There are thousands of anime series out there, so picking a few that should be video games is a tall order. Several of the most popular anime series in the West like Avatar: The Last Airbender and Naruto have been made into games already, but many more either have not, or haven't had games released outside of Japan. These are some of my personal favorite series that I also think would make great games in the right hands. Which anime series would you like to see created as video games here in the West?
Rurouni Kenshin is a redemption story set in Japan's Meiji era, when the nation was dealing with a swift transition between feudalism and becoming a modern industrialized society. Kenshin is a fictional former assassin who wishes to atone for the deeds he committed during the violence of the previous era. Taking up a role as a protector of innocents, Kenshin faces many battles and challenges, both as a protector and as a result of the sins of his past.
This anime series would make a great action-adventure, containing plenty of action, great set pieces, mystery and suspense, and a dash of romance. As Kenshin and his friends face everything from brutes to samurai to ninjas, the series has plenty of different challenges that could be worked into a game full of combat challenges and delicious drama.
We could always use more comedy RPGs, and Slayers is a great anime to use as a base for one. Featuring the adventures of the powerful, selfish sorceress Lina Inverse and her motley band of companions, Slayers was one of the most popular anime series in the 1990s. It continues to spawn occasional TV series, having last appeared in the late 2000's.
Several Slayers RPGs were released in Japan in the 1990s, but Lina and her friends have never been in an English-language game. I think North American gamers would take well to the endearingly crazy characters and silly slapstick humor that define the series. The fights seen in the anime would easily translate into an RPG battle system, and I'd love to see the minigame that the typical dining scene from the anime would inspire. Heck, the fact that all the characters shout out their battle moves would even allow for Kinect functionality. "DRAGON SLAVE!"
Admittedly, making this intensely psychological post-apocalyptic series into a video game would be a tall order. Ergo Proxy is a mix of bizarre dreamlike sequences, fraught character interactions, and crazy action scenes. In other words, it might be just the project for the team that produced Catherine. If anybody can handle the Ergo Proxy universe, it's the folks at Atlus Games. Whatever kind of game could be made of Ergo Proxy, it's likely to be a bizarre combination of genres that would result in an unclassifiable yet intriguing title—yes, again, just like Catherine.