2017 started strong with a whole new array of films set to impress, touch, inspire, and make us admire the movie industry once again. But if it’s about live action adaptations of some of the most notable anime (アニメ) series we all come to love, there’s Japan that makes sure she owns the spotlight. In fact, there were already several impressive films released in the first quarter of 2017 such as March Comes in Like a Lion (3月のライオン). If you missed them, don’t fret! It’s never too late to catch up. As for the upcoming ones, have your watchlist ready and make time for these five live action movies!
Release date: April 15, 2017
Directed by: Takeshi Furusawa (古澤健)
Based on: ReLIFE by Yayoi So (夜宵草)
If the slice-of-life genre is your cup of tea, then you better make sure you have ReLIFE on your must-watch list. Its anime series featured a unique but highly relatable storyline that addresses the eternal question of, “What if you’re given a second chance to live your life in the past?”
In the story, the 27-year-old main character is given the opportunity to participate in an experiment that makes him 10 years younger. This allows him to go back to school, make friends with other high school students, and eventually fall in love.
It’s a great recommendation for anyone looking for a cozy and casual movie this 2017!
ReLIFE Live Action Website *Japanese only
Release date: July 14, 2017
Directed by: Yuichi Fukuda (福田雄一)
Based on: Gintama by Hideaki Sorachi (空知英秋)
The wait is finally over for Gintama fans! This 2017, a live adaptation of the series is set to air with the prominent actor Shun Oguri (小栗旬) playing the role of none other than the eccentric Gintoki Sakata (坂田銀時).
Gintama is originally an episodic anime series, but the film is said to focus on a particular arc, the Benizakura Arc (紅桜篇). While it may be primarily targeted to the anime’s solid fanbase, the film, set in the late Edo period (江戸時代), will most definitely be a treat to anyone who likes comedy and action!
Gintama Live Action Website *Japanese only
Release date: July 29, 2017
Directed by: Kentaro Hagiwara (萩原健太郎)
Based on: Tokyo Ghoul by Sui Ishida (石田スイ)
The anime that made noise around the world finally gets its own live action!
Tokyo Ghoul is a hit anime series that brilliantly incorporates psychological horror, drama, friendship, and life struggles in one. It focuses on the story of Ken Kaneki (金木研) who lived a normal life before he got into an unfortunate predicament which involved getting into a surgery that transplanted ghoul internal organs into his body.
The film features a lot of blood and gore, so unless you’re a fan of the anime or have a strong heart for potential brutality, then you might want to think twice about watching this.
Tokyo Ghoul Live Action Website *Japanese only
Release date: September 30, 2017
Directed by: Katsuyuki Motohiro (本広克行)
Based on: Ajin: Demi-human by Gamon Sakurai (桜井画門)
This movie marks the awaited comeback of Takeru Sato (佐藤健) on the big screen. In this film, he plays the role of an Ajin, an immortal being who is hunted by humans to be locked in a research facility for experiment purposes. Eventually, though, he felt obliged to help the humans in defeating an evil Ajin who terrorizes the country.
If you’re looking for a good deal of action film and a big fan of the gorgeous Takeru Sato, then you shouldn’t miss this!
Ajin: Demi-Human Live Action Website *Japanese only
Release date: December 1, 2017
Directed by: Fumihiko Sori (曽利文彦)
Based on: Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa (荒川 弘)
The hunt for the Philosopher’s Stone is on as our favorite alchemists, Edward (エドワード) and Alphonse (アルフォンス) set on an adventure to bring back what they lost – this time, in live action.
Fullmetal Alchemist has been well received all around the world and has built itself a strong fanbase so it was only a matter of time before a live adaptation is made.
For action-adventure fans, this is an awesome film you shouldn’t miss!
Fullmetal Alchemist Live Action Website *Japanese only
Japan’s 2017 movie line-up is undeniably star-studded and exciting. With the list spanning across different genres, there’s a whole bunch of movies for you to catch with your family members and friends. Pick your bet, mark your calendars, and enjoy!