23 Anime, Cartoons and Graphic Novels inspired by Greek Mythology

Ulysses

1. Ulysses 31 (French-Japanese Animated series)

1981-1982, 26 half-hour episodes

This futuristic myth is about Odysseus (known as “Ulysses” in Latin) and his son, Telemachus, trying to make it back to earth in their spaceship after destroying the giant metallic Cyclops, which has angered the Greek Gods.

The French-Japanese animated TV series, Ulysses 31, is thankfully available with English sound.

Every fan of Greek Mythology should see this very imaginative anime. Ulysses 31 is set in space in another weird universe making it very mysterious like a dream that only Morpheus could conjure up.

One of my favourite scenes in this brilliant anime is when Hermes makes a surprising appearance when you least expect it.

 

Here’s a list of the episodes with International English titles – French titles:

Ulysses 31 – Animated series episodes:

English Title:
1. Vengeance of the Gods
2. The Black Sphere
3. Flowers of Fear
4. Chronos, Father of Time
5. The Lost Planet
6. Guardian of the Cosmic Winds
7. The Eternal Punishment
8. Mutiny on Board
9. Secret of the Sphinx
10. Temple of the Lestrigones
11. Trapped Between Fire and Ice
12. The Seat of Forgetfulness
13. Songs of Danger
14. Phantoms from the Swamp
15. Before the Flood
16. The Magic Spells of Circe
17. The Hidden Truth
18. Lost in the Labyrinth
19. At the Heart of the Universe
20. The Magician in Black
21. The Lotus Eaters
22. City of Cortex
23. Strange Meeting
24. Rebellion on Lemnos
25. Calypso
26. The Kingdom of Hades
French Title:
1. Le Cyclope (The Cyclops)
2. Heratos
3. Les Fleurs sauvages
4. Chronos
5. La Planete perdue
6. Le Coffret des vents cosmiques (Aeolus)
7. L’Eternel recommencement (Sisyphus)
8. La Revolte des compagnons
9. Le Sphynx (Sphinx)
10. Les Lestrygons
11. Charybde et Scylla (Charybdis and Scylla)
12. Le Fauteuil de l’oubli
13. Les Sirenes (The Sirens)
14. Le Marais des doubles
15. La Deuxieme arche
16. Circe, la magicienne
17. Neree ou la verite engloutie (Nereus)
18. La Labyrinthe du minotaure (Minotaur)
19. Atlas
20. Le Magicien noir
21. Les Lotophages
22. La Cite de Cortex
23. Ulysse recontre Ulysse (Ulysses)
24. Les Revoltees de Lemnos
25. Calypso
26. Le Royaume d’Hades (Hades)

2. Mythic Warriors: Guardians of the Legend (Animated series)

1998-2000, 26 episodes (Canada)

 

Mythic Warriors Season 1:
1. Andromeda: The Warrior Princess
2. Hercules and Iolas
3. Odysseus: The Journey Home
4. Perseus: The Search For Medusa
5. Jason and the Argonauts: The Search for the Golden Fleece
6. Persephone and the Winter Seeds
7. Icarus and Daedalus
8. Odysseus and Circe
9. Atalanta: The Wild Girl
10. Prometheus and Pandora’s Box
11. Bellerophon and Pegasus
12. Theseus and the Minotaur
13. The Labours of Hercules
Mythic Warriors Season 2:
1. Psyche and Eros
2. Odysseus and the Trojan Horse
3. Odysseus and Penelope: A Kingdom Lost
4. Hercules and the Golden Apples
5. Cadmus and Europa
6. Jason and Medea
7. Damon and Pythias
8. Castor and Pollux
9. The Hounds of Actaeon
10. Phaeton: The Chariot of Fire
11. Androcles and the Lion
12. King Midas: The Golden Touch
13. Hercules and the Titans: The Last Battle

3. Jason and the Heroes of Mount Olympus (French Animated series)

2002, 26 episodes

 

Jason and the Heroes of Mount Olympus – Animated series episodes:

1. Orion’s Belt
2. Meeting with Medusa
3. Jason and the Harpies
4. Sea No Evil
5. Jason and the Sirens
6. No Man’s Land
7. Forge of Vulcan
8. Treasure of Trouble
9. Last of the Atlanteans
10. Unity is Strength
11. Changer in the Midst
12. Sting of the Scorpion
13. Lost in the Labyrinth
14. Indiscipline
15. Horseplay on Mt. Olympus
16. Danger in a Strange Land
17. Sleepless on Mt. Olympus
18. The Cyclops
19. Fast Feud
20. Laughter of the Sphinx
21. Close Companion
22. The Pipes of Pan
23. Calypso’s Challenge
24. The Golden Fleece
25. Gaze of Gorgons
26. Day of Destiny

4. Percy Jackson and the Olympians – The Graphic Novels

Percy Jackson Graphic Novel

I’m not really sure whether I should be recommending the Percy Jackson graphic novels to you.

