The 10 Best Anime-Based Tabletop Games
Tabletop games have been around for a very long time, with the very first recorded tabletop game being released over 4,500 years ago. Love for the genre has grown steadily over time, as it’s a great way to bring people together for a fun and creative evening of socializing without having to leave the house.
There’s at least one tabletop game for everyone, no matter what type they’re interested in, with the anime-based market flourishing over the past few decades. If it’s even a semi-successful anime franchise, it’s likely that a tabletop game was created based on it. The anime is known for its incredibly unique world-building and storytelling, so many of these concepts can be turned into interesting and engaging tabletop games.
ten Cowboy Bebop: Space Serenade lets players join the Bebop crew
Cowboy Bebop: Space Serenade is published by Don’t Panic Games; the game lets players take on the role of one of the iconic members of the Bebop Crew. It’s a competitive deck-building game for two to four players, where players compete to prove they’re the best bounty hunter.
To do this, players collect the most reputation points at the end of Cowboy Bebop: Space Serenade. The game itself ends whenever Vicious is defeated or forced to flee. Players gradually build their decks over the course of the game to become strong enough to defeat him.
9 Death Note: Confrontation brings Light&L’s cat-and-mouse dynamics into a tabletop game
For Death threat fans who have always wanted to experience the cat-and-mouse hunt between Light and L, look no further than Death Note: Confrontation. It is a two-player detective type game, in which one player takes the role of L, while the other takes the role of Kira.
Kira’s job is to eliminate the targets and earn enough points to ultimately win the game, while L must use the clues gathered from these kills to piece together Kira’s true identity before he can. Each player is given a specified notebook, marked “L” or “Kira”, to record their discoveries as they play.
8 Sailor Moon Crystal: Dice Challenge is a short and fun dice roller
Sailor Moon Crystal: Dice Challenge is an incredibly simple game, but that doesn’t take away from its charm. It is traditionally a game of two to eight people, although larger groups can be accommodated due to the nature of the game itself.
Players each take one of a total of 24 character cards, selecting them as their playable character for the game. During “battle”, players take turns rolling the dice, with the ultimate goal being to capture all opponent’s dice and gain a victory token. Three tokens mean the game is won.
seven Attack On Titan: The Last Stand lets players act as the heroes or the Titan
Attack on Titan: The Last Stand is made by the same company that made Cowboy Bebop: Space Serenade, and it can be played with anywhere from two to five players. One player acts as the Titan, while the other players act as heroes trying to take him down.
Attack on Titan: The Last Stand comes with reasonably sized Titan miniatures that are assembled before play, with ledges players can scale as they get closer to knocking it down. Players play two attack cards per turn, one face up and one face down, and must use both dice rolls and strategic positioning to avoid or get close enough to ground attacks.
6 Sword Art Online: Sword Of Fellows is an anime-accurate dice roller
Sword Art Online: The Companions Sword allows players to control one of six main characters from Sword Art Online, but it’s only a two to four player game. Each turn, a player selects another player to use as their “support” and both roll a pair of dice, then decide which to keep and which to reroll.
Players then use their rolled dice to launch coordinated attacks on the enemy, while trying to minimize the amount of counterattack damage they take in return. Sword Art Online: The Companions Sword is considered an enjoyable game, but the final boss ensures that the only player that matters is the one controlling Kirito, which doesn’t make for a super engaging multiplayer experience – even if it fits the series.
5 Tokyo Ghoul: Bloody Masquerade is all about who can bluff best
Tokyo Ghoul: Bloody Masquerade is another anime-inspired tabletop game created by Don’t Panic games. It can fit four to eight players, with 15 total playable characters for players to choose from.
Players can take on the role of a human, a ghoul, or an investigator. In Tokyo Ghoul: Bloody Masquerade, the Ghoul and Investigating Players attempt to track each other down. Humans win the game if they manage to collect multiple copies of the same card. This game is a game of deduction, and bluffing is sure to happen all around the table.
4 Naruto Shippuden: The Board Game Pits Players Against the Akatsuki
Naruto Shippuden: The Board Game is a perfect choice for those who have always wanted to embody one of their favorite Leaf Village shinobi. In this two to six player game, players can take on the role of Naruto, Sakura, Kakashi, Rock Lee, Sai, or Shikamaru.
The ultimate goal of Naruto Shippuden: The Board Game is to stop the Akatsuki from reviving the Tailed Beasts – the final showdown against them becomes more difficult for everyone they have at their disposal. Players will also need to think carefully about their next move as they travel across the board; invisible threats lurk around every corner.
3 Pokémon Master Trainer lets players embark on a journey through Kanto
For fans who have always wanted to travel through Kanto and get to the Indigo League Champion in tabletop style, look no further than Pokémon Master Trainer. It can be played with anywhere from two to six players, with each player getting their own different colored Ash figure to represent them.
On players’ path to championing the Indigo League, they’ll be able to build their own team of Pokémon while collecting item cards that can provide helpful buffs during battle. If the trainers meet on the way, they can also face each other.
2 My Hero Academia: Plus Ultra! Allows players to compete for the top hero spot
My Hero Academia: Plus Ultra! is a recent treat for fans of the my hero academia anime and manga, released in 2022. It can be played with two to four players, with players each controlling a different Class 1-A student.
By defeating villains, recruiting allies, and surviving encounters, players in My Hero Academia: Plus Ultra! will gradually earn hero points, with dice rolls determining whether players succeed. The first player to reach a total of 20 hero points eventually wins the game.
1 One Piece: Water 7 sees players repairing their ship before time runs out
One Piece: Water 7 is a French tabletop game, but English instructions are included and reviews say they’re relatively easy to follow. Two to four players must work together to rescue the kidnapped Robin and repair their ship.
After a certain number of turns, waves of Aqua Laguna will begin to overtake the board and players will fail if they cover the entire board before the ship is built. If the players succeed, the player who earns the most victory points throughout their game time is the winner.