It’s no secret that “otaku” (Japanese) is in fashion: the leisure and culture of the Land of the Rising Sun, especially manga and anime (or manganime), have been gaining more and more international fame. And it is that “Asian culture, especially Japanese and South Korean, are in vogue and their content has conquered viewers, but also consumers,” says Adrián Amorín, Country Manager of Idealo in an article for PR News.
Amorín explains that, “in fact, when the productions of this culture are successful, many become business conglomerates that market different products such as clothing or even video games.”
Exact. Video game. Another of the most fashionable things today: the “gamer” world. And for that, here are some of the most popular games based on manga and anime. Some are available for PC and various game consoles (such as Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Playstation 5, and Xbox Series X and S), and others for Android and iOS mobile phones.
NARUTO X BORUTO
Both Naruto and Boruto are two of the most beloved animes (and two of the protagonists), and they are part of the same saga. Therefore, it is not surprising that some of the best manga-style video games are those that both star together: “Naruto x Boruto: Ninja Voltage” (2017) and “Naruto x Boruto; Ninja Tribes” (2020). Although there are many games inspired by “Naruto”, these in particular stand out for being free video games for mobile phones (both Android and iOS, and also “Ninja Tribes” for web browsers) and competitive strategy. You will have to defend yourself against other ninja clans by building fortresses, upgrading your units and preparing yourself.
DRAGON BALL FIGHTERZ
Considered one of the best fighting games, widely popular among streamers and as a competitive eSport, “Dragon Ball FighterZ” (2018) is also one of the most beloved video games inspired by the legendary “Dragon Ball” series (which has more than 35 years of existence).
Available on both PC and video consoles, players can choose any of the most iconic characters in the series, both heroes and villains, to step into their shoes and fight: Goku, Vegeta, Android 18, Frieza, Piccolo… And many more .
DRAGON BALL Z: KAKAROT
And we return to “Dragon Ball”, specifically to “Dragon Ball Z” (where we learn about the adventures of Goku as an adult and his companions), one of the most beloved manganimes of all time. How could it be otherwise, there are countless video games about him.
Specifically, “Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot” (2020) is an action role-playing game available for PC and video consoles with an open world format that allows exploration and plots in addition to combat, replicates scenes from the anime and helps us to unravel additional information.
DEMON SLAYER (KIMETSU NO YAIBA) THE HINOKAMI CHRONICLES
“Demon Slayer”, also known by its Japanese name, “Kimetsu no Yaiba” is one of the most followed manga (with its corresponding anime) today, and is in development. And the game “Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicle” (2021), available on consoles and computers, combines an immersive story mode full of events with the possibility of challenging other fans in combat.
And finally, the finishing touch is a video game that, rather than being based on a manga or anime, compiles a little bit of several of them. Because “Jump Force” (2018) is a fighting game for computers and consoles that brings together the most charismatic characters from various manganimes: Goku, Naruto, Monkey D. Luffy, Ichigo or Seiya are just some of the ones you can enjoy.
ATTACK ON TITAN 2 (SHINGEKI NO KYOJIN)
If there is an anime that is current that is “Shingeki No Kyojin” (“Attack on Titan” or “Attack on the Titans”). A series that is already in its final stretch and that keeps fans with their hearts in their mouths. And “Attack on Titan 2” (2018), based on the second season, is considered the best video game about this manga. It is an action video game full of combat but that also leaves time to enjoy the plots and interact with the world, and that can be enjoyed alone or cooperatively on both computers and video consoles.
YU-GI-OH! LEGACY OF THE DUELIST
“Yu-Gi.Oh” is tied to gaming at its core. This manga, and its subsequent anime, gave rise to a popular card game… And there have been many attempts to replicate it in video game format.
But it was this, “Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of The Duelist” (2015) the one that has achieved the best reception by fans of the manganime and the original game, with updated rules and a strong strategic component.
ONE PIECE: PIRATE WARRIORS 4
“One Piece” holds the record for being the anime with the most episodes to date. And, as such, it has given rise to various video games. This is the case of “One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4” (2010), one of the most recent and beloved by fans.
With elements reminiscent of the video games of the “Dynasty Warriors” franchise; but characters, plots and humor typical of the famous manga, it is a fast-paced action game with high doses of combat and adventure available on computers and consoles.
“Fairy Tail” (2020) is one of the most popular fantasy manganimes, and the homonymous video game that arrived during the pandemic, finally responded to the desire of an entire community of fans wanting to explore the magic of its universe for themselves. .
Thus, it is a turn-based role-playing game, available for consoles and PC, and that allows us to explore the different guilds thanks to the fact that we will form a team of magicians that we will improve to face the different assignments, monsters and challenges that they provide us
SAINT SEIYA: AWAKENING
Who does not know “The Knights of the Zodiac” (“Saint Seiya”)? It was (and is) one of the most popular animes, thanks to the adventures of Seiya (Pegasus) and the rest of the knights, and once again we are facing a work that has resulted in many video games.
This one in particular, “Saint Seiya: Awakening” (2019) is a video game for mobile phones (Android and iOS) that combines role-playing and fighting elements both for one player and competitively, thanks to its system of obtaining and improving knights; and whose soundtrack and graphics will make the player relive the series from his childhood.
Successful “The Knights of the Zodiac”, “Naruto” and “Boruto” or the pirates of “One Piece” are some examples of manganime series and characters whose video games are a success.