This list is my own personal list. Game anime is something that I actually really wanted to do. From anime of getting stuck in a game to anime based off board games to games where you fight for your life. Let us know your top game anime in the comments!
5. No Game No Life
No Game No Life was one of those series that when I first watched it I thought it was pretty good. But later on re-watched and really enjoyed it. It honestly had a different feel to these anime where you get trapped in another world or go to another world. I really enjoyed a lot about this series and the fun games that they played was just very different and a very enjoyable watch.
No Game No Life is a surreal comedy that follows Sora and Shiro, shut-in NEET siblings and the online gamer duo behind the legendary username “Kuuhaku.” They view the real world as just another lousy game; however, a strange e-mail challenging them to a chess match changes everything—the brother and sister are plunged into an otherworldly realm where they meet Tet, the God of Games.
The mysterious god welcomes Sora and Shiro to Disboard, a world where all forms of conflict—from petty squabbles to the fate of whole countries—are settled not through war, but by way of high-stake games. This system works thanks to a fundamental rule wherein each party must wager something they deem to be of equal value to the other party’s wager. In this strange land where the very idea of humanity is reduced to child’s play, the indifferent genius gamer duo of Sora and Shiro have finally found a real reason to keep playing games: to unite the sixteen races of Disboard, defeat Tet, and become the gods of this new, gaming-is-everything world.
4. Death Parade
After putting this series off for quite some time I actually came to really like it. Death Parade had this interesting premise where you played games to determine whether you go to heaven or go to hell. Throughout this series you see a ton of people come in and fight for there place in heaven and honestly they did an amazing job on the series. I really loved how the games were so different yet so intense for the players at the same time.
After death, there is no heaven or hell, only a bar that stands between reincarnation and oblivion. There the attendant will, one after another, challenge pairs of the recently deceased to a random game in which their fate of either ascending into reincarnation or falling into the void will be wagered. Whether it’s bowling, darts, air hockey, or anything in between, each person’s true nature will be revealed in a ghastly parade of death and memories, dancing to the whims of the bar’s master. Welcome to Quindecim, where Decim, arbiter of the afterlife, awaits!
Death Parade expands upon the original one-shot intended to train young animators. It follows yet more people receiving judgment—until a strange, black-haired guest causes Decim to begin questioning his own rulings.
3. Sword Art Online
Sword Art Online is honestly one of those series I can’t help but love. Sword Art Online is one of those series that have helped me get people into anime. Just such a good starter anime for a lot of people. I love the whole stuck in a game situation they are put in fighting for their lives.
In the year 2022, virtual reality has progressed by leaps and bounds, and a massive online role-playing game called Sword Art Online (SAO) is launched. With the aid of “NerveGear” technology, players can control their avatars within the game using nothing but their own thoughts.
Kazuto Kirigaya, nicknamed “Kirito,” is among the lucky few enthusiasts who get their hands on the first shipment of the game. He logs in to find himself, with ten-thousand others, in the scenic and elaborate world of Aincrad, one full of fantastic medieval weapons and gruesome monsters. However, in a cruel turn of events, the players soon realize they cannot log out; the game’s creator has trapped them in his new world until they complete all one hundred levels of the game.
In order to escape Aincrad, Kirito will now have to interact and cooperate with his fellow players. Some are allies, while others are foes, like Asuna Yuuki, who commands the leading group attempting to escape from the ruthless game. To make matters worse, Sword Art Online is not all fun and games: if they die in Aincrad, they die in real life. Kirito must adapt to his new reality, fight for his survival, and hopefully break free from his virtual hell.
2. 3-gatsu no Lion (March comes in like a Lion)
March comes in like a lion is one of those series that have recently came out and I totally loved it. This series is based around the game Shogi even without knowledge of the game it is very good. You watch Rei as he goes through the game of Shogi as one of the youngest pro players. Obviously becoming a professional player is tough and you watch his struggle as a pro player. Also the struggle of just his every day life and his past.
Having reached professional status in middle school, Rei Kiriyama is one of the few elite in the world of shogi. Due to this, he faces an enormous amount of pressure, both from the shogi community and his adoptive family. Seeking independence from his tense home life, he moves into an apartment in Tokyo. As a 17-year-old living on his own, Rei tends to take poor care of himself, and his reclusive personality ostracizes him from his peers in school and at the shogi hall.
However, not long after his arrival in Tokyo, Rei meets Akari, Hinata, and Momo Kawamoto, a trio of sisters living with their grandfather who owns a traditional wagashi shop. Akari, the oldest of the three girls, is determined to combat Rei’s loneliness and poorly sustained lifestyle with motherly hospitality. The Kawamoto sisters, coping with past tragedies, also share with Rei a unique familial bond that he has lacked for most of his life. As he struggles to maintain himself physically and mentally through his shogi career, Rei must learn how to interact with others and understand his own complex emotions.
1. Hikaru no Go
Hikaru no go is one of those series that I will always love. This is one of those series I can say I credit to reading quite a decent amount of manga in the past. Also I will credit it to my love of Go. When watching and reading the series I saw them play this awesome looking board game and was so intrigued. Honestly looking back on it I do not really know why I first picked this up and read it maybe just due to curiosity but so glad I did.
12-year-old Shindou Hikaru is just your average 6th grader. One day, while searching through his grandfather’s attic, he comes across an old Go board. Upon touching the Go board, Hikaru is possessed by the spirit of Fujiwara no Sai, and continues to be haunted by him soon after. Sai was once a great Go player, who committed suicide and continued to stay in the world as a spirit desiring only to play Go once again. Finally bending to Sai’s pleas, Hikaru allows Sai to play Go through himself, unknowingly attempting the first game with the young prodigy Touya Akira. Time has finally started moving, as Sai’s quest for the perfect game, “The Hand of God”, is set underway. Based on the manga by Yumi Hotta and Takeshi Obata.
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