The Akashic Records
There are many anime’s (and manga’s) that often go over the Akashic Records topic. The one that might come to your mind is Black Butler.
This article was written to explain what the Akashic Record actually is and what it does. I will also go over a few anime’s (and manga’s) it appears in and how it applies to that anime.
A Little History
The word akasha comes from Sanskrit and was coined in the 19th century. The word akasha means space, sky, or luminous.
Akashic Records show up in theory with theosophy and anthroposophy. They are basically collections of thoughts and events that are encoded in a realm of existence that is not physical called the astral plane. There is no actual proof that the Akashic Records exist. H. P. Blavatsky summed up the records as being a life force of some kind. She goes on to explain that astral light records the past and future of the thoughts and actions of humans.
While describing this please note that she never used the term akashic. Alfred Percy Sinnet is recorded as attributing the term akashic record. It wasn’t until C. W. Leadbeater that the term became truly associated with the idea. He also stated that the akashic records was something a clairvoyant could read.
Alice A. Bailey once said:
“The akashic record is like an immense photographic film, registering all the desires and earth experiences of our planet. Those who perceive it will see pictured thereon: The life experiences of every human being since time began, the reactions to experience of the entire animal kingdom, the aggregation of the thought-forms of a karmic nature(based on desire) of every human unit throughout time. Herein lies the great deception of the records. Only a trained occultist can distinguish between actual experience and those astral pictures created by imagination and keen desire.”
So what anime’s have the Akashic Records appeared in and to what degree?
The plot basically revolves around controlling the Akashic Records.
The Akashic Records are known as Heaven’s Tablet in this series. The real records are on a supercomputer outside of time and God is an AI. Those who have a tablet can access the power of God.
The Cinematic Record acts much like the Akashic Record would in recording the human life.
The Digimon, Ancient Wisemon, can rewrite the records by using an attack called Laplace’s Demon.
The Akashic Records are their diaries in a way.
The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service
The character Yata uses a goldfish puppet to talk with the dead.
The Lucifer and Biscuit Hammer
Two characters have access or are seeking the Akashic Records.
The Akashic Records are mentioned heavily through out the Fate series. Magi’s work to gain access to these to able to use spells such as time travel. If all seven servants are sacrificed, the Holy Grail can open the gate to Akasha.
The Galactic Leyline is the same as the Akashic Record.
The records are brought up a lot in this series by Pegasus and is what he uses to gain his precognitive powers.
The characters are told to gain access to the records to reset the world before it ends.
The Claire Bible is the complete knowledge of the Water Dragon King, a god.
Vampire Hunter D
There are some characters who can read them and others who can change them. D is able to do both.
The character Yubel has a spell called Akashic Record. Those who use this spell can draw two new cards, but if the card has already been drawn you lose both.
There is an organization called the Akashic Record Reform Committee (ARRC) who are attempting to get a hold of the records for some reason.