22+ Anime Involving Games (Recommendations)

22+ Anime Involving Games (Recommendations)

Anime involving gaming within their storylines are common, although until I began to research for this blog, I did not realize the variety that was out there! I have learned some things over the past few days and added some new anime to my own to watch list.

So, without further ado, let’s investigate the world of anime gamers!

 

GAME-THEMED ANIME

 

23. Magic of Stella


Game
Plot
Character Writing
Animation
Total
10/20
6/10
5/10
7/10
28/50

Magic of Stella looks at the world of game design and development with all its ups and downs. Tamaki Honda is in her first year of high school and joins the SNS Club who work on all parts of game creation.

However, the games they create are not family-friendly and are doujin based. The anime is a slice of life that revolves around the lives of Tamaki and her fellow club members.

It is mediocre at best as far as anime go but it does have some cute characters. To be honest, there is not much else to say about it. Unless you have a thing for that kind of gaming, probably best to put this one on your list of “only watch if you have nothing else to do”.

 

22. Overlord

overlord

Game
Plot
Character Writing
Animation
Total
15/20
5/10
5/10
8/10
33/50

In 2026, a DMMORPG game called YGGDRASIL was released becoming extremely popular with players. Twelve years later, the game’s popularity is waning, and the servers are about to shut down.

A guild going by the name of Ainz Ooal Gown was once a powerhouse within the game and Momonga, a skeleton Overlord, looks after the guild headquarters within The Great Tomb of Nazarick. When the servers shut down, he is not kicked from the system. He takes the name of the guild, Ainz Ooal Gown as he takes on his new role in this new world.

Overlord looks at how a person’s ethical and moral compass can change, and Ainz does not seem to possess any kind of compass! He is, in my humble opinion, a soon-to-be villain!

 

21. Sword Art Online

Sword Art Online

Game
Plot
Character Writing
Animation
Total
16/20
6/10
6/10
7/10
35/50

Unlike some of the others on this list, unless you have been living under a rock, you will most likely have heard of Sword Art Online and its various spinoffs, including Gun Gale Online and Sword Art Online: Alicization. 

Trapped inside a virtual reality game, Kazuto ‘Kirito’ Kirigaya is forced to use his experience as a beta tester to survive…literally. In SAO, if you die in a game, you die in real life, so the stakes are high. Teamed up with the feisty Asuna Yuuki, he battles his way towards the final stage which is the only way out of the virtual world they are trapped in, falling in love along the way and picking up admirers with every step he takes.

 

20. Gamers!

Game
Plot
Character Writing
Animation
Total
14/20
6/10
7/10
8/10
35/50

Gamers! is the story of Keita Amano, who is an enthusiastic high school student gamer. He meets Karen Tendo at his high school who is not only a beautiful idol but also a member of the school’s gaming club. The perfect girl!

Karen invites Keita to join the gaming club, but Keita does not want to do competitive gaming, so he declines the invitation.

As with all things in life, one decision starts a chain reaction and Keita’s decision to reject the offer sets off a series of events which will affect not only his life, but also his friends. These events affect both their gaming and romantic lives, in ways that give this anime a comedy aspect.

 

19. Full Dive

Full Dive

Game
Plot
Character Writing
Animation
Total
16/20
6/10
7/10
7/10
36/50

Kiwame Quest was once the pinnacle of VRMMO games due to its realism and more than a billion storylines! But it was too real, and people stopped playing.

Hiroshi Yuuki suffered an accident and uses full-dive gaming to take him away from his life. Browsing in a game shop, he is persuaded by salesperson Reona Kisaragi to give Kiwame Quest a try with her.

Won over, Hiroshi gives the game a try but after initially being won over by its realism, he realizes that his in-game life is as bad, if not worse, than his real life!

 

18. Hi Score Girl

Game
Plot
Character Writing
Animation
Total
17/20
7/10
7/10
5/10
36/50

Hi Score Girl moves away from online gaming and looks at the world of arcade gaming.  Iaguchi ‘Beastly Fingers’ Haruo is an incredibly successful arcade gamer. In his everyday life, he is a normal 6th Grader who does not excel at anything at school.

