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The Anime of the Game
aka: RPG Anime

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In the same vein as The Film of the Book: when a popular game is adapted into an anime. Extremely common in the case of Visual Novels. A sister to Animated Adaptation, only the source is Video Games instead of Live-Action TV or Film. The difference being that video games, by their very nature, are already animated.

May involve Bleached Underpants depending on the source. RPGs in particular tend to have sprawling plotlines narrowed or cut entirely.

If you're looking for the reverse of this trope — that is, the game derived from the anime — see Licensed Game.

For examples of games adapted to films, see Video Game Movies.

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    Examples of Games adapted to Anime 
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • Sonic X, which totally redid most of the plot and setting of the two Adventure games, with some references to a couple other games including Battle in there as well.
    • Also, the Sonic OVA.
  • Star Fox Zero got a CG anime adaption from Production I.G and Wit Studio of the first mission in the game.
  • Star Ocean EX
  • Star Soldier is a very unique (not to mention odd) case, not only because the movie was released alongside the game to promote it (probably the first to do this), but because it is actually about how the game was made!
  • Steins;Gate

    Examples of Games adapted to Western Animation 

    Examples of Games adapted to Live-Action TV 

    Examples of games adapted to Web Animation 
  • The popular Arfenhouse Flash movies were loosely based on a series of freeware spoof RPGs using the OHRRPGCE engine.
  • Before Namco shut Shifty Look down, it created three animated web-series based on its Bravoman and Wonder Momo comic series as well as Mappy, which had no comic. The Bravoman series was perhaps the most notable of the three as it featured prolific voice actors such as Rob Paulsen, Dee Bradley Baker, and Jennifer Hale, while Wonder Momo was an anime with a Japanese voice cast, and Mappy featured extremely limited animation and, for the most part, only two voice actors.
  • Shifty Look aside, Namco also adapted and recycled the story assets from the cancelled Real-Time Strategy game New Space Order for its 10-episode web-anime tie-in Link of Life. Though the game was long cancelled, the anime can be watched and downloaded.
  • Splatoon received an "animated manga" web series, a colorized motion-comic version of the Splatoon manga.
  • Subway Surfers: The Animated Series is an animated web-series based off of the mobile game Subway Surfers.

    Examples of games adapted to Web Video 

    Non-video game examples adapted to Anime 

Alternative Title(s): Anime Of The Game, RPG Anime, The Show Of The Game, The Animation Of The Game


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