30+ Anime with Live Action (Recommendations)


Updated July 21, 2022 by Esji

Updated on July 19, 2022

Ever dreamed of seeing your most loved anime turn into reality?  No, we’re not gonna talk about isekai anime, c’mon man! With our progressing technology today those dreams are already being made into reality. We are now in the era where live-action adaptations based on comics, manga, novels or anime are becoming a hit!

That means production companies and film making companies are eyeing these resources to recreate the best adaptations, even Hollywood is now welcoming these adaptations. Although so far, only a few hit the bullseye with their recreations. But that doesn’t mean they are not worth watching.

Some of the adaptations are really good at capturing the fan’s expectations, the plots of the story and the character’s likability. Today, we’re going to rank them by their adaptation quality, plot, character writing and animation. So, fasten your seatbelts now as we’re going to dive into the 31 Anime That Has Live Action Adaptation.




31. Gantz


Adaptation Quality Plot Character Writing Animation Total
10/20 5/10 6/10 4/10


Arriving into this spot, here is Gantz. Based from the manga and even at the anime, Gantz has been one of those action filled, sci-fi horror flicks that will surely make your insides a bit rumbly for this is one is not for the weak of heart and guts. The plot of the adaptation is there yet it fell short compared to the excitement and thrill we felt from the anime version.

Although it ain’t bad, in fact the Gantz live action adaptation was a nominee from the Asian Film Award for its Visual Effects. And contributing to the success of Gantz is none other than Kenichi Matsuyama winning the best actor as Masura Kato in the Nikkan Sports Film Awards. To sum it all up, Gantz is cool to watch because of its fight scenes and the emotions that the casting crew brings from their characters. It is still good to be on your list.


30. Blood: The Last Vampire

Adaptation Quality Plot Character Writing Animation Total
10/20 5/10 8/10 7/10


From a sword-slasher to another sword-slasher here comes Saya from Blood: The Last Vampire at this number spot. With an all-star cast composed of Jun Ji-hyun as Saya, Allison Miller as Alice McKee and Liam Cunningham as Michael Harrison and a lot more, we’re expecting a fantastic movie. But unfortunately, the movie did not gain much attention.

Although we can say that the visual effects are interesting, the adaptation was like the Japanese version of Kill Bill killing off demon-like vampires. They got some of the plots right but most of it was more like scenes from Kill Bill. The CGI brings you cringe as well, along with some awkward scenes.

I just hope that Blood: The Last Vampire can have another chance in live action adaptation and this time really base it on the source material. Although if you’re not familiar with Saya, the last living vampire of her kind, or haven’t seen the anime yet then this one might give you some chills and give you some goosebumps.


29. Sailor Moon

Sailor Moon

Adaptation Quality Plot Character Writing Animation Total
13/20 7/10 5/10 6/10


Next on our list is our well known and beautiful protector, Sailor Moon! Before Blackpink and other girl groups ruled the world of music and fashion, Sailor Moon and the Sailor Guardians were the top idols back then! With their charisma and pretty transformation, a lot of young kids really follow them and await their every anime episode.

Its live action adaptation however, looked like a low budget TV drama but it worked like a charm, aiming at the young female age group. With the Sailor’s transforming speech and its soundtrack, it was so charming and cute to watch that even older people are hooked into watching it. You just can’t hate it even if you know how bad the animation quality is.

The sequences during their sailor transformation and their interludes of music may give us pure cringe but we can’t deny that it has very good TV ratings and some cash grabs with their records. Yet, you better watch the anime first before watching this one for a less cringe effect. 


28. Grand Blue

Adaptation Quality Plot Character Writing Animation Total
11/20 6/10 8/10 9/10


If you haven’t watched the anime version of this one or haven’t read the manga, then you better prepare yourself with an oxygen tank because you might die from laughing and find yourself in Grand Blue. The story goes when a young college boy named Iori Kitahara (Ryo Ryusei), dreamed of a perfect college life. His college dream shattered instantaneously upon reaching the place he was supposed to stay in, when a group of buck naked guys forced him to join their diving club called Peekaboo.

Iori found a kindred spirit upon meeting an Otaku named Kohei Imamura (Atsuhiro Inukai), both of them on the big screen brought comic relief on a new level. Their wildness and confidence surely made our jaws drop from laughing, especially to that scene inspired by a hit anime movie. Overall it was funny and crazy to watch and will make you dance to their traditional dance in their Peekaboo diving club.

