Written by: Eden Zacarias
Whether you’re a hardcore gamer, a casual one or haven‘t touched a game since you were 7-years old, it’s hard to ignore the influence that video games have on other forms of media whether it’s a major motion picture or a comic book series. Games have been made into movies before and they have even been turned into manga as well as anime series before … some with mixed results while others (Disgaea and Devil May Cry comes to mind) didn’t quite make much of an impression.
Still, I have hope in my heart that one day they will get it right and bring us a manga or anime series worthy of the game they’re honoring. After all, the reverse seemed to have produced some amazing games as fans of the Dragon Ball Z, Naruto and Bleach series have found out.
Perhaps what is needed is the right choices that would lead to a quality anime or manga series based on a game. So I looked through a number of games and came up with the Top Ten titles that have what it takes to be turned into an amazing anime or manga series.
10. SILENT HILL
The Silent Hill series has managed to continue to prove that this cursed town has more than enough madness and creepy faceless nurses to keep gamers totally freaked out. So, as you can see, the town would be the perfect setting for an anime or manga series of the When They Cry – Higurashi no Naku Koroni style. With plenty of freaks and a town filled with secrets, Silent Hill could easily give horror fans a genuinely scary title.
9. DEAD RISING
Frank West is a photographer sent out to take pictures of a horrifying scene outside one of the biggest shopping malls in America only to find out that the mall has become the last stronghold against a zombie horde. Then there’s a sequel in Las Vegas where a single father must race against time to save his daughter from the zombie infection. Together, these elements put together could make for a long manga series or an anime series with more than one season.
8. ASSASSIN’S CREED
A young man named Desmond finds himself involved in a strange project that has him jumping into the shoes of his ancestors who happen to be the best assassins in two different eras while uncovering the secret of an ancient organization at war with another group. With sci-fi elements, bloody action and a great cast of characters, this has manga and anime written all over it.
7. SOUL CALIBUR
This is a title I’m surprised has not become an anime series considering the eclectic cast of characters that would fit right in with an action brawler with swords and babes. Yeah, I could already see all the fan service bits thanks to characters like Ivy. The series could be about the tournament as all these characters come together to obtain the ultimate sword.
6. MASS EFFECT
This is one another game series that would fit right in as an anime series since there have been comic book releases for it already. The Mass Effect universe is amazing and the story of a Commander trying to save the world from an ancient alien race has all the makings of a long sci-fi action series filled with cool-looking aliens and likeable characters.
5. STREET FIGHTER X TEKKEN
Street Fighter has seen its share of anime movies and many of them were good enough that fans wondered why an actual series wasn’t made as well. Add Tekken to the mix like the upcoming Street Fighter X Tekken and you have a formula for a fighting anime or manga series pitting a huge cast of brawlers with their unique personalities and fighting styles. Who doesn’t want to see Chun-Li fight Nina Williams?
4. METAL GEAR SOLID
Solid Snake is such a beloved character that fans nearly cried at the end of Guns of the Patriot and sent creator Kojima angry e-mails for having pretty boy Raiden take center stage in the second game of the Metal Gear Solid series. Add a number of awesome villains like Revolver Ocelot and Sniper Wolf plus a cast of fun characters that join Snake and you have yourself a hit series guaranteed. This is one I would love to see as an anime.
3. RESIDENT EVIL
You cannot go wrong with a great list of characters that span the several releases this series has produced over the years. You can consider this a different kind of zombie series filled with wild conspiracies involving the Umbrella Corporation. I see this one as a long-running series since the games continue to expand on the story in interesting ways. Plus, Jill Valentine and Claire Redfield are two of the strongest female leads.
2. NO MORE HEROES
This is another series I keep wondering why an anime series wasn’t produced as a result of its success and anime feel to the cut scenes. No More Heroes is outright crazy and chaotic and really interesting in the Samurai Champloo mold. This is one series that would fit right at home with anime fans looking for a dark, bloody and mature action series.
Finally, the #1 Game That Should Be Turning Into an Anime or Manga Series …
This one is a no-brainer seeing as the game is presented anime-style and the story and characters would work perfectly for an anime. Filled with dark humor and an edgy adult theme, following the misadventures of a young man caught between Catherine or Katherine would make for an entertaining series. Who will he chose? We don’t know but, if you played the game, you know that half the fun is watching our hero try to make sense of the whole affair.