Fans Pick Anime They Hope Never Get Adapted Into Live-Action
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Fans are sometimes wary when their favorite book or comic is picked up by Hollywood for the live-action treatment. There's been considerable blowback since Scarlet Johansson was cast in the lead role of Ghost in the Shell, and other films like Dragonball: Evolution and The Last Airbender are notoriously awful. Japanese anime fans aren't strangers to that same anxiety when their favorite property is picked up for a live-action adaptation.
Fisher's Research asked 500 people what anime series they definitely want to remain in the 2-D world.
- Slam Dunk - 14%
- One Piece - 10%
- Neon Genesis Evangelion - 7.0%
- Mazinger Z - 6.0%
- JoJo's Bizarre Adventure - 5.0%
Slam Dunk is an interesting answer since a sports anime should translate easily into live-action. Participants stated these reasons why the series shouldn't be adapted:
"It's such an incredibly popular series that if they don't make it really interesting I think it's going to get criticized pretty harshly." - 27-year-old woman
"I think they'd try to cast actors into roles that don't fit them and it'd fall flat." - 33-year-old woman
"I can't really put my finger on why, but I definitely don't want them to try turning it into a live-action [show]." - 27-year-old woman
Participants cited the live-action Dragonball adaptation as why they definitely don't want Evangelion turned into a live-action film. ADV was once-upon-a-time working with Weta Workshop to create a live-action Evangelion film but the project turned into a lawsuit against Gainax. The film's producer Joseph Chou (Halo Legends, Appleseed: Ex Machina) said in 2010 that the film was still moving forward.
For comparison, the most popular choices last year for a live-action adaptation were Gintama and My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU.