Film studios have been adapting several anime into live-action films and series. Some of them were loved by fans, and others didn’t do so well.
With live-action adaptations of anime, it’s always a hit or miss. Sometimes studios get it right and the fans are impressed. There are times, however, that the studios completely botch the live-action adaptations, leaving viewers extremely unhappy.
For anime fans and lovers alike, we’ve gathered some of the best live-action adaptations of anime there are!
1. Rurouni Kenshin (all movies)
Rurouni Kenshin was a huge part of most older anime fans’ childhood. Since the anime was set in a realistic time period in history, it wasn’t hard for director Keishi Ōtomo to bring this classic anime to life (literally).
The film received numerous positive reviews when it premiered way back in 2012. Rotten Tomatoes gave it an 84% rating, while IMDb gave it a 7.5/10.
If you’re looking for a great live-action adaptation of anime, then you should definitely see Rurouni Kenshin.
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2. Alita: Battle Angel
Surprisingly on this list is the action packed Hollywood live-action adaptation, Alita: Battle Angel. With big stars such as Christopher Waltz and Jennifer Connelly in the cast, this film, although scoring relatively low in reviews, is considered one of the best live-action adaptations by fans of the anime.
Most anime enthusiasts don’t appreciate most Hollywood live-action adaptations, just like Ghost In The Shell, Netflix’s Death Note, and Dragon Ball Evolution, but Alita: Battle Angel was met with good praise from the anime community. This film deserves a spot on this list of the best live-action adaptations of anime.
3. Alice in Borderland
Alice in Borderland isn’t a film, but a series you can stream on Netflix through the app or on your Smart TV’s. What makes Alice in Borderland so great is its overall production.
This live-action adaptation is about 3 Japanese NEETs (Not in Education, Employment, or Training) who are suddenly transported to an unpopulated version of Tokyo. They could see no other people but each other, until they were prompted to go to a location by an unknown force. It was there that they were forced to compete in death games in order to extend their “visas”. If you haven’t been playing death games and your visa expires, the unknown entities automatically kill you.
Met with mostly positive reviews from Rotten Tomatoes (83%) and IMDb (7.1/10), Alice in Borderland was widely talked about on almost all social media platforms upon its initial release. Most fans of the anime liked the live-action adaptation, while some still preferred the anime.
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