7. Accel World
What is this anime about?
A short (super short), overweight junior high student with low self-esteem by the name Haruyuki is regularly picked on at school.
However, his gaming skills get him noticed by the school’s popular student council vice-president, who lets Haruyuki in on a secret in the form of an augmented reality online fighting video game called “Brain Burst,” where players duel against one another to win “Burst Points.”
These points can be used in the real world to accelerate player abilities. Haruyuki makes it his mission to achieve the max level in the game and meet the game’s creator in order to learn the true purpose behind the project.
Why is it a good anime for gamer to watch?
As you’ve seen on this list, many of the above anime have a “trapped in a fantasy MMO” theme. That’s not the case here.
Not only is the idea of a fighting game explored, but players aren’t trapped in a virtual world. It is instead an augmented reality, albeit one where duels between players can reward powerful prizes in the real world.
Even if players’ real lives aren’t on the line, the show manages to deliver some fresh ideas, while still keeping the stakes high.
No matter whether you watch one or all of the good anime listed above, gamers will find plenty to love about each.