While waiting for One Piece, here are 7 Live Action adaptations not to be missed on Netflix

news culture While waiting for One Piece, here are 7 Live Action adaptations not to be missed on Netflix

The big hype on Netflix in 2023 is undoubtedly the One Piece series in live action. 2 months ago, post-production, the last stage before the broadcast, was launched, and the latter rarely takes more than a year, especially for a series. While waiting for more news, the JV editorial staff offers you 7 Live Action manga adaptations available on Netflix.


  • Alice in Borderland
  • Blade of the Immortal
  • Bleach
  • The Fable
  • Homunculus
  • Kenshin The Beginning / The Completion
  • Illang: The Wolf Brigade

Alice in Borderland

We promise, you’ve never experienced such stressful card games. Alice in Borderland is inspired by a manga by Haro Asō. In Japan, it is published by the Shōgakukan, its publication is ensured by the publishing house Delcourt in France. The manga has been completed since 2016 with 18 volumes to its name. On Netflix, the adventures of Alice and her friends are divided into two seasons for a total of 16 episodes on the clock, it is the Japanese Shinsuke Sato which is in the making. The story of this world where the inhabitants must participate in deadly games to survive has been very successful. With an average of 81% press reviews for the 2 seasons, the series has also conquered the general public with a score that reaches 90%.

Blade of the Immortal

You know Takeshi Miike ? Well, from the moment that is the case, the works of the Japanese filmmaker will be difficult to get out of your head. A particularly prolific director, it is not uncommon for the latter to release several films in a single year. When exiting from Blade of the Immortal in 2017, this is not the only live manga adaptation he is making. Indeed, he also directed a live-action vision of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Diamond Is Unbreakable. However, it is for his other film that he will be applauded. With Blade of the Immortal, he delivers his vision of the adventures of a samurai baptized Manji and reputed to be immortal. Initially, they come from the 30 volumes of the Inhabitant of the Infinite, available from Casterman in France. Acclaimed, the film was part of the selection of the Cannes Film Festival 2017 and obtained a nice 86% on RottenTomatoes.


This film adapts Tite Kubo’s seminal work. At the very least, it paints a portrait of what Bleach : strong characters and a lot of fights. Directed by Shinsuke Sato, already behind Alice in Borderland, the film tells the transformation of young Ichigo Kurosaki into a Shinigami. Thereafter, he must take into account the responsibilities that his new role entails and protect the population. Almost 2 hours long, the feature film can only touch on the universe of the original work and its 74 volumes. In France, you can find these at the publisher Glénat. Released in 2018, the film was fairly well received by critics with a rating of 71% on RottenTomatoes. Nevertheless, the film is mainly aimed at fans of the license who have always dreamed of seeing one of the most famous swordsmen in the world come to life.

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The Fable

Between 2014 and 2019, Kodansha trusted Katsuhisa Minami to adapt a wacky action comedy into 22 volumes. Under the name Fable, a young man finds himself taking a year off. What is special about it? He is actually an assassin, trained from childhood to eliminate those who would attempt to harm his employers. Forced to take a break, he moved to Osaka and took the name Akira Sato. Shortly before the release of the manga ended, a film directed by Kan Eguchi was released in 2019. The Fable attempts to capture the atmosphere of this particular action comedy. Result of the races: the film is a success at the Japanese box office and lands on Netflix for its international broadcast. In 2021, a sequel called The Fable: A Hitman Who Doesn’t Kill appears on the SVOD service.


After undergoing a trepanation, a voluntary hole in the skull, in exchange for a few thousand euros, Susumu Nakoshi develops new abilities. With the young doctor who performed the operation on him, he will try to control and master this sixth sense that has been offered to him. Drawn by Hideo Yamamoto, the manga is published by Tonkam in our region and is divided into 15 volumes. Nearly 10 years after the end of the publication, an adaptation in real shots is born. The film Homunculus is directed by Takashi Shimizu while the lead role is played by Gō Ayano. It was released in Japanese theaters on April 2, 2021 and premiered exclusively on Netflix worldwide on April 22.

Kenshin The Beginning / The Completion

It’s a very special story that surrounds the manga drawn by Nobuhiro Watsuki. Mentor of Eiichiro Oda, father of One Piece, the author has enjoyed worldwide success with the 28 volumes recounting the tortured development of vagabond samurai Kenshin Himura. His work was then adapted into a film trilogy between 2011 and 2014. However, any project around the license was put on hold at the end of 2017. In question, the mangaka was arrested and fined 200,000 yen for possession of videos child pornography. Once the judgment applied, a fine of 200,000 yen (1,446 euros), the various ideas for adaptations are revived. Subsequently, two new films, Kenshin The Beginning and Completionwill be released in 2021 on Netflix internationally.

Illang: The Wolf Brigade

Inspired by the Japanese animation classic Jin-roh, Illang: The Wolf Brigade is a Korean movie available on Netflix. In 1998, Mamoru Oshii, the father of Ghost in the Shell, offered a whole new universe. With the Production IG studio, they tell an alternate reality where Japan would have ended under Nazi occupation after the Second World War. We follow the adventures of men in armor called Panzer who must eradicate all threats to the occupier. In 2019, it is the highly recognized Kim Jee-woon who wants to revisit this story. Already author of the excellent A Bittersweet Life and of I met the Devil, the result is expected, but not lacking in interest. The author of the manga and animated film called the film “intense” and said he was very happy with the result.