You do not need to be familiar with any anime at all to play this if you're happy just adventuring. ^.^
A few years ago I was President of the Anime club on my campus. Just for fun, my husband ran an epic BESM-based game where we played ourselves - with the eventual addition of fantastic powers of some kind - and hopped from world to world, having a chance to experience story elements and canon characters from different shows. The game's popularity was pretty high and it was requested several times over and we played a few different versions of it. I've since transferred, but I look back on it fondly and I miss my friends.
What I'd like to do for this game is bring the Sliders back. If anyone remembers the 90's scifi show 'Sliders' - it was supposed to be along the same lines as that (or.... Quantum Leap, possibly) where our group of intrepid heroes have some mission given to them (that they're likely unaware of entirely) and they have to complete it and move on to the next world.
Originally, my husband ran the show because of his good story-telling skills and an extensive knowledge in different shows - Anime, Video Games and one or two western cartoons (like Avatar). For this game, we could rope him (Worshipping Master) into being our GM or
we can all (or a small group of us) take turns GMing in the worlds we are most familiar with (while still playing our characters, if we wish). Obviously we will only be able to travel to certain worlds if one of the people familiar with them is willing to GM that world. Master's awareness is pretty big but not all-encompassing, and my own is pretty limited. So if you're looking forward to interaction with a particular character and we don't know the show, it will be a lot easier for you to find someone else to run that part of the game so you don't take it over by, well, essentially talking to yourself. ^.^'
For those of you who may be interested, the following is open for discussion:
- Should we play ourselves? Or Characters? If characters, OC's or people from other storylines (cannons) or a mix?
- System or no system? (We used Big Eye Small Mouth (BESM D20) last time) - If no system, how should combat be handled?
- How much combat would everyone like to see compared with character interaction? If enough people are for it, we can make it more fan service and fun than actual supernatural quest.
- Which shows (or games, possibly) would you like to see in the list? How should we choose the order we visit them? Dice rolling? Voting?
- Should sex be an element of this game?
- Should we open the worlds up to non-anime-style themes? Movies? TV shows?
The one trouble we had when we played this game tabletop is that some people whined and complained when they were in a world they were unfamiliar with. (Master made a list and randomly rolled the next world we "jumped" to) To me, that's a major part of the fun - the exploration and adventure. Obviously, with the opinions, desires and knowledge of many people being involved, you're bound to end up somewhere you you're unfamiliar with, so just keep that in mind.
Also - originally these were short stints of interaction in each world. If you want something that lasts longer, we might want to make a separate game for that so some players don't get stuck in a place they don't know and have no interest in for months on end.
Master World List
*Ah My Goddess
**Ai Yori Aoshi
**Avatar (TLA and/or LOK)
Blue Sub 6
Brisco Count Jr.
Bubblegum Crisis (and variants)
*Full Metal Alchemist
**Full Metal Panic
**Last Exile (and/or Last Exile - Fam the Silver Wing)
Read or Die
Sakura Wars TV
*Tenchi Muyo universe
*Yu Yu Hakusho
(* indicates shows myself or Worshipping master are familiar with
** indicates we've seen the entirety of the show.)