book was a text and a historical portal.
Miaka found herself in a kingdom that looked a lot like royal feudal China, only now with its fantasies and myths come true. For example, the kingdom is collectively ruled by the Four Auspicious Beasts, and each of the four gods has Heavenly Warriors at their disposal that are based on the Chinese astrological signs and their meanings.
7 Inuyasha – Japanese mythical creatures and spirits existed in the past
Something that many fans can forget about Inuyashais that it is actually a time travel story. Instead of to another world, the Pit of the Bone Eater transported Kagome Higurashi from present-day Japan to her former feudal days, where yokai (short for Japanese ghosts and spirits) and magic were a normal (though dangerous) part of the world. daily life.
Kagome’s fantastic adventures took place 500 years in the distant past, which means that all the legends and myths of Japan are real, but were forgotten by the passage of time or adapted to modernity. Furthermore, the Shinto religion was more than just a faith, as it was one of the most powerful forms of magic of this time.
6 The Fate series – All legendary and mythical figures are real
All versions of the franchise Fate focus on the Holy Grail War, in which the Masters and their chosen loyal servants face off. While the Masters are normal people, their Servants are figures straight out of history, including famous heroes and villains who are considered mythical in modern times.
Shirou Emiya’s servant, Artoria Pendragon, is the true King Arthur from British legend. Other servants are the Greek demigod Hercules, the Mesopotamian hero Gilgamesh, the ancient gorgon Medusa, and others. This means that by extension all of the world’s popular heroes and even legendary artifacts like Excalibur exist in Fate.
5 Flamenco Samurai – Superheroes and supervillains were created of their own free will
Superhero fiction is one of the most enduring forms of modern myth-making, but in Samurai Flamenco is about something real . What started out as Masayoshi Hazama’s genuinely heroic, if overly enthusiastic wish to live out his Sentai hero fantasies became all too real, as seen in the arrival of alien invaders and powerful supervillains.
All this thanks to The Will of the Universe, the closest thing to God, which granted Masayoshi’s wish when, unknowingly, he invoked his power using the prayer “Flamenco” for his superhero alias. This explains how Masayoshi went from being a costumed vigilante to a true superhero (with powers) in the span of a few episodes.
4 Agent of Paranoia – An urban legend came true because of the pent-up guilt of the people
In the Tokyo of Paranoia Agent, rumors about a skater boy armed with a golden baseball bat were very frequent. Shonen Bat (or Lil ‘Slugger in the dubbing) seemed to attack randomly, but his victims had one thing in common: they welcomed the attacks. It turned out that Shonen Bat was not a youthful sadist, but the escapist wishes of his victims come true.
Originally, cartoonist Tsukiko Sagi invented Shonen Bat to cover up her carelessness that led to the death of her childhood pet dog. Somehow, Shonen Bat came to life and followed Tsukiko to Tokyo, where he grew stronger thanks to the population’s desire to escape the hardships of life or to avoid taking responsibility for their sins.
3 Berserk – Evil incarnate was born from the darkness of humanity
Is easy to confuse Berserkwith a stark, albeit realistic epic of knights and lords, and not with a dark fantasy, because the supernatural takes time to enter. Just like in the real Middle Ages, Guts and everyone else believed that monsters like dragons and demons were fictional, while higher powers were just a religious idea.
The Gang of the Hawk realized the supernatural was real after fighting Nosferatu Zodd, and the Hand of God exposed how insignificant mortality was in the larger cosmos. The manga further revealed that all of this was made possible by The Idea of Evil: the sensitive collection of humanity’s collective imagination and the desire to blame “evil” for their suffering.
2 Devilman Crybaby – The biblical fall of Satan occurred millennia ago
Christianity is the most widespread religion in the world, and nowhere is it clearer than in the anime. Many anime are inspired by the Bible or take it up again. An example: Devilman Crybaby it is actually the seinen representation of what happened to Satan after his failed rebellion against God and his subsequent exile on Earth.
Devilman Crybaby it was set in present-day Japan, where the fall of Satan and everything biblical is not taken at face value. Not only was the Bible a fact, but Earth was the personal hell of an amnesiac Satan. Here he was doomed to regain his memories, to burn the world and regret his actions in an endless loop.
1 Death Parade – The Last Judgment took place in a real afterlife
At first sight, Death Parade it looked like the anime equivalent of Saw. In this case, the bartender Decim, without any emotion, forced customers to compete with each other in devious games of life and death. The truth is that Decim was not a sadist, but the final judgment of his bar patrons, as the Quindecim was actually the afterlife.
In simpler terms, the Quindecim was Purgatory, and Decim’s games were his means of judging who deserved reincarnation or banishment to non-existence. Death Parade It does not address any particular religion, instead reflecting on the pursuit of an afterlife that rewards those who live morally and punishes the wicked.