You know what dear reader, if there’s one great thing about anime is that you can make an anime from almost any topic.
One usual trend in anime is that bishojo games, eroges and visual novels usually get converted to anime. Now what exactly are bishojo games and other stuff I’m talking about, you ask?
Visual novels and bishojo games are similar in the sense that it is an interactive fiction game featuring mostly static graphics, usually with anime-style art. As the name might suggest, they resemble mixed-media novels or tableau vivant stage plays. Think of it as “playing” a story, although that where the similarity ends. The difference is that visual novels have linear story and require almost no interaction (although the New Visual Novels now incorporate more story interaction and alternative endings for the western audience) and bishojo games center on interacting with the female characters (or male characters) and the story and endings can be altered according to the player’s choices and the choice of girl (or boy) the player interacts with. Eroge is a bishojo game (or Otome game if the player is female) with erotic scenes. It should be noted that bishojo games and visual novels form a sizeable fraction of the Japanese market: the most popular have sold over a million copies, and they make up the majority of offline PC games in Japan and making their presence slowly felt stateside. These kinds of games have the unique charm of giving a unique gaming experience and most otaku prefer interacting with 2D girls better than real girls (which really puzzles me but I kind of understand this line of reasoning). The best of these kinds of games can get you emotionally involved with the story.
The one thing that pisses me off, is that people and some dumb animu fans think that visual novels and bishojo games are all eroge, which is clearly isn’t.
Now, personally I don’t exactly know when did the trend of bishojo game/visual novels conversion to anime started but as far as I can gleam, the trend started in the ‘90’s with the OAV of Dokyusei and To Heart anime.
It is really amazing that some of the best anime come from these visual novels and bishojo games. Some notable examples that come to mind are Fate/Stay Night, Kimi ga Nozomu Eien (A.K.A. Rumbling Hearts), Comic Party and Da Capo. The anime The World Only God Knows is inspired by bishojo games.
Its saddening that some of the good visual novels don’t get the anime treatment and now that I’m on the topic of visual novels, I’ll be suggesting two VN’s that I think should be given the anime treatment.
Kazoku Keikaku (Family Project)
This game basically asks the question “What is family?”. This game shows in a very nice fashion what exactly a family is, in which five misfits and social outcasts form the pact “family project”, an alliance of mutual convenience and utilitarian support that despite the mistrust and antagonism among its members soon comes to mean much more. It really has a very beautiful story and it has touched me.
This VN is K-ON meets drama with a damn awesome story. The music of this game could give K-ON! A run for its money. The story is just damn mind blowingly amazing, I tell you! I’m probably not the only one who’s saying this should get the anime treatment and here’s a sample music from the game just to prove that this game has damn awesome music.
Hope this blogpost helped you, dear reader! ^^
PS – Thanks very much to @winterkaijyu and @Mor3ndo at Twitter for their help for this blogpost!