Anime has grown in popularity over the years from when we only had a niche audience to today where we have big companies getting involved in the creation and distribution of anime and manga. With so many parties involved, it would also make sense that Hollywood would also become a piece of that puzzle. According to Anime News Network, many big name directors and writers, such as Zack Snyder, have taken an interest in the world of anime and even have titles that they have talked about a lot in the past.
Indeed, a lot of anime is being made today, more than ever before in history. Knowing this, there are many more options for anime in the West to be adapted to make really solid movies for a large audience to enjoy. This can already be seen in the James Cameron movieAlita: Battle Angel, which grossed over $400 million worldwide, becoming a hugely successful live-action adaptation. With the amount of money that other Japanese anime movies have made, it’s easy to see why Hollywood has such a keen interest in anime. It is for this reason that it is important to find out which anime would make the best live-action fare. Here’s our list of anime that we think would make great live-action Hollywood movies.
The story of Yasuke was made for a live-action adaptation because it tells the true story of a black samurai from Africa. A man who started out as a slave eventually became a well-known warrior under Nobunaga. This series, according to HITC, was originally intended as a live-action movie before being turned into an anime for Netflix. However, the series was not highly regarded by anime fans, with many fans criticizing the supernatural elements not being well intertwined with the story being told. Because a series like this isn’t highly acclaimed, a live-action feature has the potential to strengthen the brand and take new creative directions that could be more true to the essence of what Yasuke is meant.
7 Vinland Saga
Another anime based on a true story, Vinland Saga, tells the story of the Vikings in the 11th century, with the main characters Thorfinn and Askelad. The series is loosely based on the true events of these characters, and a live-action movie could take the story in whole new directions, while staying true to the characters who managed to create the anime. Vinland Saga is also a grounded enough story that even faithfully adapting the anime wouldn’t be too complicated. Given Hollywood’s history of movies about Vikings, the Norman his latest success, Vinland Saga would fit right in.
6 black lagoon
One of the strongest animes ever made black lagoon. The series is a crime thriller full of blood and action, and it has always felt that it has had an American influence on the way the characters interacted throughout the series. The series is very crude and loud, with a lot of weapons being used throughout the series. It’s easy to see how this show can make for a great Hollywood blockbuster.
Berserk is an iconic Manga series that has never had the best track record when it comes to great anime adaptations. The strongest modification is the 1997 Berserk series, which is loved for its beautiful yet sombre score that many people have returned to over and over again. Other than this, however, no other Berserk anime adaptation has been able to live up to the legacy of the Manga. This means that Berserk would be excellent material for an epic fantasy story in a live-action setting. The world of Berserk is so big that a big screen customization would only get Berserk in the eyes of more viewers, while also giving fans of the franchise another chance at a perfect adaptation.
Another series that has been well received by most anime fans is a sci-fi western in the same vein as Cowboy Bebop: Trigun. This would be one of the series that would probably have been a shoo-in if Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop was better received than it was. Instead, that series was criticized for being overly campy and having an overly complicated plot that didn’t match the original anime. That said, a live-action adaptation of Trigun could still work if they get the right creators and a strong budget.
3 Speed chart
The story of Speed chart is not as well known and as a result would have a much easier time getting an adjustment that the majority of the public could accept. Many anime series have strong audiences that will be highly critical of any live-action adaptation. However, a series like Speed chart does not have exactly the same cache level as most. Speed chart tells the story of a young photographer who, while investigating a death in a club, meets a girl who gives him a special superpower that allows him to kill anyone he takes a picture of. Speed chart is a dark, sophisticated world full of depressing themes that could make for an interesting live-action film.
2 Stein’s Gate
The strange time travel show Stein’s Gate would be really interesting Back to the futurelike movie with its weird and strange concept around a microwave. This beloved anime series has a lot of potential to be a lot of fun if made into a live action movie. It’s also a movie that would be odd enough to get people who like more independent honesty into the story if given the right amount of time and a strong creative direction to go along with the story.
After the success of Ready Player One, this became an immediate possibility. Steven Spielberg’s film gave us the first glimpse of what a live-action gundam had the potential. gundam is a great multi-series franchise under its belt, with different characters in each, meaning some live action gundam film has the potential for numerous sequels. Now that Spielberg demonstrates that these giant mechs can be made into real, tangible machines, it only provides more evidence why gundam would be a great resource for an adjustment.