Although the craziness and wildness of the characters were really shown in the live action adaptation, the plot however, went haywire. It didn’t stay on spot from source material but at least we had that hilarious, sweet taste of their drinking competition on live action. There were a lot of changes in the story but still it’ll make your jaw lock and stomach hurt from laughing.


27. Wotakoi (Love is Hard for an Otaku)


Adaptation Quality Plot Character Writing Animation Total
11/20 5/10 9/10 10/10


Having difficulty loving an Otaku? We have good news for you! YOU ARE NOT ALONE! There are a lot of people who have that same struggle as you!

That is why when Wotakoi or Love is Hard for an Otaku, will have a live action adaptation a lot of fans saved up just to buy tickets for it. Especially when they have a casting crew like Kento Yamazaki, Mitsuki Takahata, Nanao and Kento Kaku playing respectively as Hirotaka Nifuji, Narumi Momose, Hanako Koyanagi and Shinji Sakamoto. The cast did a pretty good job acting their characters, while the adaptation inserted some sing and dance numbers which were not in the anime.

It was pretty interesting to watch the actors do a sing and dance number and it’s something you don’t see every day. And I think it paid off because this live action adaptation won the Best Motion Picture Score in Fantasia Film Festival. The anime was a whole lot fun to watch though compared to the live action but still give this one a try, perhaps it’ll grow into you and get some tips for your love life.


26. Rainbow Days

Rainbow Days

Adaptation Quality Plot Character Writing Animation Total
12/20 7/10 8/10 8/10


Chilling and vibing its way to this spot is Rainbow Days! This romance comedy filled adaptation from the novel and anime just made a balanced taste of both love and youthfulness. A fun story telling of four young high school friends along with their love interests, you know?, those usual unforgettable high school memories?

Although this adaptation has nothing compared to its anime counterpart, it can still bring the right dose of cringe, fun, drama and charisma brought by its characters. At least, it’s better with other live romance comedy adaptations and will bring you that nostalgic feeling back in your high school days.


25. Speed Racer

Adaptation Quality Plot Character Writing Animation Total
16/20 6/10 7/10 6/10


Speeding around in the corner here comes Speed Racer! The classic Speed Racer TV series that started back in the 60’s to 90’s and got a remake by 2008, inspired a lot of people to become racers of their generations. That’s why many were excited to see Speed Racer on the big screen and it is one of the best!

Having the versatile actor Emile Hirsch as Speed brought a fresh take on Speed Racer and Matthew Fox as Racer X gave that support he needed to really bring the brotherly love tandem of the two characters. The rest of the casting crew were really great as well and did more than a good job for it to win the award of being the Trippiest Movie of the Year! And also has twelve nominations which includes Most Underrated Movie of the Year and 2008’s Summer Blockbuster.

The Direction of the Story was on point as well on Speed’s character and the dilemma which his brother was caught in. The animation effects were really fun to watch, it’s vibrant, full of colors and you just can’t stop yourself from dreaming of being in the driver’s seat. Speed Racer is a wonderful movie for the whole family and will definitely win the hearts of the dreamers to be racers out there.


24. Nisekoi: False Love


Adaptation Quality Plot Character Writing Animation Total
14/20 7/10 8/10 7/10


Have you ever experienced falling in love with the idea of love? Well friend, Nisekoi is exactly that. The main characters fell in love with the idea of love ever since in their childhood. The anime adaptation gave us a lot of laughter and joy, with Raku and Chitoge, which we’d hoped to see in the live action adaptation.

Though the live adaptation gave us some funny moments and humor, the whole story just showered us with many clichés and missing plots. The characters seem to have no developments and the chemistry felt bland unlike in the anime and manga. Yet seeing Kento Nakajima playing Raku and Ayami Nakajo as Chitoge (who was half British, half Japanese by the way) is a sure treat for those who loved their acting.

Overall, it was a good movie but not as good as those well received live adaptations. If you’re going to watch Nisekoi, be sure to watch or read the manga and anime ahead, so that you would not get lost in its story.


