The Akashic Records are, in some New Age circles, held to be a mystical, otherworldly compendium of all knowledge. This is reflected in the etymology: the word "akashic" derives from the Sanskrit "akasha", meaning "sky" or "space". Some even call it the "mind of God". It's been used in mysticism since the nineteenth century.

Fiction, of course, uses it as a [[RuleOfCool cool phrase.]] See GreatBigBookOfEverything, MagicalDatabase and OmniscientDatabase for a more modern interpretation. Also refer to this entire website.

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* At least two characters in ''Manga/TheLuciferAndBiscuitHammer'' either seek or have access to them.
* In ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'', [=AncientWisemon=] has an attack called Laplace's Demon that allowed him to rewrite the past and future by editing the akashic records.
* In ''[[Franchise/DotHack .hack//Link]]'', the story revolves around the struggle to control the Akashic records of "The World", the MMORPG inside the fiction. The manga features rewriting several previous series' character's memories so that they act as their stories began, not as they ended. The game has the character somehow ''travelling through time'' by accessing the oversoul memory of everyone connected to The World. Or...something.
* ''Manga/MiraiNikki'' actually uses them in the same way as myth.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' features the Sword of Akasha, which is being used by the Emperor of Britannia to... Well, they kind of forgot about it after the first season. At least it sounded cool. The sword was likely just the name given to [[spoiler: the physics-defying place where one could use the power of Geass to access The Collective Subconscious, A.K.A. God]].
** It's eventually revealed to be the key to Emperor Charles' [[spoiler:and Marianne's attempted]] [[AssimilationPlot Ragnarok Connection]].
* ''Manga/ZombieLoan'' has an organization called the "Akashic Record Reform Committee" who seem to want to get their hands on and change the records for some purpose.
* In ''Manga/TheKurosagiCorpseDeliveryService'', Yata's alien hand puppet uses the Akashic Records in order to commune with the spirit of a dead goldfish. Yeah.
* In ''Manga/OutlawStar'' the Galactic Leyline is [[spoiler:the Akashic Record, among other things]].
* In the Current PsychoBusters story arc the heroes were told they needed to access these in order to reset the world to how it was before it began to fall apart
* In ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'', the Claire Bible. [[spoiler:It's literally the complete and infinite knowledge of ''a'' god, the Water Dragon King.]]
* Referenced heavily in the {{Nasuverse}} through various means, typically as 'Akasha' or 'The Origin'. Implied to be what most (if not all) magi work towards in their studies, either consciously or not. Those who succeed become Sorcerers, capable of magic that is otherwise utterly impossible, such as TimeTravel and [[AlternateReality accessing alternate realities]]. The Grail in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' can be used to open a gate to Akasha [[spoiler:[[PoweredByAForsakenChild by sacrificing all seven Servants]].]] Also, one of the main characters is [[spoiler:[[AnthropomorphicPersonification an avatar of sorts]] for the Record (Ryougi Shiki from ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai.'')]]
* ''Manga/AngelSanctuary'': Also known as "Heaven's Tablet". Alledgedly, these contain the power that God used and the holder will have control over the universe. [[spoiler: The actual records are a supercomputer located outside time and space. ''[[DeusEstMachina And God]] [[AIIsACrapshoot is its AI]]''.]]
* Referenced frequently in ''OyasumiPunpun'' by Pegasus, and evidently the source of his supposed precognition.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', Yubel uses a spell called [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Akashic_Record Akashic Record]]. It allows the user to draw two new cards, which is always a worthwhile gain. However, the concept of going beyond the known to include the unknown means that if either drawn card has been used at any point in the duel, they're both removed from play.
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* FanFic/FuckTheJesusBeam: Used by Lordguckles to figure out how [=BaROCK=] O.B.A.M.A. was released, and as a DeusExMachina to power up.
* In ''FanFic/TheNuptialverse'', [[AncientKeeper the Keeper's]] duty is to record every detail of the lives of every living being, ever.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In the New Age science fiction novel ''2150 AD'' by Thea Alexander (1971), in 2150 AD society is ordered according to a philosophy called the Macro-Philosophy and they have supercomputers with video screens that can access the akashic records.
