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The 20 Best Free To Play Anime Games For Otaku On A Budget

It's not easy to game on a budget. It can be especially hard for anime fans who want to play big-budget games based on their favorite series but don't have $60 to spend at the moment. Thankfully, the emergence of free-to-play games has made it easier for tight-budget gamers to have some full-fledged gaming fun like Girls’ Frontline, Onigiri, and Final Fantasy XIV. And, with the Japanese gaming market favoring free-to-play games, lots of popular anime series are becoming free anime games.

Wanna go cheap? Here are 20 anime games that are free to play on mobile devices and consoles. Don't forget to upvote the free-to-play anime games you want everyone else to play too. 

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    56 VOTES

    Granblue Fantasy

    Granblue Fantasy
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    Granblue Fantasy is a free-to-play RPG that's available for mobile and browser. The Japanese fantasy game sets the player off on a grand journey after rescuing a mysterious girl named Lyria from the Erste Empire. What makes Granblue Fantasy a great recommendation for free-to-play players is its commitment to accessibility. Newcomers and longtime players are often rewarded with free draws, rare items, and anime crossover events. You'll never feel pressured to spend just to keep ahead.   

    • Released: 2014
    • Platform: iOS, Android, PC
    56 votes
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    75 VOTES

    Girls’ Frontline

    Anime fans should check out the strategy mobile game Girls' Frontline. As the name suggests, Girls' Frontline is all about cute anime girls equipped with heavy artillery who are at your command. Don't let the cutesy presentation fool you. The maps in Girls' Frontline are challenging but fun. The strategy mechanics here are also surprisingly deep. As with other anime mobile games, there are lots of crossover events featuring series like BlazBlue and Guilty Gear

    • Released: 2016
    • Platform: iOS, Android
    75 votes
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    26 VOTES

    Tales of Erin

    Tales of Erin is a fantasy RPG set in a cold war between humanity and God. The side-scrolling RPG features of 80 beautiful illustrated characters for players to collect; each with their own stunning animation attack. Similar to mobile RPGs like Grandblue Fantasy, Tales of Erin often holds crossover events, such as collaborating with BlazBlue. With all the story content Tales of Erin has to offer, you'll lose yourself in the game pretty fast. 

    • Released: 2018
    • Platform: iOS, Android
    26 votes
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    47 VOTES

    Love Live! School Idol Festival

    Love Live! School Idol Festival
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    Now entering its sixth year, Love Live! School Idol Festival remains the face of idol anime games. The free-to-play music rhythm game allows the player to build their fantasy idol band with characters from µ's and Aqours, while also experiencing brand new stories inspired by the anime. Recently, Love Live! School Idol Festival has offered amazing promotions for longtime players and newcomers. Free gems, draws, step-up pulls and increased rates have made this old music game more appealing to play than other anime music games with fancier bells and whistles. 

    • Released: 2013
    • Platform: iOS, Android
    47 votes
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    36 VOTES

    Final Fantasy XIV

    Anyone who ever dreamt of living within the world of Final Fantasy will be pleased with Final Fantasy XIV. The MMORPG takes the series' rich history to create an ambitious world where fans can play as their favorite class of characters. While Final Fantasy XIV is a subscription-based game, you can play it like a free-to-play game. Until your custom character reaches level 35, you can experience Final Fantasy XIV for free all you want. A fantastic way to help you decide if you want to fully commit to the game. 

    • Released: 2010
    • Platform: PlayStation 3, Microsoft Windows
    36 votes
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    21 VOTES

    Twin Saga

    The free-to-play MMORPG, Twin Saga, does a remarkable job of making the player feel like they're on grand anime adventure. Twin Saga revolves around an epic battle between two twin goddesses named Marisa and Amaris. The sisters are engaged in an all-out war that will determine the fate of humanity, with the evil Amaris nearing victory. Assuming the role of an orphan human, the player is humanity's last hope in ending this deadly conflict. The game's anime graphics are impressive and they're thousands of missions for players to play through. 

    • Released: 2015
    • Platform: PC
    21 votes