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  • The Akashic Records

    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.

    Angel Sanctuary

    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.

    Black Butler

    The Cinematic Record acts much like the Akashic Record would in recording the human life.

    Digimon Frontier

    The Digimon, Ancient Wisemon, can rewrite the records by using an attack called Laplace’s Demon.

    Future Diary

    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.

    Nasuverse (Fate/Project)

    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.

    Outlaw Star

    The Galactic Leyline is the same as the Akashic Record.

    Oyasumi Punpun

    The records are brought up a lot in this series by Pegasus and is what he uses to gain his precognitive powers.

    Psycho Busters

    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.

    Yu-Gi-Oh! GX

    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.

    Zombie Loan

    There is an organization called the Akashic Record Reform Committee (ARRC) who are attempting to get a hold of the records for some reason.

  • Grim Reapers of Kuroshitsuji

    Grim Reapers of Kuroshitsuji


    AKA: Shinigami

    Primary Power: Soul collection

    Identified Divisions and Departments: Main Branch, General Affairs Department, Personnel Department, Dispatch Management Division, London Division, Grim Reaper Staffing Association ,Human Resources Department, and Collection Division

    Grim Reapers Abilities: Enhanced Power and Speed, Enhanced Endurance, Animal Communication, Soul Collection, Cinematic Record, and Rewriting the Present


    Grim Reapers are divine beings that have supernatural abilities. They basically decide whether you live or die. The idea of Grim Reapers or Shinigami’s are very popular in the anime world. Kuroshitsuji is no different. In the series, four have been introduced so far. They handle the reviewing and reaping the souls of humans. There is a list that they use to review these souls. The Grim Reaper Dispatch Society is the place this all occurs. People from other departments give these lists to the Grim Reapers. These lists are handed out before the human actually dies, so this entails that they can foresee somewhat into the future. Grim Reapers are not allowed to kill anyone not on the list. The Personnel Department is in charge of telling the Grim Reaper what location to go to. They do this without being seen by the Grim Reapers. They also hate demons and have for a very long time. This is best known when William T. Spears interacted with Sebastian Michaelis.

    The Killing Process

    A Grim Reaper must remain emotionless to humans as well as being neutral overall. Most humans are allowed to die unless they have further business on Earth that is beneficial to mankind and Earth. When they are done with a kill, they must fill out a report as well as a reflection letter. This is then sent to the Main Branch back at base. There are those who do break rules though. Punishments are set into place to prevent this. There are no known details other than Grell saying it involved a demotion and possibly having their scythe confiscated.

    Grim Reapers and Their Death Scythes

    The main purposes of a Death Scythe is a weapon and to collect souls. The slice of a scythe can sever the link of the human soul and their memory. It basically ends their life. It can cut through anything including other Grim Reapers, but not another Death Scythe.

    Each scythe looks different for each Grim Reaper. Some do not even fit in the time era of Kuroshitsuji (ie. the chainsaw). They may not modify their scythe without permission.

    They can be used to look at the humans Cinematic Record. This how they decide whether or not that person should live or die.

    What is this Cinematic Record?

    The Grim Reaper may view the person’s life by viewing the Cinematic Record. This how they decide whether they live or die. When it is showing, it is basically a movie of their life. It documents all of their fondest and worst memories. When the person dies, their record ends as well. Their is an ‘end mark’ that appears in their Cinematic Record at their death. It can be manipulated though. One can make fake records for any human. This leaves the human soulless most of the time. Not only can Grim Reapers view them, but Angels and Demons as well. Demons are shown to have a Cinematic Record as well.

    Death Bookmark: Another Useful Tool

    This is a bookmark that Grim Reapers use to stop a humans events from further happening when placed into the book.

    Identified Grim Reapers


    Grell Sutcliff


    William T. Spears


    Ronald Knox



    Eric Slingby

    Alan Humphries


    Lawrence Anderson



  • Genre Talk: Dark Fantasy

    The Dark Fantasy Anime Genre

    Popularity: 8/10 (USA), 8/10 (Japan)

    Commonly mixed with Horror and Supernatural.

    “Don’t you think it’s beautiful? That rosy red that spreads only where the body is wounded. Shall I paint you in that lovely red?”