Everyone should read all of the books first because the books are so amazing that your imagination will come to life. Checkout the graphic novels after you’ve read the books.

  • The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters: The Graphic Novel
  • The Titan’s Curse: The Graphic Novel
  • The Battle of the Labyrinth: The Graphic Novel
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians The Last Olympian: The Graphic Novel

5. Saint Seiya (Japanese Anime series)

1986-1989, 114 episodes (also known as Knights of the Zodiac)

Saints have sworn to defend the reincarnation of Athena in a power struggle against the Greek Gods who want to rule the earth.

The young spirited Seiya is another hopeful who has trained long and hard for the Sacred Armor of Pegasus so he too can become one of Athena’s saints. This was a very popular anime in the 80s.

6. Olympus Guardian (Anime movie and TV series)

2005, 87 minutes (South Korean Animated series)

This animated fantasy/action movie based on Greek mythology was created from an anime series with the same name.

Olympus Guardian Anime

The original series of Olympus Guardian (2002-2003) ran for 39 episodes.

Olympus Guardian episode 2

7. Class of the Titans (2005-2008)

2 Seasons, 52 episodes

8. Disney’s Hercules: The Animated Series

1998-1999, 67 episodes (Hercules TV Series IMDb Page)

Hercules and the …
1. Apollo Mission
2. King of Thessaly
3. Secret Weapon
4. Assassin
5. Big Kiss
6. River Styx
7. Techno Greeks
8. World’s First Doctor
9. Pool Party
10. Prince of Thrace
11. Tapestry of Fate
12. Living Legend
13. Return of Typhon
14. Owl of Athens
15. Girdle of Hippolyte
16. Bacchanal
17. Underworld Takeover
18. Comedy of Arrows
19. Hostage Crisis
20. Disappearing Heroes
21. Argonauts
22. Drama Festival
23. Phil Factor
24. All Nighter
25. Song of Circe
Hercules and the …
26. Trojan War
27. Dream Date
28. Big Games
29. Jilt Trip
30. Falling Stars
31. Golden Touch
32. Minotaur
33. Son of Poseidon
34. Twilight of the Gods
35. Griffin
36. King For a Day
37. Pegasus Incident
38. Big Sink
39. Big Lie
40. Prom
41. Spartan Experience
42. Complex Electra
43. Long Nightmare
44. Arabian Night
45. Aetolian Amphora
46. Romans
47. Yearbook
48. Odyssey Experience
49. Grim Avenger
Hercules and the …
50. Spring of Canathus
51. Big Show
52. Tiff on Olympus
53. First Day of School
54. Visit From Zeus
55. Driving Test
56. Parents Weekend
57. Prometheus Affair
58. Hero of Athens
59. Caledonian Boar
60. Epic Adventure
61. Poseidon’s Cup Adventure
62. Muse of Dance
63. Kids
64. Gorgon
65. Green-Eyed Monster
Hercules Zero to Hero

Hercules: Zero to Hero (Episodes 66-67)

9. Wonder Woman (2009)

DC Animated Movie, 75 minutes

The Amazons defeat Ares, the God of War, and hold him prisoner on the hidden island of Themyscira. The day comes though when he escapes.

 

Wonder Woman comic books:

  • Wonder Woman Archives: Volume 1-4
  • Wonder Woman Volume 1: Gods and Mortals

Best Anime Greek Mythology Hermes Winds of Love

10. Hermes: Winds of Love (Anime movie)

1997, Japanese Animation, 117 minutes

Hermes attempts to remove Crete’s King Minos from power in this loose adaption of Greek mythology. As a nice change Hermes is partnered with Aphrodite.

11. The Olympians (Graphic Novels)

By George O’Connor

Greek Mythology Graphic Novels Aphrodite

A graphic novel series which focusses on one particular Greek God or Goddesses at a time.

