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The 15 Best Anime RPGs You Can't Afford To Miss

Updated January 23, 2019 1.5k votes 429 voters 29.6k views15 items

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Role-playing games are the perfect genre for anime video games. The epic stories; the intense combat, and beautiful animation that's well associated with anime offer the perfect ingredients to create the best anime role-playing games. Considering the insane popularity of smartphone gaming in Japan, it's no surprise that there are so many anime RPG games for mobile. However, console gaming has its vast library of anime RPGs as well. Some of which are inspired by popular anime series, such as Digimon, while others are strongly influenced by the art and storytelling of anime, like Ni no Kuni paying tribute to Studio Ghibli. 

Below are 15 anime RPGs that every anime fan should play. Make sure to vote up the anime games you want others to play too. 

 

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    Playing Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is like playing a video game recreation of a Studio Ghibli film. Developed by Level-5, Ni no Kuni is about a young boy named Oliver who embarks on an epic journey to save his dying mother. Not only are the game's designs based on the animated work of Studio Ghibli, but the animated cutscenes are also produced by the legendary anime studio as well.
     

    • Release: 2013
    • Platform: PS3
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  • Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is an RPG-ish adventure game that has the player investigating the deadly killings that occur at Hope's Peak Academy. One minute the player is living out everyday anime school life; the next has them interrogating their fellow students over a shocking murder discovery Ace Attorney style. The captivating murder mysteries and eccentric cast of characters will have you glued to your seat. 

    • Release: 2010
    • Platform: PS Vita, PS4, PC
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    Skies of Arcadia is a fantasy RPG that reimagines the "Golden Age of Piracy" as taking place in the skies above than on the seven seas. A young air pirate named Vyse is on a mission to stop the Valuan Empire from getting its hands on ancient weaponry capable of destroying the world. In addition to traditional RPG battles, players can explore the vast skies to discover hidden areas, engage in airship battles against rival pirates, and even go bounty hunting for wanted criminals. 

    • Release: 2000
    • Platform: GameCube, Dreamcast
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  • Digimon is often seen as a distinct opposite to Pokémon. While the Pokémon anime series was all about Ash and his Pokémon adventures that followed a fun, but predictable routine, the Digimon anime series told grand and dramatic stories that often featured a new cast of characters. The same can be said for Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth; a Persona-like RPG that delivers the home console RPG experience that Pokémon fans have wanted for so long. The monster-raising system, engaging storyline, and a delightful cast of characters make Cyber Sleuth a wonderful introduction to the world of Digimon.

    • Release: 2015
    • Platform: PS Vita, PS4
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