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Weeabos, unite: good games to satisfy my anime itch?

Oct 27, 2017
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If you like mecha anime, the most recent Super Robot Taisen and SD Gundam G Generation games have english versions available in Asia.

Persona series is of course an obvious suggestion for you.

As far as VN type games go, I've only played Ace Attorney, and they're really good.

I recommend you give a look at Fairy Fencer F, I haven't played the Neptunia series but this is from the same devs and less "girly". Gameplay is pretty good and very fast paced, and there are a lot of dialogue with animated anime artwork.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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I’ve always been curious about this game due to the concept and neat pixel art. Is there any relation to the steam game Love Live the Queen? Want to know if this is the best place to start if so! :O
Hanako, the creator of Long Live the Queen, was a Princess Maker fan, frustrated by the lack of any official way to play Princess Maker in America (back in the days when the only Princess Maker you could get in America was the imported Japanese versions, and the leaked version of the failed Princess Maker 2 translation). Since she had some coding ability, she decided to try her hand at making her own version of Princess Maker, which became a game called "Cute Knight". Cute Knight was a success, so she built on her experience and eventually made Long Live the Queen, which became a HUGE success on Steam.

The Princess Maker games are all on Steam now (with sub-par translations, but at least they have translations now), due in no small part to Hanako's success with Long Live the Queen. Hanako wished she could be Princess Maker, and then Princess Maker wished it could be Hanako.
 
Oct 29, 2017
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Sakura Wars is one of those series I've been surprised for nearly a decade that it doesn't have a translation for most games in the series.
I have the same problem with a lot of Saturn RPG and/or anime games (Like the Utena game, or Tengai Makyo 4). I suspect it may be caused by the lack of popularity of the hardware in the west, and the fact we had to wait several years before having the first emulators that worked.
 
Mar 11, 2019
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So about gay relationships in anime-esque games like these, why do straight people get to see themselves constantly represented and portrayed as normal for having sexual interests, while me and others like me are not? You have all this straight relationship wish-fulfillment stuff in games like Persona but nothing for gay people.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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So about gay relationships in anime-esque games like these, why do straight people get to see themselves constantly represented and portrayed as normal for having sexual interests, while me and others like me are not? You have all this straight relationship wish-fulfillment stuff in games like Persona but nothing for gay people.
Gay content in Japanese games is either used for shitty attempts at humor (typically in the form of gay panic) only implied yet never confirmed, or put into its own specific subgenre if the gay romance is more overt.

Japan is a very conservative society, which is reflected in their media. Gay/lesbian/queer content is present in it's own niche, but generally it's not mainstream.
 

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Oct 25, 2017
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I'm going to go out on a limb here and reccomend Ar No Surge. It's incredibly anime and I won't pretend that it's problematic elements aren't problematic (they are numerous and can get very problematic) but it managed to hook me with a 4th wall breaking twist and make me feel emotions that I didn't know a video game was able to produce. Just make sure you max out everyones (at least Ion's) genometric dive sequences if you really want to see what I mean.

I would buy this so fast if it was remastered. Only on PS3/Vita for now though. :(
 
Mar 11, 2019
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Gay content in Japanese games is either used for shitty attempts at humor (typically in the form of gay panic) only implied yet never confirmed, or put into its own specific subgenre if the gay romance is more overt.

