American production studios are starting to dig deep in the video game archives for their anime-inspired cartoons (hey there, Castlevania). But there are still so many titles we have the hankering to see on our TV screens, given a new lease of life and motion as Japanese animations. As soon as the two of us started talking about it, so many games came to mind that we couldn’t believe were still wanting of an anime adaptation. But this list is the whittling down of our five favourite games that could be the makings of simulcasts we’d be glued to every week.
The Disney geek we each hold in our hearts all know that this would be amazing. We imagine the ultimate endless fairytale adventure, with tearjerker storylines and bonus snotting for sheer nostalgia factor. What with the corporate suits sticking their thumbs in as many rich pies as possible, is a Disney licensed anime so far from the realms of possibility?
This story screams healing anime, with bonus wolf. And we know that anime loves its wolves, from Princess Mononoke to Wolf’s Rain to Wolf Children. Following the original game’s HD re-release, it would be so soothing to go back to journeying with Amaterasu, helping the earth to bloom and saving it from the forces of darkness, petal by petal, leaf by leaf. Actually, it sounds exactly what we need in these trying times.
We’re missing a good sci-fi drama in our lives since we finished Star Trek: Discovery, and this would be the perfect solution. Cutting 2B free from the strings of being a player proxy, her character could be given the fleshing out it fully deserves. Besides, there’s something fishy about the distant humans of YoRHa, something that would be satisfying to sleuth out. Also, need more Jackass.
Legend of Zelda
Isn’t it strange that one of the biggest Japanese game franchises has had manga by the volume, but never its own anime? Elves and faeries have a way of translating beautifully to the medium, so we could just imagine a Hakumei and Mikochi introduction unfurling into a slightly more adult Magical Circle Guru Guru. We do know there’s the animated series from the same folks as the Super Mario Bros. cartoon but…no.
Beyond Good and Evil
This tale from French game designer Michel Ancel, also of Rayman fame, is a social justice warrior’s dream come true. As Jade, you play a kick-ass photojournalist fighting for truth over violence and fear-mongering propaganda, the message reverberating beneath a far from average ‘stop the aliens’ storyline. Inspiration from Japanese culture and Buddhist philosophy is built into the game world, so it would be great to see that expounded upon. If we have a top choice from this list, Beyond Good and Evil: The Anime would be it.
Oh no. Now we’ve done it. The more imagining we do, the more we want these series to be reality. You lot probably won’t help, with all the cool suggestions we’ve surely missed. But do log in with your comments anyway, so you can vent your should-be-would-be’s too.