Video Game Based Anime

by GabrielleHalliwell | created - 13 Mar 2012 | updated - 27 Feb 2018 | Public

There are more, these are just the ones I've seen. All games and anime listed have been released in the US.

Legend of Heroes is based The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC for the PSP.

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1. .hack//SIGN (2002– )

TV-14 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

A strange boy named Tsukasa appears in the online video game "The World". He claims to be alive, and without a computer.

Stars: Megumi Toyoguchi, Kazuhiro Nakata, Amanda Winn Lee, Paul Mercier

Votes: 1,117

Prequel to the first 4 game .hack series for Playstation 2. 26 episodes.

2. .hack//Roots (2006– )

TV-14 | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

In 2015, CC Corporation's data-center caught on fire destroying "The World". By splicing in data from what would have been another project, CC Corp. was able to rebuild the game. In 2016, "... See full summary »

Stars: Alistair Abell, Mark Acheson, Lisa Ann Beley, James Blight

Votes: 245

Prologue to the three G.U. .hack games for Playstation 2. 26 episodes.

3. Arc the Lad (1999– )

75 min | Animation, Adventure, Action

Join Elk, the youngest member of the Hunters Guild, who finds himself propelled into an epic odyssey across a mysterious world in search of the enigmatic outlaw known as Arc The Lad. ... See full summary »

Stars: Steve Blum, Brianne Brozey, Michelle Ruff, Melissa Fahn

Votes: 140

Based on Arc the Lad II from Arc the Lad: Collection for Playstation 1. 26 episodes.

4. Makai senki disgaea (2006– )

TV-PG | Animation

Prince Laharl is awakened after 2 years of sleep by an Angel, Flonne, who was ordered to assassinate him but fails. Both discover Laharl's father passed away. They're later joined by Etna, ... See full summary »

Stars: Kaori Mizuhashi, Yûko Sasamoto, Tomoe Hanba, Grant George

Votes: 85

Based on the first game in the Disgaea series. Disgaea: Hour of Darkness for Playstation 2; Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness for Sony PSP; Disgaea: DS for Nintendo DS. 12 episodes.

5. Final Fantasy (1994– )

120 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Based on the obscure "Final Fantasy 5". 150 years later, two decendants of the heroic Battsu must track down the crystals. Along their way, they meet monsters, phantoms and two airship ... See full summary »

Stars: Shigeru Chiba, John DeMita, Julia Fletcher, John Hostetter

Votes: 419

Original story that takes place a few hundred years after Final Fantasy V. VHS only. 4 episodes. Final Fantasy V is part of Final Fantasy Anthology for Playstation 1; Final Fantasy V Advance for GameBoy Advance.

6. Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)

PG-13 | 106 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

49 Metascore

A scientist makes a last stand on Earth with the help of a ragtag team of soldiers against an invasion of alien phantoms.

Directors: Hironobu Sakaguchi, Motonori Sakakibara | Stars: Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Ming-Na Wen, Ving Rhames

Votes: 78,188 | Gross: $32.13M

CG movie. Original story is not based on any Final Fantasy- but there is at least a main character named Cid.

7. Final Fantasy: Unlimited (2001– )

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

Two siblings try to find their missing parents. Based on the best selling video game series by Square Enix.

Stars: Samantha Clark, Chris Scott, Samantha Inoue Harte, Jerome Agean

Votes: 599

Original story not actually based on any Final Fantasy, but has many series staples and cameos. 25 episodes.

8. Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (2005)

PG-13 | 101 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

An ex-mercenary is forced out of isolation when three mysterious men kidnap and brainwash the city's children afflicted with the Geostigma disease.

Directors: Tetsuya Nomura, Takeshi Nozue | Stars: Takahiro Sakurai, Ayumi Itô, Shotaro Morikubo, Maaya Sakamoto

Votes: 53,467

CG movie takes place two years after Final Fantasy VII for Playstation 1, and one year before Dirge of Cerberus for Playstation 2.

9. Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV (2016)

PG-13 | 110 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

35 Metascore

King Regis, who oversees the land of Lucis, commands his army of soldiers to protect the kingdom from the Niflheim empire's plans to steal the sacred crystal which gives Lucis its magic and power.

Director: Takeshi Nozue | Stars: Aaron Paul, Lena Headey, Sean Bean, Neil Newbon

Votes: 18,606 | Gross: $0.23M

10. Last Order: Final Fantasy VII (2005 Video)

25 min | Animation, Short, Action

Last Order explores the incidents that occurred in Nibelheim revolving around Sephiroth, Tifa, Cloud and Zack. Last Order explains in more detail the events that follow after the annihilation of Nibelheim.

Directors: Morio Asaka, Tetsuya Nomura | Stars: Ken'ichi Suzumura, Toshiyuki Morikawa, Takahiro Sakurai, Ayumi Itô

Votes: 1,347

Based on the last chapters of Crisis Core for Sony PSP. This anime is only available on the Advent Children collector's edition (DVD), and the Advent Children blu-ray. Subbed only.

11. Magic Knight Rayearth (1994–1995)

Not Rated | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

When the princess of a land ruled by the power of one's will is kidnapped by a traitorous priest, she summons three young girls from Japan to potentially fulfill the legends of the Magic ... See full summary »

Stars: Mona Marshall, Mari Devon, Sandy Fox, Bridget Hoffman

Votes: 685

In this case, the manga and anime came first. Magic Knight Rayearth for Sega Saturn, based on the first season. 2 seasons, 49 episodes, as well as a three episode OVA.

