Few anime series have enjoyed success on a global scale like Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba in Japanese, which broke multiple records on its ascent to stardom since 2019. The popularity of the franchise led to the production of a movie adaptation in 2020, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train, eventually becoming the highest-grossing film of that year (the first production outside of Hollywood to attain the distinction). Beyond this expansion to the silver screen, Demon Slayer could be the perfect anime for an MMORPG, a gaming genre sorely in need of an anime-themed release.
Popular Shonen anime like One Piece make it a point to diversify their characters’ abilities, and Demon Slayer gives its characters and creatures an array of weaponry and fighting techniques. Kimetsu no Yaiba is also rife with multiple character types, from the gullible Zenitsu to the tsundere Inosuke, offering its viewers a complete experience in character immersion. The best MMORPGs like World of Warcraft, Final Fantasy 14, and Lost Ark feature a vast selection of characters and weaponry, and Demon Slayer could be the best anime suited to the needs of the category.
Demon Slayer’s Story Has a Massive Gaming Opportunity Yet to Be Explored
Demon Slayer perfectly pictures the duality of life, from the bright and bustling Taisho-era Japan to the Demon Realm, a highly volatile region where danger lies around every corner – even concealed from the physical eye. Viewers follow the story of Tanjiro Kamado and his sister, Nezuko, on a journey fueled by the desire to avenge their parents who were murdered in a demon attack. As an effect of the assault, Nezuko transformed into a demon, joining her brother in the Demon Corps to overcome a horde of evil creatures and revert to her human nature again.
The story of Demon Slayer values brotherhood and family, evidenced by the strong bonds between the Kamado siblings and their friends, Zenitsu and Inosuke. An MMORPG can encapsulate the feelings of camaraderie in the form of player-oriented Demon Corps. The best multiplayer games often require fans to seek out assistance from others, and the Demon Corps would provide a golden opportunity for players to band together while progressing through its story.
An MMORPG adaptation could offer players a chance to join the ranks of the Demon Corps alongside their favorite characters. The only anime that could rival such an idea is Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan in English) with its Survey Corps. The allure of fighting the horde of demons inhabiting the realm is too great for any Demon Slayer fan to ignore, and if done right, the combat mechanics have the potential to expand beyond that anime fan base.
Demon Slayer’s Animation and Detailed Characters Could Give it an Edge
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The crisp animation quality and personality embedded within certain characters were the driving forces that propelled the Demon Slayer anime to fame. Each character has distinct abilities and fighting styles, and an MMORPG could take advantage of the abundance of techniques to adapt character classes. For instance, there could be a sword-wielding warrior class, a ranged bow-user class, and maybe even a demon class for fans of darker elements.
The franchise has laid solid groundwork for a potential MMORPG adaptation, since one of the core elements of immersive multiplayer gameplay is unwavering graphical quality. The scenery of the city of Taisho-era Japan would hold a mesmerizing appeal with different gameplay options.
Demon Slayer’s expansive plot gives each demon a detailed backstory, along with a unique location where the protagonists have to face off against them. In the Persona franchise, Atlus has found a lot of success with this mechanism, categorizing its villains into palaces to improve the classic system of dungeons. The developer for a Demon Slayer MMORPG can look to Persona as a guide on how to make demon locations immersive.
Anime typically inspire combat-focused games. However, Demon Slayer provides developers with an opportunity to explore a different path – just as Bandai Namco tried its hand at turn-based RPG with One Piece Odyssey. With its diverse cast of characters, comprehensive lore, and stunning animation, Demon Slayer has the potential to attract fans of the anime and MMORPGs generally. The success of the franchise thus far shows a significant audience exists, and it could be a game-changer for both the anime and the gaming industry.