From the magical girl genre to shonen giants like Naruto, most anime have a lot of Anime Fighting. The fights tend to be on a whole other level or reality, often with the fighters using only a certain percentage of their power, having different forms, and somehow always being able to stand back up through the power of friendship.
For fans of these fights, there is good news! Anime fighting games exist, and they are quite fun. What makes for a good anime fighting game is a vast character selection and a balanced fighting system. It is a joy to take two characters that never actually met in the show and to make them fight. Not all fighting games are made the same. Reviews have shown some to be far more popular than others
BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
Released in 2018, this 2D game is a crossover fighter. In BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle includes characters from BlazBlue, Persona 4 Arena, Under Night In-Birth, RWBY, Arcana Heart, Senran Kagura, and Akatsuki Blitzkampf. The roaster is pretty big with up to 40 different characters. The game started with 20 characters with most of the others costing additional money. Obviously, this caused severe backlash from fans.
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3
Released back in 2005 for the PlayStation 2, this game is still fondly remembered today and was a big part of many people’s childhood. In terms of critical reception, the title received a pretty average score. If you ask the fans though, they typically have strong positive feelings about this fighter.
Dragon Ball Z is an anime that is perfect for fighting games, so this title is just one of many. Budokai Tenkaichi 3 boasts one of the largest rosters in the franchise.
Guilty Gear Xrd
Part of the Guilty Gear series, Xrd was released in arcades, the PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4 in 2014. The game got high reviews across the board for its accessibility, interesting characters, and aesthetics. Many reviews mentioned that this is a great title for those just checking out the fighting game genre for the first time. Some mentioned that while the character roaster is smaller than others, that flaw is made up for with how interesting and unique each character is.
Under Night In-Birth
Part anime visual novel and part 2D fighting game, this title was initially released as an arcade game in 2012. It is now available on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, as well as the Nintendo Switch and has 20 playable characters. Like Guilty Gear Xrd, it’s a game that is commended for its accessibility for beginners. Players have called the characters available fun and varied but also balanced.
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4
Naruto, like Dragon Ball Z, makes for good fighting game content. The series has a ton of fighting games, but none of them could beat Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4’s cinematography, compelling story, and stunning three dimensional fights. It also introduced elemental damage, which can affect both weapons and clothing.
What some players and critics didn’t like was that the fighting system felt too simple and characters that are unlocked through the story were more overpowered compared to others.
My Hero: One’s Justice 2
Released in March 2020, My Hero: One’s Justice 2 is one of the more recent anime fighting games out there. It has a lot for the player to do, from tons of solo content modes to changing and editing the costumes of characters. The action is smooth, the graphics are gorgeous. The characters are interesting and fun to pit against each other.