With the impending release of the first live action Attack on Titan film (and subsequent live-action series), we began thinking of other anime series that could be suited to a live-action adaptation. We want to take a look at some other anime series we think deserve a live-action film and talk about our reasoning as to why we find these series deserving. So, here are five anime we think are deserving of a live-action film.


5. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood 

Fullmetal Alchemist is a series that needs no introduction. It’s a legend in its own right and that’s one of the reasons why it needs a live-action adaptation. Yes, doing Fullmetal Alchemist would be hard. The biggest roadblock for a live-action Fullmetal Alchemist film is the necessity of CGI. After all, the series revolves around alchemy and it would take some serious effects to capture the same allure alchemy had in the anime series.

You would need is a big budget, a good director, and multiple films to really do the series justice. Hollywood may be the only place with the chops to pull it off, which means we’d just have to hope that whoever produced the film(s) wouldn’t change things around too much. Hopefully they wouldn’t have to, since Fullmetal Alchemist is already a very western story, .


4. The Pilot’s Love Song

The Pilot’s Love Song is a series that has a few things going for it. It’s short, at only five volumes, and it’s real enough to work. There are some other elements where you’d need CGI, but compared to Fullmetal Alchemist it should be a cakewalk. After all, the only elements that really differ from real life are floating islands and a little bit of magic. The rest of the story is simple enough.


3. Welcome to the NHK

Welcome to the NHK is a series that I consider to be one of the greatest of all time. And for good reason. It has a great plot that focuses around a real-life scenario and while there are some scenes that could use a little help from CGI, it’s nothing major. In that regard, Welcome to the NHK could probably be done on a smaller budget. Hollywood can sit this one out.


2. Afro Samurai

Afro Samurai is a series that has a lot of potential for making the jump to live-action. It’s on the short side of things, which is great for adapting it into film, and it also had a soundtrack by RZA. Oh yeah. It’s important to note that the dub also had the voice talent of a little known actor by the name of Samuel L. Jackson.

The story itself isn’t particularly out of this world when it comes to film. So while it does do some things which are a little outlandish, I could still see it lending itself well to an adaptation. Samuel L. Jackson could play a part and RZA could reprise his role as composer or even play a part himself. It’s just begging to be adapted into a live-action film.

The good news is that a live-action film is supposed to be on the way. The bad news is we haven’t heard anything since as far back as 2011. Since it’s been a few years, the film might have been cancelled. If not, it’s certainly having a difficult time. I can only hope it comes to fruition someday.


1. Golden Time

There are a few romantic anime on this list and there’s a reason for this. They’re easy to relate to — and perhaps more importantly — they’re realistic. The closer something it is to reality, the easier it is to adapt. That makes Golden Time the perfect choice for an adaptation.

It was hard picking between Golden  Time and Toradora, but I think it’s safe to say that high school romance has been done and done again. With Golden Time setting revolving around college and college life, it makes for an interesting change of pace that should resonate more with older audiences. Plus, Golden Time has Nana and everyone knows that Nana is one of the greatest romance stories of all time. Okay, maybe not. But I sure love it.

Those are our picks. What are yours? Let us know in the comments what anime you think deserve a live-action film!

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Adam Capps is the editor of video games at BentoByte. He spends his days playing video games and his nights writing about them. He's also an avid fan of anime, manga and music.

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