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.
Hack and Slash
Some hack and slashers are undoubtedly anime games. Like the Berserk game and the God Eater series. Others have some anime influences, like Nier:Automata. Then there are games that just make you feel like the main character of a shonen show. Those would be Bayonetta and Devil May Cry.
There are a bunch of anime games that include cards in some way but none of them are as big as the one that started the TCG craze. Yu-Gi-Oh!. It was a cultural phenomenon and is probably the reason why we have newer card games like Hearthstone. And the games are an inseparable part of the anime, making the Yu-Gi-Oh games the perfect anime games.
More than I can count
When I think about it the Pokemon series are technically anime games. And both Okami and Okamiden are considered anime games. And Catherine and Yomawari. Since we counted Dead or Alive earlier, it’s only fair to include the Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball. Although I’m not sure in what genre that game would even go. Speaking of games with unclear genres, Yume Nikki is kind of like an anime game. Furi has a very anime style. And there are plenty of more games based entirely on anime. Like Attack on Titan and Sword Art Online. Man, my brain is about to explode from all these games. I hope that now you are convinced in the diversity of anime games out there. Click here if you want to read more about these kind of games.