23. The Disastrous Life of Saiki K

The Disastrous Life of Saiki K

Adaptation Quality Plot Character Writing Animation Total
16/20 6/10 6/10 8/10


Yep, you read that right. You are not seeing things or being manipulated by an esper. We have a live action adaptation of the Disastrous Life of Saiki K and it’s not a joke but truthfully it’s really funny and crazy as well.

The story circles around a young high school boy named Kusuo Saiki who has esper powers and his daily mishaps in his school life. Having such strong powers, he doesn’t want any attention on him and just wants a simple peaceful life. But life is indeed full of difficulties as the people that surround him are such colorful and noisy characters.

Apart from it being faithful to the original story, the Disastrous Life of Saiki K was known as well because of Kento Yamazaki who was playing the titular character Saiki. Some of the jokes that were a hit in the anime somehow felt silly but if you just want to watch a colorful and fun live action adaptation, Saiki K is here for you.


22. Ao Haru Ride (Blue Spring Ride)

Adaptation Quality Plot Character Writing Animation Total
15/20 8/10 8/10 7/10


Ao Haru Ride or Blue Spring Ride in the anime is a wonderful love story of childhood friends then but got separated due to family challenges of Kou Mabuchi (Masahiro Higashide) and Futaba Yoshioka (Tsubasa Honda) but got reunited once again in high school. Although the live action of it captured the plot and stayed on point from the source material, the small tweaks from the anime, like their funny moments, leave a bitter taste for the fans. The way they portray the funny side of the characters gives viewers cringe but overall it still makes our heart flutter.


21. My Little Monster

My Little Monster

Adaptation Quality Plot Character Writing Animation Total
15/20 8/10 8/10 9/10


Another romance comedy story from the anime which has the same title, My Little Monster is a story about a short female high school student named Shizuku Mizutani (Tao Tsuchiya) who has set her eyes on studying alone. Her life was all perfect, not until she met Haru Yoshida (Masaki Suda), the troublemaker who was really smart and just being misunderstood by many. Their opposite traits made them like magnets that were attracted to each other.

The anime was hilarious while at the same time made our hearts go doki doki. Though its counterpart did some justice to the character traits of our protagonists, the plot of the story did not remain faithful all the way from the source material. Like the Blue Spring Ride, it’s funny to watch but at times makes the viewers cringe and just want to skip to the interesting parts.


20. Blade of the Immortal

Adaptation Quality Plot Character Writing Animation Total
17/20 8/10 8/10 7/10


Slashing into his way here in the top spot, here is Blade of the Immortal. Blade of the Immortal is basically Rurouni Kenshin who only got cursed to live an immortal life with more gruesome killing. And man, this live action adaptation really shows how gruesome it is to cut off some heads or other body parts.

Having Takuya Kimura play the bloodthirsty samurai Manji, made him receive the best actor award in Japan Movie Critics Awards along with ten other nominations. That means this adaptation was a well hit and underrated. Seeing its cinematography and fight choreography will make your jaws drop and will make you hold your breath for every sword swing.

The plot of the story as well was well narrated and executed from its original source. Blade of the Immortal will make you root for Manji as he mows down his enemies one by one or by group. Beware, if you’d like to watch this live action adaptation you must have a strong stomach or else you’d be going to the bathroom back and forth.


19. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures

Jojo's Bizarre Adventures

Adaptation Quality Plot Character Writing Animation Total
15/20 9/10 9/10 8/10


Securing this spot is no other than Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure! A lot of fans from both manga and anime were a bit disappointed with how the story went in this live action adaptation. But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t good for the eyes to see.

The visual and CGI effects were so cool and made the fights intense enough. Unfortunately like FullMetal Alchemist, it only focused on the first few episodes which doesn’t tell much of the story. Even if someone who doesn’t know about the manga or anime watch this, that person would be totally confused on what is happening.

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure truly turned into a bizarre experience from its counterparts. If you’re going to watch it better see the anime or read the manga first, then you may understand what’s happening. Yet overall, it is still entertaining to watch, most specifically the sound of their punches and or attacks that you can still hear in your eardrums even after watching it.


18. FullMetal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist

Adaptation Quality Plot Character Writing Animation Total
15/20 8/10 8/10 10/10


Presenting themselves with transmutation, here are the Elric brothers of the FullMetal Alchemist. We’ll be straight that the visual effects of this live action are really badass and cool to watch on the big screen. The sets as well and the costumes are really based on the anime and manga.

