Love playing DBZ, Project QT, Pokemon, Jump Force, and other anime-inspired games? You’re not alone!
It turns out, Japanese animation has a universal appeal and a fan following of its own. As per a report by the Association of Japanese Animations, the Japanese Animation Industry garnered as much as two-trillion yen ($18 billion USD) with overseas sales in 2017.
So, why are anime-inspired games so popular around the world? This article dives deep into the world of anime, its history, and why anime-inspired games have taken the world by storm.
A Brief History Of Anime And Their Game Adaptation—From The Old And Classic Mobile Suit Gundam To The Contemporary Pokemon, Project QT, One Piece, Etc.
The origins of anime date back to 1906 when the earliest of films started rolling out. Before the film came out, Japan had a tradition of having colorfully painted figures on projection screens shown as a form of entertainment back in the 19th century.
In the 1970s, anime got polished further and distinguished itself from other Western animations with genres such as mecha and the super robot subgenre. Other shows, such as Astro Boy, Mazinger Z, and Lupin III, were also popular at the time.
From the 1980s, anime got a massive boost with the production of Gundam, Dragon Ball, and Macross that made anime a mainstream entertainment.
The popularity of Spirited Away in the 2000s can be seen as the growth of anime in international entertainment and media.
In addition to anime shows and series, anime games have also played an enormous role in increasing anime popularity at an international level. The anime-inspired games, such as Pokemon, Project QT, DBZ, evoke nostalgia and make people become protagonists in their favorite anime series.
Let’s take a closer look at why anime games are so popular in the world.
The Popularity Of Anime Games In The World
Here are a few reasons why anime games are so popular in the world.
The Huge Fan-Following
The number-one reason for the popularity of anime games, you ask? The huge fan-following of anime shows from which the games are adapted!
We have seen tremendous popularity of anime series like Naruto, One Piece, DBZ, Bleach, etc. With the immense fan-following, launching a game based on the series serves as an extension to the series, which the fans are thankful to have.
The Extensive Storytelling
Monkey D. Luffy, a crazy young man, sets off on a journey to find One Piece and become the King of the Pirates.
This 1997 manga series made into a popular anime series in 1999 and has since laid the foundation for meticulous storytelling, characterization, humor, and everlasting friendship.
Storytelling is what draws people to the anime charm. Anime series have great storytelling, describing intricate details of the characters, their lives, and the consequences of their actions in a way that people get hooked on them.
Based on these anime series, anime games also have similar stories, characters, and settings that draw the fans in. Fans are able to explore their favorite settings, be their favorite characters, and live their stories through these anime games—and who wouldn’t want that?
The Epic Fight Scenes
Who can forget the epic, nerve-wracking, toe-biting fights of our favorite childhood heroes, such as Goku, Vegeta (you fell for him later in the series, admit it!), and Gohan?!
Anime series takes you to a world where anything is possible, the supernatural becomes natural, and fights are pretty amped up! People love the action and fight scenes in anime and look for the same thing when it comes to anime-inspired games.
Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could be Vegeta for a day and step in to save Goku? Now THAT is what we’re talking about!
You Can Relate To The Characters
A young boy who loses his dad at birth, and never lives a normal life even though he wants it the most. The story of Naruto may not be typical, but him missing his dad and wanting a normal life is relatable to many.
Just like Naruto, other anime have great storylines and characters that are easy to relate to. You can always find a character who you relate to in personality traits, their painful losses, their hardships, and even their sense of humor!
People tend to develop strong feelings for these anime characters and want to see these characters win battles in a game setting.
The Beautiful Art, Animation, And Music
Anime differs from other animation styles in the way it combines art, cinematography, characterization, and other techniques. It focuses more on the realism of the settings than the movement in animation, making it one of the most intricate art forms in the world.
Moreover, Japanese music in the anime series represents the rich Japanese culture and has a way of tying the whole anime together. The same goes for anime games: the beautiful art form, realistic settings, and gripping music are appealing factors for gamers all over the world.
Furthermore, other animation styles can be seen as childish, whereas anime is suitable for various age groups, and kids, teenagers, and adults love watching and playing anime series and games, such as Project QT.
They are HILARIOUS
One thing is for sure: anime promises a good laugh!
The Japanese animation style has a different way of showing comedy scenes and characters laughing and making a fool of themselves through exaggerated facial expressions and gestures.
The level of comedy that anime can’t be replicated in movies as the latter has real people in them. Therefore, anime can always make you laugh whenever you’re having a bad day.
You can get the same level of comedy in anime games with the super-cute characters making a fool of themselves and laughing with exaggerated facial expressions.
In this article, we discussed a brief history of anime and dived into the reasons why anime games have become a worldwide phenomenon.
Anime games, such as Pokemon, Project QT, Jump Force, etc. have amazing fight scenes, beautiful art and animation, realistic settings, and relatable characters that would get you hooked in little time.
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