If you love playing video games, there’s a good chance you also love watching anime. You might be one of those people whose free time revolves around his desktop computer, alt-tabbing between an online game client and a web browser with the latest episode of Toei Animation’s One Piece.
In the past, some companies have crossed the thin line between anime and video games, making dream collaborations possible, most recently Arena of Valor and Sword Art Online.
These collaborations started us thinking about other anime and game crossovers, and then we started thinking, “What anime characters best represents each MOBA anyway?”
Here’s what we came up with.
League of Legends is the waifu
Notable examples: Umaru Doma (Himouto! Umaru-chan), Zero Two (Darling in the FranXX), Yuuki Asuna (Sword Art Online), CC (Code Geass)
League of Legends has everything you’re looking for in a MOBA game — a good balance of skill while still being beginner-friendly, eye-candy champions, visually-appealing skin lines, and overall a fun title to play co-op with your friends! If League of Legends was an anime character, it would be the waifu we want to get married to!
Three-time League of Legends Worlds champion Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok even agrees with us!
Dota 2 is the tsundere genius
Notable examples: Tohsaka Rin (Fate/stay night), Makise Kurisu (Steins;Gate), Kirisaki Chitoge (Nisekoi)
“Valve-kun, b-baka!” (⁄ ⁄•⁄ω⁄•⁄ ⁄)⁄
What makes Dota 2 a huge tsundere anime character is its complexity and difficulty, a MOBA game that has a higher skill cap than League of Legends or any other MOBA game.
Dota 2 might seem very hard especially for newbies, but once you learn the ropes, it will reward you with the most satisfying mechanics and clutch plays. Just like the above-mentioned tsundere girls Rin, Kurisu, and Chitoge, Dota 2 will warm up to you if you spend time and effort in getting to know it better.
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang is the delinquent badass protagonist
Notable examples: Okumura Rin (Blue Exorcist), Naruto (Naruto), Kamado Tanjiro (Demon Slayer), Inuyasha (Inuyasha)
What do Inuyasha, Naruto, and Tanjiro all have in common? They’ll be there, quick as a flash of lightning whenever you need help! As the frontrunners in mobile MOBA, Moonton’s Mobile Legends: Bang Bang can be compared to these three male anime protagonists because of its availability, speedily saving gamers from boredom and idleness with just a few taps anytime, anywhere!
While Mobile Legends might look like the type of game for players who are casual and easygoing, MLBB has its fair share of hidden demons not just from its complicated heroes like Fanny and Ling, but also coming from its rather toxic community. These shounen mains have their own demons as well, like Inuyasha’s father the Inu no Taisho, Naruto’s Nine-Tailed Demon Fox, and Tanjiro’s Nezuko.
Arena of Valor is the kuudere
Notable examples: Angel (Angel Beats), Hotarou Oreki (Hyouka), Ayanami Rei (Evangelion)
We like to think of AoV as a kuudere, the silent type, that one anime character sitting at the back of the classroom, staring outside the window, his mind travelling outside the four corners of the academic chambers.
AoV’s strong presence can be felt in certain countries, such as China, Thailand, and Vietnam, parallel to Angel Beats’ Kanade Tachibana (Tenshi) and Hyouka’s Hotarou Oreki who are both very active and reserve their energy for their respective school clubs, the Afterlife Battlefront and the Classic Literature Club.
Wild Rift is the chibi
Notable examples: Kanna Kamui (Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid), Platelet (Cells at Work), Shiro (No Game, No Life)
As the youngest MOBA title on this list, League of Legends: Wild Rift is the cute chibi character that everyone wants to protect. Wild Rift is still in its open beta phase, with plenty of room to grow in terms of champions, skins, and events.
Additionally, Wild Rift has reworked some of our favorite League of Legends champions and cosmetics and has made them cuter and more charming when viewed on handy devices. As a “byte-sized” game, Wild Rift is perfect to play as these very petite anime characters Kanna, Platelet-chan, and Shiro.