The only issue here is most of the movie parts were based alone in the first two episodes of the anime and it was not that interesting or had important key elements. The anime has so much to give than its adaptation, like the flow of the story, the character developments of the Elric brothers and even Roy Mustang and Maes Hughes’ backstories could have been more explored. And even the villains could have given more impact to the story.

FullMetal Alchemist has a lot of potential to be one of the best live action adaptations. Having Ryosuke Yamada playing the cool kid-looking, Edward Elric, Tsubasa Honda as the feisty cute Winry Rockbell and Dean Fujioka as the fiery prince, Roy Mustang is already good set, with the right direction and good decisions of the adaptation it may be on par with Rurouni Kenshin. Yet, for the presentation of how they made the characters come to life and its special effects, this live action adaptation is very good.


17. Kaguya-sama: Love is War

Kaguya-sama Love Is War

Adaptation Quality Plot Character Writing Animation Total
16/20 7/10 8/10 10/10


Cringe filled, craziness and cuteness overload, these are the things that we can describe in the next one on our list, Kaguya-sama: Love is War. The anime was filled with cringes, crazy ideas that common young students filled their minds with and the lovable charisma of its characters will get you punching someone because of how it makes you blush.

And this live adaptation really did justice to its character. Like, the actors playing them were really born to play them on the big screen. Well, some may say it was just super cringy but the truth is, that’s the whole point of the film.

To make people cringe, from its ridiculous scenes to its heart racing cheesy lines. These are the ingredients to make someone really smile and in fact, it brings warmth in our chest and cheeks. The thing that needs improvement in this adaptation maybe is the chemistry of the actors playing Shinomiya Kaguya and Miyuki Shirogane but aside from that, it was really fun to watch.


16. Alita: Battle Angel

Adaptation Quality Plot Character Writing Animation Total
18/20 8/10 8/10 7/10


Welcoming the heroine who has a face of an angel yet can make anyone drop down to their knees with her fist and strength, let’s welcome Alita the Battle Angel! The fans who waited on the live adaptation of Alita were not disappointed because it showed awesome visual effects, emotional backstories and very cool fighting choreography. And even those who have no knowledge of who Alita is, adored her and were captured by the beautiful cinematography.

Directed by the excellent James Cameron, Alita the Battle Angel won ten prestigious awards from respective film industries. How cool is this live adaptation you ask? Well’ it just won the Silver Feature Film VFX, Best Visual Effects, Most Underrated Movie of the Year, Best Visual Effects and six other more, so yeah, Alita is one of the best live action adaptations ever. No wonder it is planned to have a sequel already after the big screen.

 If you haven’t seen Alita yet, then include her in your watch list already. She’s worth the watch and see for yourself what the hype is all about.


15. Attack on Titan

Attack on titan

Adaptation Quality Plot Character Writing Animation Total
13/20 9/10 10/10 10/10


Flying next to the spotlight is the Survey Corps of Shingeki no Kyojin or Attack on Titan. Both the manga and anime of Shingeki No Kyojin were so awesome in story and the way it was drawn and animated. Although the adaptation did a good job showing us how it would look if those man-eating Titans exist in our world, the story and character were all messed up.

Now don’t get me wrong. The visual effects are all good and it was packed with good actors as well. Actors such as Haruma Miura as Eren, Kiko Mizuhara as Mikasa, and Kanata Hongo as Armin did their job well. But that didn’t help much with the story kind of being rushed in and also the fact that most of the characters in Attack on Titan were Europeans except Mikasa which was a huge deviation from the source material.

The first part of Attack on Titan did get some bucks but the sequel did not get the same welcomed spirit. Though it was nominated in Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films in USA and Asian Film Awards, it wasn’t enough for them to grab the win. Yet, if you’re a diehard fan of Shingeki No Kyojin characters like Eren and Mikasa, then it’s worth a watch.

Oh! And we also have a recommendation list of Anime like Attack on Titan, just so you know hehe.


