Video games have a sketchy history with adaption. Sometimes they're god awful, occasionally they can be pretty good, but ultimately they nearly always fail to live up to box office expectations. Perhaps it's because they rely too heavily on the source material. In saying that though, there's one other medium that benefits from a close relationship with #VideoGames much more kindly than traditional film or TV: #Anime!
The 7 Best Anime For Video Game Fans To Dive Into
Anime explores gaming in a number of different ways, with protagonists that are avid players or through tropes and themes we've come to expect from interactive entertainment—and these elements make it super easy to jump ship. Maybe you're not into anime that much, but if you're a gamer, you might want to set aside some time for this lot! Without further ado, here are seven of the best anime for gamers.
1. 'Log Horizon'
Without warning, 30,000 gamers are transported into the world of Elder Tale, a popular online MMORPG. Yet the rules have changed for these gamers; they are now their avatars, but rather than trying to escape, they look to make things more comfortable in their new world. That's how #LogHorizon kicks off, and it just gets better. It's so damn good.
Watch if you like: Politics, MMORPGs or Catpeople
2. 'Persona 4: The Animation'
We've already discussed how Persona helped spawn an anime—two in fact—but it's the characterization given to our previously blank slate protagonist that makes both Persona 4: The Animation and Persona 4: The Golden Animation such a joy to watch.
Watch if you like: Persona 4... obviously.
Btooom! is basically the anime equivalent of what you'd get if you mixed Call of Duty with Battle Royale, Ryouta Sakamoto is one of Japans top video game players, but things get a lot more deadly when he's taken to an unidentified island and forced to play a life of death version of that same video game.
Watch if you like: Battle Royale, fan service and mind games.
4. 'Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai Kara Kuru Sō Desu yo?'
Generally I'm a fan of short anime, which is why the 10 episode Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai kara Kuru Sou Desu yo? (Mondaiji, or: Problem Children Are Coming from Another World, Aren't They?) was such a pleasant surprise. Three extra-ordinary teenagers who are bored with their mundane lives are brought to the world of Little Garden where they play a number of high-stake games to help out their community. It's not as nonsensical as the title... kind of.
Watch if you like: No Game, No Life since the premise is pretty similar. But Mondaiji is an under-appreciated gem that actually came out a year before. Also check it out if you like Bunnygirls.
5. 'Re:Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu'
Also known as Re:Zero Starting Life In A New World, it follows the story of Natsuki Subaru who is transported to a fantasy world. Rather than being imbued with magical powers, Subaru finds himself having to adapt to his new reality with the stuff he brought with him: nothing. It's only after being violently murdered that he discovers his potential to rewind time upon dying, but how many times can one person experience death without it taking a toll on them?
Watch if you like: Waifus, being in on one of 2016's biggest trends and respawning.
6. 'KonoSuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World!'
After dying a rather pathetic death, Kazuma Satou is given the opportunity to proceed into the heavens or be reincarnated in a fantasy world. Like any true gamer, Satou chooses the latter—but living in a fantasy world isn't as simple as one might think, especially when you're not the hero.
Watch if you like: Great character interactions and light-hearted comedy.
7. 'Sword Art Online'
Sword Art Online is the quintessential video game anime—at least if you watch the first half of the debut season. Set in a future where technology has advanced to a stage where players control their in-game avatars with only their thoughts, VR plus if you will, this is one hell of a ride for a gamer.
Ten thousand players are trapped in the virtual world of Aincrad and the only way to escape is to clear all 100 floors of the game. There's a pretty heavy caveat though, die in the game and you die in real life... heavy.
Watch if you like: Harem anime where the protagonist isn't a complete jerk and MMORPGs.
Considering the amount of times I've wiped in MMOs, I don't fancy my chances in the world of Sword Art Online, but I'm more than happy to watch a few episodes—at least until things get weird.
Do you have a favorite anime based on video games? Or perhaps just a favorite anime in general?