Live action movie adaptions based on anime are most always hits or misses. Some are actually quite good, while others are horrendously bad. Does Dragonball Evolution 2009 bring back any nightmares? That one was so bad, the director came out with an apology letter, 7 years after the release date.
With several live action adaptions slated to come out (such as Cowboy Bebop and One Piece), Japanese media company Viviane recently conducted a survey asking 1,000 Japanese people between the ages of 10 and 69 what other anime/manga series they want to get a Hollywood live-action version next. Let’s take a look at the top 10 responses.
10. Hunter x Hunter (chosen by 1.4 percent of respondents)
7 (tie). My Hero Academia (1.5 percent)
7 (tie). JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (1.5 percent)
7 (tie). Slam Dunk (1.5 percent)
A common reasoning is the diverse characters that could easily be set in America, especially with series involving basketball or superheroes
6. Detective Conan/Case Closed (1.8 percent)
5. Naruto (2.4 percent)
4. Jujutsu Kaisen (3.4 percent)
Detective stories are very popular to the American audience, so it is thought to work well with adapting to live action in Hollywood. This group also said that, because Naruto is such a popular series overseas in the US, it would be a great way to show awareness to the unique Japanese Culture. And because it has so much fighting and action, it would be easy to understand. Some people in this group compared Jujutsu Kaisen to a Marvel type of movie.
3. Attack on Titan (4.8 percent)
The live action adaption previously made in Japan was met with a bit of disappointment, so maybe Hollywood can do it better?
2. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (6 percent)
This one is a no brainer. Fans are soaking up any new content they can get related to the Demon Slayer series. If it means getting a live action Demon Slayer, it’s going to be very interesting to the Japanese fans to see the transition from manga to anime to live action.
So, you’ll notice that these nine entries only account for a total of 24.3, so you might be expecting a massive landslide for the number-one pick. And you’re right, as the top response earned more than seven times as many votes as any other response. When asked “What anime/manga do you hope gets a live-action Hollywood adaptation next?”, the top response was:
1. None of them (45.6 percent)
When asked why, the reasons generally boiled down to live-action not being able to convincingly and entertainingly do what anime does in terms of visuals, setting, and tone. “Anime is fine as anime,” said one respondent in the 10-19 age bracket. A more mature participant in their 50s verbalized their worries as “If they make a series into a Hollywood live-action version, I think it will destroy fans’ dreams,” and considering some of Hollywood’s past attempts, that’s an understandable fear.
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