Unlike anime adaptations, anime game adaptations often provide an enjoyable experience for existing fans as well as newbies. The reason is that instead of adapting each scene of the story available in the game, these types of anime often contribute to the worldview of the original game, or even help viewers better understand the characters and general story of the game. game.
When experiencing a certain game, players will have many factors to pay attention to such as gameplay systems, graphics, sound… Therefore, they can sometimes distract from the story being told, or simply It’s simpler than skipping dialogue, cutting scenes to quickly go to the next level. Game makers may also have to trim stories to save costs, or balance play and watch. In anime, on the other hand, the story is the most important factor that viewers need to pay attention to, and the production team has more time to elaborate on more issues.
Whatever the reason, quite a few anime adaptations of games can end up providing a new, engaging experience for fans even if it may not be quite the same as what they’ve been playing. . If you’re looking for quality anime based on video games (not counting visual novels and gacha), then you’ll want to try the names below.
Not only adapting the story in the game with slight changes, the anime “Danganronpa” also adds interesting details about the original worldview. The first season of this anime closely follows the first game. But the second season not only adapts part of the second game, but also adds a new story that happens after the events of both games. Simply put, this anime is like the indispensable accompanying content of the original game.
“Cyberpunk: Edgerunners” is proof that an anime adaptation of a game can turn out to be a great product with its own niche. This anime doesn’t actually adapt the specific story of the original game “Cyberpunk 2077”, but tells an original story that also happens in that world. So the general audience can comfortably follow the story in the anime even if they have never played the game, but the knowledge from the game will help add context to many situations.
Nier: Automata Ver1.1a
Yoko Taro is a game maker with strange creative thoughts, able to bring unexpected things into his products. The anime “Nier: Automata Ver1.1a” adapted from the game of the same name also reflects that, as it brings small to large changes compared to the original game. Although the story in the anime is quite clear and the animation quality is good, if you just watch the anime, viewers who have never played the game may feel like they are missing some important information.
“Gungrave” is not a very popular game series, so it is not surprising that viewers who have seen the anime of the same name do not know the existence of the original game. The anime content adapts the story of the first game released in 2002, revolving around the revenge journey of the main character nicknamed “Beyond the Grave” after being resurrected from the dead. With the character system designed by Yashiro Nightow, the author of “Trigun”, “Gungrave” brings a feeling that is both familiar and different.
“Pokemon” can be considered as the most successful anime adaptation of games of all time, to the point that if someone misunderstands the opposite, it is not strange. With thousands of TV episodes and countless theatrical movies, the anime “Pokemon” has created separate records, successes and contributed significantly to turning “Pokemon” into a multimedia entertainment brand. Convenient with millions of fans of all ages around the world.
Tales of Zestiria the X
Before “Tales of Zestiria”, anime adaptations of the “Tales of” franchise were usually short OVAs that briefly told the game’s story or just about a specific moment. “Tales of Zestiria the X” is the first anime series adaptation of the “Tales of” franchise with a total of 26 episodes, and it has left a good impression on fans trying to expand the exploration of the characters. objects and add depth to the game’s main story.
“Valkyria Chronicles” is a tactical RPG game that combines an anime graphic style with unique gameplay mechanics. The game’s story and visuals already offer an anime-like experience, so adapting this game seems like a no-brainer. The anime version tells the story in a more seamless, brilliant way, and can make viewers feel more emotional and attached to the lovable characters in the chaotic war context of “Valkyria Chronicles”.
Monster hunting games often don’t have compelling storylines, and “God Eater” is no exception even though it tries to write a strange story with personality characters. In the anime version, “God Eater” spends more time exploring the background and development of the characters instead of the overall story, combined with beautiful battle scenes that are enough to please fans of the anime. original game.
Devil May Cry
Dante of the “Devil May Cry” franchise has all the necessary elements to become the main character of an action anime such as possessing many combat weapons, impressive costumes, and especially attitude. “regardless of life” but always tacitly interested in others. Therefore, the anime adaptation of this game brings a very natural feeling to the viewer. Furthermore, it does not use the story of any other game, and tells a story of its own, adding to the worldview of “Devil May Cry”.
“Sengoku Basara” is Capcom’s answer to the “Dynasty Warriors” franchise, or to be more precise, “Samurai Warriors”, by Koei Techmo. This series of games is set in the fierce Warring States period of Japan, and depicts famous samurai with supernatural powers, literally “an enemy of ten thousand people”. The game’s success has led to several seasons of interesting anime adaptations that properly convey the character’s uniqueness to audiences, both die-hard fans and new viewers alike.
“Shenmue” is considered a classic in the world gaming industry as it pioneered the true open world game genre. The anime adaptation of this game acts as a bridge between the two old games and the newly released third part in 2019. Specifically, the anime tells a shortened story of what’s important happened before so that the New fans who want to play “Shenmue III” don’t have to search for two old games.
The “Disgaea” anime adapts the plot of the first game released in 2003 with some minor changes to make things more cohesive. Despite having a rather engaging and humorous story with a diverse cast of characters, the visual quality and art style of this anime is unimpressive and even looks dated over time. However, it is still a good choice in case the audience wants to learn about the world of “Disgaea” but does not want to play the game.
Before “Sword Art Online” was born and everyone was crazy about the setting of trapped in the world of virtual reality gaming, the “.hack” brand had been at the forefront since the early 2000s with both video games and anime. transform. In it, the anime “.hack//Sign” tells its own story in the same virtual reality game world called The World, giving fans a different perspective. This also means that you can watch the anime “.hack//” without playing any games.
“Xenosaga” was an extremely ambitious RPG series on the PlayStation 2 generation, but eventually had to reduce the original plan to produce 6 games down to 3 consecutive games. Its anime adaptation tells the story that took place in the first game. However, the anime version has changed and compressed many events to fit the content in a single season because the producer has no plans to do the next seasons.
The story of the game “Scarlet Nexus” is not easy to adapt to anime as it requires the player to play twice, each time choosing a main character to get the full perspective. So the anime adaptation can feel like it’s biased towards one side. But overall, it’s an anime adaptation that follows the original game’s entire story with good visuals, and contributes to expanding the content around a large cast of characters that players may not notice at all. in the game.