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The Best Anime Video Games Of 2021

June 1, 2021 108 votes 20 voters15 items

List RulesVote up your favorite 2021 anime games.

Do you wish you could watch anime and play video games at the same time? Unless you have the power of self-duplication like Shinobi in Naruto, you can't really do that unless you partake in anime games. Whether they're based on a pre-existing anime property or just borrow from the art style, the best 2021 anime games all have one thing in common: They're a ton of fun to play. 

Whether you're a fan of Jump Force or Scarlet Nexus, there's something for everybody here. With all these games to have come out in a single year, you have no excuse to sit around your house bemoaning that you have nothing new to play. 

From the best fighting to the best anime RPGs of 2021, here's everything that gave anime lovers reason to rejoice in 2021. People may have still needed to stay inside for a good chunk of the year, but with these games, it wasn't so bad. 

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  • Scarlet Nexus is an action role-player where you take control of either Kasane Randall or Yuito Sumeragi. It's your mission to protect New Himuka from Others with an array of weapons and the power of psychokinesis. As the game progresses, you can bolster your skills via a brain map.

    Another thing you end up getting throughout the game is companions. They all come with their unique abilities, and they'll help you fight various combatants as you continue. 

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    Based on the popular manga, Re:Zero - Starting Life in Another World: The Prophecy of the Throne puts you in the shoes of Subaru Natsuki. You're trapped in another realm, and while you explore and learn about this colorful new land, you also need to find a way back home. 

    Along the way, you'll engage in combat. The results of the combat depend heavily on how you play the rest of the game and if you manage to acquire enough allies and alter their behaviors in such a way that offers you victory. Not only is it fun, but it also introduces new characters, offering something unique for fans of the manga series, too. 

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    Guilty Gear Strive

    The seventh installment of the Guilty Gear franchise completely reinvents the idea of what the series is capable of. Not only does it introduce a new "Wall Break" feature, but you can utilize stag transitions by initiating a combo in the corner of your arena.

    The fighting's just the beginning. This video game brings about the conclusion of Sol Badguy's story and brings him into one final battle with That Man. 15 playable characters are in the mix with two new ones for good measure. 

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    AKIBA’S TRIP: Hellbound & Debriefed

    Ready to fight like a nerd? AKIBA'S TRIP: Hellbound & Debriefed sees you walking through the city to locate vampiric monsters known as Shadow Souls. To defeat them, you'll have to expose them to sunlight by removing their clothing. 

    You have an array of weapons at your disposal as you look for new, innovative ways to get the vampires naked. Not only that, but you also have full control of your actions, such as which faction you'll choose to support. And those decisions influence the ending.