Okay, I’ve probably written enough about one anime for one month, or maybe it just seems that way because of my relative lack of other posts. This is the last one, and only loosely related.
Here are my previous posts about Kannazuki no Miko:
As I’ve said before, I like mecha, though I’m not as enthusiastic as Minerva X:
I also like crossovers, so when I see a series with mecha in it I sometimes try to think about how they’d fit into Super Robot Wars. Despite new series debuting every game there are still a fair number that would easily fit and haven’t been included (particularly since their increased willingness to include material that hasn’t been adapted into anime means there are even Mazinger and Getter series they haven’t used, such as the manga the page above is from), as well as a few which would present some obvious difficulties, notably Bokurano, where it’s a central concept that Zearth takes the life of its pilot every time it is used.
So, what about Kannazuki no Miko? The biggest apparent barrier to adapting it closely might be the same one as Bokurano; Ame no Murakumo requires the life of one of the priestesses to reset the damage done by Orochi. Simply leaving this aspect (or the reset itself) out wouldn’t really work because the idea that one of them must die is the only reason for Chikane becoming an Orochi. (Unless they change that to brainwashing or something.) Note, however, that unlike Zearth, this is only for the reset and not necessarily for every time Ame no Murakumo fights. (And having the reset actually happen in a crossover presents problems of its own.)
Assuming they wanted to stick close to the actual plot as they often do for series making their debut, I think the best option would be to have Chikane actually die as in the anime, and then they could (after at least two or three scenarios, probably without Himeko being available for a while either) bring her back (either resurrection, bring in her reincarnation from the future if the game has time travel, or artificially age the reincarnation) with some element from another series. Alternately, that wouldn’t be necessary if there’s a timeskip long enough for her reincarnation to grow up naturally.
(I’m assuming that after the game finished KnM’s plot, Chikane and Himeko would co-pilot Ame no Murakumo and Souma would (with some excuse) get Take no Yamikazuchi back, because most alternatives would be far less satisfying.)
So what other series would KnM work well with? (I’ll put an asterisk by any that have been in a SRW game before.)
Zeorymer* is an obvious one, for the reasons noted here. The Orochi and Hakkeshu would definitely be working together. I’m not sure the main characters of each would get along particularly well, though.
If they did want to go the generation timeskip path, likely series would be Gundam AGE*, the Getter Robo manga (alternately, placing Shin vs. Neo* after the 70s series* (classic Getter anime is in so many games it’s the main reason the manga and OAVs are underused)), and actually having some of the UC Gundam* series actually being separated by time gaps for once instead at the same time.
Some SRW games like to use series with similar themes, so probably a few of these:
Love triangles: Nadesico* (sort of), G Gundam*, and of course every Macross series*.
Someone having to deal with having killed someone they love: Mobile Suit Gundam*, Layzner*, Code Geass*, Neon Genesis Evangelion*
Reincarnation romance: Aquarion*, Xenogears (considerably less likely to ever be in SRW than KnM, or anything on this list)
One of the “enemy” faction switches sides very early: Brain Powered*, Layzner*, Tekkaman Blade*
And of course yuri: (having more lesbians around would probably help with Chikane’s gayngst, possibly resulting in the biggest crossover-induced character development since Shinji got Brightslapped): Diebuster*, Iczer-1* and its sequels, Rinne no Lagrange, Robot Girls Z (the 3DS games have been using SD Gundam alongside regular Gundam, so I don’t think it should be ruled out), and the fairly obscure manga Eidoron Shadow (by Satoshi Urushihara, same artist as Chirality).