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The Top 21 Best Anime Series About a Game

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Anime about Game, this phrase refers to those anime series that take place inside a gaming world, where characters maybe trapped in there, must survive, sturggle, and tryoing their best to log out safe and sound. Also, we have some kind of animes that simply focuses on high stakes games such as: gambling, playing shogi, karuta, and so many other japanese games.

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But yeah, we know that There are various anime series based on video games, but here we are today just to make a compiled list of what we think are the best gaming themed anime of all time that you will enjoy watching.

With no Further Ado, Here we Go to Uncover the Best Anime about Games that you Should See!


 

21. High Score Girl

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  • Episodes: 19 / Two Seasons
  • Studios: J.C.Staff
  • Genres: Game, Comedy, Romance, School, Seinen

Let’s Kick off our list of top anime series that are about games themes with High Score Girl, which depicts the story of the launching of arcade games, and people starts to dreams of becoming a professional gamer which seems so hard.

And here we have Haruo Yaguchi who aims to be a professional gamer, he is already a good gamer, and he became famous in his too, that is, until one day he will be defeated by his pretty rich girl named akira.

Oh yeah, now someone has appeared who can compete with him, which will makes haruo have mixed feelings toward this new rival, as he both loathe and happy to have met someone who can be his rival.


 

20. Chihayafuru

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  • Episodes: 50 / Two Seasons
  • Studios: Madhouse
  • Genres: Drama, Game, Josei, School, Slice of Life, Sports

Chiyaha Ayase is a kind girl who spent most of her life supporting her older sister’s model career.

So, When she meets a boy named Arata Wataya, he thinks Chihaya has skills to become an amazing karuta player.

Karuta is a card game that demands strong physical and mental skills.

Furthermore, The game is influenced by a classic Japanese anthology of Hundred Poets.

Hence, As Chihaya starts chasing her dream of becoming Japan’s best player, she is now away from her karuta playing friends.

Currently she is in high school, and Chihaya still plays karuta’s game, hoping that she will meet up with her friends once again.

 

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19. New Game!

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  • Episdoes: 24 / Two Seasons
  • Studios: Doga Kobo
  • Genres: Game, Slice of Life, Comedy

The Anime Follows Aoba Suzukaze, who has usually been in love with the Fairies Story of game series, and as soon as she graduates, she will starts working in the same company behind her Favorited game. and luckily, On her first day, she is been chosen to work on a new installment of the series: Fairies Story 3.

New Game Anime Series depicts the story of Aoba and her workmates, as they all adventures through the ups and downs of creating video games, from designing characters to fixing all the bugs that will inevitably arise in the process.


 

18. D-Frag

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  • Episodes: 12
  • Studios: Brain’s Base
  • Genres: Game, Comedy, School, Seinen

Here is another good comedy School anime that revolves around a gang of three wannabe delinquents and close friends, who will find themselves putting out a fire in the Game Development Club. so, Instead of thanking them, the gang will be attacked, forcing the gang leader Kenji to fight for his life. Failing to escape, he is forced to became a member of the Game Development Club.

Throughout the Game Development Club’s constant shenanigans and his desperate attempts to leave the club, Kenji begins to realize that he may be actually enjoying himself.

 

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17. Yu☆Gi☆Oh!

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  • Episodes: 778 / 6 Seasons
  • Studios: Gallop, Toei Animation, 4kids entertainement
  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Game, Shounen

Yu Gi Oh is a popular and mainstream anime series that everyone know about, and if didn’t heard of it! this is your chance to Meet Yugi and his best friends Joey, Tristan and Téa, who shares the same love for the newest game that’s sweeping the nation: Duel Monsters!

Duel Monsters is a card-battling game in which players put different mystical creatures against one another in creative and strategic duels! Packed with awesome monsters and mighty spell cards, Yugi and his friends are totally obsessed with the game.

But there’s more to this card game than meets the eye!