* In HorusHeresy novel ''Mechanicum'', a major subplot features [[TheProfessor Forge Master Zeth]] attempting to construct a machine to read [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace the Warp]]. In an inversion of what Warp reading is usually done for (predicting the future), she was trying to create an "Akashic Reader", [[WillingChanneler channeled by hundreds of psykers]], to gain back all scientific knowledge humanity lost over a galactic Dark Age. Unfortunately, it never got off the ground, and in fact was seriously set back when [[PoorCommunicationKills she didn't reveal the full system plans]] of how it would work to her chief assistant.[[note]]The assistant crew was brought in to help with the last and most sophisticated component, but the "power supply" was much stronger than they knew what to calculate for. The backlash killed all of the psykers and nearly destroyed the entire machine.[[/note]] Before Zeth could resume her project, the Horus Heresy came to Mars, which was swiftly embroiled in it's own civil war, in which Zeth, and the plans for the system, was killed, and the Akashic Reader was destroyed utterly.
* In ''Literature/TheImmortalsSeries'', there's an akashic library in Summerland that Ever uses to find out what's wrong with Damen in the second book.
* In Quantum Gravity, the Akashic record is mentioned in the last book. [[spoiler: The artifacts that the cyborgs were made from, and therefore by extension Lila herself, are physical expressions of it]]
* Creator/JorgeLuisBorges' "Literature/TheLibraryOfBabel" takes this idea to its most literal extreme. The library contains every possible arrangement of letters, spaces, and punctuation that will fit in a 410-page book. Unfortunately, too much information is just as bad as no information at all - the inhabitants of the library have no way to index the books. In theory, a true index is hiding in one of the books, but so are millions of false indexes.
* In Creator/MercedesLackey's ''Burning Water'', psychic expert Diana Tregarde uses her associate, who is by nature a medium, to access the akashic record to get information about the ancient history behind the threat they're facing.
* The [[GreatBigBookOfEverything Wizard's Manual]] of the ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series acts as an access point for something like the Akashic Records. Note that it's never referred to as "Akashic", and in one book is actually referred to as a ''database''.
* Akashic records are accessed several times when people astral travel in K.K. Savage's ''Literature/NationOfTheThirdEye''. In this science fiction novel, the Hall of Records is a place in the astral world where people can access past-life experiences.
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* In season two of the television series ''{{Series/Eureka}}'', director of Global Dynamics Allison Blake discovers that through a freak accident, her son Kevin is able to access and control what they refer to as the "Akashic Field."
** Actually, this story element is [[{{Foreshadowing}} foreshadowed]] in the pilot episode. Specifically in the first few minutes. When Susan Perkins is in bed, yelling at her husband, take a look at the topic of her reading material.
* In the ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' episode "They're Everywhere", the plot revolves around demons wanting to find the knowledge contained in the Akashic records.
* In ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'', the Gaia Library which Phillip ([[spoiler:and later Wakana]]) can access is said to be the sum of the Earth's knowledge on all subjects, making it a combination of this trope and TheLifestream.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'' features the Akashic Brotherhood, a magical Tradition with a tendency to consult the Records, a well-established expertise with Mind magic... and [[FullContactMagic kung fu]].
** In the follow-up universe ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'', the Daksha Legacy can consult the Records with their third eyes. Initially, they can only read the past; at their highest levels of power, they can read what is yet to come as well.
* ''{{Exalted}}'' has the Procedures of Creation, containing literally all of Creation's natural science and thaumaturgy in a library bigger than a city.
* Arcana Evolved ([[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons D&D]] 3.5 variant system) includes a class called the Akashic, whose abilities come from having access to the universe's group memory.
** The ''Immortal's Handbook'', a D&D 3.5 fan supplement for extremely high level gameplay, refers [[NoticingTheFourthWall to the RPG books used by the players]] as the Akashic Records, with the suggestion [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou that the characters might have to stop someone from attempting to control or re-write them by killing the DM.]]
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In various media by [[{{Nasuverse}} Type-Moon]] the ultimate goal of the magi of the Mage's Association is to find a path to obtain the Akashic Records. Another name for this in the {{Nasuverse}} is The Origin, and also the goal of every magus. Fundamentally, the Akashic Records is a database for the world's history, and serves as a place where souls are recycled. The reason why no mage has ever reached Akasha is mainly due to the [[GaiasVengeance Counter Force]], a protective energy that repels and destroys those who attempt to interfere with the balance.
