Anime is often awesome and usually weird. Here are some video game adaptations that doubled down on the weird and halved the awesomeness.
  1. Neon Genesis Evangelion: Ayanami Raising Project (PS2/DS)
    Neon Genesis Evangelion is a silly-titled but amazing anime that uses the tropes of giant robot anime to explore mental illness. This game focuses on an officer who is placed in charge of one of the teenage giant robot pilots. Okay, weird to not play as the robot pilot, but let's see...According to Wikipedia, "it is up to the player to decide Ayanami's weekly schedule, balancing between education, duties at NERV, and leisure."...the fuck?
  2. Neon Genesis Evangelion: Girlfriend of Steel (Sega Saturn)
    It seems that Japanese video game makers were in a bit of a pickle regarding Evangelion. The series was ridiculously popular and yet none of the things that made it so good seemed to translate into video games. What to do? Oh, I know! Make up a game that uses the characters and nothing else. Have it be a relationship simulator (keep in mind that EVERY character is irreparably emotionally damaged). Have the "game" be "limited to walking around areas until the next plot event is triggered." ?!?
  3. Akira Psycho Ball (PS2)
    Akira is a disturbing and fantastic movie that thematically deals with the effects of nuclear weaponry on Japan and the apocalypse and all sorts of crazy shit. Naturally, it was turned into a pinball video game. Oh, and you get to "unlock" clips of the movie, which if you don't already own it, why the fuck did you buy this game?
  4. Akira (Famicom)
    But this time: "Progress in the game is made by selecting actions from a list. The current location is depicted in a static image, often redrawn from the movie." WHOA! AWESOME!
  5. Yu-Gi-Oh: The Duelists of the Roses (PS2)
    I've never watched Yu-Gi-Oh but it seems to be a fairly standard but crazy popular Pokemon ripoff (come at me, fanboyz). This video game is like that, except inexplicably about the fight between the English houses of Lancaster and York in the 1400s...just like what all the Japanese kids are into these days...(h/t
  6. Nana (PS2)
    The original manga/anime is a touching and authentic story of female friendship. In this game, you get to play as neither of the female friends (you play a neighbor) and, according to IGN, "experience life in Tokyo, making a schedule, taking on part time jobs, buying clothes and furniture and setting up your own room." SHUT UP AND GIVE ME BACK MY MONEY!