14. Gintama

Adaptation Quality Plot Character Writing Animation Total
16/20 9/10 8/10 9/10


Need something to be done? Need someone to be out of the equation? Do you want to be out of your boring life? Well, worry no more for we got the right guys to call in situations like these. Introducing the smart-looking glass boy Masaki Suda as Shinpachi Shimura, Kanna Hashimoto as the young super strong alien girl, Kagura and their self-proclaimed handsome guy Shun Oguri as Gintama, together they are the Odd Jobs from Gintama!

If you have watched the live action movie of Gintama then you should know by now that all of what we have seen is in the anime, manga and it turned into one real crazy funny live adaptation. I think it is because Gintama is a fourth wall breaking kind of anime. The actors playing the characters as well are like the real versions of their counterparts, they made it so well.

The visual effects in fight scenes are superb too, their voices coincide with those in anime and it was really fun to watch. The story plot is pretty much the one we had enjoyed in the anime and it was hilarious manifesting into reality! And even if you haven’t watched the anime, the laugh virus shall still get into your system.

Overall, the silver haired samurai Gintama live action adaptation is quite well made and still being improved. Include it in your watch list and experience the Odd Jobs specialty.


13. Bleach


Adaptation Quality Plot Character Writing Animation Total
16/20 8/10 8/10 10/10


Slashing its way to this spot, is the simple living Ichigo Kurosaki and the rest of the bad-ass characters of BLEACH. The anime and the manga were well received by a lot of fans. Although live action adaptations were not expected of much, Bleach surprised most people.

It was fun to watch, it has a very relatable character and awesome visual effects in its fight scenes. And even if you are not a fan of BLEACH or have no idea what it is about, you’d still be able to understand its story and plot. It really did justice to its characters, animation and the source material.

Kudos to Director Shinsuke Sato and the rest of the crew. They were spectacular. Welcoming the world of Soul Society to those who have no knowledge of it yet. If you haven’t seen it yet, I tell you it is worth watching and maybe after watching it, you’d be desiring to become a Soul Reaper yourself.


12. Rurouni Kenshin

rurouni kenshin

Adaptation Quality Plot Character Writing Animation Total
19/20 8/10 8/10 7/10


Slashing his way to this third spot is Himura Kenshin also known as Batosai the Slasher in Rurouni Kenshin. From the first movie of Rurouni Kenshin to its final chapters, Director Keishi Otomo did not fail us in directing the live action adaptations of the renowned Batosai the Slasher. The adaptation exceeds the fans expectation of how the legendary Swordsman defeats his foes with his reverse edged sword along with his companions.

Although there were some details that needed to be changed to make it more realistic like some scenes of Tokyo Inferno against Shishio, yet the character developments, story plots, fight choreography, and emotional setups were excellent! No wonder Director Keishi Otomo won the Audience Award from Asian Film Festival of Dallas.

Rurouni Kenshin movies certainly became one of the best movie franchises for the Samurai fans. I mean who doesn’t want to be a legendary swordsman with an X mark on his cheek, right? That would look so cool and fearsome.


11. Assassination Classroom

Adaptation Quality Plot Character Writing Animation Total
16/20 8/10 10/10 9/10


If you’ve watched the anime version of Assassination Classroom or have read the manga of this one made you cry a bucket, well good news! You won’t cry that much in this live action adaptation. Although the story will still strum your heart strings. I mean who doesn’t want to have a teacher that is willing to teach, befriend and take care of you more than his/her own life?

The students of E class, the lowest class from the Junior High School of Kunugigaoka are back now in live action! See the cute but deadly Nagisa Shiota acted by Ryosuke Yamada, Masaki Suda as the stealth assassin Karma Akabane and our beloved ultra fast Korosensei along with the rest of the E Class come into life. Relive the action, funny moments, the heartwarming speeches, and tear-jerking scenes of this wonderful adaptation.

Like other live action adaptations, there are scenes that were cut but unlike other adaptations, Assassination Classroom caught the heart and affection of the fans through the acting skills of the actors and the script. Having Korosensei in the flesh with the help of CGI makes him more likable, lovable and would just want to hug him. Believe us guys, if you haven’t seen the anime or this adaptation, then time to add Assassination Classroom in your bucket list to watch and this will change how you view your classmates and teachers.


10. Tokyo Revengers

tokyo revengers

Adaptation Quality Plot Character Writing Animation Total
17/20 8/10 10/10 8/10


This next one took us by a storm when the anime adaptation was released. It was so received by many, that some even imitated the characters in the story of Tokyo Revengers. They imitated their clothing, haircut and their appearance, just to become the gang that they admire so much.

