It’s always interesting to watch our favorite comic book/manga or anime characters come to life on the silver screen and more often than not, these adaptations are well received because of the refreshing approach that they take towards the whole medium. While this very well applies to American comic books and animated shows, for some reason, anime live-action adaptations have almost never reached the expectations of the viewers. An example of this is the recent Netflix live-action version of ‘Death Note‘ and also the ‘Ghost in the Shell‘ adaptation starring Scarlett Johansson. In retrospect, these adaptations were not that bad but unfortunately, they couldn’t come close to the standards set by their original anime shows.
So it’s pretty clear that anime/manga adaptations can be extremely risky endeavors, especially for American filmmakers. If you’re a big anime or manga fan, then at least once you’ve imagined your favorite characters coming to life but you were probably left disappointed with what was presented to you. To make things a bit easier for you, here’s the list of the best live-action movies/shows that are based on your favorite anime and manga.
11. Alita: Battle Angel (2019)
Based on the manga illustrated by Yukito Kishiro, ‘Alita Battle Angel‘ is by far one of the best manga adaptations created by American filmmakers. While it does have quite a lot of flaws of its own which made it a victim of mixed reviews, it is safe to say that it outshines most other similar live-action films. Set in the year 2563, the film revolves around a lethal cyborg girl who is found by Dr. Ido. Soon, Alita becomes a part of his family and everyone tries to shield her from her brutal past. But when government organizations start chasing her, she learns that she has unique fighting abilities and was actually designed to kill. She must now stay out of the reach of these corrupt forces and only then she can save her family and friends.
10. Inuyashiki (2018)
The anime version of ‘Inuyashiki‘ has become one of the most renowned sci-fi shows of the last decade. So if you have been a fan of the original series, you’ll be relieved to know that even the live-action adaptation of this one hits home. It takes you on a gripping two-hour journey that has battle scenes which are ridiculously graphic.