 

16. Summer Wars

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  • Episodes: Movie
  • Studios: Madhouse
  • Genres: Sci-Fi, Comedy

Summer Wars is a Great Anime Movie on our list, which is set at OZ, a Popular virtual world connected to the internet, and now it is a place for people to engage in also many activities, be it playing sports, games, or shopping, through avatars created and customized by the user. this virtual worls is extremly has an impenetrable security due to its strong encryption.
Kenji Koiso is a 17-year-old math genius and part-time OZ moderator, he is a young math genius, who will solves a complex equation and inadvertently puts the virtual world’s artificial intelligence in a position to destroy Earth.

 

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15. Hack//Sign

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  • Episodes: 26
  • Studios: Bee Train
  • Genres: Game, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Mystery, Magic, Fantasy

hack Sign is that kind of anime series that depicts the story of characters who are trapped in a game and have to do their best in order to log out from it.

A young Wavemaster, only known by the alias of Tsukasa, wakes up in an MMORPG called The World, with slight amnesia.

He does not know what he has previously done before he woke up. In The World, the Crimson Knights suspect him of being a hacker, as he was seen accompanying a tweaked character in the form of a cat.

Unable to log out from the game, he wanders around looking for answers, avoiding the knights and other players he meets along the way.

As Tsukasa explores The World, he stumbles upon a magical item that takes the form of a “guardian,” which promises him protection from all harm.

Subaru, the leader of the Crimson Knights, along with several other players who became acquainted with Tsukasa, set out to investigate why Tsukasa is unable to log out and attempt to get to the bottom of the problem before it gets out of hand.


 

14. 3-gatsu no Lion

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  • Episodes: 44 / Two Seasons
  • Studios: Shaft
  • Genres: Drama, Game, Seinen, Slice of Life

This Anime Series depicts the story of Rei Kiriyama, who is one of the few elite and professional player of the Japanese Shogi Game in the world. hence, he usually lives under enorm pressure, both due to the shogi community and his family. So in order to ease himself he moved from his adoptive family home, and head toward tokyo.

However, not long after his arrival, Rei meets a trio of sisters living with their grandfather who owns a traditional wagashi shop. These sisters, are coping with past tragedies, also share with Rei a unique familial bond that he has lacked for most of his life. Hence, As he struggles to maintain himself physically and mentally through his shogi career, Rei must learn how to interact with others and understand his own complex emotions.

 

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13. Net-juu no Susume

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  • Episodes: 10
  • Studios: Signal.MD
  • Genres: Game, Comedy, Romance

Oh yeah! this is a good romance gae anime series that follows Moriko Morioka, a 30-year-old single NEET woman is unemployed.

After dropping out from reality, she has taken off in looking for a different life and she endes up in an online game.

Where she reinventing herself as the handsome and dashing male hero “Hayashi” in the MMO Fruits de Mer.

While starting out as a beginner, a pretty character named Lily reached out to help her.

the two become inseparable just as Moriko herself becomes more and more engrossed in her new “life” as Hayashi.

Meanwhile, in the real world, awaits a shocking encounter with a stranger good-looking elite company employee, a mysterious blue-eyed blonde.

However, fate has more in store for them than they ever imagined.


 

12. Hai tou Gnesou no Grimgar

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  • Episodes: 12
  • Studios: A-1 Pictures
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

the plot of This game anime is highlighting the emotions of Fear, survival, instinct.

where the anime characters waking up in a foreign land with nothing but hazy memories and the knowledge of their name.

living with only these three emotions dwelling inside their souls.

These characters must accept the paying task in this game-like-world, and became soldiers

who must eliminates anything that threatens the peace of this fantasy world.

However, this is not an easy game, as its rule is to kill or be killed.

 

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11. Accel World

animes about gaming

  • Episodes: 24
  • Studios: Sunrise
  • Genres: Action, Game, Sci-Fi, Romance, School

The year is 2046.

Haruyuki is an overweight Boy who finds himself on the lowest social rungs of his school.

Tired of his miserable life, Haruyuki can only seeks refuge in virtual life.