    – Ophelia


    As a sub genre of Fantasy, a lot of creatures tend to show up in this anime genre. There will usually be werewolves, vampires, and even sociopaths as the main characters. Due to this, it shows the monsters point of view and usually extreme violence and blood can be seen. This genre is also used to retell old children’s stories as a horror. Sometimes the story will be Japanese folktales as well as fairytales of the west. In most cases the Dark Fantasy genre will stick to medieval like features (ie. castles, knights, lots of lush lands). The other popular time of choice is the 1800s London scene.

    Examples of Dark Fantasy


    The story follows a Guts and Griffith. Griffith is the leader of the Band of the Hawk, a band of mercenaries, and Guts is one of his men. They hunt the Apostles (demonic creatures) and kill them.


    This anime follows the vampire Alucard. He works for the Hellsing Organization under Integra Hellsing. They are attempting to take down the Millennium and Vatican section XIII.

    Black Butler

    Ciel and his demon butler Sebastian, completed missions for the Queen of England. Ciel sold his soul to Sebastian seeking revenge for the unjust death of his parents.

  • Black Butler: Book of Circus (Anime) Review

    Black Butler: Book of Circus Anime Review

    Black Butler: Book of Circus

    Ladies and gentlemen welcome! This is the humble yet awesome review of Black Butler: Book of Circus. Please enjoy the show!


    Prologue Book of Circus

    Black Butler: Book of Circus

    The story follows the exploits of the young Ciel Phantomhive at the sunset of the XIX century London. The city whose apparent light is the diamond of the Royal Queen Victoria. A creeping darkness lies behind that light and Ciel, together with his devilishly impeccable butler Sebastian. They investigate and solve various secret cases given by the Queen that require a certain “modus operandi”. The young man’s soul is filled with vengeance, his family betrayed and pride tarnished, Ciel plans on discovering the truth behind the death of his parents. After the gruesome case of Jack the Ripper, the duo are ordered to investigate a mysterious circus and the mass disappearance of children. It seems that under the curtain, someone wears a jubilant mask to hide sinister intentions.

    Did you all take your seats ? Then let us begin ! The review will analyze various aspects of the show according to: Animation, Characters, Sound, Story and Personal Enjoyment.


    Animation and Art of Book of Circus

    Score: 8/10

    Black Butler: Book of Circus

    The first and second seasons were released respectively in 2008 and 2010 and the animation was highly satisfying for these two, the same can be said for Book of Circus. Even though it’s not a vast difference there is a visible improvement, especially in the use of lights and fast movements. The show really shines because of its prestigious artistical values, costumes and backgrounds. One of the few sequels of the 2014 that surpass its predecessors in animation quality and production values.


    Characters of Book of Circus

    Score 8/10

    Black Butler: Book of Circus

    The characters are surely one of the strongest points in Book of Circus, both new and returning characters fare more than splendidly. Even though Black Butler is not known for deeply psychological and original characters, we can’t deny how they all blend so well together. Sebastian is how he should be, a massive and diabolic troll. Ciel is more developed compared to the older seasons; his exploits and funny moments made him an enjoyable character, and his personal development sees the young earl gradually become a man. The new characters were well done: great back story, excellent character design and personality, especially my favs Doll and Joker.


    Soundtrack and Acting of Book of Circus

    Score 9/10

    Black Butler: Book of Circus

    Having a different composer compared to the past seasons, Book of Circus can boast a wonderful thematic soundtrack and a stunning voice acting that sees the return of the old glories and the debut of new. It features joyful, classical, instrumental and traditional choral themes the most, with shades of melancholy and darkness all over the soundtrack (fitting perfectly to the show’s storyline). The iconic folk tune “Over the Hills and Far Away” makes everything much more meaningful as it is important to understand fully the new characters from the Noah Circus. The old seasons fared more than well in soundtrack, and even though it’s debatable that the new OST is better or not, I can say it fits the series as well or even more than the previous ones.


    Storyline and Pacing of Book of Circus

    Score 8/10

    Black Butler: Book of Circus

    Book of Circus aimed at continuing the original show in the point where it followed an alternate route straying from the manga, and I say it was done very well. Even though it’s just 10 episodes, the show finds a good balance between story and pacing that eventually adapt splendidly to this arc of the manga. Fight scenes, comical gags, explanatory sections, character expositions, they were entertaining to say the least. The only times where the pacing was not that perfect was the occasional “tutorials” that went back to the previous seasons.


