When most people think of fighting games, they probably think of fighters like Mortal Kombat, Tekken, and Street Fighter. And all of those are great, but there are plenty of other fighting games out there that are just as amazing.
And some of those are anime fighters. What's an anime fighter? Well, they come in two types, one is a fighting game that has an anime art style to it, and the other is that it's a fighter based off an actual anime. Some games can even be classified as both! Whether you're a long time fan of anime fighters or you want to get into them this list here might interest you.
Here Are The 10 Best Anime Fighting Games, Ranked.
10 Melty Blood
There are probably few who know about the visual novel game Tsukihime, as it hasn't been made available outside Japan yet. Which might make the story of Melty Blood confusing, but it didn't stop it from being one of the best anime fighting games around. The Melty Blood series has over 30 characters from Tsukihime and other visual novels from Type-Moon.
Despite being 2D the game's graphics are vibrant and the animation for each character's sprite runs pretty smooth. Melty Blood incorporates many different fighting game mechanics for cancels, and chain combos. Every character has their own distinct fighting style, and the newest game in the series Actress Again Current Code, includes new characters, new routes, and endings.
9 KILL La KILL- IF
Battle uniforms, blades in the shape of scissors, occasional nudity... all of those describe the insane, but epic, anime that is KILL la KILL. The story follows Ryuko as she tries to find the truth behind her father's death, a truth that Satsuki Kiryuin, the student president of Honnouji Academy, seems to know. KILL la KILL-IF follows the anime through an alternate storyline that follows Satsuki Kiryuin.
The game is modeled directly after the art style of the anime, with the same VAs (both Japanese and English) reprising their roles. The fighting is fast-paced and there's a gameplay mechanic called "Bloody Valor" where players can mock and taunt their opponents to deal additional damage.
8 BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle is a wild crossover of several different fighting game series and, for the first time, Rooster Teeth's animated series RWBY. Created by Arc Systems, players can pick any two characters from 4 different series and battle against opponents in 2 on 2 battles to collect fragments of a "Keystone" that will send the characters back to their respective universes.
Each character is done in the BlazBlue art style and has their special moves turned into Astral Finishes. The game started off with 40 characters available, 20 in the base game and 20 for DLC. Despite having a pretty large rooster already, more characters are scheduled to be included as DLC like Neo from RWBY and different characters from 3 other fighting game series.
7 Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax
Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax is a game developed by French Bread and Ecole Software. Published by Sega, this game is a crossover of all the light-novel series published under Dengeki Bunko. The roster of the base game includes 14 popular characters from Sword Art Online, Durarara!!, Valkyria Chronicles, Virtua Fighter and more.
Players can pick their main fighter along with an assist character. The controls of the game are made to appeal to casual and veteran players of fighting games, learning the controls is simple but it allows for complex combos. And with it published by Sega, players can enjoy battling on themes stages of their favorite Sega franchises, like Sonic the Hedgehog.
6 Persona 4 Arena
Persona 4 Arena is the first fighting game in the Persona series. It takes place a few months after the events of Persona 4 and includes most of the main cast of Persona 3 who are two years older now. The Investigation Team and the former SEES members cross paths as two individuals who look like Teddie and Rise hold a tournament that forces them to fight one another.
Along with 13 of the main characters from both Persona 3 and 4 is a new character, a mysterious girl without a Persona. Each character has control over their own Persona, which acts a special move, and battle stages are taken from locations seen in both games.
5 JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure's unique style and unforgettable characters makes it one of the most iconic series both in manga and anime. And the game, All-Star Battle captures that very essence. Made for the PS3 this fighting game has over 40 characters from all eight of the JoJo story arcs.
Every character has one of five Battle Styles that is reminiscent of their skills and abilities from the series. Dio has the Vampirism Style which lets him drain opponents' attacks and heal himself, and characters like Jotaro and Josuke have their Stands. There are several different game modes, players can play through Story Mode to reenact their favorite moments from the series and even play through Campaign or Versus to gain Customize Metals or battle their friends with their favorite characters.
4 My Hero One's Justice
Torn from the manga and anime and brought to your television screen, you can finally know what it's like to be a hero, or a villain, in My Hero One's Justice! Based on the popular series My Hero Academia, players can pit some of their favorite characters against one another in this 3D arena fighter.
Battle through iconic moments in the series from the perspective of both the heroes and villains of the series. Each character has their own Quirk at their disposal. Players can make a team of three with one main fighter and up to two sidekicks to create powerful combos.
3 Dragon Ball FighterZ
No list of the best anime fighting games would be complete without a Dragon Ball game. There are tons of great ones but the best one that really captures the essence of the series is Dragon Ball FighterZ.
The game is developed by Arc Systems, the same company behind BlazBlue. It has the same game mechanics of most other fighting games, and it's base game includes a 21 character roster, with 3 unlocked from gameplay. It's possible to purchase more fighters through DLC with characters like Vegito and Dragon Ball Super's Andriod 17 available. It has an original story mode where a new Android, 21, uses the Dragon Balls to resurrect several of the series' villains and seals the power of Earth's greatest heroes.
2 Under Night In-Birth
Under Night In-Birth is a 2D fighting game also developed by French Bread, the same as Dengeki Bonku and Melty Blood. For centuries the "Hollow Night" has given way to terrible monsters that feed on a power called "Existence". There have been people who have the ability to see these monsters called Voids, and those that survive an attack from a Void gain the power to combat them and become In-Births.
Just as with Melty Blood, In-Birth has a variety of different fighting game mechanics that give players multiple ways to cancel and counter their opponents' attacks. Each character also has their own unique combos and special exchanges with different characters as well.
1 Guilty Gear Xrd
The Guilty Gear series has been around since 1998 and Guilty Gear Xrd is the 5th main title in the series. It's graphics and animations have been polished to make it the most visually appealing Guilty Gear game so far.
The game has also been revamped to make it easier for new players to get into, and it also includes a Tutorial mode made into an action to further help newcomers. Its story mode dives deep into the game's lore and offers a brief introduction to what went on in pest series. There are 20 characters in the roster, with classic characters like I-No, Sol and Millia. It's the perfect game to keep you busy while you wait for the new Guilty Gear to drop in 2020.