The Anime twist happens, when One day his life change when Kuroyukihime, the most popular prettiest girl in school, introduces him to a mysterious program called Brain Burst and a deadly virtual reality Gamecalled the Accel World.


 

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10. Kakegurui

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  • Episodes: 24 / Two Seasons
  • Studios: MAPPA
  • Genres: Drama, Game, Mystery, Psychological, School, Shounen

Another great anime about a gambling Game is Kakegurui, that take place in a unusual school “Hyakkaou Private Academy” that prepares students for their time in the real world.

Since many of the students are the children of the richest people in the world, the Elite academy has its quirks that separate it from all the others.

By day, it is a normal school, educating its pupils in history, languages, and the like.

But at night, it turns into a gambling den, educating them in the art of dealing with money and manipulating people.

Money is power; those who come out on top in the games stand at the top of the school.

Yumeko Jabami, A gambling prodigy, naive and beautiful transfer student, is ready to try her hand at Hyakkaou’s special curriculum.

Unlike the rest, she doesn’t play to win, but for the thrill of the gamble, and her borderline insane way of gambling might just bring too many new cards to the table.

 

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9. Death Parade

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  • Episodes: 12
  • Studios: Madhouse
  • Genres: Game, Mystery, Psychological, Drama, Thriller

Death Parade is one my favorite game anime of all time! yeah this japanese anime series will teach you the true nature of human beings.

the plot is set After death, and, at the instant of their death, they arrive at the Quindecim, a bar attended by the mysterious white-haired Decim.

After death, humans go to either heaven or hell, but for some people, they face a bar-tender who challenge s them in  random games, that will decides their fate later

During these games the true nature of human appears, be a good or a bad, your Welcome to Quindecim, where Decim, decides your afterlife!

In death parade people receives judgment, however, a strange, black-haired girl causes Decim to begin questioning his own rulings.


 

8. Kaiji

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  • Episodes: 52 / Two Seasons
  • Studios: Madhouse
  • Genres: Game, Psychological, Thriller, Seinen

Kaiji is one of the best genius, gambling, and game anime of all time.

the story follows Kaiji Itou is a good-for-nothing loiterer who spends his days drinking beer and stealing hubcaps.

His life will change dramatically, when he ends up being tricked by his former co-worker.

So Unable to repay his friend’s huge debt all by himself, Kaiji  participate in an illegal underground gamble on a cruise ship.

This turns out to be nothing more than the beginning of his new life of hell-thrown headlong into a life-threatening roller coaster of mind games, cheating, and deceit.

Kaiji is forced to fight not only other people, but also the mysteries of their psyches.

As a result, kaiji finds out that the worst sides of human nature surface when people’s backs are against the wall, and that the most fearsome dangers of all are greed, paranoia, and the human survival instinct itself.

 

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7. Btoom

anime about game

  • Episodes: 12
  • Studios: Madhouse
  • Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Psychological, Seinen

we are now at one of the best survival game anime i have ever seen! btoom is really a show that you will fall in love with! the story follows Ryouta Sakamoto, who suddenly finds himself moving from playing the Btoom! video game to being transported on a mysterious island.

He is carrying a day’s worth of provisions, a bag of bombs, a strange crystal in his left hand and a huge gaping hole in his memory.

But it doesn’t take him so long to find out what’s going on, especially after the first person Ryouta meets indeed tries to kill him.

Someone is attempting to recreate the ultra-violent Btoom! game in real life and the island has been filled with an army of other unwilling players, each armed with one of the multiple variants of explosive weapons called BIM.


 

6. Log Horizon

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  • Episodes: 50 / Two Seasons
  • Studios: Studio Deen
  • Genres: Action, Game, Adventure, Magic, Fantasy

Here is Another Good Anime About a Gaming theme “Log Horizon”, its a game story that depicts: During the release of its twelfth expansion pack: Novasphere Pioneers, thirty thousand Japanese gamers who are all logged on at the time of the update.

However, they suddenly find themselves transported into the game world and donning their in-game avatars.

