50+1 Great Asian Movies Based on Manga/Anime

During the last a number of years, main Japanese studios have began to comply with the ways of their Hollywood equivalents by lastly adapting their very own comics, known as manga, in the way in which they deserve.

This tendency isn’t precisely new, since movies based mostly on manga/anime have been shot for the reason that 70s. Nonetheless, it’s the first time that so many costly and subsequently elaborate productions are being made. That is mainly attributed to 2 elements:

1.The folks behind these movies lastly realized that they may not squeeze eight or extra hours of anime in a single movie, and thus determined to current the film in two or three components, retaining a lot of the unique’s story and themes.

2.Additionally they realized since a lot of the titles are sci-fi themed, a lot of the price range needs to be allotted in direction of the particular results, to ensure that the difference to seize the photographs of the unique. Along with the massive budgets that had been ultimately authorized for these movies, the creators managed to lastly elaborately depict the originals.

With a give attention to range, listed below are 50 titles that we imagine are value watching, in alphabetical order.

1. twentieth Century Boys Trilogy (Yukihiko Tsutsumi, 2008-2009)

Based mostly on the extremely profitable manga by Naoki Urasawa, and with a price range of greater than 6 billion Yen and greater than 300 actors concerned, this trilogy is among the earliest examples of the development described within the prologue. Yukihiko Tsutsumi directs a real masterpiece that advantages probably the most from the script, the great performances of the whole solid, and the nice manufacturing values, together with the set design and cinematography that clarify in each scene that this can be a huge price range movie. Add to that the humor, motion and thriller and you’ve got a movie that satisfies each desire. (Panos Kotzathanasis)

2. Ace Lawyer (Takashi Miike, 2012)

Ultimately, “Ace Lawyer” is a really pleasurable courtroom drama and presumably, as many reviewers already stated, one of many higher video game-adaptations on the market. Supported by nice performances and visuals, this movie offers nice leisure and drama in addition to among the most memorable courtroom arguments you’ve gotten ever seen. (Rouven Linnarz)

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3. Air Doll (Hirokazu Koreeda, 2009)


The movie is predicated on the manga sequence “Kuuki Ningyo” by Yoshiie Goda. Hirokazu Koreeda directs a really dramatic movie that focuses on loneliness by means of a extremely surreal script. The movie is just a little longer than it needs to be, since he appears to linger at occasions. Nonetheless, Korean actress Bae Doo-na offers an exquisite efficiency as Nozomi, conveying the unprecedented emotions of the air doll with elaborateness. (Panos Kotzathanasis)

4. As The Gods Will (Takashi Miike, 2015)

Takashi Miike directs a paranoid image that performs out as a online game, with the protagonists having to beat trials to be able to progress to the subsequent stage. Nonetheless, the truth that these trials are offered by dolls that got here to life (because the one with the Matrioska Dolls, in a hilarious idea), the permeating slapstick humor and the omnipresent bloodbaths, take the movie in an entire different course, just like the same old Miike aesthetics. At factors, it looks as if the film is attempting to group a message relating to violence in society, however that’s quickly buried underneath violence and humor, in a movie whose apparent goal is just to entertain all these cult followers of Miike and his type. (Panos Kotzathanasis)

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5. Assassination Classroom, Assassination Classroom: Commencement (Eiichiro Hasumi, 2015,2016)

Based mostly on the homonymous manga by Yusei Matsui, the 2 movies entail a really preposterous idea in probably the most wonderful vogue. Eiichiro Hasumi managed to include all of the absurd characters and notions of the unique, drawing as a lot as he may from the magnificent particular results. In that vogue, the movie consists of the killer robotic that additionally turns into a pupil, the extraordinarily sultry feminine instructor, to not point out the notion of the creature being an ideal educator who really offers recommendation to the scholars on kill it. (Panos Kotzathanasis)

6. Azumi (Ryuhei Kitamura, 2003)


Based mostly on the homonymous manga sequence by Yu Koyama, “Azumi” tells the story of a band of ninjas, educated from childhood by the previous grasp Jiji, to be able to assassinate Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s three allies: Nagamasa Asano, Kiyomasa Kato and Masayuki Sanada. Regardless of having a comparatively low price range, Ryuhei Kitamura managed to create an exhilarating movie crammed with blood and violence that advantages probably the most from the spectacular motion scenes and the depiction of the supernatural characters. (Panos Kotzathanasis)

7. Bakuman (Hitoshi One, 2015)

The movie’s dynamics and characters are the identical that make Shonen tales compelling: excessive aspirations, friendship towards adversities, success achieved by means of onerous work and workforce spirit. The inevitable “meta-narrative” of a manga about two mangakas that create a manga (plus the truth that Bakuman’s manga authors, are two, Takeshi Obata and Tsugumi Ohba) turns the film into an intriguing matryoshka and Takeru Sato and Ryunosuke Kamiki are extremely just like their ink alter-egos. The addition of Lily Franky and a few inventive CGI results full the enjoyment and make “Bakuman” an adaptation with an additional gear and a fond tribute to a really peculiar facet of Japanese fashionable tradition, which, apart from being one of the crucial essential publishing sectors, has deep roots within the coronary heart of an unlimited fan-base that goes past age and social standing. (Adriana Rosati)

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8. Blade of the Immortal (Takashi Miike, 2017)

“Blade of the Immortal”, like “13 Assassins”, belongs to the gathering of Miike’s calmer and extra well-mannered motion pictures, removed from the wacky surreal ones. On the identical time, don’t anticipate a conventional chanbara. The plot is spiced up and enriched by touches of supernatural and frequent comedy pictures and the parade of challengers on our heroes’ path is a gaudy bunch of punks, completely oblivious of any historic consistency. (Adriana Rosati)

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9. Bunny Drop (Sabu, 2011)

Sabu splendidly sketches his characters, mainly Daikichi and Rin, that transfer on the borders of realism with their selections and basic perspective, as is common with manga diversifications, however inside an totally sensible body. This body is the on a regular basis life within the extremely capitalistic Japanese society, which is so harsh that really forbids, in precept, simultaneous skilled success and home happiness, particularly within the massive metropolis. The circumstances are much more tough with single parenting. (Panos Kotzathanasis)

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10. Chihayafuru (Norihiro Koizumi, 2016)

Norihiro Koizumi directs a movie that might be one other faculty romantic comedy, if not for the primary theme of Karuta, which provides the title a further depth, making it stand other than the numerous entries within the class. In that vogue, the love -triangle stands considerably within the background, as the sport is definitely the primary theme. The characters are very fascinating of their selection and their evaluation is kind of thorough. (Panos Kotzathanasis)

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