Despite anime's increasing popularity in other countries beyond Japan and Korea over the past decade, the video game industry has yet to fully commit to the genre's biggest assets in a meaningful way.
There have yet to be larger AAA video games set in the worlds of some of the most popular anime. With the genre continuing to boom in popularity and revenue, it's only a matter of time before these properties get proper video game adaptations.
9 One-Punch Man
One-Punch Man is an anime that would be boring if it were only based on the premise of a human being capable of defeating any adversary with a single punch, but the writing does a fantastic job of infusing comedy in a way that elevates it. This is the direction a video game based on the property might go.
A one-punch Man game that focuses on letting people play as Superman would be difficult to design in a way that would make it engaging. The key is to allow players to use a weaker character and have Saitama serve as their trainer, who can also serve as the focus of humorous gags and such.
8 Demon Slayer
The Demon Slayer manga's anime adaptation was released in 2019 and quickly became a popular pastime in the West as fans fell in love with its world. Demon Slayer's members are charged with defeating demons that terrorize and murder the living, making the anime ideal for a AAA video game adaptation.
If an open-world or more linear game would serve the series better, would fans want to recreate the characters from the anime/manga or would the prospect of becoming an original or created character more attractive?
7 Mob Psycho 100
Psychic powers are a neat concept that is seldom explored in video games, despite how naturally they fit in the medium. Control is a game developed by Remedy Entertainment in 2019, which allows players to use their psychic abilities to fight enemies and interact with the surrounding environment.
Shigeo Kageyama is a Japanese kid who has unparalleled psychic abilities to exorcise evil spirits. Remedy is a weird, comedic, and ultimately dazzling in its animation when Mob unleashes his full power. The game's spaciness is perfect to match the anime's mood.
6 Attack On Titan
The Attack on Titan anime is characterized by a fast-paced traversal and brutally violent combat, which may need to be extended to a AAA video game adaptation.
The outer wall is broken in the pilot episode, launching a fascinating story of survival, mystery, and espionage. A game that follows the anime's events might work if the hook is that players must be skilled enough to defeat Titans on their own.
5 Hunter X Hunter
Hunter x Hunter is an anime that combines childlike wonder and friendship with the over-the-top action and power-scaling of something like Dragon Ball Z or My Hero Academia. The show revolves around a boy named Gon who wants to follow his father's footsteps and become a Hunter, a title reserved for unregulated adventurers who can serve as explorers, bounty hunters, etc.
Hunter x Hunter is a well-crafted game that combines the history of Hunter and the depth of his characters to create a game in which players develop their character and must face many of the same difficulties and difficulties that Gon and his team had to endure throughout the anime, such as the Hunter Exam and Greed Island.
4 Jujutsu Kaisen
It's surprising that Jujutsu Kaisen, who became popular seemingly overnight, hasn't saturated the video game market yet. The anime revolves around a school that trains sorcerers how to remove unwanted objects that invade and disrupt the living world.
Cursed Energy is used by these sorcerers to perform Cursed Techniques that help them overcome curses. Domain Expansion is a high-level Cursed Technique in which the user creates a unique pocket dimension specifically reflecting their design. The show's animation and captivating fight sequences are part of why Jujutsu Kaisen became so popular.
3 My Hero Academia
With the Marvel Cinematic Universe, films like The Boys and Invincible, and games like Marvel's Spider-Man seeing tremendous success in their respective entertainment mediums, My Hero Academia is the anime version of this as it is currently one of the most popular and successful running anime series.
The program does a fantastic job of examining the world's rules and the range of abilities people have. It seems like an open-world My Hero Academia game where players take on the role of an aspiring hero and strive towards obtaining a license to become a registered player would make a lot of money.
The Berserk anime/manga, which people reading this might not be familiar with, was the driving force for many of the video game industry's most popular games. FromSoftware has discussed how the Berserk anime/manga were key influences on both the Dark Souls trilogy and Elden Ring.
When done correctly, dark fantasy tends to deliver. Guts, the main character of Berserk, is a walking power fantasy considering just how powerful he is. This suggests that a video game translation might make too much sense on the surface. In terms of a potential developer, FromSoftware seems like the ideal fit in a true'comes full circle' moment.
1 Cowboy Bebop
Cowboy Bebop was produced for only 26 episodes in the late 1990s, but it is regarded as one of the finest anime series of all time. The show follows a group of ruthless bounty hunters in a near future science fiction world filled with corruption and crime.
Cowboy Bebop's world is rich and famished with characters, so the idea of a single-player role-playing game happening before or after the show is really interesting. In terms of the show's narrative, it's considered to be nearly flawless, so most viewers would not want it to be a one-for-one arrangement.