While the anime hooked us up so much, the live action adaptation just left us in awe. The actors playing the characters were like the ones in the anime and manga who came out from it. The fighting scenes were almost accurate and so badass to look at, that’ll make you want to form a gang of your own.

The adaptation really did well as the actors really conveyed their emotions to the viewers and made you root for the main characters. For sure, after watching this one, guard your heart or else you’d be stepping out of your home with the same outfit as the Tokyo Manji Gang and go to the nearest hair salon for your bad ass haircut.


9. Anohana: The Flower We Saw that Day


Adaptation Quality Plot Character Writing Animation Total
17/20 9/10 8/10 9/10


Get your tissues ready for like Your lie in April this one also will make you weep. Anohana is a story of a group of childhood friends whose lives were changed by a traumatic experience caused by a tragic event. The anime brought those who watch it to tears and will make anyone who watches it want to reconcile with their friends.

Although the live action adaptation really did some justice to it by literally changing nothing to its story, yet some of its plot was made dull and embarrassing. The actors really portrayed its character as well, especially Minami Hamabe who acted full of energy as the oh so adorable Menma.  Surely, after watching Anohana, playing hide and seek will never be the same whenever you’d play it with your friends.


8. Detective Pikachu

Adaptation Quality Plot Character Writing Animation Total
18/20 9/10 8/10 8/10


Cute, dramatic, touching, funny and cool. These are the words I could describe Detective Pikachu as it went up to the ranks in the box office. Aside from the fact that Ryan Reynolds served as the voice of our all-time favorite pokemon Pikachu, the mystery genre really did well portraying the show.

The visual and CGI effects really worked well, it really showed how the world would look if Pokemons really lived side by side with us in real life. The characters were really developed well throughout the movie, although there were some clichéd hints we could find as the story evolves but overall, it was beautiful and well made. It has some bashers but most people loved it, come on guys, where else can you experience a talking Pikachu on a big screen.


7. Tokyo Ghoul

Tokyo Ghoul

Adaptation Quality Plot Character Writing Animation Total
16/20 8/10 10/10 10/10


You know that saying if it’s too good to be true then probably it’s not? Our Kaneki Ken, learned that in the scariest way possible when his pretty girlfriend almost ate him flesh and bones and all. Yet, after being bitten he himself was turned into a bloodthirsty Tokyo Ghoul as well.

The visual effects here are pretty good, making ghouls real monsters that might give you a few nightmares or will make you think twice about going with strangers alone. They did well as well with the story because they stuck to the original plot and tried to do the scenes as close to the anime or source material as possible. Some of the fans may criticize Masataka Kubota as Kaneki but the adaptation really did some justice to the character of Kaneki.

So friend, if you’re not a faint hearted person then surely you’d love how cool Kaneki is and his fights against other ghouls and those who hunt him down. Just be sure to not date or go with any too good to be true people near you, just kidding.


6. Kakegurui


Adaptation Quality Plot Character Writing Animation Total
17/20 8/10 9/10 10/10


Hands up or hands down to this next live action adaptation. It’s no other than Kakegurui. It’s one of those satisfying adaptations that really did a good job complying with its source material.

The actors playing the characters were so into it and captured their charisma, their manners and their personas. Minami Hamabe and Aoi Morikawa did a really good job in acting as Yumeko and Mary. Also their OST is so beautiful and cool.

This live adaptation of Kakegurui is so well received that it has a couple of seasons on its live action TV series. Come on, who does not love when a plan goes so well against your enemies, thinking they’re winning but turns out in the end they are being destroyed bit by bit. Kakegurui is worth a watch, friend, especially if you’re using reverse psychology to make your foes bow down.


5. Mirai Nikk

Mirai Nikki Gankutsuou:

Adaptation Quality Plot Character Writing Animation Total
17/20 9/10 9/10 9/10


Having to know what the future brings in your own phone may seem cool at first. That’s good if the future you saw ahead was healthy, prosperous and successful but what if the future you’ll see ahead is full of sorrows, grief and much worse your death? This is the opportunity that our characters in Mirai Nikki gained through their cellular phones the opportunity to know a glimpse of their future.

