All hyped up for these manga/anime to movie adaptations that will be rolling out in the coming year? We’ve put together a list of the big live-action movies you CAN look forward to this 2017.
1. Ghost in the Shell 2017
Rife with accusations of white-washing and other actor-related drama, Ghost in the Shell hasn’t had the best of times.
We’re at least looking forward to Scarlett Johansson’s portrayal of the Major, and with the teasers being quite faithful to the anime, we’re quite hopeful for this one. It’s also one of the major blockbusters to watch for this year as we’ve mentioned in our latest list.
Ghost in the Shell debuts 31 March 2017.
Also based off the anime of the same name, the film has Shun Oguri as Gintoki Sakata, the main character of both the manga and the anime. Believe it or not, this Edo period series actually is about aliens having invaded feudal Japan and the shenanigans that follow.
The Gintama movie is set to drop Summer 2017.
3. Full Metal Alchemist
The much-anticipated movie adaptation for the anime and manga series of the same name, this film attempts to take the entirety of the series’ storyline and condense it into one flick. So far it’s looking pretty good, but we’re not sure how they’re gonna shove all that story into one movie and still make it look good.
Full Metal Alchemist is expected December 2017.
4. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable – Chapter 1
Warner Bros. is releasing a live-action adaptation for JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable-Chapter 1, is part of a long-running story about Josuke Higashikata and his friends who are thrown into a world populated by Strand users. They have to face off against these opponents as well as uncover the mystery of the mystical Arrow, which can manifest latent Strand abilities as well as how to stop its wielder.
The movie is set to release 4 August 2017.
5. Death Note (Hollywood version)
Update: No official announcement yet, but it’s possible the film might be facing a delay following the recent burglarising of the set.
Not to be confused with Death Note 3: Light Up The New World which came out late last year, this would be Hollywood’s take on the extremely popular manga/anime and film series.
The plot is looking very much like your usual Death Note flick though, with a man coming into possession of a mysterious notebook that can kill, with a detective trying to hunt him down.
Should be interesting to see how Hollywood decides to package this one. Death Note is set for a 2017 release.
6. Shinjuku Swan II
A sequel to the first Shinjuku Swan (based on a manga of the same name) the movie follows Tatsuhiko Shiratori who works as a scout recruiting girls to work in the adult entertainment biz. He moves to Yokohama from Shinjuku, and immediately starts getting into trouble with the CEO of another scout company.
Shinjuku Swan II starts showing 21 January 2017 in Japan.
7. Tokyo Ghoul
Another movie that looks like it’s following the manga’s plot, Tokyo Ghoul follows Ken Kaneki; and the events that turns him into a hybrid of them. He then falls into the dark world of the man-eating Ghouls, who look very much like humans but with an appetite for flesh and special abilities.
The movie is set to release 30 December 2017.
8. Neko Atsume no Ie
Seemingly coming out of nowhere, this spinoff movie for the extremely popular Neko Atsume mobile game seems to be about a bestselling writer and the copious amounts of cats that start showing up at his new home. We guess this will be the sort of nice, lightearted movie about the main character’s self healing, but even if it isn’t, we’re in it for the cute cats.
The movie is set to release 8 April 2017.
9.Blade of the Immortal
Takashi Miike’s Blade of the Immortal is essentially a warrior cursed with immortality, who can only break the curse if he kills 1,000 evil men. It’s also based on the manga of the same name, and if the short teaser trailer is any indication, we can expect quite a bit of uh, bloody action.
Blade of the Immortal debuts 29 April 2017.
10. Isshuukan Friends
Adapted from the manga of the same name (or One Week Friends, as it’s also known) the movie is a love story of sorts, with 16 year-old Yuuki Hase becoming closer with Kaori Fujimiya, a quiet and reserved girl with a secret; her memories of those close to her reset at the end of the week; and she’s unable to make friends in fear of hurting those close to her.
Isshuukan Friends comes 18 February, 2017.