Worst Anime Live Action Movies

RoseRedFlower
I like anime. Who doesn't? Oh, yeah...Hollywood doesn't. Now, I'm saying every anime live action sucks! I love the Death Note Live Action Movie (2006) but there's some out there that you wish Hollywood or whoever took more seriously with. The anime themselves down below are pretty good for the most part. These movies....ergh. Now, I haven't seen every single one. So I'll put some suggestions in and ones that I have seen. So, here we go.

The Top Ten

1 Dragonball Evolution

This movie should be BANNED from all T.V. and channels! The characters are NOT who I remember! Goku is just a jerk for choosing to hit on Chi Chi at a party rather than spend his 18th birthday with Gohan, Piccolo has an unoriginal story, and WHERE IS VEGETA? The fight scenes and graphic designs suck, and the Oozaru serve FRIEZA AND ARE NOT MINIONS OF PICCOLO!

Who thought this could be a good movie?

It’s worse than the Last Airbender.

Yes that movie sucks

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2 Death Note (2017) Death Note (2017)

Even a guy in my class who didn't watch the anime said it was bad

The only thing I liked about this movie is Ryuk and the guy who voiced him, which was perfect.

I think the whitewashing isn't the biggest problem with this movie, it has more to do with the characters, plot, and some of the things they left out, like the famous potato chip scene. Seriously, no one complains about when other countries remake American movies and don't use Caucasian actors for Caucasian characters. I've seen a Japanese remake of the American movie Ghost ( which I liked), and they had Asian actors for Caucasian characters. I think some of the people who complain with whitewash are sometimes hypocrites, and when it's vis versa they don't really defend the original work.

Now don't get me wrong, I also would've liked that Death Note the movie did take place in Japan with Asian actors, but what did we expect when we saw that America was remaking a Japanese anime show? Since we're talking about the characters are not originally being Asian, then why in the ...more

Wrote a post about it, you can read it for more info. However, if I have to sum it up in one word: underwhelming. - RoseRedFlower

Why is L black?!
Why is Light Showing The Death Note in public!?
Not only that,L reveals his identity in Public too!
This ruined the Manga and Anime

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3 Attack on Titan Live Action Movie Attack on Titan Live Action Movie

Levi and Annie were smart not to come to this party. This movie was astonishingly bad. I couldn't believe what I was watching. I liked the anime but wasn't obsessed with it like other people. This movie just failed. The characters didn't act like they did in the manga or anime, the flying with the ODM gear looked tacky and hard to see, the titans looked like bad CGI in the 80's. It might look cool but pause the titan and look at it closely. You'll see it's not as cool as it might look. Everything you liked about the anime isn't here and I can't believe they somehow made a part 2. - RoseRedFlower

The only live action anime movie worse than this Dragonball Evolution. And Dragonball Evolution was an AMERICAN live adaptation. So that should tell you something. This movie has given anime a bad name. The characters were in no way like their manga and anime counterparts at all, the plot was WAY off from the original material, and they cut out key characters like Annie and Levi! And then they made a sequel that no one wanted or asked or!? WHAT THE HELL, SHINJI HIGUCHI!

To make matters worse, now Hollywood wants to adapt Attack on Titan into a live-action movie too. Screw it, Warner Bros. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

This movie has tarnished Shingeki no Kyojin's good name! HOW COULD THEY?! I say this might be as bad as the live action version of Dragonball Z.

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4 Devilman Devilman

Yes I agree

5 Parasyte Movie Parasyte Movie

Not the worst I've heard of, but even to this day, if there's one thing that I hate about this movie, it's the god-awful CGI visuals. Aside from some of the characters being more significantly different from the original manga source than the Madhouse anime adaptation did, the fights in the live-action Parasyte were very underwhelming and poorly choreographed, given that the way the Parasytes fight are very slow and lack any tension whatsoever, paling WAY TOO MUCH in comparison to the fast-paced and thrilling fight scenes in the Parasyte anime. I haven't actually seen the Parasyte live-action movies myself, but even if it's not the worst live-action anime adaptation ever, it certainly doesn't do any respect to either the manga or the anime. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

I never watched this anime. But my friend and one of her brothers did. Right now I'm seeing how this movie looks like. One word: WHY?!

6 Fist of the North Star 1995
7 Avatar: The Last Airbender (2010) Avatar: The Last Airbender (2010)

Perhaps the worst adaptation of all time, The Last Airbender rejects not only all that made the anime great, but also the basic elements of story. Yes, it is worse than Dragonball: Evolution. If anything it’s even worse than the live-action adaptation of Fullmetal Alchemist. Whitewashed actors stare at the camera and deliver poorly-written lines with all the feeling of Kristen Stewart on painkillers. Avoid this film at all costs and watch the anime.

8 Black Butler Movie Black Butler Movie

Lmao didn't even know this existed

Just looking at this is weird. I mean, where's my beautiful little Ciel at? Hm? Because all I see is some pale little kid who looks NOTHING like him. And, oh my God, THEY MADE SEBASTIAN LOOK LIKE AN IDIOT. THAT'S NOT SEBBY. URGH. Want a better alternative? The musical can offer better than this crap.