He meets his match in Ono Akira who is everything he isn’t in real life. She is rich, popular and has a perfect grade record, but she also has a 29 game win streak. She has beaten Haruo seven times, and he is determined to break her winning streak!

He challenges her to a game of Street Fighter 2, but he does not play fair and cheats, so he gets rewarded with a slap in the face! Following the game, they begin what can only be described as a turbulent relationship as rivals…and maybe more?

 

17. .hack//Sign

.hack//Sign

Game
Plot
Character Writing
Animation
Total
16/20
6/10
7/10
8/10
37/50

The world is a MMORPG game in the series hack//Sign. Tsukasa is the main character who, following a strange event, finds himself trapped in the game as a Wavemaster.

Unfortunately, he loses all memory of who he really is, and a group within the game, the Crimson Knights, believe he is a hacker as he is hanging around with a player who looks like a cat and is tweaked. Once he gets his head around what has happened, he sets off to explore the world whilst avoiding anyone who is out to get him.

 

16. Welcome to NHK

Welcome To NHK

Game
Plot
Character Writing
Animation
Total
12/20
8/10
9/10
8/10
37/50

Tatsuhiro Sato is yet another hikikomori after dropping out of university. He has been unemployed for four years and has some mental health issues. He honestly believes that N.H.K (a real life Japanese broadcasting company, which has some great shows!) is using its influence to create hikikomori.

Misaki Nakahara believes that she can cure Tatsuhiro of this using psychology and psychoanalysis. Added to the mix is Kaoru Yamazaki, Tatushiro’s childhood friend and the most stable character in the series, although that is not saying much! Kaoru is creating a game with the help of Tatushiro, and this anime looks at the struggles faced by game creators.

This anime looks at the darker side of life and the loneliness and isolation that can affect people who lock themselves away from life and live their lives through gaming and internet relationships. There are issues covered that are not suitable for younger audiences, so viewer discretion is advised!

 

15. How NOT To Summon A Demon Lord

How NOT To Summon A Demon Lord

Game
Plot
Character Writing
Animation
Total
16/20
7/10
7/10
8/10
38/50

Takuma Sakamoto is a hikikomori who finds himself in his favourite online game, Cross Reverie. He now has the appearance of his online character, Lord Diablo. 

Takuma has been summoned by two girls Rem and Shera who had planned on making him their servant. Their spell goes slightly wrong and instead of gaining a slave, they become servants of Lord Diablo themselves.

Hiding his real world character behind his more confident online persona, Takuma travels the world with Rem and Shira to free them from the collars that bind them to him and look at their personal issues that made them summon him in the first place!

 

14. And You Thought There Is Never A Girl Online

And You Thought There Is Never a Girl Online?

Game
Plot
Character Writing
Animation
Total
17/20
6/10
7/10
8/10
38/50

Legendary Age is an online game where Hideki Nishimara plays under a gamer name called Rusian. After confessing his love and proposing an online marriage, he found out the girl of his dreams was an older guy!

Two years later he meets Ako who manages to break through his barriers by just not stopping with her persuasion for an online marriage.

Finally agreeing to meet her, he is relieved to find out that this time it is a girl! He also finds out that not only is Ako female but so are all his guild members and they all go to school with him. Ako has a problem with separating her online life and reality, so Hideki and the rest of the guild take it upon themselves to help her separate fantasy from reality!

 

13. Oreimo

Game
Plot
Character Writing
Animation
Total
16/20
7/10
7/10
8/10
38/50

Oreimo is a slice of life anime based around the lives of 17-year-old Kyosuke Kosaka and his younger sister, Kirino. Kirino is the golden child, perfect in every way…or is she? Kyosuke discovers her secret and sets out to make life difficult for his perfect sister.

Kirino prefers a certain type of game, involving things that perfect daughters should not be into! Creating his own account, he intends to troll Kirino but instead of that, he finds himself enjoying the game.  As he tries to prevent their parents from finding out, it leads to some awkward family get-togethers!

 

12. New Game!

Game
Plot
Character Writing
Animation
Total
15/20
8/10
8/10
8/10
39/50

Aoba Suzukaze is a huge fan of Fairies Story Game and has a love for character designing. Once she graduates, she applies for a job with the company that produces it, Eagle Jump.

