Thanasis is a writer, professional geek, and assistant editor at MANGA.TOKYO. He started watching anime with the mecha shows of the 70s and hasn't stopped since. He loves JRPGs.
Our friends over at Anime Anime asked their fans a question: Which video game do you want to see adapted into an anime series?
The survey lasted thirteen days from November 8, and had 1,475 respondents, with a 50-50 male-female ratio. More than 30% were people in their teens, 40% in their twenties, and 10% in their thirties. With that audience, you would expect a lot of new games making the list, but the top 10 may suprise you.
Let’s take it from the bottom, just to keep the suspense lingering for a moment. Don’t cheat!
I had to Google this one because I had no idea what it is. Apparently, I-Chu (アイ★チュウ) is more commonly known as Aichuu, and it is a rhythm game developed and published by LIBER Entertainment. It has been released for Android and iOS on 2015.
If the ridiculously high amount of cute guys is any indicator, this was a popular vote among women.
Official Site: https://www.i-chu.jp/
9. Final Fantasy VI
One of the oldest games on the list, Final Fantasy VI (ファイナルファンタジーVI Fainaru Fantajī Shikkusu) is a role-playing video game developed and published by Square Enix (then Squaresoft) for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System 22 years ago, on 1994. It is the sixth title in the mainline Final Fantasy series, or the third for North American kids. I hate using the following idiom, but this might truly be the hidden gem of the series. It was unlucky to be the last of the 16-bit era and it came just before the ridiculously succesful Final Fantasy VII, but I agree with the Anime Anime readers. The story of this game is excellent for an anime series.
Okami is to Japanese Shinto mythology geeks what The Martian is to sci-fi physics nerds. That probably was the worst analogy ever, but you get the point.
Ōkami (Japanese: 大神, literally “great god”, “great spirit” or “wolf” if written as 狼) is celebrating its tenth anniversary as we speak; it was released back in 2006 for Playstation 2 by Capcom. It was developed by Clover Studio. For building such an amazing game, it was a shame that the studio closed its doors just a few month’s after the game’s release. Despite their demise though the game still lives on, and 4 years ago released an HD version for PC.
I was reading an article here on Manga.Tokyo a few days ago about the meaning behind some names in Shin Godzilla, where Ayumi talks about the slaying of the eight-headed serpent, Yamata no Orochi by the Shinto god Susanoo. That’s one of the major plots in the game, which is set sometime in classical Japanese history and combines several Japanese muths, legends, and folklore. With Rakugo going for a second season in Winter 2017, I wouldn’t have minded an Okami anime.
Official Site: http://www.okami-game.com/
7. Final Fantasy X
The second Final Fantasy game to make the list is the ‘re-published in HD for every Playstation console along with its uninteresting sequel’ Final Fantasy X. If my memory serves me right (‘hey google’) it was the first in the series for a 64-bit console (Playstation 2) and also the first to go from entirely pre-rendered backdrops to fully three-dimensional areas. It was also the first to feature (terrible English) voice acting. I want to give the Japanese dub a try at some point.
Great story, though, and I totally get why the fans want this game made into an anime.
Official Site: http://www.finalfantasyxhd.com/us/
6. Chrono Trigger
When you have an official site after 21 years, you know you are one of the most successful games of all time. The succesful Japanese Role Playing game managed to cling onto gamer hearts everywhere because of its compelling story by a quarteto of amazing writers ( Masato Kato, Takashi Tokita, Yoshinori Kitase, Yuji Horii), the art of Dragonball’s Akira Toriyama, and the music of two of the most succesful game composers ever, Yasunori Mitsuda (XenogearsI) and Nobuo Uematsu (Final Fantasy).
Official Site: http://www.chronotrigger.jp/
5. Metal Gear Solid
Metal Gear Solid is the Holy Grail of American filmmakers. A video game with amazing characters and a thrilling storyline that is loved by gamers all around the globe. The only reason that no one dares to pick this up is because they are afraid of creating a flop. No one wants to make a flop out of MGS.
That amazing story is the reason the fans voted for Hideo Kojima’s masterpiece. One of the top titles of the golden age of the 16-bit era, Metal Gear Solid follows Solid Snake, a spy-soldier who inflitrates a nuclear weapons facility to neutralize the terrorist threat from FOXHOUND, a renegade special forces unit. It screams for an anime or movie adaptation, but to be honest, the game was more a movie than it was anything else.
Official Site: https://us.konami.com/mgs/
I can’t really say anything about this game, because I had no idea it existed before writing this article. Apparently, Ib (pronounced Eeb) is a freeware horror adventure game that was made in RPG Maker 2000. The game is focused on exploration and puzzle-solving, so don’t expect any battles.
I’m not sure why it’s on this list, but I plan on playing the game to find out.
3. Steins;Gate 0
Another game I’ve never played, but I’ve heard a lot about. Steins;Gate 0 is the visual novel sequel to Steins;Gate. It was planned by Chiyomaru Shikura with drama CDs and novels as its base material.
You can only imagine how deep the story is if you read about the localization process: it was such a large project that it took five months to complete. Due to the importance of the Japanese setting, the creators didn’t want to ‘westernize’ it too muc, whatever that means.
Official Site: http://steinsgate0.jp/
2. The Legend of Zelda
This could turn into a whole new article, so I’m going to keep to basics: Which Zelda do the fans want turned into an anime? There are 18 main entries to the franchise, and that’s not counting the spin-offs, and there is already a 13-episode American animated TV series that was aired back in 1989, and personally found it awful, but I know many people who disagree with me.
If I had to choose just one, I think I would go with Okarina of Time. The manga adaptation was amazing, and I think that the story is perfect for a single cour series.
Official Site: http://www.zelda.com/
1. Kingdom Hearts
First place went to the amazingly amazing Kingdom Hearts. In case you haven’t heard about this game, it’s a collaboration between Square Enix and Disney. In the games of the franchise, a cast of original characters visits Disney worlds and encounters both Disney and Final Fantasy characters, because individually they weren’t already cool enough.
The game has already been adapted into a manga, so an anime wouldn’t be bad. The story is complex enough to support a series, and with the right direction this could turn into a hit. But please let Tetsuya Nomura do the character designs.
Official Site: https://www.kingdomhearts.com/2_8/us/
These were the choices of the readers of Anime Anime, but here on Manga.Tokyo we are very curious to know your own top ten. Maybe we will make our own list with your answers! Let us know in the comments which games you want adapted into an anime.