There are a lot of great anime titles out there that either only get one single season, or doesn’t get the recognition it deserves in comparison to other big anime titles like Dragon Ball and it’s many sequels, as well as giants like Attack on Titan and now the sequel to Naruto, Boruto.
But in reality, these anime titles don’t need further recognition. There’s an absolute *ton* of Dragon Ball games, so why not give other anime the chance for video game treatment? Thankfully, we’ve got a few in mind already, so check out our list of anime that deserve their own video game.
Revolutionary Girl Utena
Revolutionary Girl Utena follows tom-boy Utena Tenjou and her adventures alongside Anthy Himemiya to revolutionize the world. Only, there’s a lot more allegory, lesbianism and really dark stuff involved. Like seriously, who let us watch this show at a young age?
Utena may have already had its own video game back in 1998 with Revolutionary Girl Utena Saturn and, in all fairness, it was rather good for that time. But it’s 2021 now and we deserve to have a thrilling JRPG that’s set in the world of the school, Ohtori Academy with us playing as the heroine herself, Utena.
Make it so you only have so many hours to do certain activities before moving onto the next section, action-like combat and of course, continue the lesbian storyline between Anthy and Utena and BOOM. An instant hit.
The Promised Neverland
Look, The Promised Neverland is getting a video game sometime in the future. But it’s highly likely that it’s going to be gacha based, which is fine and all, but that really does not highlight what makes the anime so appealing in the first place: the intrigue, the human bonds, the high stakes. We’re not convinced that a gacha game can truly capture that.
Instead we’d love a game that gives off almost a survival-horror vibe with perhaps a few puzzle elements. After all, the premise for The Promised Neverland is about a group of orphans who discover what happens to the ‘adopted’ children that leave their orphanage behind. It’d make a lot more sense for their to be a creepy look and mechanics for TPN than, let me check my notes, a game about PNGs.
Saint Young Men
Saint Young Men may not be the anime film that you’d think would need to be a video game, after all it’s a slice-of-life, comedy about Jesus Christ and Buddha, but let us just say four little words: dating visual novel game.
Let’s set the scene: you either play as Buddha or Jesus Christ and as you try to understand the world together you eventually come across other gods who’re doing the same thing. Of course, you may end up falling in love with these new people as you go along, or perhaps your true love will be the friends you’ve made along the way.
Absolutely everyone we know is talking about Jujutsu Kaisen, a 2018 manga that’s recently been developed into an anime. It follows the story of a group of Jujutsu sorcerers based in a school that has sworn to protect the world from the supernatural forces that want to consume them. And not in a fun kind of way.
In all honesty, we’d love some sort of fighting game for this anime. Maybe a little like Dragon Ball FighterZ, as each sorcerer has something unique about them to offer and it’d be great to have a fighting game that isn’t just about hypermasculine dudes. Plus there’s a goddamn Panda. Is there a Panda in Dragon Ball that can fight? NOPE. Let the PANDA FIGHT.
Zombieland Saga is a criminally underrated anime series that, without a doubt, deserves its own game. The anime series follows Sakura Minamoto, a young girl whose dreams of becoming an idol falls short after being knocked over by a car, killing her on impact. It’s there she gets brought back to life as a zombie and, along with several other girls, is forced to become an idol band (Franchouchou) by a music producer called Kotaro.
So there’s no question about it - this game would absolutely rule as a music or rhythm game in a way that’s very similar to Love Live or even BanG! Dream. You would be the manager of Franchouchou and have them do tasks in and around the prefecture of Saga. It’d be perfect.
High-Rise Invasion is an anime that just released this year and follows the story of high school student Yuri Honjō after she wakes up in an abnormal world where skyscrapers are connected via suspension bridges. She meets others, who explain that there are masked figures that are there to hunt them down and slaughter them - the only thing to do is escape or kill their monsters.
This would be an absolutely incredible game if it adopted an asymmetrical multiplayer element to it in a way similar to games like Dead by Daylight and Home Sweet Home: Survive. One masked figure, four survivors and a map full of skyscrapers and long bridges? It’d be terrifying in all the best ways.
Odd Taxi is also a new anime that released this year, and while it’s not as glitzy as Jujutsu Kaisen or Zombieland Saga, it’s definitely interesting. It follows the story of a walrus named Odokawa, a taxi driver that has several conversations with the different animals he meets on his drive. For each new, interesting person he meets, Odokawa gets closer to discovering the outcome of a missing young girl.
There’s been almost a renaissance of ‘taxi’ games lately, with games like Neo Cab and Cloudpunk, which is why an Odd Taxi anime game would be perfect to play. If you want to fit it into the premise of the anime itself, then make it focus heavily on the crime aspect or even a spin-off with the same anthropomorphic animal world that Odd Taxi has.