These 4 Manga/Anime Properties Need Major Video Games Next
Anime/manga fans have had to deal with far too many duds when it comes to video games that represent their favorite series.
For every quality release such as Dragon Ball FighterZ, One Piece: World Seeker and Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise, there are lackluster titles such as The Seven Deadly Sins: Knights of Britannia, KILL la KILL – IF and Jump Force. 2020 has its own slate of upcoming games that throw fans into the anime-based worlds they adore so much – Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4, Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris, One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows and the Fairy Tale RPG are among that collection of soon to be released titles.
Even with all those manga/anime games on the horizon, there are a couple of other properties from that popular entertainment medium that deserve the very same gift.
Dr. Stone is a series that doesn’t deal in your usual gamut of overpowered characters throwing hands and taunting each other before said hands are thrown. It deals with the subject of science and how it’s being used to bring humanity back from a literal Stone Age. Competing trains of thought are at the center of a war between the Empire of Might and the Kingdom of Science – human evolution through strength versus intelligence. If a game were to ever be made about Dr. Stone, it would fit quite well into the genres of strategy and crafting/survival games. Players would get to rule over their own village and help it grow into something much grander as they gather resources, fend off barbarians and rely on science in order to bring civilization back to the modern age. A Dr. Stone game would pretty much be an awesome cross between Civilization and Terraria. And it would be even more worthwhile with a bit of puzzle-solving thrown in as you try to figure out item mixtures that lead to the creation of medicine and other essential concoctions.
The synopsis behind this pick sounds pretty mundane at first – a crew of firefighters do their best to put out…well, fires. But once you include the use of pyrokinesis abilities, battles against “Infernals,” and a mad cult at the heart of a massive conspiracy, Fire Force turns the act of firefighting into an extremely exciting act worth following. If there’s a development studio that has the chops to produce an awesome Fire Force action game, it’s most definitely PlatinumGames. It’d be pretty sweet if this game let you head into harrowing situations full of Infernals and out of control flames with the cast of Special Fire Force Company 8. This dream game would deliver a fun mix of PlatinumGames’ signature approach to melee combat and Burning Rangers’ (remember that one?) firefighting challenges. It can follow the main storyline of the ongoing anime or offer an original plotline for all we care – we just want to be able to save the day as Shinra Kusakabe in video game form.
Mob Psycho 100
Shigeo Kageyama is not to be trifled with. He may seem like an unassuming, timid school student. But behind his usually calm demeanor is an immensely powerful telekinesis user who’s an adept esper. Mob Psycho 100 puts Shigeo at the forefront of an anime full of rival espers, evil organizations and all sorts of spirits that are attracted to his amazing suite of psychic abilities. If there were to ever be a game based on the world of Mob Psycho 100, it would make perfect sense for it to enter the realm of action/adventure. Not only could it follow the initial 25-episode run of the series, but it would also be cool if it offered side missions that saw Shigeo and his mentor Reigen Arataka solve cases of paranormal activity. Replicating the visual splendor of the anime’s fight scenes sounds like a tough task, for sure. But there has to be a development studio out there that’s ready to replicate Mob Psycho 100’s amazing battles and deliver an anime game worth championing.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
The latest anime/manga craze that has taken over every otaku’s timeline is Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. A show that’s all about powerful blade-wielding warriors protecting humanity from bloodthirsty demons isn’t anything new. But Demon Slayer’s lovable cast of characters, gorgeous animation, and strong storytelling helps it stand apart from comparable series about the very same subject matter. Taking down demons as Tanjiro and Nezuko Kamado in a co-op action game sounds like a recipe for success, doesn’t it? A simple formula such as this one just has to play amazingly well and look just as incredible as the action regularly put on display during the more intense episodes of Demon Slayer. Adding Zenitsu Agatsuma, Inosuke Hashibira, and Genya Shinazugawa as extra playable characters would be the extra cherry on top for this action-heavy game. This sounds like another perfect game making opportunity for PlatinumGames, doesn’t it?