You've got to be kidding me!
First, they turn Ciel into a girl.
Second, they changed the perfectly goo "Phantomhive" into "Genpo"
Third, they made Sebastian a complete and utter, almost useless, twerp.
Fourth, first 15 minutes and you already have a rip off of episode 2.
Fifth, I'm a Sebaciel fan and all but SERIOOUSLY? Instead of devouring his or her or his or her soul, he hissed her... or him... or her... I don't even know anymore!
Sixth, Bart and Finnian weren't present.
Seventh, Madam Red wasn't Madam Red at all.
Eight, they made the clumsy Mey Rin into a badass woman who eventually died.
Lastly, they put the whole movie in the 2000's era.

9 The Guyver The Guyver
10 Ao Oni Movie Ao Oni Movie

Yes, I know this is technically based off a game. However, there is an Ao Oni Anime called Aooni the Blue Monster so I consider it anime. However, the movie was terrible. It was not scary. At all. Those cheap jumpscares in January horror movies, those are in here. You know that creepy music chasing you when the Ao Oni is coming? It only plays once though a phone. I'm dead serious. Confusing stuff like how the house is exactly like the one from the game. So the creator of the game, who is in this movie, has to remember what he did in order to survive. Who made the house this way? Why did they do that? Then the main character, she...she...she is Kristen Stewarts Asian counterpart. No expression and heavy breathing. The movie also ended the worst way a movie could end. It was all just a dream. I'm not joking. - RoseRedFlower

The Contenders

11 Gatchaman Gatchaman

mood

This movie just sucks.

12 Ghost in the Shell (2017) Ghost in the Shell (2017)

Strongly disagree. Watch it for yourself before you tag this movie.

While I haven't seen the movie yet, it's undeniable that it's gotten quite a lot of controversy for its whitewashed cast, with Scarlett Johansson taking the most heat since she was cast in the role of an Asian character. Not to mention that this movie did horrible at the box office, so it did pretty bad financially. For the film itself in terms of quality? That's... up to opinion, but while I have to applaud the astounding visuals and how Johansson really performs her best as Motoko Kusanagi, I haven't heard much praise outside of that since talk about the story of this live-action adaptation have been quite polarizing. Either way, it's no Dragonball: Evolution or The Last Airbender, but Hollywood can do better than this. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

13 NANA Movie NANA Movie

I actually legit, wanna watch this

14 G-Saviour

This honestly deserves #1 because forget what the Honest Trailer Voice said about Dragon Ball Evolution, THIS is the West's worst insult to Japanese culture since Hiroshima. It's a Gundam movie that feels nothing like a Gundam movie. The plot feels more like it was ripped straight out of a rejected Doctor Who episode than an actual Gundam series. - PerfectImpulseX

15 Tokyo Ghoul Tokyo Ghoul
16 Midori: Shojo Tsubaki (2016) Midori: Shojo Tsubaki (2016)

This is the true number 1 - 445956

I'm not joking! This crime against humanity got a live-action adaptation while Crossbone Gundam hasn't even been adapted into an anime yet! Humanity really has sunken the bar lower. - PerfectImpulseX

17 Fullmetal Alchemist

WHYY!
I WILL KILL YOU HOLLYWOOD! - TheDarkOne_221b

18 Bleach (2018)

As a long time bleach fan I was quite impressed with the characters and cgi, sure it might not have the same story line as the anime and manga, but what do you expect from a 2 hour movie.

Bleach…. one of the greatest Anime of all time. Now I could tell you about everything I hate about this movie such as the character costumes, designs and portrayal (Ichigo, Rukia, Renji, basically everyone else) but I'm gonna say what they did right...… - Criz

19 Speed Racer

A UNFAITHFUL DISGRACE TO THE ORIGINAL SHOW AND A DISGRACE TO TATSUNOKO IN GENERAL!

20 Ouran High School Host Club Live Action Movie

I just finished watching this and I have to say...this shouldn't have been made into a movie. It's like when you're working on a group project and that one group member, just says a really dumb idea. Yet you're forced to go along with it anyways. That's this movie. The acting was over the top, I couldn't take any of this seriously. You know how in anime, there's sparkles surrounding the character and it's supposed to show an emotion. Let's just say it works better in anime and manga than in a live action movie. There's random things that happen, that can work in anime. Like how a heart will pop up and then be shot by an arrow. Yet when it happens in real life, it just looks stupid. The biggest downfall of this movie was the story. Like many other live action anime movies, it falls into cramming over twenty or more episodes into an hour and a half movie. That leads barely any character development and makes the story choppy. Overall, not a great experience. Check out the anime and ...more - RoseRedFlower

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Updated 9 Mar 2019

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Top Remixes (6)

1. Ao Oni Movie
2. Dragonball Evolution
3. Attack on Titan Live Action Movie
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1. Dragonball Evolution
2. Avatar: The Last Airbender (2010)
3. Death Note (2017)
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1. Devilman
2. Dragonball Evolution
3. Gatchaman
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