Netflix: 10 Live Action Manga Adaptations Pending Release Of Cowboy Bebop And One Piece

News culture Netflix: 10 Live Action Manga Adaptations Pending Release Of Cowboy Bebop And One Piece


Netflix seeks to attract new subscribers, and to do so arrogates the rights of adaptation of many major works. Video games, literature and of course Japanese comics, the American SVOD giant exploits popular culture in the broad sense in order to enrich its catalog. Before discovering the live action series Cowboy Bebop and One Piece, the editorial staff of JV offers you a selection of the best Live Action manga adaptations available on Netflix.


  • Alice in Borderland
  • Animal World
  • Blade of the Immortal
  • Bleach
  • Edge of Tomorrow
  • Erased
  • Gambling School
  • Illang: The Wolf Brigade
  • Kenshin: The Beginning / The Completion
  • Mob Psycho 100

Alice in Borderland

This roundup of Live Action manga adaptations begins with a Japanese thriller released on December 10, 2020 on Netflix. Alice in Borderland is originally a seinen written and illustrated by Haro Asa, pre-published between November 2010 and March 2015 in the magazine Shogakukan’s Shōnen Sunday S, then in the Weekly Shonen Jump until March 2016 for a total of 18 bound volumes. Adapted for the first time in OAV (for Original Animation Video), Netflix subsequently acquires the rights, and immediately announces the start of a series in live shots. Season 1, which has 8 episodes, recounts the adventures of Ryōhei Arisu and Yuzuha Usagi, both prisoners of a depopulated city of Tokyo in which they must participate in deadly trials in the hope of survival.

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Alice in Borderland series trailer

Animal World

Animal World is a 2018 Chinese film written and scripted by Han Yan starring Li Yifeng, Zhou Dongyu and equally famous Michael Douglas. Animal World: Mr Nobody (alternate title) was first shown in theaters in its home country before Netflix bought the digital rights internationally. This feature film is a free adaptation of the manga Tobaku Mokushiroku Kaiji by Nobuyuki Fukumoto pre-published in Young Magazine from 1996. The film which is inspired by it focuses on the character of Zheng Kaisi. This young man in debt is forced to board the Destiny ship in order to participate in games of chance. If he emerges victorious from this strange night, his debts will be canceled.

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Blade of the Immortal

Place in feudal Japan with the work that will follow. Blade of the Immortal is a 2017 film directed by Takashi Miike himself. The prolific Japanese director, who you probably know from Ichi the Killer and 13 Assassins, is adapting the manga of the same name. The paper saga was born from the pen and pencil of Hiroaki Samura and was prepublished in Kodansha’s Monthly Afternoon from June 1993 to December 2012, then compiled in 13 bound volumes (or tankōbon). The story focuses on the cursed samurai Manji who becomes by force of circumstances the bodyguard of an orphan named Rin Asano against the backdrop of a vengeful quest. The protagonist remains immortal, is embodied on the screen by actor Takuya Kimura who also lends his features and his voice to the character of Takayuki Yagami in the video game saga Judgment.

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Adapting a monument of Japanese comics such as Bleach into a Live Action project is a risky gamble that has not, however, made Warner Bros Pictures back down. Released in July 2018 in Japan and then in the United States, the film Bleach directed by Shinsuke Sato landed on the Netflix SVOD platform on September 14 of the same year. Ichigo Kurosaki, a 15-year-old high school student who can sense the presence of the souls of the deceased, finds his peaceful existence turned upside down following his encounter with a shinigami and a monster called Hollow. As a reminder, Bleach is a Tite Kubo shonen pre-published in the Weekly Shōnen Jump between 2001 and 2016. In 2018, the bound volumes had sold more than 120 million copies worldwide.

Bleach Movie Trailer

Edge of Tomorrow

Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt starring in a manga adaptation… it may seem surprising, and yet sometimes fiction meets reality. Edge of Tomorrow directed by Doug Liman (Memory in the Skin, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Jumper) is the free adaptation of a light novel written by Hiroshi Sakurazaka in December 2004. A manga written by Ryōsuke Takeuchi and drawn by Takeshi Obata is published 10 years later in the Weekly Shōnen Jump. The live-action film, released alongside the comic strip, takes as its setting a planet Earth invaded by an unparalleled extraterrestrial force. While the last human forces are attacking the French coast, Major William Cage dies … before coming back to life the day before the attack, and finding himself trapped in a time loop.

