If you’re a gaming enthusiast with a penchant for watching anime, you’ll love what we’ve got in store for you. We have listed the best anime series for gamers that we feel are essential to watch. Whether these games revolve around gaming or have properties similar to gaming storylines, there’s something for every gamer here.
It wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to state that plenty of gamers are also into watching anime. These may be two different mediums or worlds altogether, but things are bound to get interesting when they overlap each other. Moreover, there are countless games published that have been based on an anime series. As a pop culture phenomenon, the popularity of anime is spreading like wildfire. However, if you’re a gamer and haven’t invested time in anime, check out this list.
Without further ado, let’s check the best anime series you should watch if you’re a gamer.
One Piece has already had its fair share of game adaptations. Of course, you can’t dive into a game without watching the anime that inspired it. One Piece has been airing since 1999. With over 1000 episodes to its name, it’s fair to say that One Piece is more than just popular. Its game adaptations have done fairly well in the commercial and critical markets too. With One Piece, you get ample humour, mystery, intrigue, and subtle twists that change the story’s entire scenario. This series is a worthy start to your anime adventure if you like over the top action and humour.
This list seems fairly rudimentary at the moment, with One Piece and Dragon Ball as the first couple of entries. However, there’s a good reason for this. Dragon Ball is another pervasive and popular anime that has taken many corners of the world by storm. Whether you consider the games or the movies, Dragon Ball has been and will remain one of the most popular anime franchises on the planet. While there’s a lot to catch up on, if you haven’t watched it yet, the trials and tribulations of Goku and his gang will keep you hooked till the last minute. Fair warning, though – a willing suspension of disbelief is a must if you’re watching this anime.
Sword Art Online
Sword Art Online is one of the best anime series for gamers. Want to know why? It’s because of the fact that this anime is literally about a game. The main character and others are trapped inside a virtual world that they logged into for a viral VR MMORPG (Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game). If the characters die inside the game, they also perish in the real world. As the anime goes on, other games are introduced into this scenario, with new characters and drama. There’s plenty of depth in this anime, both from an emotional and writer’s perspective.
This is another anime based on the concept of a video game. The protagonist of the series refuses to log out of a VR game server, especially at a time when the servers of the game are being shut down forever. Since he didn’t log out, he’s now stuck inside the game. To his surprise, the NPCs (Non-Playable Characters) in the game are coming to life. Each of them is unique in their own right, interacting with the protagonist.
Moreover, the protagonist is stuck in the body of Momonga, a highly powerful and skilled character in the game. Things get interesting when he realizes that his consequences in the game have repercussions on the game’s world at a more permanent level. This is an interesting plot that deserves your attention.
Attack On Titan
Of course, we had to include this amazing anime in our list. Attack on Titan has already seen a couple of game adaptations in its name so far. While the games were decent, it was a marketing attempt to ride on the anime’s popularity. Regardless, if you haven’t played the games, they’re worth trying. Before that, however, you should watch Attack on Titan. This is one of the best anime series available right now and has gathered a cult following. The anime shows a world where humans live in stratified societies in fear of monsters known as Titans.
Protagonist Eren Jaegar, after the death of his mother during a Titan attack on his city, vows to kill every last Titan. The plot is full of inconceivable twists and turns that will keep you at the edge of your seats. This is the anime to watch if you like shows with plot twists, an interesting premise, excellent animation quality, and a good mix of emotions.
So, this concludes our list of the best anime series to watch if you’re a gamer. What other anime series would you add to this list? Let us know your opinions in the comment section below. As the different entertainment mediums are starting to merge and collaborate, this would be a great time to jump on the anime bandwagon.
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