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5 Anime that should be an Arc System Works game

While there have been a plethora of excellent video games based on anime source material, Arc System Works game Dragon Ball FighterZ took all of what we love about the insanely popular Dragon Ball franchise and created a fun and engaging fighting game experience that both pros and casual players loved.

With rumors circulating of Arc System Works working on a similar game for the popular My Hero Academia, fans are abuzz with what other anime titles deserve the Arc System Works treatment, Here are 5 of our picks!

God of High School

God of High School was a popular Battle Shounen style manhwa written by South-Korean author and illustrator Yongje Park about a high schooler named Mori Jin who enters a fighting tournament against all the strongest high schoolers from around the globe.

God of High School Banner
Credit: Studio MAPPA

With its unique art, tight combat sequences, and distinct cast of characters that can fill a variety of traditional fighting game archetypes, this Webtoon-turned-anime has all the makings of a impressive 2D-fighter.

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Bleach

As far as anime goes, Bleach was household name for some time as it’s tale of tail-kicking protagonist Ichigo Kurosaki captivated fans for years.

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Credit: Pierrot

This franchise is no stranger to fighting games, having a variety of titles under its belt and even having it’s characters appearing in other crossover games such as Jump Force and Jump Super Stars.

No game however has truly done the source material justice, however. But Arc System Works could easily change that, crafting a deep and engaging experience for fans and newcomers alike.

Jujutsu Kaisen

What is arguably the runaway hit of the fall 2020 anime season, Jujutsu Kaisen blends horror elements with traditional shounen and builds a world full of curses given angry, vengeful physical form and the brave Jujutsu Sorcerers who battle against them.

Jujutsu Kaisen Itadori
Credit: MAPPA

At first glance one could assume that an anime about sorcerers would potentially lead to a lack of character diversity, however this is not the case as how each sorcerer utilizes curse energy is entirely unique, allowing devs to really get creative with each characters application of curses and would make a great Arc System Works anime game.

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure

To be frank, fighting games are weird. Over the years fighting games have not been shy about getting into some bizarre territory when it comes to their content.

From characters like Hornet, an actual car from Daytona USA that appeared in Fighters Megamix, to literally Shaquille O’Neal, we’ve seen some truly insane fighting game concepts over time.

When it comes to bizarre anime however, Jojo’s still takes the cake for being insanely bizarre without being over the top about it’s own weirdness. And while Jojo’s has had plenty of fighting games in its history, much like Bleach none of them have really captured it’s essence.

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure is stylistically unique with a look that is instantly recognizable as well as an insane variety of characters to fill a roster over it’s decades long run. And with the strangeness and specificity of Stands, a game that really takes the time to integrate them into its mechanics would be an amazing and technical one.

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Credit: Viz Media

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One Piece

With an over 20-year run still ongoing and over 1000 episodes, One Piece has been a dominating force in the world of anime for a long time. Following the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy, who gained special abilities from eating a magic Devil-Fruit, and his passel of pirate pals plundering the high seas for friendship and fun while battling against the tyrannical power structures of the world government and more malicious pirates.

One Piece Wano
Credit: Toei Animation

And while Luffy may be on his way to becoming King of the Pirates, he certainly isn’t looking like king-of-fighting-games any time soon. However, with its insane tenure and popularity, One Piece could certainly capitalize from being made into an Arc System Works anime game.

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