6 Anime Worlds That Deserve Games (and Game Reboots) of Their OwnJan 19, 2020 | 1 Votes by Mikhail 10 rate Anime universes are huge worlds with untapped potential and can be the setting of potentially awesome games. Here are some that deserve it:
Today, video games are portals to various fantasy worlds, letting us explore verdant plains filled with monsters or technology-driven steampunk cities with corrupt governments. JRPGs and games with anime origins have beautifully-crafted, fully-fleshed out worlds that are a joy to explore. Thing is, some anime (along with mangas and light novels) series have either subpar games where their worlds haven’t been fully explored or just have none to speak of.
Series like Sword Art and Attack on Titan are prime examples of anime with games that let you explore and feel what’s it like in their worlds. In the future, we hope that the following franchises will have games of their own (or have better ones at that) that will let us explore and interact with their worlds.
New World - Overlord
Overlord is arguably one of the darkest light novels and anime series today, although the latter is a bit milder compared to its source material. That said, it’s an “isekai” (a genre where a protagonist is transported to a different world) set in a dark fantasy world filled with kingdoms, empires, and magic. The protagonist is an overpowered evil undead sorcerer, Ainz Ooal Gown, with equally overpowered minions who is gradually (and unknowingly) taking steps to rule the world.
The series has a fully-fleshed out world with different countries and factions. In a way, this makes it an ideal world to explore and experience. For example, you don’t have to play as the protagonist: you could be someone from one of the kingdoms or part of the Adventurer’s Guild trying to stop the Sorcerer Kingdom from taking over.
The world of The Rising of the Shield Hero
Like Overlord, The Rising of the Shield Hero is an isekai made into a series by Kadokawa which churns out series of the said genre. The world of The Rising of the Shield Hero is a medieval fantasy one, and the protagonist, Naofumi, is the Shield Hero one of the four cardinal heroes. Here, he forms a party with a demi-human (Raphtalia) and a shapeshifting bird (Filo) to save the various kingdoms from “The Waves of Calamity”, catastrophic events that summon monsters into the land.
It’d be great to play as either the Shield Hero or one of the others and go around the various kingdoms and locales, performing quests and hunting down monsters. You’ll first stay at Melromarc, exploring its various villages and places where the story takes you.
Fullmetal Alchemist’s Amestris
Fullmetal Alchemist is an anime that doesn’t need any introduction. After all, it’s one of the best manga/anime series of all time. The franchise had several games, with the most notable being the old action-adventure PlayStation 2 and PSP games.
However, these didn’t fully let you explore the world and instead, focused mainly on combat and on the characters. With that in mind, it would be a fantastic idea to get a semi-open world FMA game wherein you play as Edward and Alphonse, moving around Amestris (the country where the game is set), performing quests for both the citizens and military while trying to get their bodies back.
Cowboy Bebop’s Solar System
Cowboy Bebop is set in a vastly different and terraformed Solar System where Earth is barely habitable after a disaster. People lived in colonies in various planets, like Mars, Venus, and even Neptune. It would be more than interesting to explore the various planets and human colonies, as well as take a good look at the now-devastated Earth. Meanwhile, it would also be a blast to go around the various locales and go bounty-hunting with Spike, Faye, and the rest of the crew.
Youjo Senki’s Europe
History is always an interesting topic and the setting of many anime and manga series. Youjo Senki, another isekai by Kadokawa, follows the story of a Japanese salaryman who was sent into alternate history Europe in 1935 with WW2 technology and mages - soldiers with magical aptitude who can fly and use magic bullets. However, the twist is our protagonist is an 11-year-old girl named Tanya with the soul, mind, and emotions of the aforementioned salaryman. It would be interesting to fight as Tanya in the various fronts of the war, from fictional Germany, France, Sweden and Norway, and Romania.
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime’s World
Finally, let’s look at the world of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime. Our protagonist, Rimuru, was a Japanese salaryman-turned-slime sent into another world after an untimely death. Without diving deep into spoilers, he becomes friends with beings of various races and manages to build something special.
It would be great to explore this anime’s world and play as Rimuru. You could use his many abilities and fight various threats while managing resources and ensuring the beings in your settlement are well-cared for.
Overall, anime worlds are full of fantasy and are gold mines waiting to be harvested. Though it’s unlikely that we’ll get to see them as video games in the near future, one can hope. After all, they’re popular franchises and who knows, discussions may be up on the boardrooms.