This movie is only available on VHS. Sort of based on the first Panzer Dragoon game for Sega Saturn.

13. Persona 4: The Animation (2011–2012)

TV-14 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Yu Narukami has moved from Tokyo to Inaba to stay with his uncle and cousin, while his parents are away on business. However, after a murder shakes up the sleepy town, things get even more ... See full summary »

Stars: Johnny Yong Bosch, Yuri Lowenthal, Erin Fitzgerald, Amanda Winn Lee

Votes: 584

Based on Persona 4 for PlayStation 2. 26 episodes.

14. Ratchet & Clank (2016)

PG | 94 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

29 Metascore

When the galaxy comes under the threat of a nefarious space captain, a mechanic and his newfound robot ally join an elite squad of combatants to save the universe.

Directors: Kevin Munroe, Jericca Cleland | Stars: James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye, Jim Ward, Sylvester Stallone

Votes: 9,126 | Gross: $8.55M

CG movie based on Ratchet & Clank for PlayStation 2.

15. Sakura Wars (2000– )

Not Rated | 125 min | Animation, Action, Drama

The year is around the 1920's and the darkness of the demons have arrived. Now, only the people with large amounts of spirit energy can save the Earth. The Flower Division is now going to ... See full summary »

Stars: Samantha Inoue Harte, Britt Baker, Lowell Bartholomee, Laurent Vernin

Votes: 65

-Sakura Wars is a long running series of which only one side title has been released in the US. This is the 25 episode anime, along with a movie, and an OVA based on the original Tokyo division. -There is also a miniseries about another side division, Paris, in Ecole de Paris. -The game itself, based on the American division is Sakura Wars: So Long my Love for Playstation 2 and Wii.

16. Sands of Destruction (2008– )

TV-14 | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

SEGA and FUNimation are joining forces to bring you a thrilling new anime based on the epic adventure RPG of the same name. Available exclusively on Nintendo DS. Morte is a lonely beauty ... See full summary »

Stars: Luci Christian, Todd Haberkorn, Bryan Massey, Robert McCollum

Votes: 57

Based on Sands of Destruction for Nintendo DS. 13 episodes.

17. Sonic the Hedgehog (1993–1994)

TV-Y7-FV | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

In a post-apocalyptic and dystopian future, all life has been challenged by oppression and tyranny, as the evil Robotnik is on the wake of controlling Mobius.

Stars: Jaleel White, Bradley Pierce, Charlie Adler, Christine Cavanaugh

Votes: 4,230

18. Star Ocean EX (2001– )

Animation, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

An anime television series based on Star Ocean: The Second Story.

Stars: Nicole Bouma, Matt Hill, Gabe Khouth, Venus Terzo

Votes: 73

Based on the second game of the Star Ocean series. Star Ocean: The Second Story for Playstation 1; Star Ocean: Second Evolution for Sony PSP. However, it only covers the first half of the game. 26 episodes.

19. Tales of Phantasia (1995 Video Game)

E10+ | Adventure, Fantasy

A sinister being who calls himself Dhaos wishes to suck the earth dry of its resources. He seeks the power of the Tree of Life to create a Mana seed. Cless, Klarth, Chester, Archie, and ... See full summary »

Director: Lynn Harris | Stars: Takeshi Kusao, Satomi Kôrogi, Mika Kanai, Kazuhiko Inoue

Votes: 97

Based on Tales of Phantasia for GameBoy Advance. 4 episodes.

20. Tales of the Abyss (2008– )

Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

The world of Auldrant is bound by a score A series of prophecies from centuries past That dictate the worlds future it is considered an absolute fate that everyone lives by

Stars: Yukana Nogami, Chihiro Suzuki

Votes: 162

Based on Tales of the Abyss for Playstation 2; Tales of the Abyss for Nintendo 3DS. Subbed only. 26 episodes.

21. Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike (2009)

TV-14 | 110 min | Animation

In a mythical kingdom, the mighty Imperial Knights harness a magical substance known as Aer to power their weapons and protect humanity from the monsters of the forest. But something ... See full summary »

Director: Kanta Kamei | Stars: Ryuichi Azuma, Troy Baker, Christopher Bevins, Patric Carroll

Votes: 366

Prequel movie to Tales of Vesperia for XBox 360.

Original story, although there are many cameos from the first two Wild Arms games. 22 episodes.

23. Tales of Zestiria the X (2016– )

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Sorey is a human youth who grew up among the seraphim, spiritual beings not visible to humans. Sorey believes in the folklore that says "long ago, every human was able to see the seraphim" ... See full summary »

Stars: Robbie Daymond, Michael Johnston, Felecia Angelle, Z. Charles Bolton

Votes: 489

24. Xenosaga: The Animation (2005– )

TV-14 | Animation, Action, Adventure

4000 years have passed since humanity abandoned Earth. Forced to fight an alien form of life, Gnosis, mankind developed KOS-MOS - a battle android with amazing capabilities. When a ship ... See full summary »

Stars: Carli Mosier, Ai Maeda, Stephanie Wittels, Mariko Suzuki

Votes: 141

Based on the first game in the Xenosaga trilogy. Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wille zur Macht for Playstation 2. 12 episodes.

25. Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV (2016– )

15 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

A story set alongside the video game Final Fantasy XV, starring one of its main characters, Noctis, and his friends.

Stars: Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Kenta Miyake, Tetsuya Kakihara, Mamoru Miyano

Votes: 1,080

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