** Close contact with the Akasha through near-death experience may provide that person with an extremely rare ability called "Mystic Eyes of Death Perception", which currently, only [[VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}} two]] [[Literature/KaraNoKyoukai characters]] in the multiverse possess. Specifically, it allows the user to see the Akashic record of the predetermined "death" of a person or object in the form of lines and cut the object in pieces by tracing the line with a cutting tool of any size and/or sharpness, even hands, or outright [[OneHitKill kill the object (or person) by stabbing them in their "point of death", erasing them from existence]].
** The original goal of the [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Holy]] [[Literature/FateZero Grail]] [[VisualNovel/FateHollowAtaraxia War]] was to reach "the origin" which, unsurprisingly, is Akasha. The Holy Grail is a means to channel The Origin's powers by pulling Heroic Spirits from the Akashic Records and make them fight as Servants in the war. When all seven Servants are returned to the Grail, it will access the Akashic Records and allow the granting of one wish through the temporary omnipotence of the Grail.
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' there is a weapon called the Akashic Record, which appears as a book with a handle, wielded like a shield.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', there is a physical skill called "Akasha Arts" that can be used in combat. It doesn't really have anything to do with the Akashic Records, it just hits things.
* ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne'' has Hijiri, who actually finds the Akashic Records and thoroughly studies them to gain knowledge about the demonic realm. At first he just does this for survival and to help you out, but eventually he becomes drunk with power and declares his intent to use what he's learned to create a Reason, thus entering the competition to make a better world. [[spoiler:Unfortunately his attempt to backstab you is cut short when he is suddenly captured by Isamu, then used as a sacrifice to empower ''his'' Reason]].
* ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor2'' has the [[EldritchAbomination Septentriones]] be the servants of the Keeper of the Akashic Records. Depending on player choices, one can either create a new world through the power of the Records, boot the current Keeper into oblivion, set someone else in his place or outright rewriting reality back to how it was before the Keeper decided to start messing with the world. [[spoiler:No, [[LiteralGenie that literally is what you can do]]. The akashic records in this game are a compendium of concepts and ideas made into files for the entire world, and each individual file can be "selected" and "deleted" if necessary by Polaris. This is also why The Void is appearing: the files for these records were erased since nothing is there and it needs new data. [[MindScrew Literally]].]]
* In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'', the SuperRobot Cybuster, aside from being able to access the Akashic Records via the in-built Laplace Computer, has a LimitBreak known as the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-tREeJRQDQ "Akashic Buster"]], which, mind you, probably has nothing to do with the actual records themselves. [[RuleOfCool But, hey, it sounds cool...]] Actually elaborated upon in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha 3''; various infinite energy sources like [[GetterRobo Getter Rays]], [[SpaceRunawayIdeon Ide]], and PsychicPower are aspects of the Akashic Record...also known as ''Fate''.
* The song ''Almagest'' in ''VideoGame/{{Beatmania}} IIDX 17th style SIRIUS'' has this as its genre title. Considering how quite a few bemani songs have [[RuleOfCool ridiculous genres as it is]], it really didn't register on the fandom's radar.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', "Akashic Torment" is one of Sync's [[LimitBreak mystic artes]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Dominions}} 3'', this Astral spell reveals all magical sites within a province.
* In ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes2DesperateStruggle'', Akashic Points are used to travel to other dimensions to fight certain assassins.
* The records also appear as an item available for points scored in multiplayer games in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyThe4HeroesOfLight''.
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* ''TheDragonDoctors'' had this; Kili the shaman accessed the specific Akashic records used by the long-dead first incarnation of the Hearts Society to research what happened to their patient, an unfortunate young woman who'd been trapped in a cave and turned to stone for 2000 years.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* One season finale of ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' featured the already defeated BigBad going after a literal and physical version of the Records and rewriting it so that they were never defeated in the first place thousands of years ago. The good guys are only able to undo (or detect) the damage because [[spoiler: sneaky little Jade accidentally tore out a physical piece of the Records just before the change was written into it; the piece just happened to contain the description of ''her'' becoming a force for good against the Big Bad.]]
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