Major Anime Studios And The Game Companies They Remind Me Of

I should warn people that this is about to get more surreal then most of my posts or any of them frankly.  I’m feeling experimental tonight, and this is a comparison attempt I’ve wanted to do for a while.  Do you think you are ready.  Well then venture forth……

Does this actions scene have a crazy techno beat or guitar solo playing throughout it?  You better believe it.  Everything is stylish to the max and they want you to know they are in full control of the project.  They love to form partnerships of opportunity with other studios and seem to have a fascination with ancient cultures and rituals in the works they produce and publish.  Cool is the way to go.

WHOA! LOOK AT THESE AWESOME 2D DRAWINGS!  Where have I seen this before though.  Hey that anime girl looks cute…..wait this all feels to easy, to simple.  Otaku friendly is the way to go as well as proven working formula.  Things start to feel kind of samey after a while, but at least something is kind of different each time.  Getting through it can be quite the ride, but in the end there’s always that feeling left that it’s been a grind to get there.

What’s with all these people and why are they all fighting each other.  This brooding atmosphere, war everywhere…..little girls kicking everyones ass….what the?  What’s with all this mythical being in a real world setting and why do I keep getting the message, melee weapon beats every ranged weapon combined?  So much shooting going on, but I can’t really pin down where it’s all coming from.  Rie Kugimiya’s not in at the moment, would you like to leave a message?

So you’ve defined a few genres for the world and been around forever, now what are you going to do?  Let’s have some sequels!  What’s with all these damn robots and talking about war and peace?  Just how many key franchises do you bloody people have anyway.  Stop being such attention whores, stop making so much profit this instant and start a new franchise!  Just when you think you’ve got them all figured out, whoops did somebody just reinvent a genre or completely pull the rug out from under you on this one…..ROBOTS, ZANY DIALOGUE, RAW ENTERTAINMENT!

BIGGER, FASTER, MORE XTREME! IN YOUR FAST! BLAST PROCESSING!  aimless?  What once was mighty and held it’s own against the best has lost it’s way.  Vain attempt after vain attempt, but never with that feeling of effort have left them the favourite whipping boy of all who know the name.  With a little effort, some inspiration and a good team miracles can happen, but they haven’t in the longest time anyone can remember.  Is there destiny to just wander aimlessly looking for a receptive audience as they deceive with seemingly good ideas only to blow it on the execution?  Only time will tell.

Wow that was the most fun I’ve had at blogging in a while.  So I only chose five of the highest profile studios and game companies I could think of right off the bat.  Though if people found this interesting enough and they ask nicely I’ll take requests for additions to the article. 

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9 Responses to “Major Anime Studios And The Game Companies They Remind Me Of”


  1. 1 RmX August 4, 2008 at 7:25 am

    Surprisingly those all made sense to me.

  2. 2 The Animanachronism August 4, 2008 at 11:50 am

    Hmm, I like the Gonzo-Sega connection. Though to give them their due, Gonzo’s anime has been pushing the envelope in distribution terms – not that that’s necessarily a decision made by the studio, I’d imagine it’s a choice taken at a higher level. Perhaps.

  3. 3 Haesslich August 4, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    I would argue with J.C. Staff only doing fighting games, per Konami: this is the same studio that did Azumanga Daioh, Honey and Clover, Nodame Cantabile… among others. It’s just lately that they’ve been brined to go the Shana/Zero route… alas. Although Noitamina may have been more involved with the latter two.

  4. 4 blake steel August 4, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    Well capcom and sunrise both have one thing in common. They both created anime or games with a sad ending. I don’t really play a lot of games from capcom. The sad ending I can think of from a capcom game was in Onimusha dawn of dreams. In fact it was the first Onimusha game I played since I never really followed the onimusha series until this year.

    I shouldn’t even have to tell you which sunrise anime I saw a sad ending in. As for the other anime studios I have never heard of most of them until now.

  5. 5 Kaioshin Sama August 4, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    @Haesslich: Actually Konami is more known for there shooting games then anything else other then perhaps the Metal Gear Solid franchise. I had been expecting them to do a Sky Girls game in the shooter style all throughout last year seeing as they were sponsors, but apparently it didn’t happen somehow. Some people think that the new parodius game might have started life as a Sky Girls game but who knows….

  6. 6 Setsu August 4, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    I know Nippon Ichi is getting more popular, but high profile? Even now, I wouldn’t call NI high profile. Still, the comparison is there with NI including cute girls and many of the Disgaea games containing references, so you’re pretty much on the ball there.

    What about Square Enix, then? Studio Pierrot, perhaps?

  7. 7 Haesslich August 4, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    J.C. Staff’s more known for doing moe-type shows or slice-of-life like those I named… it’s just that lately all of their shows have been Shana, Shana, and ZnT. It’s like saying the Dreamcast only had SoulCalibur, since that’s the series the system’s most well-known for; a tad misleading.

  8. 8 Dan August 5, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    Bones = Ubisoft? I guess the style and no substance comparison is kind of true. I’m definitely in the minority however.

    The only magnificent Ubisoft-published games would be the Silent Hunter series, IL-2, and Beyond Good and Evil. The rest range from pretty bad to pretty good.

    The Capcom/Sunrise comparison is spot on. Not many people are pleased with either of their products as of recently. And too many people are too young to remember stuff like the Wizardry (RIP SirTech) series where the stuff they produced was truly awesome.

    I’m surprised you didn’t take a kick at Bethesda, EA, Namco Bandai, THQ or iD.

  9. 9 Enact August 6, 2008 at 12:00 am

    I’m not so sure how much I agree with this. The Gonzo one is spot on, but the J.C Staff one is kinda “what”, at least to me. Sunrise isn’t as franchise happy as Capcom, though I see where you are going with this, but they do a lot more one shot series then they do sequals, it’s just a lot of people don’t tend to remember them (Zegapain, Panzer World Galient, Layzner, the list goes on). KyoAni as Nippon Ichi is perfect though. As for Bones…I’m not sure. Bones kinda stradles the line between Mainstream and “artsy” or niche, and it does it pretty damn well. They have slip ups every now and then (Mars Daybreak, Ayakashi Ayashi being a financal failure despite being a very good series, Jyu-Oh-Sei).


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