Animenia (Rules and Gameplay Instructions)

If you are a fan of anime and games, look no further! These Animenia rules will teach you how to play this fast-paced card game which tests not only your anime knowledge but your perception skills, as well!

Animenia is a card game that has similar gameplay rules like Eye Found It and Slamwich but is centered around anime. Your goal is to collect as many cards as possible by making matches of images based on your favorite anime movies and shows.

You must be on alert at all times and try to collect the center card as much as possible. But be careful; if you tie with another player while obtaining the center card, you must perform a Sword Duel! 

This Animenia rules guide will cover the following:

  • What is Animenia?
  • What you’ll need to play Animenia
  • Animenia rules
  • How to win Animenia
  • FAQs
  • Similar game guides

Find out how to play Animenia by reading more below!

What is Animenia?

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Animenia is a fast-paced matching card game where all images are themed with popular anime movies and shows!

Number of players: 2-6

Ages: 16+

Difficulty: Easy

Length of play: 15 min

Category: Card, matching, themed, fast-paced

Similar to: Pokemon Card Game, Sriracha:The GameSushi Go!

Main Objective: Collect cards by matching the images from the card in front of you to the images on the center card in play. The player with the most cards at the end of the game wins!

Why We Love It: We love the fast-paced action and the Sword Duel tiebreakers!

Related: 4 player card games

What You’ll Need to Play Animenia

Everything you need to play Animenia can be found in the box:

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The following components are found inside each game:

  • 57 Image cards
  • Rulebook
  • List of all images and descriptions
  • 3 Let’s Duel cards
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Animenia Rules

Game Setup

  1. Shuffle the deck of image cards (including the Let’s Duel cards) and place them face-down within reach of all players. 
  2. Deal 1 card to each player, so it’s face-up in front of them.

You are now ready to play Animenia!

How to Play Animenia

Your goal in Animenia is to collect the most image cards when the game ends. The game ends when no more image cards are left to draw from.

Follow these simple game instructions to start a game:

  1. The youngest player is the first player to flip over the top card from the face-down image deck. They place this card face-up in the center of the play area within view of all players.
  2. As soon as the first card is revealed, you must act fast! Be the first player to call out an image you have on your card that matches an image on the center card in play!
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  1. The first player to call out the matching image collects the center card and replaces it with the card they had in front of them. Their old card is set aside to start their collection pile.

NOTE: Each turn, the player who collects the center card will be the person to flip over the next draw card. 

  1. If the center card is a Let’s Duel card, all players flip over the cards in front of them to reveal their swords. The player with the biggest sword on the back of their card wins the duel.

That player takes the Let’s Duel card and adds it to the rest of the cards they have collected throughout the game. It gets added to their total count of cards at the end of the game!

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  1. If you can’t determine which player called out the matching item first, they must have a Sword Duel tiebreaker! Each player tied for this matching image flips over their card. The player with the biggest sword wins the tie and takes the center card.
  2. When the draw pile runs out, the game ends! Players count the total amount of cards they collected throughout the game (including Let’s Duel cards). The player who collected the most cards wins the game!

How to Win Animenia

When the game ends, the person who has collected the most cards (including Let’s Duel cards) wins the game!

Video Tutorial for Animenia

Coming soon!

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Animenia for ages 16+ only?

There are some suggestive images on the cards that may not be suitable for anyone under this age.

What if I don’t know the Anime that some of the images are from?

That’s no problem! If you don’t know the character or the anime it’s from, you can simply just describe the image. 

For example, there is a black cat with a red bow named Jiji from the movie Kiki’s Delivery Service. Instead of calling out “Jiji,” you may also call out “Kiki’s Delivery Service,” “black cat,” or “red bow”.

Can I play Animenia if I’ve never watched Anime before?

Of course! The game box provides an image reference sheet that explains each image and what anime it’s from so you can review all of the images before starting a game.

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