So, In the midst of the event, a socially awkward gamer called Shiroe, who isn’t very good at taming with others.

Hence, he forms a guild called “Log Horizon” with an eclectic group of other players, In order to survive in this world full of monsters.

 

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5. Persona The Animation

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  • Episodes: 89 / Four Seasons
  • Studios: A-1 Pictures, AIC A.S.T.A.
  • Genres: Sci-Fi, Adventure, Mystery, Super Power, Supernatural, School

This anime is adapted from the popular video game persona, taking place at Ayanagi City, a city near the Japan Sea. It is a futuristic city that was built to carry out the recovery from the calamity caused by the “Apathy Syndrome” ten years previous. High school student Shin Kanzato with his little brother Jun, meet with their elder brother Ryou, who is the chief of the Ayanagi City Police, again after ten years. At that time, a series of strange incidents happen in Ayanagi City such as the crew of a submarine that suddenly disappears while in their submarine, or a spiritless symptom which disturbs the world after ten years, or the case of the inside out corpse where a student took on a cruel appearance. Ryou tracks down the organization behind the string of incidents, and having become involved in the incidents, Shin awakens the “Persona.”


 

4. Sword art Online

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  • Episdoes: 97 / Five Seasons
  • Studios: A-1 Pictures, 3Hz
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Game, Romance

Sword Art Online is an anime that doesn’t need promotion, and its a game anime series that is so popular worldwide.

this gaming themed anime revolves around a Virtual Reality Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (VRMMORPG), that has been released where players control their avatars with their bodies using a piece of technology called Nerve Gear.

One day, players discover they cannot log out, as the game creator is holding them captive unless they reach the 100th floor of the game’s tower and defeat the final boss.

However, when you die in-game, you die in the real world. Their struggle for survival starts now…

 

See Also: 10 Best Anime Where MC Is Trapped In a Game


 

3. The King’s Avatar

animes about games

  • Episodes: 12
  • Studios: G.CMay Animation & Film
  • Genres: Action, Game

This Anime series is focusing on a badass professional player in the online multiplayer game Glory, Ye Xiu is an overpowered mc, who is dubbed the “Battle God” for his skills and contributions to the game over the years.

However, when retiring from the team and to leave his gaming career behind, he finds work at a nearby internet café.

So, he made a new career using a new character “Lord Grim.”

Ye Xiu’s early achievements on the new server immediately catch the attention of many players, as well as the big guilds, leaving them to wonder about the identity of this exceptional player.

However, while he possesses ten years of experience and in-depth knowledge, starting afresh with neither sponsors nor a team in a game that has changed over the years presents numerous challenges.

Along with talented new comrades, Ye Xiu once again dedicates himself to traverse the path to Glory’s summit!


 

2. Overlord

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  • Episodes: 39 / Three Seasons
  • Studios: Madhouse
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Game, Magic, Supernatural

Overlord Anime Series has story that centers around Yggdrasil, a popular online video game which is shut down one day, and this is just like what happens in sword art online.

while, Momonga decides to log out as the server shuts down, he found himself trapped in the world of Yggdrasil as a powerful skeletal wizard.

The world continues to change, with non-player characters (NPCs) beginning to become emotional and becoming life-like.

Momonga becomes cold and calculating while having his emotions suppressed, as if he was not an actual human.

Having no parents, friends, or place in society, this ordinary young man Momonga then strives to take over the new world the game has become.

 

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1. No Game No Life

anime about game

  • Episodes: 12
  • Studios: Madhouse
  • Genres: Game, Adventure, Comedy, Supernatural, Ecchi, Fantasy

Coming at Number 1 of our list ofanime series about a game, is No Game No Life, that depicts The story of two genius siblings: Sora and Shiro, a.k.a blank gamers, who have never fill in their name.

One day, they transfers to an alternate world.

There, he has prohibited war and declared this to be a world where “everything is decided by games” even national borders.

Therefore, Humanity has been driven back into one remaining city by the other races.

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