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5 Anime/Manga Ripe For Video Game Adaptation

We’ve all been there at this point. Something that we love gets picked up for a video game adaptation, and we all get super giddy. But as time goes by and more press releases find their way into our inboxes, the giddiness turns to cautious optimism which will eventually turn to genuine concern as you see the first hints of gameplay and the sheer mediocrity on display comes crashing down on you. The dreaded video game adaptation has more failures than it does successes, and despite this we keep on hoping that someday we’ll get a good adaptation.

Being a fan of anime and manga, I have a fairly huge treasure trove of titles that I would like to see properly brought over to the video game world, so here’s five titles that I would like to see given the video game treatment. Let’s go!

#5–Fullmetal Alchemist 

Fullmetal Alchemist has actually had more than a few video games made about it. To date, Bandai have released six games, from PS2 and GBA, to PSP, and GBA. Square Enix have put out five games, similarly spanning the PS2 and GBA, to PSP, and GBA. The Fullmetal Alchemist setting is exceptionally well suited to video game adaptations because of three main points. The Laws of Alchemy, the war-like nature of the various nations, and its history of racially driven conflict. There’s a lot that can be done from both a gameplay and narrative perspective, with the story following a post-war nation being attacked by a revenge-driven person from an oppressed people who were often slaughtered by soldiers of the state following a politically motivated conflict. Whether you were to play as a soldier, state alchemist, or Ishvalan extremist, there’s enough story already established in the world that developers could follow practically any plot point and find something worthwhile.

#4–The Saga of Tanya the Evil

The Saga of Tanya the Evil is a strange one. A nihilistic and cynically motivated, cold and calculating businessman finds himself coming face to face with a speeding train after having been pushed onto the lines by a jaded ex-employee he fired earlier that day. His life slows before his eyes, and he is contacted by God. After a heated exchange, God thrusts the business man into an alternate reality where he finds himself in the body of a young woman who is drafted into the war effort of an alternate WWII.

What makes this war different, however, is the inclusion of Mages, magic users who (with the aid of specially engineered equipment) take to the skies and change the face of war by fighting with magic on their side. Single bullets become artillery barrages, dogfighting with enemy fighter planes becomes commonplace and recon behind enemy lines becomes a fast moving, sometimes brutal, affair. Think for yourself how the inclusion of magic in World War II would change things, and you can surely see why The Saga of Tanya the Evil could make an excellent game.

#3–Hellsing Ultimate

Hellsing is the sort of thing that probably couldn’t be made today, much to my personal disappointment. Kouta Hirano, the author of Hellsing, is a lunatic, and I love him because of it. What we’re talking about here with Hellsing Ultimate (not to be confused with Hellsing TV) follows the exploits of Alucard, a Vampire in the service of the Hellsing family who serve the British Royal family. Hellsing exists to hunt monsters and other vampires, but sometimes butts heads with the Vatican and their secret force of anti-monster hunters, Iscariat. Both parties run afoul of each other and find themselves involved in a war with a newly resurgent Nazi regime thought to have been wiped out. It’s brutal, extravagant, self-indulgent, and wildly offensive if you’re easily offended. Everyone who’s anyone can be viewed through the lens of a power fantasy, as they distinguish themselves from normal people with insane feats of more-than-human competence. The possibilities on offer for a three-part campaign, letting you take control of each group in turn, are immense and would definitely make for a controversial release.

#2–Chainsaw Man

Chainsaw Man is an ongoing series that’s written and illustrated by another lunatic. Tatsuki Fujimoto, who found popularity with his story Fire Punch, is well known for creating crazy scenarios with a surprising amount of depth. Thus far, Chainsaw Man is certainly meeting both criteria, and whether or not it deserves a place on this list could honestly be seen as being quite divisive because you’re either on board with Fujimoto’s madness or you’re entirely against it. As it stands, our main character Denji finds himself in the curious position of having the ability to summon forth the Chainsaw Devil into his body by way of a mutual contract with his now dead friend  Pocita. This contract leads Denji into working for the Devil Hunter portion of the Public Safety division. Hunting devils leads Denji into a strange world where Devils hunt humans and vice-versa, with the ultimate goal being to find and kill the Gun Devil. But things aren’t quite that simple. Chainsaw Man is pure spectacle and emotion, it needs to be seen to be believed, and its potential as an open world action game is as insane as its creator.

#1–One Punch Man

Similar to Chainsaw Man, One Punch Man is built around the idea of pure spectacle, but with a dash of humor thrown in for good measure. It helps that it’s all brought to life by one of the most talented artists to have ever surfaced. Much like the story, anyone that would want to develop a game based on OPM would need to find a way of keeping the titular One Punch Man, Saitama, away from the main battles and engaged elsewhere. Doing so opens the doors for characters like Superalloy Darkshine, Tatsumaki, Garou and my personal favorite, Zombieman, to take the stage and do what they all do best. Cover pages upon pages with exceptional action. Unlike Hellsing Ultimate and Chainsaw Man, which have stories that actually matter. The actual plot of OPM is paper thin and changes on a dime, leaving space for nothing but insane spectacle action. It’s all about raw energy and power. If that sort of freedom for fun doesn’t transfer well to gaming, I don’t know what would. By the way, read OPM…