As a gamer, naturally the thing I am most familiar with are video games. But the world of anime is one that often crosses with that of video games. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy anime quite a bit, but more often than not I’m drawn to shows like Berserk and Cowboy Bebop and not shows like Haruhi Suzumiya and K-On!. Because of this I noticed that when most people say anime games they think of visual novels. And that’s not okay with me. So please join me on this rant about the different genres of anime games.
Yes there are lots of visual novel games that incorporate the story of an anime or at least have the style of one. Visual novels are the form of video game that can most easily tell the story of an already existing anime series. That is why they have become the face of anime game culture. Some of the visual novels that come to mind are Doki Doki Literature Club, Clannad, Steins;Gate, Danganronpa, Little Busters and of course Hatoful Boyfriend.
Ever since the introduction of the JRPG genre it has grown bigger and bigger. Because the J in JRPG stands for Japanese, it’s not hard to see how the anime culture was integrated into the genre. Anime games in these genres include the Final Fantasy series, Ni no Kuni, the Persona series, CrossCode and many others. Some may argue that these are not “true” anime games but that means that they are not looking closely enough for the influences.
I was fully aware that there are many fighting games with the characters from different anime series. Starting from the age of M.U.G.E.N and including games from the Naruto, Dragonball, One Piece and JoJo’s bizarre adventure series. Other games simply adapted the anime style, like BlazBlue, Guilty Gear, Melty Blood and to some extent Skullgirls. Then there’s Dead or Alive. Some people even consider Street Fighter and Tekken as having slightly anime styles.
The adventure genre has seen a lot of popular hits such as Nostos, The Legend of Zelda and Pokemon Sun and Moon. These famous titles are played worldwide by many and have unforgettable gameplay that leaves an unforgettable experience. While a lot of western titles are hitting the market more and more people are going for the anime style art and environment. Anime fans are going crazy over these games as some of them represent their favourite anime show.
Overall anime games are something that is very unique and captivates the hearts of many. No matter what your age or gender is you will most likely fall in love with one of the anime game titles. These games create a special experience and bring to life wishes people can’t accomplish in everyday life.