Video games and manganime have a deep relationship of reciprocity . It is no coincidence, given that Japan is a powerhouse in the production of both industries. Transmedia franchises abound, the kind that are conceived from the beginning to encompass games, series, and even light novels.
Titles that later became an anime series are not rare to see, but the opposite is also often the case. Popular works that are adapted to the video game format to take advantage of the pull of the license. As with games based on movie premieres, there is a lot of trash that only seeks to sell thanks to its name, but also honorable exceptions . We are going to focus on the latter.
We present you the best video games that take their inspiration from the exciting world of manga and anime . Some waste quality on their own, no matter where you look at them. Others may not always dazzle, but at least they show a series of unique ideas that makes them special and worthy representatives of the original work.
It is important to clarify that this list will not be a ranking or anything similar , but will be ordered in alphabetical order. Of course, there will be some important examples that are left out, but for that you have the comments, so you can tell us which ones are your favorites. Without further ado, we begin.
Attack on Titan 2
In Omega Force they can be proud, because theirs is the best Attack on Titan game that has ever existed . It is a musou with titans, which already makes it different from the rest of its production. The story mode gets a bit repetitive, but using the three-dimensional maneuvering equipment to take down these gigantic enemies is a delight.
Astro Boy: Omega Factor
There was a time when many anime games wanted to be 2D beat 'em ups, mainly when GBA and Nintendo DS were hot. Although most were mediocre, this Astro Boy shone with his own light . Fluid, varied and hilarious. Osamu Tezuka's work deserved no less.
Berserk: Millennium Falcon Hen Seima Senki no Shou
The only Berserk game that hasn't come out of Japan is also the best of all. It will not be a very remarkable hack 'n slash, but as an adaptation of the Kentaro Miura manga it is totally worth it. Its staging is sublime for anyone who has read the Millennium Falcon arc on which it is based. It even has a hit song by Susumu Hirasawa created exclusively for the game.
Bleach: Dark Souls
Again we have to talk about Treasure, who scored two great two-dimensional fighting games for DS inspired by the shinigami series. This is the second, which despite the name has nothing to do with from software. The story was made up and very silly, but at the playable level it was better designed than the first part. The fights, now with many more characters and greater depth, were the true stars of the play.
Blood Will Tell: Tezuka Osamu's Dororo
One of the most notorious animes of this year has been the new adaptation of the classic Dororo by maestro Tezuka, thanks to which the license is back in topicality. In terms of video games, PS2 received a rather curious action title many years ago. Playable it hasn't aged that badly, and the setting captures the spirit of the manga quite faithfully .
Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3
There are tons of Gundam video games . So many, that it is really difficult to stay with one, but in the end we have opted again for the Omega Force musou. The spectacular nature of its massive battles between giant fuses is unparalleled, and at the reference level it is quite a candy for the fan on thetecsite .
Dragon ball fighterz
Crown jewel. Not only is it a great title based on the work of Akira Toriyama, but it is also among the best in the fighting genre today. Its competitive depth is endless, and the graphics are the closest a video game has ever come to being anime. The result is an exquisite fanservice, which meets all expectations.
Dragon Ball Z Budokai 3
Although the ArcSys game is a benchmark, the bar has been high for quite some time. Budokai 3 peaked so hard on PS2 that it took 14 years for another 2D Dragon Ball fighting game to stand up to it. The story mode is immense and one of the most faithful to the original material , but the fights are not far behind. Spectacular and full of possibilities.
Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise
As always, Yakuza is the key. This Lost Paradise
Masamune Shirow's work has been transferred to the video game numerous times, but none has managed to stand out as much as his foray into Sony's first console. It is a third person shooter in which we control a Fuchikoma tank. It is agile, direct, and we can climb the walls at will . In addition, the anime sequences that tell the story are the best.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
Few manga are as legendary as Hirohiko Araki's. At the end of the 90s, in the heat of the fight fever, those responsible for Street Fighter pulled out of their sleeve a title destined to be a classic. It only covers the Stardust Crusaders arc, but it's loaded with playable characters . As if that were not enough, the system of the stands was a great novelty that gave a greater strategic depth to the fighting.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle
And if the Capcom one stood out for its playability, the CyberConnect2 one does it for the fanservice component. All Star Battle encompasses all the arcs of the manga so far, with characters and settings of each one. The special attacks are impressive and mimic the original scenes of the series perfectly. Although as a fighting game it does not manage to surpass the previous one, it is still quite solvent, and for some of us that is enough.
Jump Ultimate Stars
The wet dream of every shonen lover was to be able to have a kind of Super smash bros. from anime in which characters from different series beat each other beautifully. jump ultimate stars was just that ... although only for the Japanese, because it never got out of there. It boasted a dream squad that dangerously incited imports.
Little Nemo: The Dream Master
Even the most retro has a place here. It is an adaptation of an anime film from the 80s, which in turn is based on some comic strips from the early 20th century. Still, this NES rig has earned its own cult status, regardless of the material it's inspired by. Little Nemo is very popular with lovers of the classic .
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4
You can't make a list of the best manga and anime based games without mentioning this Naruto saga . Never before has the plot of a series been adapted to the story mode of a fighting game with such reliability. Reliving the adventures of the Konoha ninja in this game is a brutal and fun experience at all times .
One Piece: Unlimited World Red
Although the video games of Luffy and company have never been essential in the catalog of any platform, they are a must when talking about anime adaptations. Unlimited World red , with its mix of action, exploration and RPG, is honored to be the best of them all.
Pokémon Yellow Version
It is true that Pokemon was the game before the anime, but technically, the Yellow Edition is an adaptation of the series to the titles of the first generation. Pikachu is our undisputed companion, we fought against Jessie and James, the sprites of the creatures were renewed to resemble those seen on TV, and the three initials of Kanto were obtained the same as Ash did. The rest was done: its predecessors are two of the most important RPGs of the 90s.
Saint Seiya: The Hades
Those responsible are the same ones who brought us the magnificent Budokai 3 that we told you about before, so it is not surprising that the style of play is similar. Fight in 2D (with semi-3D touches) in which the Knights of the Zodiac deploy their most iconic attacks . The story spans the Underworld arc and the intensity of the fights do it far more justice than any other title based on this franchise.
Tatsunoko vs Capcom
By now you will have realized that the favorite genre around here is fighting . It is the best way to show the many characters in a series and their particular powers. This Tatsunoko vs Capcom is a real display in that sense. There are not only some video game classics like Ryu, but also the protagonists of Gatchaman, from the animation studio Tatsunoko.
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