Manga: Peacock King
In Japanese, "Kujaku-Oh", an anime and manga series. The manga ran mostly from 1985 to 1992 (with a new manga in 2006). It stars a main character Kujaku, a modern-day Buddhist monk who fights. using magic, enemies based around Buddhist myth. The anime was five OAVs, which were translated for the US market out of order as "Spirit Warrior". There were also two Hong Kong movies.
This series provides examples of:
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Buddhist ki-and-bead shooting monks ala Donovan vs nazi-summoning demons, demon-summoning nazis, demonic nazis, cybernetic demonic nazis with Gatling arms, and a bishounen vampire nazi robot who isn't even aware he's a robot. And it's done in an incredibly serious and dramatic fashion. Yes, really. There's absolutely no comedic value behind any of it as opposed to some of the lunacy in Fullmetal Alchemist. And at one point the nazis went to war with one of the demon lords. And won!