Although the characters were well developed and the plot of the story was interesting enough. The quality back then in 2012 was not that enough to capture a worldwide fandom. However its anime counterpart really captured a lot of viewers because of its interesting plots that made the viewers want more of it.

Story-wise though the live action did a really good job portraying the intensity and stirring up the mystery in our minds. Making the viewers really look forward to what will happen next, sadly the finale was a bit unsatisfying as viewers want more of the series. Which is a good thing for a live adaptation to be wanted more, hopefully the remake would be much better than the previous if there should be one.


4. Great Teacher Onizuka

Adaptation Quality Plot Character Writing Animation Total
19/20 8/10 9/10 8/10


Every student wants to have a teacher that they can vibe with and have fun with, right? Well, Great Teacher Onizuka can really give you that, as long as you don’t disrespect him that is. Great Teacher Onizuka has a couple of live action adaptations already but I think the one released in the year 1998 where Takashi Sorimachi played the titular teacher Onizuka Eikichi was the OG Onizuka.

The way that Takashi Sorimachi portrayed the badass teacher was hilarious but truly admirable. He really set up the standards for being a badass teacher but soft at heart. The story was spot on as well and faithful to the manga.

Watching it will make you want to root for all the teachers who do their work diligently and teach out of their passion and heart for the students. Teachers that teach based on life experiences and will really stand up for their students. So yeah, GTO is one of the best live adaptations despite its low video quality, I hope they can remake one as good as this one.


3. Your Lie in April

Your Lie In April

Adaptation Quality Plot Character Writing Animation Total
17/20 9/10 9/10 10/10 45/50

Get your tissues and hearts ready for this next one can really bring water to your eyes. Your Lie in April was a big hit in both the anime adaptation and in the novels, and it didn’t fail us in the live action film as well. Kento Yamazaki did well playing the Piano Prodigy Kousei Arima, who fell in love with the free-spirited girl, Kaori Miyazono played by the talented Suzu Hirose.

The adaptation was well casted and stayed on the plot of the original story. It also captured both the heartbreaking and heartwarming scenes from the anime. Watching it in live action made the viewers all the more relatable to Kousei and Kaori.

If you haven’t seen it yet then better ready your heart strings for it will really make you realize the beauty of life. Include this in your watch list and watch it with your lover or friend surely it’ll make your heart just go ba bump ba dump.


2. Parasyte

Parasyte the Maxim

Adaptation Quality Plot Character Writing Animation Total
17/20 9/10 10/10 10/10


If you’re weak against gruesome and brutal effects and have a faint heart, it’s time for you to back out for here is Parasyte coming in this spot. Having watched the anime adaptation of this really set the bars of expectation so high with its story and character development. Yet, even the live action version of this did not let us down.

Director Takashi Yamazaki really did well in making the Parasyte movie, in fact it followed up with a sequel a year after. The visual effects are great, making the gruesome killings bloodier and if you have a weak heart then you’d probably throw up. If you’re a hardcore Parasyte fan, then you’ll surely love this one.


1. Death Note

Death Note

Adaptation Quality Plot Character Writing Animation Total
19/20 9/10 10/10 9/10


Death Note fans eagerly waited for its live action adaptation and it didn’t fail us that it produced a second part of it! Having Tatsuya Fujiwara as Light Yagami and Kenichi Matsuyama as L, they gave us that epic rivalry outwitting one another that we saw in the anime. This live adaptation was superb compared to Netflix’s take on it.

The emotions driving the characters were realistic and even Ryu’s appearance looks so scary and eerily real. This live adaptation is so cool to watch and follows through the original plots of the story and I’m saying this not because I don’t want my name being written in the Death Note by Light but because it is truly a good one. The second part of the Death Note live action adaptation follows through Light’s aftermath and his successor was also good and left an emotional take of Light’s grand scheme.

Having Death Note on the big screens really made a lot of its fans happy as it brought justice to the characters and story. Kudos to the team who worked on set for Death Note’s accomplishments! So now, if only we can find where they put the Death Note they have been using in the set, perhaps hehe, if you know what I mean.



And that is our Thirty One Anime That Have Live Action. Hope you could include much in your watch list. Well then, have a blast and enjoy your watching! If you’re done with the list, then maybe you’d also want to check out some Manhwa that became a Kdrama 😉

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