Japanese Anime Meets Egyptian Mythology In These 4 Shows

Japanese Anime Meets Egyptian Mythology In These 4 Shows

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The occult world of Egyptian mythology has inspired creators around the world for decades, from one of Marvel’s latest series, ‘Knight of the Moon’ (2022), to Gerad Butler’s 2016 film “Gods of Egypt”, there is an array of references and inspirations drawn from ancient Egypt in media around the world. Inspiration from Egyptian mythology was not limited to Western media; anime (Japanese animated series) also drew inspiration from it, and characters from various series and stories encounter Egyptian gods and mythical characters.

One of the most unique storytelling mediums, anime offers an immersive viewing experience as it relies as much on its animation style as it does on the script to tell its tale. It’s a Japanese art form, with a ‘distinctive narrative and visual aesthetic‘ – its lightning-fast action, fascinating characters and unconventional storytelling appeal to many people. Many Egyptians know anime from the acrobatic football tricks of Captain Maged to the energy rush of Sabek w Lahek (“The Racing Brothers”, “Let’s and Go”; 1999).

Here are four Japanese anime shows where Egyptian mythology meets anime — and ancient Egyptian myths and legends come to life.

Yu Gi Oh!

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Egypt plays a big role in the Japanese mega-series “Yu-Gi-Oh!” (1998). There are various references to ancient Egypt, including the ghost of an Egyptian pharaoh named Atem. The connection between the pharaoh and the main character, Yugi Mutou, unfolds through a series of events, where Yugi Mutou possesses an ancient Egyptian relic called the “Millenium Puzzle”. Yugi’s rival, Seto Kaiba, is named in honor of Adjust, the evil brother of Osiris and the god of the desert. There are also references to the Egyptian goddess Isis, which inspired one of the characters’ names, Ishizu Ishtar.

Dragon Ball: Super

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In ‘Dragon Ball’ (2013), the series follows twin brothers Beerus and Champa, who are both gods of destruction and are inspired by Egyptian mythology, as they engage in feuds and rivalries. They are often likened to Anubisthe jackal head god, worshiped as god of the dead. They are also compared to Sekhmetlion head goddess revenge and divine retribution. Their feline heads seem to be inspired by a balance between the two gods.

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusader

In ‘Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders’ (2014), the main characters meet the High Priestess and the Nine Egyptian Gods of Glory, nine characters inspired by Egyptian gods. The Nine Gods of Glory, based on Geb, Thoth, Khnum, Anubis, Bastet, Sethan, Osiris, Horus, and Atum of ancient Egypt, act as the antagonists, who are called upon to find and fight the crusader in the series , the protagonists, who emerged on the banks of the Nile.

Kamigami No Asobi

Kamigami No Asobi (“Play of Gods”, 2014) is a novel-turned-animated series about an average schoolgirl who finds herself sent to another dimension where she is confronted by gods from different cultures. Through a series of events, she is responsible for teaching love to the various gods. The series not only features Anubis and Thoth from Egyptian mythology, but also delves into characters from Greek, Japanese and Norse mythology.

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