As the title asks. One of my most well-developed settings draws quite a bit from Japanese mythology. Onmyodo, races like Kitsune and Oni and all manner of things from the myths and tales of Japan are preset in the setting. The issue? It's not earth. It is not fantasy Japan. It is a fantasy world seperate from earth that draws inspiration from Japanese mythology rather then western lore. However, while it takes a lot from Japanese mythology, it is inspired most be anime, and this is where a lot of the issues start. It is a science fantasy, dystopic setting that draws not only from Japanese mythology, but anime. It draws so much from anime that, I fear, since it is a novel written by a westerner and not a manga or novel written by a Japanese author, that it will be seen as a bastardization of Japanese mythology and culture when it is not meant to actually be a realistic portrayal of those things. While the story uses Japanese mythological creatures and Japanese terms, it plays with them in big ways and takes them in directions that while rooted in Japanese mythology have a much grander, more fantastical twist. Also, while the Kami are present as spirit races like Kitsune, Kodama ect... the Japanese pantheon of high Kami/deities like Sussano', the sun deity, Tsukyomi, the moon deity etc.. are very much absent from the story, to the point such names are never even mentioned. Even further, due to not being fantasy Japan and having a heavy anime influence, the characters of the story do not look all that Japanese. They do not look like Europeans either, mind you, but they are all more or less designed to look like something out of an anime or manga and are not described as having any blatantly "Asian" physical traits.(Sans for the outfits on some of them) Thus, while a Japanese author, or even a western comic book artist who draws in a manga-type style could most likely get away with such a setting without accusations, I fear that my position as a western writer of 100% textual stories would lead people to see this setting as a western bastardization of Japanese mythology and culture when that's not my intent. It is a FANTASY story inspired more by the worlds and conventions of Japanese anime then actual real Japanese culture; I am not looking to create a story in an accurate version of mythological Japan. I am looking to create a story in a fantasy world of my own design that is inspired by both anime and Japanese mythology. However, I fear that due to the story not being an actual manga and my status as a westerner that the anime influence of it will be used as a pretext to label it a bastardization of Japanese culture and mythology when that is not my intent in the slightest. So I turn to all of you. While the Japanese mythology aspect of the setting is very prevelent, a lot of it can be changed to be more western in nature by changing names and altering the races. Japanese-style Dragons can become western style ones. Kitsune can become an "original" magical anthropomrophic fox race who just have one tail and never grow more. Onmyoji can become mages or wizards with an elemental magic system. "Oni" can become more typical western demons and "Kodama" can become nature spirits or even dryads. Changes like that would not really hurt the actual narrative of the story. The core plot can exist with the mythological elements being western in nature rather then Japanese. However, what is lost by "westernizing" this world is the uniqueness of the setting. The feel, the fresh take and also the heavy shout out to anime all would be lost if this world was westernized, and I love how I imagine this fantasy world in my mind because of that mythological and anime influence from Japan. Take that away and this world just feels a lot like the setting of the Shadowrun RPG system. However, my fear of the story being considered a "bastardization" is so great that I have seriously contemplated purging the Japanese-mythological elements from the world. However, I really don't want to do that as this setting loses it's magic to me without those elements, so I am not sure what to do. What do all of you here think I should do? Should I throw my fear of the setting being labeled a "bastardization" and write the world that I want? Or are my fears realistic and should I "westernize" this setting or just abandon it all together and work on other projects that don't carry this issue?