Top 5 Videogame Inspired Anime
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Are you a fan of anime? How about a fan of videogame? Well you are in luck this week! Here are Bi-Weebly’s Top 5 videogame inspired anime!
Honorable Mention: Btooom! The best way to sum up this series is that it’s like Battle Royale or The Hunger Games meets videogames. The top player of the online game “Btooom!” finds himself stranded on an island with only a bag of strange grenades. He has to figure out how to survive all the island has to offer, which includes other players. If you enjoy Battle Royale, then I’d suggest checking this one out.
- .hack//sign: The first anime set in a videogame world that pops into people’s minds tends to be .hack//sign. The plot centers on a young boy named Tsukasa who realizes that he is unable to sign out of his virtual account. While struggling with amnesia and running away from a group called the Crimson Knights, Tsukasa must figure out what’s really going on in his virtual world. If for no other reason, then I suggest checking out this show to see how this type of genre started out.
- No Game No Life: Slightly different from the others on this list, No Game No Life definitely deserves a mention. The story focuses on the legendary gaming siblings Sora and Shiro, who are transported into a world where all conflict is settled with games. Sora and Shiro must now find their way around this new world while doing what they do best. The color pallet in the art style is very unique and the first thing that catches everyone’s eyes. Next thing to catch your eye is probably the fan service that this show has to offer. If you can get past the fan service, then the show is very enjoyable and intriguing. Not to mention the incredible theme song that will be stuck in your head for days after (especially if you listen to the piano rendition!)
- Sword Art Online: While .hack//sign may pop into everyone’s minds as the oldest they can remember, the series that tends to be at the forefront is Sword Art Online. Regardless if you are a fan or not of the show, it’s undeniable the fan base that follows it. The series is even getting a live action adaptation, which you can read more about in the last Bi-Weebly Article. SAO has been able to help introduce numerous new people into the world of anime by bridging the gap with its videogame theme. In the second season it tries to bridge the gap even further by setting the plot in a modern First-person shooter game. The upcoming movie is going even further and expanding on Augmented Reality elements in the series. One can only guess where the series will go next in expanding its videogame reach.
- Overlord: A recently made anime that has easily been riding into popularity is Overlord. This series takes a bit of a spin on the usual “trapped in a virtual world” idea. The protagonist Momonga decided to wait out the server shutdown time of his favorite game. The server shuts down while he’s reminiscing in his old guildhall, but surprisingly his conscious has now fully transferred into the body of his avatar. He then comes to realize that not only has his guildhall teleported into a completely new land, but all the AI inside has become conscious. Unable to sign out of his account, he must grapple with his human personality disappearing and his avatar’s personality taking over. The series also has a surprising amount of humor to it, which is only the cherry on top to the appeal of this series. This is definitely a show you don’t want to miss!
- Log Horizon: The number one anime set in a video game world is Log Horizon! When players get trapped in their favorite videogame, they have to try and learn the differences from their old world and this new virtual one. The best part of this series is their incorporation of videogame features. From the way each character uses their attacks to how they form their own base with each other’s roles fills incredibly fluent. The show is able to bring a mix of action, adventure, strategy and politics to it that keeps viewers entranced in the world. The main protagonist Shiroe, who along with his two friends Naotsugu and Akatsuki, must use all his knowledge of the real world and game world to help work out a way to not only survive their time trapped in the game, but thrive in it! I highly recommend this show for everyone, regardless of if you’re a seasoned anime veteran or a newbie just looking for a place to start!
I hope this list has introduced you to a new favorite show! As always, if you have any questions or just want to let me know what anime you’re currently watching, then don’t hesitate to leave them below or tweet at me.
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