  • Olympians Book 1: Zeus: King of the Gods
  • Olympians Book 2: Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess
  • Olympians Book 3: Hera: The Goddess and Her Glory
  • Olympians Book 4: Hades: Lord of the Dead
  • Olympians Book 5: Poseidon: Earth Shaker
  • Olympians Book 6: Aphrodite: Goddess of Love
  • Olympians Book 7: Ares: Bringer of War
  • Olympians Book 8: Apollo: The Brilliant One
  • Olympians Book 9: Artemis: Wild Goddess of the Hunt
  • Olympians Book 10: Hermes: Tales of the Trickster
  • Olympians Book 11: Hephaistos: God of Fire

12. Hercules and Xena – The Animated Movie: The Battle for Mount Olympus (1998)

This animated cartoon is based on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess. Both of these television shows were cult hits back in the 1990s and early 2000.

Hercules and Xena The Animated Movie The Battle for Mount Olympus Animated Cartoon

13. Metamorphoses (aka Winds of Change) (1978)

Animated cartoon, 80 minutes – Japanese Title: Hoshi no Orpheus (Orpheus of the Stars)

 

Five ancient Greek myths are retold:

1. Perseus cutting off Medusa’s head.
2. Actaeon is turned into a deer for observing a bathing Goddess.
3. Hermes appears in a tale of envy.
4. Orpheus descends into Hades in an attempt to bring back Eurydice.
5. Phaeton loses control of the sun God’s chariot.

Best Manga Olympos

14. Olympos (Manga)

2007-2009, Manga with 12 Chapters (also known as Olimpos or Olympus)

Apollo imprisons Ganymede, the handsome Trojan prince, in the Garden of the Gods. Why you may ask? Read Olympos and find out.

15. It’s a Greek Life (1936)

Animated short, 7 minutes

 

Mercury (Hermes) wants his winged shoes repaired by the centaur smithy.

16. Pegasus, The Flying Horse

Voiced by: Mia Farrow

This was one of 6 animated stories made in the early 1990s which was part of the Stories to Remember compilation. Another story which is part of this animated series is Beauty & the Beast.

Animated Story Pegasus The Flying Horse

There’s a DVD available from Amazon with both stories on it.

Here’s a preview of Pegasus, The Flying horse

Here’s the full 24 minute story of Pegasus, The Flying Horse

17. Space Sentinels (1977)

Greek Myth Animated Series Space Sentinels

1977, 13 episodes (Originally titled The Young Sentinels)

A trio of superheroes including Hercules, Mercury and Astrea, band together to protect mankind from Morpheus and other antagonists.

1. Morpheus: the Sinister Sentinel
2. The Time Traveler
3. Space Giants
4. The Return of Anubis
5. The Prime Sentinel
6. Loki
7. The Sorceress
8. The Wizard of Od
9. Fauna
10. The Jupiter Spore
11. Voyage to the Inner World
12. The World Ship
13. Commander Nemo

Space Sentinels – Intro (Opening)

18. Arion (1986)Arion Anime 1986

118 minutes

The feature film tells the story of Arion, who as a child was taken by Hades, God of the Underworld. He’s told Zeus is responsible for the hardships.

Here’s a review of Arion (1986).

It’s based on the Manga (1979-1984) written and illustrated by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko.

19. Hercules (Animated Movies and TV series)

Cartoons about Hercules started with The Mighty Hercules. Many of the episodes also had a moral teaching about them.

The Mighty Hercules (1963-1966)

128 very short animated episodes that were shown on television in the 60s and 70s.

 

The Amazing Feats of Young Hercules (1997)

Disney’s Hercules (1997)

20. Russian Greek Myth Animations

Most of us will have to watch the Greek myth animations with English subtitles.

Atlas Hercules Olympus Animated Cartoons

Five Greek myth animations below were directed by the same woman, Alexandra Snezhko-Blotskaya (1909-1980):

1. The Return of Olympus (1969) (aka Heracles)
2. The Labyrinth (1971)
3. Argonauts (1971)
4. Perseus (1973)
5. Prometheus (1974)

Five Greek myth animations were directed by Anatoly Petrov (1937-2010):

1. Heracles and Admetus (1986)
2. The Birth of Eros (1989)
3. Daphne (1990)
4. The Nymph Salmacis (1992)
5. Polyphemus, Acis and Galatea (1996)

21. Mischief of the Gods (Japanese Anime)

2014, 12 Episodes – Known as Kamigami no Asobi in Japanese

Zeus sets up a school for the Gods, so they can learn what it feels like to be human.

