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.


7. Nana


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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.

4. Parasyte


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This two-part sci-fi film of Parasyte the Maxim plays even further with the concept of extraterrestrial body infection and elevates the original to something that is even more horrific, action-packed, and darkly comical. It admittedly had a slow build-up, but it’s still a movie worth watching for fans of the grotesque.


3. Rurouni Kenshin


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Himura Kenshin has become a household name to those who grew up watching the anime, Samurai X. It’s no wonder Keishi Ohtomo’s live action adaptation was so widely received by fans as well as the general audience. He stayed faithful to the original with his trilogy, depicting each character, relationships and the epic battles in a way that would bring tears to the eyes of those who knew the story from beginning to end.


2. Crows Zero

Although no anime was made for the Crows Zero manga, the live action version directed by Takashi Miike did a great job visualizing the epic brawls and gang fights between high school delinquents. Three films were released, with only the first two earning positive reviews.


1. Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan quickly earned a cult following as fans went crazy with the uniqueness of its story involving giant cannibalistic humanoids. Following the popularity of the critically acclaimed anime, the live action film by Shinji Higuchi gained enough traction to be screened in cinemas worldwide and became a blockbuster hit in Japan.


Which of these live action adaptations are you excited to watch this weekend? Tell us below!


  1. Attack on Titan is a must-watch? It should be placed alongside Dragonball Evolution, for the must-forget films.

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