Finding out she will be working on the newest game in the Fairies Story Game series, she is excited to join the all-female production team. New Game is a slice of life anime showing the inner workings of game design. The characters all have their own eccentricities which makes for an anime with some great comedic moments.

Following the ups and downs of working on a game as well as Aoba and her colleagues, New Game is a fun slice of life anime.

 

11. Recovery Of An MMO Junkie

Recovery of an MMO-Junkie

Game
Plot
Character Writing
Animation
Total
16/20
8/10
7/10
8/10
39/50

Moriko Morioka is another hikikomori. At the age of 30, she has dropped out of work and is living her best life. Trying to find fulfillment, she joins an online game called Fruits De Mer, where she can be whoever she wants to be. She chooses to be a good looking, charming character by the name of Hayashi. Within the game, a character named Lily reaches out to her, offering her help.

Whilst shopping one night, she meets a handsome salary man named Yuuta Sakuri. She writes of the encounter as a one off, weird event, but fate always has other plans!

 

10. Btooom!

Btooom!

Game
Plot
Character Writing
Animation
Total
17/20
7/10
7/10
8/10
39/50

Ryouta Sakamoto does not have a lot going on for him. He has no job and still lives with his mum! The only thing he can claim is being the best player of the game Btooom! in Japan. His life changes when he suddenly finds himself on an island with a green stone stuck in his left hand.

Btooom! just got very real. Now it is no longer just a game online, he is playing for his life. He has a bag of BIM bombs and his skills as a gamer. Reluctant to fight, he finds himself forced to do so as he must collect the crystals from 7 other players if he ever wants to return home.

Teaming up with Himiko, another player, they try to work together to escape and find out what is really going on!

 

9. March Comes in Like a Lion

March comes in like a lion

Game
Plot
Character Writing
Animation
Total
17/20
7/10
8/10
8/10
40/50

March Comes in Like a Lion is based around another traditional game, this time Shogi (Japanese chess). Our main character, Rei Kiriyama, is a professional Shogi player by the age of 17. He decides that he would be happier living on his own, rather than with his family and moves into an apartment in Tokyo. 

He does not look after himself very well – he is after all, a teenage boy living alone and starts to become a recluse. That is until he meets three sisters who live with their grandfather following their own family tragedy.

Akari, Hinata and Momo Kawamoto reach out to take Rei under their wing and this anime looks at the physical and mental pressure on someone who is a pro from such a young age.

 

8. Chihayafuru

chihayafuru

Game
Plot
Character Writing
Animation
Total
17/20
8/10
7/10
8/10
40/50

Chihayafuru is an anime based around the world of Kurata, which makes it different to the online gaming tropes. Kurata, for those who don’t know, is a card game where the players must memorize traditional poems. Players need amazing memory, stamina, and agility as they race to slam their hand on the correct card.

Chihaya becomes a fan of the game after rescuing a classmate, Arata Wataya, from a bully and goes on to set up a Kurata club at her school with the aim of taking on all competitors at the Omi Shrine’s National Kurata Championship.

If you want to have a look at a traditional game from Japan, give Chihayafuru a try. You might find a new passion!

 

7. Kakegurui

Kakegurui

Game
Plot
Character Writing
Animation
Total
18/20
7/10
7/10
8/10
40/50

If you want to attend Hyakkaou Private Academy, you must be rich. The school is under the control of the student council and there is a strict hierarchy, based on how good you are at gambling!

If you win, you have made money, popularity and authority, but if you lose, you must be the pet of the student body. 

Yumeko Jabami transfers to the school and on the outside, she looks like a beautiful, naïve girl who will be an easy prey for the elite players. They find out that this is not the case when she sees through how the consistently powerful students stay on top and beats them at their own game.

 

6. Log Horizon

Log Horizon

Game
Plot
Character Writing
Animation
Total
17/20
8/10
7/10
8/10
40/50

Log Horizon gives off some serious SAO vibes and there are a lot of online debates about the two anime. Log Horizon goes more along the lines of fantasy and world-building, so there are some key differences.

Where they are similar is that in Log Horizon, 30,000 Japanese gamers become stranded inside the game they are playing, Elder Tale. The main character, Shiroe, is a game veteran (cough…Kirito) who sets out to find his place in his new life.

