Monster Hunter is a franchise consisting of several series and spin-offs of fantasy-themed action role-playing video games. As the title suggests, the player takes the role of a hunter in a fantasy environment and completes quests by hunting out specific kinds of monsters to kill or capture. In Japan, the Monster Hunter series is immensely popular, and it has gained a cult following in the United States. It has received manga, card game, and anime adaptations and even been considered by director Paul W.S. Anderson (who did three of the Resident Evil films) for a film adaptation.