Japan is a very conservative society, which is reflected in their media. Gay/lesbian/queer content is present in it's own niche, but generally it's not mainstream.
Yeah, I like the positive themes and fantasy stylings of a lot of anime games, but dislike the lack of representation or even outright hate speech. I wish there was something like Cuphead where it uses the stylings of these games, but with all of the horrible stuff removed. Though it's admittedly a valid question as to whether aping something that has hate speech in it (i.e. old theater cartoons) and removing the hate speech still counts as bad since you owe most of your stylings to those racist cartoons. As a white man, that's something I'd be happy to get another perspective on.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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Yeah, I like the positive themes and fantasy stylings of a lot of anime games, but dislike the lack of representation or even outright hate speech. I wish there was something like Cuphead where it uses the stylings of these games, but with all of the horrible stuff removed. Though it's admittedly a valid question as to whether aping something that has hate speech in it (i.e. old theater cartoons) and removing the hate speech still counts as bad since you owe most of your stylings to those racist cartoons. As a white man, that's something I'd be happy to get another perspective on.
Japanese games pretty much run the gamut between positive queer representation and offensive portrayals, but that's pretty true of games from any region. Some recent Japanese games that have good representation are Dragon Quest XI and The Missing: J.J. Macfield and the Island of Memories. You might find something you like there.

Japanese media also tends to use yaoi (male homosexuality) and yuri (female homosexuality) for the enjoyment of cishet women and men, respectively. While that has changed some in recent years, yaoi/yuri media is still predominately made with a straight audience in mind.
 
Jan 30, 2019
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I'd HIGHLY recommend danganronpa, it's a really unique series centered around a killing game, though to get the whole story for the series, you'd have to go DR1>DR2>DR3 Anime>DRV3. Check out 1bitheart if you're looking for something a bit more wholesome in that detective anime game type vein.

Now for more standard visual novels, I'd put my first recommendations for Clannad and Steins;Gate, depending on whether you'd want something more emotional or sci fi. Some other visual novels I'd recommend checking out are Lucy and Narcissu, which are both p cheap and short, while being self contained.

So, guys, this bundle popped up. do you guys see anything worth at all? something yourselves played that could recommend(or not)?
100% orange juice is really fun but its more of a board game, other than that most of their stuff is bullet hell. not really that 'weeb' ish
 
Oct 25, 2017
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I'm going to go out on a limb here and reccomend Ar No Surge. It's incredibly anime and I won't pretend that it's problematic elements aren't problematic (they are numerous and can get very problematic) but it managed to hook me with a 4th wall breaking twist and make me feel emotions that I didn't know a video game was able to produce. Just make sure you max out everyones (at least Ion's) genometric dive sequences if you really want to see what I mean.

Ah this reminds me I have a sealed PS3 copy I haven't touched because my BD drive controller chip is fucked.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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The main choices I had in mind were already mentioned (modern Persona games and Trails games), but if I had to stretch the definition of anime game. I'll recommend Phantasy Star 4.
While the tropes it has are quite different than those who'd think an average anime game would have, it honestly gives me 80/90s space sci-fi anime vibes. Plus plenty of the cutscenes are presented in some sort of anime-ish way too:

It kinda is old and plays like a 90s JRPG game, but it still holds pretty well imo
 
Oct 27, 2017
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Akiba’s Trip is pretty amusing with all of the jokes it makes about anime & general Japanese tropes, plus some of the outfit choices are helluva amusing. It has jank for sure, but if you can get past that it’s quite a ride. I’d suggest the PS4 version as that has the best performance out of the console releases.

Don’t confuse it for Akiba’s Beat, though, by accident. That game is utter crap and isn’t worth the price even on a huge sale.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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What, the OP can call themselves weeabos but I can't poke fun at the generally awful quality of anime games, especially licensed ones?

I swear anime fans have the fragilest egos, and I've been one for most of my life (including both SRW and GaoGaiGar).
Sorry just used to people on this site shittalking anime then leaving.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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Madrid
The main choices I had in mind were already mentioned (modern Persona games and Trails games), but if I had to stretch the definition of anime game. I'll recommend Phantasy Star 4.
While the tropes it has are quite different than those who'd think an average anime game would have, it honestly gives me 80/90s space sci-fi anime vibes. Plus plenty of the cutscenes are presented in some sort of anime-ish way too:

It kinda is old and plays like a 90s JRPG game, but it still holds pretty well imo
Great choice, PS4 is an amazing game, and very much anime. PS2 was my first ever JRPG but PS4 is vastly superior in every regard.