Legendary Girl Utena is a bit like Scott Pilgrim Versus the World, if it were played straight and written by the Japanese. This highly allegorical series stars a young woman named Utena, who aspires to be a prince. When Utena meets and befriends a girl named Anthy, who has been dubbed the "Rose Bride" and is sought after by their school's twisted Student Council, Utena decides to become Anthy's protector. Utena is thus drawn into a series of duels against the Student Council members in order to keep Anthy safe from those who would treat her as nothing more than a possession or a means to power.
Utena would make an interesting backdrop for a Persona-style game that mixes life/dating simulation with combat-filled adventure segments. I could see it being done in a luscious 2D art style like that found in Vanillaware's games. It's a series that covers a lot of truly mature subject matter (rather than the nudity and violence that passes for "mature" in a lot of modern games,) making it a treat for gamers who are looking for something that's actually grown-up.
Wait, Pokémon? Bear with me, here. I'm not actually a fan of the Pokémon anime, but as somebody who enjoys the games, I often wish they could be a bit more like the anime. It would be great to see a fully-realized world in the games like we see in the anime, with Pokémon great and small found in their natural habitats. How cool would it be to have a cel-shaded 3D Pokémon game where you could see herds of Lapras swimming in the sea and Starlys flitting from branch to branch?
It would also be great to be able to have colorful adventures with a party of other trainers and with Pokémon that have actual personalities, like in the anime. Adding those kinds of adventures into the game would fix a lot of the problem with the Pokémon series feeling overly mechanical, and would generally make the game feel more memorable and appealing. The basic Pokémon combat system wouldn't need to change much, it's just the storyline and world-building that could use a major overhaul, and the anime could be a nice source of inspiration for how to do so.
Date: July 24, 2012
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