Professional Anime RPGs
BESM and other titles based on Guardians
of Order's Tri-Stat system have become enormously popular, owing
to the simple game mechanics and high flexibility. In addition to
the main game and various sourcebooks, there are also compatible
Tri-Stat adaptations of Sailor Moon, Demon City Shinjuku, Dominion
Tank Police, Tenchi Muyo, El-Hazard, Slayers, Dual, Fushigi Yugi,
and many others.
GoO's ever-increasing support of d20 system has led to the creation
of a d20 system version, which radically changes the system to use
Attributes and Defects similar to BESM. The basic rules of BESM
d20 have been made available through the OGL, and there's an Anime
d20 SRD available for download. GoO has also published several licensed
titles using BESM d20, and released a d20 version of Uresia.
This game, from R. Talorsian,
is a fairly well-done adaptation of the BGC world, using the new
Fuzion system. At present there is the main rulebook, which includes
setting info, descriptions of just about everything and everyone
included in the series, and a lengthy section with suggestions on
how to make it playable, plus a "before and after" sourcebook
that covers AD Police and Bubblegum Crash, as well as additional
setting info and rules for cyberware.
BGC is a part of R. Talsorian's "AnimechaniX" line, which
also includes adaptations of Armored Trooper Votoms and Dragonball
title from Seraphim Guard
is a Fudge-based
game of roleplaying in the worlds of shoujo anime and manga.
R. Talsorian's Mekton
was one of the first anime-inspired RPGs, and remains one of the
better mecha systems available today, especially with the addition
of the Mekton Technical System (MTS) in the Mekton Z Plus sourcebook.
Mekton Z ("zeta") is the most recent (third) edition of
the game. More recently, a new company called Atomic
Rocket Games has been passed the torch for development of
new Mekton titles.
Infernal Funhouse Productions
puts out this fairly obscure but interesting universal anime RPG,
a bit crunchier than BESM. It's very difficult to find other than
buy ordering it direct from their website, but it looks like a pretty
neat game overall. (Just skip the appendix. No, I'm not joking --
just skip it completely and you'll enjoy the book a lot more).
Dream Pod 9 is the publisher
of several different lines, including the mecha games Heavy
Gear and Jovian Chronicles,
and once upon a time they put out a Project A-ko RPG (now out of
print). Silhouette Core is the generic version of their house system,
and the newer versions of their game settings are written as worldbooks
that work off of the core rulebook. Although not anime per se, they've
also put out a super-epic space opera setting called CORE
Teenagers From outer Space
If you've ever wanted to run a romantic comedy game in the same
vein as Urusei Yatsura, this is the game for you.
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