 

There’s also a visual novel of the same name.

22. Reign: The Conquerer (Japanese Anime series)

1996-1997, 13 episodes (also known as Alexander Senki)

It’s also available as a 90 minute film. Released on October 7, 2000.

The bizarre tale of Alexander, the son of Philip II, king of Macedonia and Olympias.

Here’s the English opening of Reign The Conqueror, the story of Alexander The Great.

23. The Godyssey (Comic Book)

The Greek Gods are pissed off with Jesus Christ, which is understandable.

 

This is why the Greek Gods and Goddesses rule. They encourage imagination.

A Timeline of Special Mentions:

Here are some more stories containing Greek mythology references that could be of interest.

The Centaurs (1921) 3 minutes – A short animated clip that survives from a lost 1921 film called “The Centaurs” by Winsor McCay.

Playful Pan (1930) – A Silly Symphonies animated Disney short film. Pan comes to earth.

King Neptune (1932) 7 minutes – Silly Symhonies. King Neptune sends an array of sea creatures to help rescue a mermaid who has been captured by pirates.

The Goddess of Spring (1934) 9 minutes – Silly Symphonies. In this case they have portrayed Hades, God of the Underworld, as the devil.

The Golden Touch (1935)

Disney’s Fantasia (1940) – Hopefully the real Dionysus doesn’t look anything like this cartoon character.

Mighty Mouse in the Trojan Horse (1946)

Popeye Meets Hercules (1948)

The Story of King Midas (1953) – Puppet Animation, 10 minutes

Created by Ray Harryhausen, the genius behind the most awesome Greek myth movie ever made, Jason and the Argonauts (1963).

Shazam! (1974-1977) – 26 episodes

Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury offer wisdom to a young hero in the making. This TV show blends Greek myth animation with real life actors. This opening intro is great.

https://youtu.be/VNlV4AoxgL0

 

Run, Melos (1981)

Little Pollon (1982-1983) – Unfortunately doesn’t seem to be available in English.

The Odyssey (1987) – This cartoon by Burbank Films Australia is about 60 minutes long. Click here to play The Odyssey.

Pygmalio (1990-91)

Fire From Olympus (Batman: The Animated series) (1993, Episode 60) – Maxie Zeus steals an experimental weapon.

300 (Graphic Novel) (1999, Author: Frank Miller) – 300: Comparing the film to the comic

Sailor Moon (1995-2000) – Offers some Greek mythology references.

What’s New, Scooby Doo?: It’s All Greek to Scooby (2004) –  Shaggy purchases a mysterious amulet that causes a pestering archaeologist and centaur to pursue him.

Heroic Age (2007) – 26 episodes, Anime TV seres. Based around stories in Greek mythology, especially those involving Heracles and his twelve labours.

Wrath of the Titans (2010) – Animated film

Gods & Heroes – Netflix has supposedly ordered 8 episodes, with a release date still to be announced. Hopefully it might be released sometime in 2019.

Greco-Roman mythology in Marvel Comics as shown in Wikipedia. Characters include: Achilles, Ares, Artemis, Athena, Hebe, Hecate, Hera, Hercules, Hermes, Midas, Minotaur, Neptune, Pluto (Hades), Typhon, Venus and Zeus.

Olympian Gods (DC Comics) – Greek mythological figures appeared primarily in Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel, and Aquaman comics. Refer to Wikipedia: Olympian Gods in DC Comics

On top of all this there are heaps of Youtube videos and other video sharing sites offering a huge variety of animations based on Greek Mythology themes. There are literally hundreds of short animated Greek myths you can watch online.

Whatever Greek myth you’re interested in will most likely exist in animated form online. Say for instance you want to see a video about Pandora’s box, just type in Pandora’s box followed by Anime, Animation or Cartoon in Google.

The biggest problem will be finding the best video to watch. The same thing applies to all of the other Greek myths including that of Narcissus and Echo.

This awesome list of Anime, Cartoons, and Graphic Novels inspired by Greek Mythology should keep you pretty busy for a while anyway.

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