Shiro is an outstanding strategist and along with his friend, Naotsugo, he works with the game’s NPCs to build up the city of Akihabara. Joined by a small but fierce female assassin called Akatsuki they find their way around, helping other stranded players find the way in their new life.

 

5. No Game No Life

No Game No Life

Game
Plot
Character Writing
Animation
Total
17/20
8/10
8/10
8/10
41/50

No Game No Life follows the step-siblings Sora and Shiro as they take on the god of games. Sora and Shiro are hikikomori who play together under the name Blank. Their life changes following a challenge from the god of games to play him at chess.

The siblings win and their prize is to be taken to Disboard, a place where life and death hang on the outcome of games. There are pros and cons to this situation. Whilst crimes such as theft, war and killing are forbidden, everything rests on how good you are at playing games!

With their lives on the line, Sora and Shira take on the sixteen ruling species and the god of games to work their way to victory!

 

4. D-Frag

Game
Plot
Character Writing
Animation
Total
17/20
8/10
8/10
8/10
41/50

D-Frag is a comedy, and is slightly chaotic! Kenji Kazama sees himself as a bit of a hard man. He decides to try and raise his profile within the school by causing trouble at the Game Creation Club.

Things don’t go to plan and instead of raising his delinquency profile, he gets beaten into joining the falling Game Creation Club by the four female members. These girls are eccentric and slightly crazy. Whilst being surrounded by beautiful girls should be every high school boy’s dream, these girls drive poor Kenji insane with their behaviour.

Made up of a series of sketches, D-Frag is full of comedic moments as Kenji is slowly driven crazy by his fellow club members. If you want a good laugh, give D-Frag a view!

 

3. BOFURI

Bofuri

Game
Plot
Character Writing
Animation
Total
18/20
8/10
8/10
8/10
42/50

Anime which are based on light novels tend to have long titles as seen here! New World Online is a VRMMORPG and Kaede Honjo is a new player. Using the gamer name Maple, she finds what turns out to be the secret to invincibility!

The title kinda gives away what her technique is so no spoilers when I say, she puts absolutely all her skill points into her defense. All of them! It leaves her as a slow moving character with no magic at all but boy can she take a hit!

Maple uses her creativity to think outside the box, allowing herself to become one of the most unbeatable players in the game!

 

2. Death Parade

Death Parade

Game
Plot
Character Writing
Animation
Total
18/20
8/10
8/10
9/10
43/50

“What happens when we die?” is an age-old question – will we end up in heaven or hell? In Death Parade, there is another possibility! You could end up in Quindecim, a bar where your fate is decided by an arbiter called Decim who judges whether you are reincarnated or destined for the void, where you cease to exist.

If two people die at the same time, they face each other in a game of Decim’s choice. As they play, the true nature of the person is revealed and Decim decides their fate.

Assisted by a mysterious black-haired woman with amnesia, he makes his decisions and sends people to their fate. As the series progresses, Decim is forced to look at his rulings and realise things are not always as black and white as they seem!

 

1. Summer Wars

Summer Wars

Game
Plot
Character Writing
Animation
Total
19/20
8/10
8/10
9/10
44/50

A high school student with a gift for math, Kenji Koiso is also a part-time moderator for an online world known as Oz, with his friend Takashi Sakuma. Kenji is invited by his friend Natsuki Shinohara to go to her grandmother’s 90th birthday. Natsuki introduces Kenji as her fiance. Whilst at the party, he is sent a coded email. As it is a math code, he felt the need to crack it because, well… because he can!

Unfortunately, this releases an AI into Oz which steals players data and causes no end of problems across the world. Some are more serious than others that put the whole world in peril. Also at the party is Wabisuke Jinnouchi¸ a relative of Natsuki who, 10 years previously, made off with the family’s fortune and is also a computer expert. So, not suspicious at all!!

Kenji and his friends, joined by gamers from across the world, must team up to save not only Oz but the real world as well. The first Japanese anime to even be nominated for the Golden Leopard Award at the Locarno International Film Festival in 2009, it is worth a watch!

 

CONCLUSION

Anime involving gaming is a popular trope and there is something for everyone! It is a great way to discover something new and maybe even discover a type of game you have never even heard of!


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