Anime Live-Action Adaptations are Doomed to Always Fail…

Cowboy Bebop, most of us otaku know the anime well and have probably seen it more times than we can count. That’s because the space drama was perfection with flawless writing and animation that still holds up decades later. Netflix clearly loved Cowboy Bebop as well and was more than willing to show that admiration by making a live-action series…which was cancelled after just one season of ten episodes. Sadly, many live-action adaptations are met with hate by otaku and we can understand why here at Honey’s Anime as they just fail to live up to the original source material’s quality. That’s why we truly believe that anime live-action adaptations are doomed to fail…

Anime isn’t Reality…Sadly

Watching Ken Kaneki from Tokyo Ghoul unleash vampire-like powers is always a neat visual. Even watching Goku power-up for ten episodes makes our eyes magnetize to our TVs to see that beautiful animation only Toei Animation can produce. However, all of these cool things main characters can do is because they are from anime worlds. In the real world, we sadly lack the power to make energy beams from our hands and that’s reflected even stronger in some live-action adaptations that just didn’t meet the mark.

Both Tokyo Ghoul and Dragon Ball Z had live-action adaptation films made and both were met with severe criticism. While Tokyo Ghoul did significantly better—the writing was strong and battles had some cool effects—the same can’t be said of Dragonball Evolution. Still considered one of the absolute worst anime live-action movies ever made, Dragonball Evolution showed why humans should never try to power up and use ki-blasts. The super-cool abilities we see in anime just can’t be mirrored in the real waking world and that is because we sadly aren’t super Saiyan warriors.

The Story Gets Sliced for Time

Anime is usually anywhere from 12-episodes and beyond. That allows studios to take the story and make sure things are paced well and be given enough time to be explored. Anime live-actions tend to be feature-length films that have a run time of anywhere between an hour or two…which is half the time of a standard anime series. Parasyte—which is an anime that ran for 24-episodes—was cut down into two films meaning you can bet a lot of the story was either cut or removed to avoid time constraint issues. We otaku already hate when anime adaptions mess up the stories seen in the light novel/manga versions but seeing a live-action cut even more story from the original work is a crime against the anime community.

New Stories That Are Just Horrible

Does anyone remember the live-action Attack on Titan movies? Maybe you, readers remember the Netflix version of Death Note. Those movies are considered the worst of the worst in the world of live-action adaptations and that’s because they deserve those titles. Both movies made the cardinal sin of taking a story that already worked perfectly and changing them completely. Attack on Titan and Death Note’s live-action adaptations are so far removed from the original works that they almost feel like they aren’t even based on the anime works…that is just flat-out disrespectful in our minds to both the fans and the original authors.

Americanizing Anime

We mentioned already Dragonball Evolution but that isn’t the only live-action anime that Americanized the story and cast to appeal to those in the West. Another few flops in live-actions that were Americanized come in the form of Speed Racer, Guyver, and Fist of the North Star. These movies weren’t made in Japan and that is clear based on the entire cast. While the actors aren’t all considered bad—some of them had great movies prior to these anime live-action adaptations—their acting just missed the mark completely. Anime live-actions are already considered evil but these works failed by having a cast that doesn’t even look or act like their anime counterparts…

Final Thoughts

Raise your hand if you were excited for the live-action anime adaptation of Cowboy Bebop. We can guarantee if we had 100 anime fans in one room, the number of hands raised would be quite low. That being said, with the recent petition to resurrect the live-action Cowboy Bebop series going strong with over 100k names, maybe…just maybe live-action series will one day work and be loved.

That being said, do you readers think live-action adaptations are good or bad? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below! For even more anime news, reviews and articles, keep it locked here at Honey’s Anime!

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Author: Aaron

Hey everyone I’m Aaron Curbelo or Blade as I’m called by my YouTube Subscribers. I’ve been an anime/manga fan since I was a young kid. In terms of anime I have watched nearly a thousand shows and have read hundreds of manga series. I love writing and honestly was so happy to join Honey’s Anime to get a shot to write articles for such a wonderful site. I’m a firm believer in respect in the anime community being the most important embodiment we should all have. We all love anime and we have varying opinions of series but we should respect one another for those differences! Life is too precious to spend it making needless arguments in a community that should be the shining example of loving an amazing medium. I hope as a writer for Honey’s Anime I can bring you folks some amazing articles to read and enjoy!

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