From One Piece to The Promised Neverland, 5 mangas that will be adapted into live action series

#1. Yū Yū Hakusho

Cult manga from the 1990s written and drawn by Yoshihiro Togashi (incidentally also dad ofHunter x Hunter), Yū Yū Hakusho is an initiatory story of the type nekketsu as funny as badass. Yûsuke Urameshi is a rather problematic or even downright delinquent teenager at the start of the manga. He goes through fights and bad company to find meaning in his life, which changes the day he dies to save a child. Yûsuke then lands in the kingdom of the dead, where he is recruited as a private detective on behalf of Enma junior, the son of the King of Darkness. If he proves himself worthy enough and above all effective in his new work, he will then have the privilege of returning to the world of the living.

In December 2020, a few months after the arrival ofHunter x Hunter in its catalog, Netflix has confirmed the start of a live action series adapted from Yū Yū Hakusho. The project is in the hands of Kazutaka Sakamoto and Akira Morii, two manga fan producers determined to pay homage to the work of their childhood. If the updates are rather meager regarding the progress of the adaptation, we know that it will be released in December 2023 on Netflix. Until then, it is still possible to (re) see the four seasons of the anime on the platform.

#2. The Promised Neverland


Unlike most manga on the list, The Promised Neverland is a very recent title that has marked its readers with its original and traumatic story. Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu’s work is a kind of Charles Perrault tale gone horribly wrong, with the ogre crunching Tom Thumb to a bloody end. The story begins at Grace Field House, a seemingly heavenly orphanage, where the children are cared for by their guardian whom they call “mom”. But one day, Emma and her older friends in the gang discover that the orphans chosen by a family are actually being fed to terrifying demons, and that their surrogate mother is complicit in the massacre. From then on, they decide to organize their escape, unaware that a post-apocalyptic world awaits them behind the walls of Grace Field House.

The adaptation of The Promised Neverland was commissioned by Amazon starring screenwriter Meghan Malloy and director Rodney Rothman, two architects of the much-loved animated film Spider-Man: Next Generation. Even if the manga is quite recent, it is now one of the best-selling in the world and its pitch at the crossroads of Disastrous Adventures of the Baudelaire Orphans and a battle royale with monsters clearly has the potential to become a very popular series.

#3. Sword Art Online


First a series of light novels written by Reki Kawahara and published since 2009, Sword Art Online was quickly adapted into a manga to establish itself as one of the best fantasy stories in the game. The work takes place in a futuristic world where virtual reality games have become democratized and allow simply exceptional immersion. The best-known virtual universe is that of Sword Art Online, a huge floating castle made up of 100 levels, which players try to climb to win the game. But failure is actually synonymous with death IRL, so many protagonists are beginning to doubt the true intentions of the game creator.

The adaptation of Sword Art Online is an ambitious bet which will also have to suffer from the competition of a small masterpiece of American cinema, Ready Player One. Netflix will try to take up the challenge with the help of screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis (Altered Carbon), who has already specified that there would be no white washing in the series, and therefore that the interpreters of Kirito and Asuna will be of Asian origin. In addition, the adaptation will fully immerse in the fantasy universe of Sword Art Onlinewith decorations very impregnated with Game Of Thrones and Lord of the Rings. The project, announced in 2018, is still officially in development but news has been scarce since Netflix’s press release, so its realization in live action remains uncertain.

#4. One Piece


It is both the most ambitious and worrying project on the list. In January 2020, to everyone’s surprise, it was Eiichirō Oda himself, the creator of One Piece, which announces the start of a live action series adaptation on Netflix. The project was then entrusted to Tomorrow studios (cowboy bebop, Snowpiercer), while Steven Maeda (Lost, X Files) is named showrunner. Then follows a long period of hiatus finally broken in September 2021, with the revelation of the script for the first episode. The latter is called “Romance Dawn”, in reference to the first arc of the manga which introduces Luffy, his first sea voyage and his meeting with Roronoa Zoro, the first member of his crew.

At the same time, we learn that the filming of the series takes place in Cape Town, South Africa. Stolen photos show the construction of impressive maritime buildings, including a life-size replica of the Vogue Merry, the first ship of the Straw Hat crew. According to a source close to varietyfilming is expected to begin in the spring of 2022, now that the cast is assembled. Netflix has unveiled the performers of Luffy, Zoro, Nami, Usopp and Sanji, played respectively by Iñaki Godoy (Who killed Sarah?), Mackenyu (Pacific Rim: Uprising), Emily Rudd (Dynasty), Jacob Gibson (Grey’s Anatomy) and Taz Skylar. Other supporting characters from the manga, including Garp and Koby, were also cast in the adaptation.


If this small team literally embarks on the Road of all perils, they will be supervised by sensei Oda, credited as the executive producer of the series. For the moment, the only official image of the adaptation is its logo, which is broadly based on that of the manga. If Netflix remains rather discreet on the subject, the series One Piece should not be released before 2023 or even 2024, while the story of Luffy and his crew is still being written since 1997.

#5. Alice in Borderlandseason 2


The Japanese nugget released on Netflix in 2020 was renewed for a season 2 shortly after its release. Alice in Borderlandadapted from the manga by Haro Asō, traumatized its viewers a year before the macabre games of Squid Game. It must be said that Arisu’s journey in this parallel world is strewn with pitfalls and dangers of death at every corner, especially during the cruel games in which he participates to find his reality. If season 1 covers the first 31 chapters of the manga, season 2 should encompass the next 33. Arisu and Usagi will now face another series of bloody games, fatefully announced by one of the game’s mistresses, the mysterious Mira.