Things that go together: peanut butter and jelly, macaroni and cheese, Mario and Luigi, Jack and Jill, anime and video games, Beavis and... Okay, okay. We snuck that last one in there, you caught us. But there aren't that many arguments you can make to say they don't deserve a spot on that list.
One reason anime and games pair well together is because they both feature fantastical elements that can transport its audience away from the real world. Another reason is because they feature many identifiable characters. Some of these characters have the same problems, or character quirks as we do. Some have the same hobby and prefer burying their face in a gaming console to interactions with other beings.
Today, we'll look at the characters that connect with the gamer in us. Here is our list for Top 10 Anime Gamers!
10. Konata Izumi from Lucky Star
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: April 2007 – September 2007
Lucky Star is a slice-of-life anime following four high school friends. Konata is a smart and outgoing girl but is also very much an otaku. Konata spends her nights playing games and as a result, tends to fall asleep in class. In addition to playing video games nearly every night, Konata earns her status as a gamer due to her love and ability to reference popular games, showing that she knows quite a bit about what's trending for other gamers.
9. Tomoko Kuroki from Watamote: No Matter How I Look At It, It You Guys' Fault I'm Unpopular (Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaete mo Omaera ga Warui!)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: July 2013 – September 2013
High school: the perfect opportunity to recreate yourself and become one of the popular kids. Unfortunately for Tomoko, her social anxiety and extreme social ineptitude prevent this from happening. So, with no friends Tomoko spends her time playing watching anime and, of course, playing video games. And it shows. Tomoko has dark bags under her eyes from her late night's gaming.
In addition to playing games late into the night, Tomoko has no problem finding times and places to play during the day. This includes her sick brother's room and unused desks in her school during lunch break.
Tomoko has fallen asleep on several occasions while playing games, which can make for quite the awkward situations as her preferred games are Boy Love and otome games. Despite this preference, she has been seen playing other games including trading card games. She was caught cheating at said game, which for some gamers is unacceptable. But you play the game to win, right?
8. Terence T. D'Arby from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders –Battle in Egypt- (JoJo no Kimyou Bouken: Stardust Crusaders)
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: January 2015 – June 2015
Terence is very smart and proficient at video games. What a better way to take advantage of your skills than to combine them. Terence prefers to battle his opponents by playing video games with their souls on the line. It takes a lot of confidence in your gaming ability to constantly wager your soul as a prize.
Terence shows his skill in two different games: a racing game and baseball game. In the racing game, Terence shows a great understanding of the course by taking risks that could pay off well or make him pay. Likewise, in the baseball game, Terence displays in-depth knowledge of the different batters. Unfortunately for Terence, his gaming skills weren't able to save his soul. True, he lost to a bit of cheating but that shouldn't stop a true gamer.
7. Haruyuki Arita from Accel World
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: April 2012 – September 2012
Haruyuki is the unfortunate victim of bullying at high school. Haruyuki escapes from the situation by playing online video games. Haruyuki doesn't just play to escape, he has pride in his skills, having owned the high score in his favorite game. One day, Haruyuki is introduced to the program, "Brain Burst," an augmented reality fighting game.
In Brain Burst, Haruyuki must help his friend Kuroyukihime to defeat The Six Kings of Pure Color in order to meet the creator of the game. The Six Kings are the strongest players in the game, and losing to them will not only remove all your points in the game, it will remove your ability to play the game. Despite knowing this, Haruyuki plays the game, with the sole intention of challenging the kings. Haruyuki's introduction to the game was rough, but as he plays and learns, he becomes more and more adept at the game.
6. Umaru Doma from Himouto! Umaru-chan
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: July 2015 – September 2015
Umaru is the perfect high school girl. She's cute, at the top of her class, and loved by everyone. That's in public, however. At home, she's a completely different person: a full blown otaku. All she does is watch anime, read manga, eat junk food, and, of course, play video games.
The act of playing video games isn't enough to be considered a gamer, of course. Umaru gives up all responsibilities, neglecting to even take care of her pet hamsters. Umaru is a true gamer, playing all genres of games on all on all consoles, even the arcade. At her local arcade, Umaru is known as UMR, her public gamer persona, feared for her dominating performance against other gamers.
5. Kirigaya "Kirito" Kazuto from Sword Art Online
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: July 2012 – December 2012
Gamers spend their time waiting for a game's release date; true gamers follow the game's development and even participate in the game's beta testing if possible. Kirito was lucky enough to be selected for the first Virtual Reality MMORPG Sword Art Online's beta period. After the official game, Kirito used the knowledge of the game to excel at the game. Kirito clocked many hours into the beta and was able to o prove himself to be a skilled gamer by reaching further in the game than any of the other thousand beta testers.
