These Anime Series Deserve A Great Video Game Adaptation

Have you ever watched an anime and thought to yourself, “I would love to play a video game based on this.” Some anime seems to be screaming for a videogame adaptation. Some of these anime already have games, but many of those either don’t do the shows they’re derived from justice or only ever released in Japan. This list is about developing quality AAA games based on these shows rather than rushed cash grabs. In no particular order, these are the five anime that should be a video game.

1. Kill La Kill

Kill la Kill

Kill la Kill took the community by storm in late 2013 and was quickly labeled “the savior of anime,” with Studio Trigger showing off its Gainax roots. It’s like if Gurren Lagann and FLCL had a drug-fueled one-night stand that resulted in a baby, who grew up to be a magical girl.

Kill la Kill is full of over-the-top action and gratuitous fan service. Its absurdity would make for an entertaining hack-and-slash game in a similar vein to Bayonetta, with combat focused on dodging and performing combos. Platinum Games would be the perfect developer for a Kill la Kill game.

2. Trigun


Ahhh Trigun, now there’s a classic. This manga series stars Vash the Stampede, the man with the $60 billion double bounty on his head. Trouble follows Vash wherever he goes but he refuses to kill, no matter the circumstance. The post-apocalyptic world with a Wild West theme would be a compelling setting for a game and Trigun would make for the perfect open-world third-person shooter with a focus on completing quests, much like the recently released Nier: Automata.

3. Sword Art Online

Swood Art Online

I’m sure anyone who considers themselves an avid fan of anime is familiar with Sword Art Online. Some people love it, while others love to hate it. While I admit I’m not a fan, I do find the “trapped in an MMO” setting interesting; it’s since become a popular trend that was kicked off by this game.

Since the setting of Sword Art Online is a video game, you’d think it would be easy for developers to make a game based on this idea. But this hasn’t been the case, as all SAO games have been mediocre at best, much like the show. A good SAO game would need to be an MMORPG. The player could design their own character with many ways to customize it. Since Final Fantasy XIV was a successful MMO, Square Enix would be the best developer for the job. However, with Square Enix’s habit of releasing unfinished games, my hope is that this prospective player would be a complete product upon its release.

4. Soul Eater

Soul Eater

Soul Eater is one of my all-time favorite anime. The concept of human weapons is fascinating. Meisters and scythes team up to stop evil demons known as kishins. Soul Eater could be a good 2D fighting game. There is a version of this game that exists, but it was only ever released in Japan on the PSP.

The characters all have unique fighting styles that would make for a wide variety of combos and special attacks. While Capcom tends to stick to hack-and-slash games with on-disc DLC, it would be the perfect developer for Soul Eater. Lab Zero Games, whose founders worked on Skullgirls, would also be a great developer for this game, but would perhaps need a company like Bandai Namco or Konami to publish it. Licensing is probably expensive, you know.

5. Highschool Of The Dead


Zombies and boobs — what more could you want? Highschool of the Dead is nonstop action yet heavy on the plot. The fan service may be off-putting for some, but I found it fun to watch, the ultimate guilty pleasure anime. Killing zombies translates well for video games. A Highschool of the Dead game should be similar in style to the Dead Rising series, with a focus on killing zombies using absurd weapons and wearing bizarre costumes. Team Ninja would be a fitting developer for this game, with its expertise in jiggle physics.

Without a doubt, there are hundreds of anime series that would make for fun video games. Which anime do you want to see turned into a game? Leave a comment below.

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