    Personal Enjoyment of Book of Circus

    Score 9/10

    Black Butler: Book of Circus

    We’re approaching the end of the review, this is the purely objective part of it. This is the worthy score for a series of only 10 episode, where much longer series did not come close. Victorian London is one, if not, my favorite modern European period, its decadent environment, its costumes are highly suggestive and stylish. The cast has returned, the old characters were better than ever, the new ones were amazing too. Excellent balance between funny and dark parts that spiced everything up very well.The animation was not a disappointment at all. An OST that is worthy of the past scores by Taku Iwasaki and is very memorable, absurdly fitting for this arc. You will laugh, you will cry but now I must bid you good bye.


    Ladies and Gentlemen the show is over.

    Final Score 8.4/10

    – Humble Reaper from Anime Amino, Italy (Sicily)

  • Black Butler: Book of Circus (Anime) Review

    Black Butler: Book of Circus Anime Review

    Black Butler: Book of Circus

    This anime is a side story to Black Butler. To fully understand the plot and the story you should watch the first season. It is not necessary to watch the second season; however, if you watch it you might be confused because Book of Circus takes place before the second season. I was highly looking forward to this anime and had high hopes.

    I was thinking that it would be not as popular as the official seasons and it was just more like a fun season. I was also hoping that the animation was similar to the past two, and it was. To say at least, there was no disappointment.


    Plot of Black Butler: Book of Circus


    In the 19th century, children began to disappear in England. Ciel is called once again by the Queen. He is her watchdog and embarks on the mission to find the missing children. Along with him is Sebastian Michaelis, his demon butler. They focus on a circus that has arrived in town recently. There they get more than what they were searching for as well as a bit more of Ciel’s dramatic past. They start to suspect the performers and find out a huge secret of theirs. Can’t go on much more with out laying out some huge spoilers.


    Characters of Black Butler: Book of Circus


    Black Butler: Book of Circus

    Ciel Phantomhive is the main character of the Black Butler series. He took over his father’s company at a young age. He is quite notorious throughout English for being the Queen’s watchdog. Since he had to be an adult at such a young age, he has a hard exterior that only Sebastian can see through. The heir made a pact with Sebastian when he was about to be sacrificed and through these events, they hold a special relationship. Ciel won’t let anyone see his weaknesses and often receives help from his butler. He joins the circus under the name “Smile” and acts nice to prevent his social status from being revealed.


    Black Butler: Book of Circus

    Sebastian Michaelis is a demon that also is the butler of Ciel Phantomhive. He follows all the orders that is given and gets things accomplished at a super human pace. Sebastian is protective of his master and won’t let anyone get in his way. He joins the Circus under the name “Suit” after getting too friendly with the tiger at a show. To make sure Ciel got into the circus, he performed his “superhuman” traits so confuse the eyes of people watching. He has a well known saying of “I am one hell of a Butler”.


    Black Butler: Book of Circus

    Joker is the leader of the circus. He is quirky and wants everyone to be safe and to have fun. He is hiding a secret not only from Ciel and Sebastian, but the other members of the circus as well!


    To my surprise, I liked this anime more than I originally thought. It was very strong and it impacted me on a deep level. There was more to this story then a circus or the missing children.



    Blood and sexual thoughts are present as well as mature ideas.


  • Character of the Week: Ciel Phantomhive

    Ciel Phantomhive

    Black Butler
    Ciel Phantomhive

    Anime: Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji)

    Age: 13

    Parents: Rachael and Vincent Phantomhive

    Origin: London
    Race: Human, Demon (anime only)


    Ciel Phantomhive

    Ciel is the son of an extremely wealthy household named ‘Phantomhives’. As a young boy (at least 10) the manor that he lived in burned down and he was taken away to become ‘pure’, his parents died in the fire and were put together as one by the angel Angela, Angela is seen numerous times in Kuroshitsuji. After, Ciel is captivated in a cage with many other lords and he is force fed disgusting mixtures and horrible foods.
    Ciel eventually becomes so depressed that he begins to plead and beg to be saved by someone. This ‘someone’ turns out to be a demon who makes a contract with Ciel to be his butler and serve his every wish until it’s time to eat his soul.
    Ciel has a betrothed (as seen in episode/chapter2) named Elizabeth Midford, she is the same age as Ciel and is always dressing him in crazy clothes. Ciel doesn’t want to marry Elizabeth for he sees her as annoying and is always trying to have her own way with him.