Kirito was later to log out of the game by successfully beating its final boss. Kirito then went on to excel at several other VRMMORPGs. As well as clearing Sword Art Online, he reached the top of the World Tree, placed 2nd in the Cross Territory Race and Swordsman Tournament, and obtained the legendary sword, Excalibur, in ALfheim Online. He also won the "Bullet of Bullets" PvP tournament in Gun Gale Online.
4. Chiaki Nanami from Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak Academy – Despair Arc (Danganronpa 3: The End of Kibougamine Gakuen – Zetsubou-hen)
- Episodes: 11
- Aired: July 2016 – September 2016
Hope's Peak Academy: A government-sanctioned that enrolls students that are the best of the best. Hope's Peak doesn't accept only students for their academic success. Students that excel in sports, arts, and, yes, even gaming can earn the title of "Ultimate." Chiaki was selected as the "Ultimate Gamer," and it's a title that definitely suits her.
Chiaki is very skilled at every genre of video game that there is. Despite her claim that has developed a love of games and plays games for fun, she has proven her proficient, having beat her favorite game, Gala Omega (essentially classic arcade game Galaga) multiple times and maxing out its score. Her knowledge and skills don't apply only to Gala Omega as she knows all there is to know about any game. She is always seen playing games, and even wears a pin in the shape of a Gala Omega ship in her hair.
3. Kazuma Ikezawa from Summer Wars
- Episodes: 1
- Aired: 2009
Kazuma is a 13-year-old hikikomori. As hikikomori are wont to do, Kazuma spends most of his time playing video games. In addition to playing World of Oz, a Second Life-esque game, Kazuma studies Shorinji Kempo with his grandfather. Kazuma takes this love in martial arts into his game to create his character, King Kazuma. King Kazuma is known throughout Oz, not only for being the undisputed martial arts champion in the game but also as one of the strongest and popular game avatars.
Kazuma's skills as a gamer are put to the test when Oz is hacked by the A.I. Love Machine. Love Machine is a competitive A.I. whose love of challenge eventually puts not only Oz but the whole world in danger. As the top Oz martial artist, Kazuma must put his skills to the test and battle Love Machine as King Kazma. And your mom said you'd get achieve nothing in life playing video games all day...
2. Keima Katsuragi from The World God Only Knows (Kami Nomi zo Shiru Sekai)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: October 2010 – December 2010
Everyone knows girls are better in 2D. Keima knows this better than anyone else, as he is known as the "God of Conquest," a title given to him due to his mastery of dating sim games. Keima has this title because he is able to conquer the heart of any girl in dating sims. His title is put to the challenge and, as a result, he must gaming skills to the test in the real world. Keima owns an assortment of games and consoles worthy of a museum collection.
It takes more than dating sim skills to make it this high on the list. If we're talking about true gaming skill, Keima's got it. He often gets lost in his games, and can be found playing for days on ends. For a true gamer, real world obligations don't get in the way of your gaming; this holds true for Keima. Keima often plays games during class against his teacher's wishes, and can become extremely lost in his gaming. Keima has stated that he doesn't feel challenged playing only one game and can play up to eight games at a time.
1. Shiro and Sora from No Game No Life
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 2014 – June 2014
There's an unknown group of gamers know as "Blank". They are undoubtedly the greatest gamers out there. In reality, "Blank" isn't even a group: Blank consists of NEET siblings, Sora and Shiro. Sora and Shiro are truly among the upper echelon of gamers, spending their every waking moment in front of the screen playing games. "Blank" is thought to be a group of gamers, and so Sora and Shiro have no problems playing as two characters, even controlling all four players on a four-man team when the other decided to take a break.
Sora and Shiro's gaming prowess attracts the attention of a mysterious person and after beating them in a game of chess they learn that they were playing Tet, the God of Games. Tet rules over a world called Disboard where everything is settled by playing a game. He invited Sora and Shiro to live in Disboard and challenge him to become gods and rule over Disboard. Think about that for a second. Shiro and Sora were chosen by the God of Games as being worthy of replacing him.
Of course, sometimes the chosen one(s) prove to not live up to their potential. Through the course of the anime, they are met with many different and challenging games but are able to deftly win, even when the odds were against them. Shiro and Sora's skills as gamers are applied to just about any game they play; the only game they can't play is the game of Life, and we don't mean the board game.
Individually they are formidable gamers, but together there's no one that can match their skill. Blank is undefeated, having never lost in any game they've played, even when playing fairly against cheaters. We doubt there's anyone that could successfully challenge them for the number 1 spot given their spotless record.
Many of these gamers have made gaming their life. Some of them balance real world responsibilities with their love of gaming. For some of them, gaming consumes them and gives them a reason to live. Either way, these characters give a new meaning to what it is to be a gamer.
"They go together like 'anime and games'." Has a nice ring to it, don't ya think? Let us know in the comments section below. Game on gamers!