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Erased is a Live Action series announced by Netflix in March 2017 and launched on the same streaming platform in December of the same year. This “Original” program faithfully and completely adapts the original material unlike the anime and film released in 2016. Erased is initially a manga by Kei Sanbe serialized in Kadokawa Shoten’s Young Ace magazine between 2012 and 2016. The drama produced by Netflix follows the adventures of Satoru Fujinuma who, unlike his peers, has the ability to go back a few minutes in order to change things. Following a tragic event, this young manga artist whose career has stalled goes back 18 years in the past. He is then offered the opportunity to save three of his comrades murdered at the time of elementary school by a mysterious criminal.

Erased Series Trailer

Gambling School

The games of chance and more particularly those of money seem to be an inexhaustible source of stories for the mangakas. Gambling School (or Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler) is a manga imagined by Homura Kawamoto and illustrated by Toru Naomura. Published in Square Enix’s Gangan Joker from March 2014 to February 2021, the main saga ended after the publication of the 14th bound volumes. Newcomer Yumeko Jabami arrives at Hyakkaou Academy, a unique place where student rankings and popularity depend on their gaming earnings. Gambling School’s Live Action series adaptation is announced in November 2017 for release in January 2018. This drama ultimately has two seasons, a first of 10 episodes and a second of 5.

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Gambling School Series Trailer (Kakegurui)

Illang: The Wolf Brigade

If Westerners regularly set their sights on works from Japan, it is much rarer to see neighboring countries take an interest in them. However, Illang: The Wolf Brigade directed by Kim Jee-woon starring Kang Dong-won and Han Hyo-joo is a faithful adaptation of the monument of Japanese animation that is Jin-Roh, the wolf brigade. Although this live-action film sets its action in Korea and not in Japan, and renames its characters, the latter respects the nihilistic tone borrowed from melancholy as well as the purpose of Hiroyuki Okiura’s feature film. Illang: The Wolf Brigade is a tale of anticipation in which the two Koreas are doomed to reunite, a reunification strongly opposed by part of the population as well as several small terrorist groups including “Sect”. Faced with this new threat, the authorities are setting up a special unit.

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Illang: The Wolf Brigade Trailer

Kenshin: The Beginning / The Completion

We go back in time, at the end of the 19th century, to meet a key figure in Japanese culture. Assassin-turned-vagabond Kenshin Himura once known as Battosai travels the country armed with an inverted-bladed saber in hopes of atoning for a bloody past. The Live Action adaptation project dates back to 2012 with the release of Kenshin le vagabond directed by Keishi Otomo. The Japanese director resumes in August and September 2014 with back-to-back Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno and Kenshin: The End of the Legend. The swordsman then takes a well-deserved rest before starting his last and then first trip during the summer of 2021 in Kenshin: The Completion and Kenshin: The Beginning. The last two are available on Netflix.

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Kenshin: The Beginning Trailer

Mob Psycho 100

Finally, let us express an author who has become essential on the “manga” scene with the adventures of the “Bald in the Cape” aka Saitama. One is the creator of the webcomic One Punch Man taken from scratch from 2012 by One himself in collaboration with Yusuke Murata in the drawings. But it is not the work that brings us together here. The Japanese artist is also responsible for the UFO Mob Psycho 100, a post serialized on the Shogakukan’s Ura Sunday website between 2012 and 2017. The latter chronicles the life of Kageyama Shigeo, a seemingly uneventful student who actually possesses powerful psychic powers. While he only wants one thing, to live his life and hang out with a college mate, his supernatural abilities threaten a precarious tranquility. A rich 12-episode TV series adaptation saw the light of day in the spring of 2018.

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Mob Psycho 100 anime trailer

Through Silent_Jay, Journalist