If you’re not clued up on what an anime is, you’re getting closer and closer to becoming the minority as each year passes. Anime has been taking over the world for a few years now, and the silly stigma around it being only for a specific group of people is thankfully wearing away.
An anime is basically a Japanese version of a cartoon. Many of these were part of the western world before we realized what we were even watching – think Yu-Gi-Oh!, Pokémon, or Dragon Ball Z. In Japan, manga (Japanese comic books that anime series often spawn from) sell hundreds of millions of copies. You can read about some of the best-selling manga of all time here.
Now, you’re probably familiar with what a fighting game is, but the name can cause some confusion if gaming isn’t your thing. Yes, a lot of games have fighting or some form of combat in them, but they’re not all necessarily fighting games. Fighting games, as the name suggests, are all about fighting. They’re generally centered around close-range combat between two or more players, like Street Fighter, Soul Caliber, or Tekken.
So those are anime series and fighting games in a nutshell, now if we put them together… see where we’re going with this?
Whether you’re into anime and want to experience it from a gaming side or you want to ease into some anime fandom with some gaming, this list might just be right for you. We’ve compiled a list of the 19 best anime fighting games that have ever been made. Check them out below in alphabetical order.