When I wrote the My Anime Life book series, it was intended to provide a framework for building a lifestyle, skills set, and appearance more like the anime characters I admired. Little did I know that other’s were attempting the very same thing and that this general phenomenon even had a word – gamification. In this post, I’m providing a list of some of the websites, apps, and articles I’ve come across that can help you gamify your life and start your anime superhero journey. Most of the resources below focus on becoming a superhero in general, but can easily be applied to an anime lifestyle / character creation as well.
Created by Steve Kamb, this resource is for any nerd looking to get fit and attain an epic level of health and fitness. Lots of resources here, but the highlight is the Fitness Academy – an online community you can level up by completing modules in Mindset, Nutrition, Fitness, and Workout as you track your health and fitness goals.
In this book, Chris Hardwick provides a guide to leveling up your life. Part one covers the mind, with chapters like “RPG Your Life” and “Doctor Xaviering Your Mind”. Part two covers body, including workouts. Part three covers time management including a chapters like “Become an Evil Genius”.
This book is designed for individuals who are looking for more than just a way to become fit. If you want to train mentally and physically to become superhero-ready, this book is for you. Achieve an extreme level of human performance using sound science and lots of dedication.
HabitRPG really shines in encouraging positive daily habits and making you excited about checking off your to-do list and tackling daily chores. SuperBetter is similar to HabitRPG, but better for long-term goals that require a more comprehensive plan.
A great article on life questing from a digital nomad who practices what he preaches.
I wouldn’t want to end this post without mentioning my own book, which focuses more specifically on building an anime lifestyle. The first book covers some character development (including several in-depth personality assessments to translate your own personality into an anime archetype). Emphasis is also given to cultivating an anime group and group focus – designing the adventure and the future heroes and heroines who will brave the journey.