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 cool phrase. See Great Big Book of Everything, Magical Database and Omniscient Database for a more modern interpretation. Also refer to this entire website.
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Anime & Manga
- At least two characters in The Lucifer and Biscuit Hammer either seek or have access to them.
- Shows up in Vampire Hunter D. Those who can read them know the future. Those who can write or rewrite them can change reality. Surprisingly, D can flat out No Sell them and rewrite them
- In Digimon Frontier, AncientWisemon has an attack called Laplace's Demon that allowed him to rewrite the past and future by editing the akashic records.
- In .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.
- Future Diary actually uses them in the same way as myth.
- Code Geass 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 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' and Marianne's attempted Ragnarok Connection.
- Zombie Loan 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 The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, Yata's alien hand puppet uses the Akashic Records in order to commune with the spirit of a dead goldfish. Yeah.
- In Outlaw Star the Galactic Leyline is the Akashic Record, among other things.
- In the Current Psycho Busters 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 Slayers, the Claire Bible. 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 Time Travel and accessing alternate realities. The Grail in Fate/stay night can be used to open a gate to Akasha by sacrificing all seven Servants. Also, one of the main characters is an avatar of sorts for the Record (Ryougi Shiki from Kara no Kyoukai.)
- Angel Sanctuary: Also known as "Heaven's Tablet". Alledgedly, these contain the power that God used and the holder will have control over the universe. The actual records are a supercomputer located outside time and space. And God is its AI.
- Referenced frequently in Oyasumi Punpun by Pegasus, and evidently the source of his supposed precognition.
- In Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Yubel uses a spell called 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.
- A funny reference in episode 22 of Space Dandy where a music shop is named "Akashiku Records" (with "records" in the sense of vinyl discs).
- 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 Horus Heresy novel Mechanicum, a major subplot features Forge Master Zeth attempting to construct a machine to read the Warp. In an inversion of what Warp reading is usually done for (predicting the future), she was trying to create an "Akashic Reader", 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 she didn't reveal the full system plans of how it would work to her chief assistant.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. Can't have nice things happening in the 40K universe, after all...
- In The Immortals Series, 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. The artifacts that the cyborgs were made from, and therefore by extension Lila herself, are physical expressions of it.
- Jorge Luis Borges' "The Library of Babel" 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 Mercedes Lackey'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 Wizard's Manual of the Young Wizards 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 Nation of the Third Eye. In this science fiction novel, the Hall of Records is a place in the astral world where people can access past-life experiences.
Live Action TV
- In season two of the television 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 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 Charmed episode "They're Everywhere", the plot revolves around demons wanting to find the knowledge contained in the Akashic records.
- In Kamen Rider Double, the Gaia Library which Phillip (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 The Lifestream.
- Mage: The Ascension features the Akashic Brotherhood, a magical Tradition with a tendency to consult the Records, a well-established expertise with Mind magic... and kung fu.
- In the follow-up universe Mage: The Awakening, 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 (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 to the RPG books used by the players as the Akashic Records, with the suggestion that the characters might have to stop someone from attempting to control or re-write them by killing the DM.
- Warhammer 40,000 has the Black Library, hidden in the depths of the webway, which supposedly holds all secrets of the universe, but can only be entered to those who have "mastered the Warp within themselves". Seeing how in real life, Black Library is Games Workshop's publishing house...
- In various media by 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 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 two 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 kill the object (or person) by stabbing them in their "point of death", erasing them from existence.
- The original goal of the Holy Grail 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.
- Kingdom Hearts:
- In Kingdom Hearts II there is a weapon called the Akashic Record, which appears as a book with a handle, wielded like a shield.
- The Book of Prophesies, introduced within Kingdom Hearts X, serve as this for the entire universe in everything but name. It has information about things that was, things that is, and things that will be and, according to Maleficent via a retroactivelly added scene within Kingdom Hearts Coded, one can, among other things, create new worlds simply by adding onto it.
- In Persona 3 and 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.
- Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne 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. 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.
- Devil Survivor 2 has the Septentriones be the servants of the Administrator of the Akashic Records. Depending on player choices, one can either create a new world through the power of the Records, boot the current Administrator into oblivion, set someone else in her place or outright rewrite reality back to how it was before the Administrator decided to start messing with the world. No really, 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, and where there is no data, only absolute nothingness remains.
- In Super Robot Wars, the Super Robot Cybuster, aside from being able to access the Akashic Records via the in-built Laplace Computer, has a Limit Break known as the "Akashic Buster", which, mind you, probably has nothing to do with the actual records themselves. But, hey, it sounds cool... Actually elaborated upon in Super Robot Wars Alpha 3; various infinite energy sources like Getter Rays, Ide, and Psychic Power are aspects of the Akashic Record...also known as Fate.
- The song Almagest in beatmania IIDX 17th style SIRIUS has this as its genre title. Considering how quite a few bemani songs have ridiculous genres as it is, it really didn't register on the fandom's radar.
- In Tales of the Abyss, "Akashic Torment" is one of Sync's mystic artes.
- In Dominions 3, this Astral spell reveals all magical sites within a province.
- In No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle, 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 Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light.
- In Final Fantasy Type-0, the Akashic Records contain information about all magic in existence, as well as doubling as a Tome Of Prophecy And Fate. According to in-game bios, no human should have the ability to read them, but Queen was able to do so with some difficulty, and it's implied that the rest of Class Zero can do so as well. At some point, their mentor figure even tells them that they have the ability to "write" the last few pages.
- In Ys IV (Mask of the Sun / Memories in Celceta) the Akashic Records is not a book, or even a collection of them. Rather, it's a big spherical artifact that contains all the world's blueprints including the world's history and future events planned. The Mask of the Sun is the master control key that can not only allow the wearer to obtain its vast knowledge, but can forcibly rewrite the record. The Akashic Records permanently shut itself down when the Mask of the Sun was destroyed.
- In Ar tonelico, the Akashic Record is a rare item that is supposed to be like a CD for a 3D holographic projector, but since the technology for using it properly has been lost, it's only used now for crafting.
- And in its prequel series Surge Concerto, it's been explicitly stated once by the creators that accessing the Seven Dimensions (Space, Time, Possibilities, Qualia and World) that form its world setting is pretty much like perusing the Akashic Records of that universe.
- The Dragon Doctors 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.
- After the fourth "Breaking", about 600 years before the series, a "cyber-shaman" encoded instruction manuals on science into the Akashic records in order to speed up the rebuilding of civilization.
- One season finale of Jackie Chan Adventures featured the already defeated Big Bad 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 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.