Fans In Japan Don't Want These Anime Turned Into Live-Action Movies

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In the past few years, there have been a handful of popular anime turned into live-action films. A few have been good, but many have not.

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Recently, Joshi Spa, a popular site aimed at Japanese women, polled 200 of its women readers ranging in ages from 30 to 49, asking them which anime they did not want to see turned into live-action movies. Let’s see which made the list! (Do note that multiple replies were allowed and that many of these were originally manga.)

20. HUNTER × HUNTER: 9%

20. Kuroko’s Basketball: 9%

18. Naruto: 9.5%

18. Mr. Osomatsu: 9.5%

17. Code Geass: 10.5%

16. Natsume’s Book of Friends: 11.5%

15. Inuyasha: 12%

14. Slam Dunk: 14%

13. Yu Yu Hakusho: 15%

12. Cardcaptor Sakura: 16%

11. Urusei Yatsura: 17%

10. Crayon Shin-chan: 19%

9. Ponyo: 21.5%

8. Princess Mononoke: 24%

6. Castle in the Sky: 25%

6. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind: 25%

5. Spirited Away: 25.5%

4. Neon Genesis Evangelion: 27%

3. One Piece: 29%

2. My Neighbor Totoro: 30%

1. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba: 43%

This is a good list. But it does seem a live-action adaptation of the massively popular Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is inevitable, even though the rumors that one was in the works have been debunked.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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The Kenshin movies, were actually really good on the whole. I think it helps that they were adapted by Japanese studios, not Hollywood.

That said, out of the list there, most don’t seem like great candidates for being turned into Movies.
Although I think Yu Yu Hakusho would work really well as live action. Although the Dark Tournement would need to be scaled down a lot, or else it would really drag.