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4 Anime Shows Inspired by Video Games

You’ll usually see video games based on Japanese animations nowadays like games based on Dragon Ball Z, One Piece, Bleach, Gundam and Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm. But what about it’s opposite? Yes, I’m talking about a series of Japanese animes that were created inspired by video games.

We compiled a list of the most action-packed animes that we’re based on your favorite video games. We also compared them for you to decide which has the better plot story. Although, I’m pretty sure many will agree with me to stick with the game plot.

• Devil May Cry

Video Game: Devil May Cry is a video game series developed by Capcom and created by Hideki Kamiya, and was released on 2001. The series centers on the main character Dante’s goal of avenging his mother’s murder by exterminating demons. The gameplay consists of heavy combat scenes in which the player must attempt to extend long chains of attacks while avoiding damage in order to exhibit stylized combat; this element along with time and the amount of items collected and used are taken under consideration when grading the player’s performance. And with the latest release of the game that came out last June, we’re sure everyone is still at hype playing this on their 4k gaming PC.

Anime: Produced by Madhouse, the anime version of the famous game was set sometime between Devil May Cry and Devil May Cry 4. It debuted on the WOWOW TV network in Japan on June 14, 2007 and ran 12 episodes. In this show, Dante runs his devil-hunting business, Devil May Cry, while struggling under constant financial debt perhaps to Lady. Two new characters we’re introduced in the series, Morrison, known to be Dante’s agent, and Patty Lowell, a young orphan girl he saved in the first episode, who also visits frequently and shares a father-daughter-like relationship with Dante.


• Senjou no Valkyria: Gallian Chronicles/Valkyria Chronicles

Video Game: Valkyria Chronicles is a tactical role-playing game developed and published by Sega for the PlayStation 3 in 2008, and was released for Microsoft Windows version was released in November 11, 2014. The game is set in Europa, loosely based on Europe during the early years of World War II. Because of its abundance of Ragnite ore, which takes the place of petroleum in the game setting, the neutral nation of Gallia comes under attack from the East Europan Imperial Alliance, which is itself engaged in a war with the Atlantic Federation. Players take control of a unit of the Gallian Militia, dedicated to repelling the invasion.

Anime: The anime version of the Valkyria Chronicles takes place in the neutral country of Gallia, known for its bountiful reserves of ragnite, when the Empire decides to invade and seize the ragnite for them. The story follows Welkin, the son of a former war hero; Isara, Welkin’s Darcsen adoptive sister; and Alicia, a member of the Bruhl town watch, as they fight the Imperials in the ragtag Gallian militia group, Squad 7.


• Persona 4 Animation/Persona 4

Video Game: Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 is a role-playing video game developed and published by Atlus for Sony’s PlayStation 2, and chronologically the fifth installment in the Persona series. The player-named main protagonist is a high-school student who moved into the countryside from the city for a year. During his year-long stay, he becomes involved in investigating mysterious murders while harnessing the power of summoning Persona. The game features a weather forecast system with events happening on foggy days to replace the moon phase system implemented in the previous games.

Anime: The story follows the main character named Yu Narukami, a quiet teenager who moves to Inaba to live with his uncle and cousin for a year due to his parents working abroad. After looking into a rumor about a mysterious ‘Midnight Channel’ that appears on televisions during rainy days, he discover a strange world hidden inside the television, inhabited by strange monsters known as Shadows and a curious bear-like creature named Teddie.


• Clannad

Video Game: Clannad is a visual novel developed by Key and published by Visual Art’s for the Windows PC in Japan on April 28, 2004. Its story follows the life of Tomoya Okazaki, and his life in high school. One day while walking to school, he met a strange girl named Nagisa Furukawa, who is a year older but is repeating due to illness. Due to this, she is often alone as most of her friends have moved on. The two begin hanging out and slowly, as time goes by, Tomoya finds his life shifting in a new direction.

Anime: The anime pretty much follows the plot of the visual novel game, but on the later series, became more serious and dramatic. The anime still follows the story of Tomoya Okazaki, and how his life changed upon meeting the girl named Nagisa Furukawa. After he learned that Nagisa was sick, he decided to help her with the drama club she dreamed of creating along with the help of four other girls. As Tomoya spends more time with the girls, he learns more about them and their problems. As he attempts to help each girl overcome her respective obstacle, he begins to realize life isn’t as dull as he once thought.


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