Unveiling the 7 Most Disappointing Anime Adaptations You Never Knew Existed!

The Best and Worst Live-Action Adaptations of Manga


  • Attack on Titan
  • Death Note
  • Dragon Ball Evolution
  • Fullmetal Alchemist
  • Ghost in the Shell
  • Ken the Survivor
  • Old Boy

The Attack of the Titans

As son As the name suggests, the film Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin) is inspired by the eponymous manga by Hajime Isayama. It follows the fate of Eren Jager, who dreams of joining the exploration battalion to fight man-eating titans. When the feature film landed (in two parts) on Japanese screens in 2015, the anime was only in its first season and the manga, in volume 20 – which explains why the scenario is not as successful as the one theon knows now. Upon its release, the film truly divided critics. On the one hand, it was called a “refreshing blockbuster”, on the other, his deviations from Hisayama’s work were much criticized and the acting was called “appalling”.

Death Note

Death Note is a Netflix adaptation issue of the eponymous work by Takeshi Obata. It was released in 2017, but was totally “Americanized”. We follow high school student Light Turner who, one day, comes across a mysterious notebook. The latter belongs to the god of death Ryuk, who explains to Light that if he writes down a name in this book, the person in question will die. The schoolboy takes the opportunity to get rid of his enemies, but one day the police get involved. This adaptation was rather divisive, car critics praised his fresh take on the story. Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, the original creators of Death Note, liked it a lot: “It followed and diverged from the original work, but in a good way”. Yet, once again, the fans did not appreciate the script differences. In 2018, son director has confirmed that a sequel should see the light of day.

Dragon Ball Evolution

It is surely the adaptation of manga in live- most famous action of the list. Released in 2009, but imagined in 2002, the film is based on the work of Akira Toriyama: Dragon Ball. It was directed by James Wong. For the purposes of the feature film, the action is moved to the United States and on it follows the struggle between the young Goku and the alien Piccolo. The latter aims to collect the crystal balls to dominate the world. The feature film, which was supposed to be the start of a series, was a real failure in the box-office. It has been criticized for its very many deviations from the original material. Its casting has been criticized for son bad acting. The production has also been accused of “whitewashing” its characters, that is to say of choosing white performers to embody racialized people (here Asian).

Fullmetal Alchemist

The Netflix streaming platform adapted Hiromu Arakawa’s manga in 2018. In a world where alchemy is an extremely developed practice, the brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric try to use it to perform a technique of human transmutation. Except that the experiment goes wrong. To solve their problem, they go in search of the philosopher’s stone. This time, the concern is that the film is too close to the original work. ” THE fans Conservatives may appreciate its loose fidelity, but adaptation isn’t much fun when it’s only an approximation,” says a reporter for The Daily Telegraph.

Ghost in the Shell

Ghost movie in the Shell (2017), which met on stage the actress Scarlett Johansson, is far from having won unanimous support. It is adapted from the eponymous manga by Masamune Shirow and takes place in a world where people are enhanced by technology. We follow Major Mira Killian, who became amnesiac while transferring son brain in a synthetic body with cybernetic abilities. However, she joins an anti-terrorist unit and proves to be particularly effective thanks to her skills in hacking and mind control. The feature film was praised for its visuals and action sequences. Nevertheless, son plot and lack of character development have been criticized. Additionally, the casting was deemed racist and prompted accusations of “money laundering”.

Ken the Survivor

Buronson and Tetsuo Hara’s manga got a film adaptation live-action since 1995. Also called Fist of the North Star, on follows Kenshiro, in a world devastated by a nuclear war, who has given himself the objective of helping the weakest. He bat under the banner of the “polar star” thanks to a art ancestral martial. Actor Gary Daniels stars and is directed by American director Tony Randel (Tekken). This adaptation is far from having won unanimous support and has aged quite badly, which place in the nana category. Some plans have become kitsch and certain iconic actions of Ken’s character, such as his punches, become ridiculous.

Old Boy (2013)

Garon Tsuchiya’s manga Old Boy has had two adaptations. The 2003 premiere is South Korean and was critically acclaimed. However the second, American, was considered bad. The latter was directed by Spike Lee in 2013, but on criticized him for being too focused on the action when the narrative was above all psychological. We follow the quest for vengeance of Joe Doucett, locked up for no reason for more years, who wants only one thing: to find the culprits. Compared to Park Chan-wook’s work, this new film has received very mixed reviews, and many consider it to be far more inferior. It has been called “dull” and “lack of depth”.

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