(Japan) NIS Thinking About Adapting Games into Anime

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

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Nippon Ichi Sftware (NIS)

The president of Nippon Ichi Software (NIS), Sohei Niikawa, spoke to someone from gaming website Joystiq at Tokyo Game Show 2013. In the discussion, he mentioned he was interested in creating more anime based on some of their games and more games based on anime. He later mentioned how he would like to “try again” with a Disgaea anime series. He said that when they attempted to do so before, the actual drawings for the anime were not well-received.

NIS has been responsible for many JRPGs over the years, especially strategy RPGs. Other than the Disgaea series, they are known for games like Makai Kingdom: Chronicles of the Sacred Tomb, La Pucelle Tactics, Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure, Z.H.P. Unlosing Ranger VS Darkdeath Evilman and, more recently, The Guided Fate Paradox. So, which of these NIS titles would you like to see adapted into an anime?


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  • HatsyaSouji

    Do Phantom Brave, or uncannily… I wonder how will Hollywood bastardize ZHP…

    • …Hollywood has nothing to do with anime.

    • Pedro Rosas

      or so you think

    • Jonah Rosen


    • HatsyaSouji

      And if Hollywood will do a damn stunt with ZHP, it’ll lose its comedic and anime-ish aesthetics, in favor of gritty ‘Murican dark CG-fest, it’ll be like Man of Steel with ZHP brand at stake!

      A bit on: Hmmm… I imagine ClaDun and Legacista as something sad but action-packed.

    • Pedro Rosas

      You do know that a lot of anime studios have offices all over the US right? and a lot of those offices are in Hollywood

    • bird

      The “anime studios” you’re talking about are either distribution companies like Funimation that pick up already-existing anime to license and distribute to an English-speaking audience, or companies like Aniplex or Bandai that are branches of already-existing Japanese anime companies. Hollywood has nothing to do with anime production.

    • Pedro Rosas

      This distribution studios you speak of are only in charge of localizing anime, nothing else nothing more.

    • Really, Hollywood is in production of anime?

  • Quick! Name an anime adaptation that you like as much as the original game!
    Proud Mode: that was genuinely good and not just a guilty pleasure!
    Critical Mode: and wasn’t based on a visual novel or visual novel sensibilities!

    Yeah, no thanks.

    • Jonah Rosen

      Proud Mode/Critical Mode: Tales of the Abyss

      I win! I like this game!

    • I said “good” not “average”

    • Jonah Rosen

      Well I don’t know what you saw, but the Tales of the Abyss anime I saw was rather faithful to the storyline of the game, which IS pretty good on it’s own right. So you don’t even have to play the game if you want to know most of the main story, just watch the anime.

    • That’s one perspective.

    • Jonah Rosen

      Yeah, I could say the same to your ‘I said “good not “average”‘ comment. I think it’s good, others I know think it’s good. so it’s good by multiple peoples standards. Just because you think it’s “average” doesn’t means it IS average, just only to your and possibly other peoples standards. At the same time, just because I think it “good” doesn’t mean it’s good in everyone’s perspective. It’s all subjective.

    • Me and the zeitgeist. Plus you’ve sailed right on past my original point.

    • Jonah Rosen

      I edited my comment to point out that it’s all subjective really. I think it’s good, you think it’s average. I think you should change the original comment to “Proud Mode: You THINK it’s genuinely good and not a guilty pleasure.”

    • No, because that’s still not the point. Congrats! you can name one game adaptation that doesn’t suck! That’s one in a veritable sea of inferior works! The odds are that a game adaptation is going to suck and you liking one (be it average or not) does nothing to change that fact, which is and was the entire point of my comment. There is no reason to edit my comment and I’m tired of arguing semantics with you.

      As-salamu alaykum.

    • Thanatos2k

      Valkyria Chronicles was decently good.

    • You liked it as much as the game?

    • Thedude3445

      Yu-Gh-Oh 😛

    • Yu-gi-oh wasn’t a game first. Fail.

    • Thedude3445

      (It was a joke)

    • and a terrible one at that.

    • Thedude3445

      I thought it was an okay one. Anyway out of adaptations that are good, Gotta say the Kirby anime was very awesome when I was a kid. and the Persona animes? Yes.

    • It really was a rhetorical question.

    • Thedude3445

      Well I really made a legitimate answer. I am sorry for misunderstanding your text comment and the following comments and believing that you actually wanted examples of good video game anime adaptations.

    • People tend to do that. :

      Oh well.

      As-salamu alaykum.

  • MoonOwl

    My choices would be “ZHP” (I feel it could do very well as a comedy/action anime) and Makai Kingdom (because I’M A FREAKIN’ OVERLORD).

    • MoonOwl

      Correction: A *BADASS* FREAKIN’ OVERLORD!.

  • Pedro Rosas

    La Pucelle would work beyond great.

    Phantom Brave would be kinda tough. As it is one of my favorite games I honestly cannot look at it as a full fledged anime, maybe a 6 episode OVA

    Disgaea 2 and 3 seem flexible to me in comparation to the first one.

    Prinny can be a movie

    Phantom Kingdom would be tough as well

  • Alex

    They really should do La Pucelle. Dem thighs…

    Wait….what we talking about again?

  • Tryphena

    Since my favourite NIS game is Soul Nomad, I’m going to be biased and say Soul Nomad. (Female Revya, Gig Ending, pls.) Even if it’ll be too hard to adapt it into an anime since…it’s so…long…
    Second choice would be Disgaea 2 since it seems appropriate somehow, and third would be ZHP since it’s hilarious.

  • Thanatos2k

    I thought the Disgaea anime was pretty good….

  • Ghaerdon

    Z.H.P. That would work phenomenally as an anime, I think :D.

  • Bec66

    I think La Pucelle would be great to start with since well it feels very paced like an anime heck almost the first half of the game is a series of loosely related events