The relationship between anime/manga and JRPGs goes back to the beginning of the genre, with Dragon Ball creator and artist Akira Toriyama acting as character designer on Dragon Quest. After that, most early JRPGs played on the tropes and storytelling beats of anime and manga. Seriously, go watch Castle in the Sky and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and tell me that practically every JRPG from the late 80s and early 90s doesn't heavily borrow from at least one of those movies.
Naturally, this makes RPGs the perfect fodder for anime adaptations. In fact, in the past couple of months we've had two movie adaptations of popular RPG franchises. So we decided to take a look at adaptations for some of our other favorite games. While not all of them maintain the appeal of their source material, there are some real gems here.
We'll be presenting our look at these adaptations in two parts. So read on to see our take on the first half of these titles, and be sure to check back tomorrow for the rest!