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A lot of anime are based off of the plot of a manga and/or light novels. Sometimes an anime is an original work that gets a manga story afterwards, but that isn't always the case.

I remember watching Amagami, where you could obviously notice that it was based on a game, and some are even named after the games such as Final Fantasy.

So how common is it for a anime to be based of a game? I have only seen it once or twice but is it really that uncommon? Or are they just animated in a way that you won't directly notice that it comes from a game unless you already know so?

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I would think they mostly serve as prequels like with Tales of Vesperia First Strike or the .hack series. otherwise the games they base off from are Visual Novels and they try and either combine all the routes into 1 or focus on a particular route (Steins;Gate, Fate/Stay Night, Cavas 2, Clannad, ef). not sure if it's common/uncommon though –  Memor-X Apr 29 at 0:39
    
I am not sure if it is common, but dramatical murder is a game and it is getting turned into a anime and i think diabolical lovers was a game before it got turned into an anime. –  アズーサ Apr 29 at 0:40
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Just like in this answer, let's take a look at /u/homu's data.

TV anime source material year-by-year

This basically answers your question right here: between 8% and 15% (avg. 10%) of anime in each year from 2000-2013 were based on a video game of some variety. Games are a minor but not insignificant source for anime.

Now, if you're asking "what percentage of video games get turned into an anime", the answer almost certainly rounds to 0%. There are a lot of video games out there (probably in the high hundreds per year, at least), but less than 200 anime per year, only a fraction of which are based on video games.

This data set only covers TV anime (thus excluding ONAs, OVAs, and films), but I see no reason to expect that an unusually large percentage of any of those media would be based on games.

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I think i remember seeing this before in one of my previous questions. –  アズーサ Apr 29 at 1:00
    
@MiharuDante Yes, the answer I linked at the top of this post was an answer to one of your questions. –  senshin Apr 29 at 1:00
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