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- In Hitogatana, hihi'irokane is a metal which responds to human thought. The Katana combat androids are created with hihi'irokane cores which allow a human operator to transfer their soul into the Katana and control it.
- In Kamunagara the protagonist wields a magic sword made of hihi'irokane, which is said to be a metal capable of absorbing souls.
- The Sword Of Roaring Flames Yagyu Jubei revolves around Yagyu Jubei fighting Nue with bodies made of hihi'irokane, which is so hard that it can only be cut by a sword made from the same substance. The story's title in Japan is "Hihi'irokane: Jubei Guren Ken".Translation
- In Shaman King, the Futsu-no-Mitama sword ("the Antiquity" in the English anime) is an ancient blade whose red color and affinity for souls suggest it was made from hihi'irokane, though it looks more like polished stone than metal.
- Spriggan has rogue KGB agent Koichi Moroha uses a Hihiirokane-made sword in the Fire Orb arc, which was made to take out Yu Ominae's Orihalcon combat suit. It, however, cannot break anything made out of OOPArt-type metals.
- Hidan no Aria has a number of types of Irokane ("Colored Metal") with supernatural powers. Hihi'irokane exists in the form of the eponymous Scarlet Bullet (Hidan) embedded in Aria's body, which is responsible for her red-pink hair and eyes.
- In a chapter of Touhou Kourindou ~ Curiosities of Lotus Asia, Marisa hears about the properties of hihi'irokane and asks Rinnosuke to use some of his limited stock to upgrade her battered Mini-Hakkero. Rinnosuke agrees in exchange for Marisa's collection of scrap metal, which unknown to her contains the Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi. For further irony, the Kusanagi itself is described as being made of hihi'irokane.
- Tenra Bansho Zero features hihi'irokane ("scarlet steel" in the English translation) as an extremely hard but malleable metal created from soulgems, which has "a delicate golden-red color, like a mixture of twilight and crimson". It's an important component of Magitek due to its ability to conduct spiritual energy, and gemblades are forged entirely from it. It's also mentioned to be known in distant lands as Orichalcum.
- While Dungeons & Dragons does not feature hihi'irokane by name, it has a number of materials with similar properties:
- In the Red Steel setting of 2nd Edition, the eponymous metal is a highly-magical material created when cinnabryl absorbs the energies of the Red Curse. Weapons crafted from Red Steel combine the offensive advantages of both Silver and Cold Iron with the durability and light weight of Mithril, and always count as enchanted. In the 3.5 update, weapons and armor crafted from Red Steel are always masterwork quality, and require 75% the normal amount of XP to enchant as magic items.
- In the Magic of Incarnum supplement for Edition 3.5, items crafted from Pentifex have "a peculiar brushed-gold color that carries hints of red and brown" and are strongly associated with incarnum (soul energy). However, this is due to their use as a symbol of The Pentifex Order (an organisation that regulates the use of incarnum) rather than a property of the metal itself, which is functionally identical to steel.
- In Yu-Gi-Oh!, the card Metalfoes Crimsonite is themed after Hihi'irokane, as part of the set's Metallic Motifs. Interestingly, each of the Metalfoes based on Fantasy Metals are powered-up versions of cards based on real metals (Silver -> Mithril, Gold -> Orichalcum, Steel -> Adamant), and Crimsonite is placed as the upgraded version of tungsten.
- Appears a number of times in the Final Fantasy franchise, where English translations usually render the name as "Scarletite".
- In the Soul Series "Hihiirokane" is a recurring unlockable weapon for Yoshimitsu, consisting of a katana and wakizashi forged from that metal.
- In The World Ends with You, Hihi'irokane, Orichalcum and Tektite pins can be traded to shops in exchange for special items; like the Final Fantasy example, Hihi'irokane was translated as "Scarletite" in the English release.
- In White Knight Chronicles, the Hihiirokane Dagger is the strongest purchasable dagger in the game.
- Hihi'irokane appears as a crafting material in the smartphone MMORPG Iruna Online.
- Onigiri features a Hihiirokane Bell and the Hihiirokane Cudgel weapon.
- Appears in the Shin Megami Tensei franchise and its spinoffs as a material which can be crafted into weapons.
- Chrono Trigger's Dreamstone may have been inspired by hihi'irokane, being a crystalline red material used by ancient civilisations to craft magic items (including an apparently metallic sword).
- Azure Striker Gunvolt: One of the crafting materials you can find is a Hihiirokane Shard.
- Hihiirokane is used in the armor of the Murakumo Units, and also makes up the "gold" portions of Hakumen's Susanoo Unit.
- Jubei's brother Tomonori owned a soul-cutting katana actually named Hihiirokane, which can take different forms depending on the wielder. It first appears in Blaz Blue Phase Shift 1, before becoming an important Plot Device in BlazBlue Central Fiction.
- Gensou Shoujo Taisen, being a Touhou fanwork, gives Marisa the hihi'irokane version of her Mini-Hakkero (see the Literature section above) as a Mid-Season Upgrade in the third game. However, in this version of the story, the addition of hihi'irokane causes it to become an Empathic Weapon which Marisa cannot master without further Character Development. Hihi'irokane also appears as an equippable item which boosts HP, armor, accuracy and critical rate.