8 Must-Watch Live Action Films Based on Anime
By Therese Aseoche
Recently, there have been news breaking out about certain manga being adapted into live-action movies and we anime weebs can hardly contain our excitement. So in anticipation of seeing Edward and Alphonse Elric perform the infamous alchemic technique of human transmutation or Houtarou Oreki solve school mysteries on the big screen, here are 8 existing live action films based on well-loved anime you should watch right now!
8. Honey and Clover
Honey and Clover will always have a special place in the hearts of those who loved reading and watching it in their childhood. This timeless story of art students in college figuring out their place in life will make you want to turn back the time to simpler, happier days. Director Masahiro Takada perfectly illustrated the innocence and bliss that the series is known for.
A well-loved manga of the same name, it tells of a rather simple Prince-and-the-Pauper-esque story that’s heartwarming and comforting to those struggling with problems of their own. The live action film directed by Kentarou Outani was generally well-received.
6. Kimi ni Todoke
Add some romance into the mix! Adapted from popular shoujo manga and anime, Kimi ni Todoke, the light-hearted live action by Naoto Kumazawa will make you reminisce on young love and High School prince charmings and pre-teen drama.
5. Assassination Classroom
In what could be the only anime that could effectively make comedy out of training kids for assassination (it’s Japanese, after all), Assassination Classroom has captured the hearts of many with its enjoyable storytelling and unique characters. The two-part live-action movie directed by Eiichiro Hasumi masterfully translated the original’s absurdity onscreen that it became a box-office hit in Japan.