While waiting for One Piece, here are 7 Live Action adaptations that you shouldn’t miss on Netflix

news culture While waiting for One Piece, here are 7 Live Action adaptations that you shouldn’t miss on Netflix

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


  • Alice on the Border
  • Immortal Sword
  • Bleach
  • Fable
  • Homunculus
  • Initial / Completion Kenshin
  • Ilang: Wolf Brigade

Alice on the Border

We promise, you’ve never experienced such a tense card game. Alice on the Border inspired by the manga by Haro Asō. In Japan, published by Shōgakukan, publication confirmed by Delcourt publishers in France. This manga has been finished since 2016 with 18 volumes to its name. On Netflix, the adventures of Alice and her friends are divided into two seasons with a total of 16 episodes, Japanese director Shinsuke Sato. The story of this world where the inhabitants have to participate in a deadly game of survival has been very successful. With an average of 81% press reviews over 2 seasons, the series has also conquered the general public with a score of 90%.

Immortal Sword

Do you know Takeshi Miike? So, since then, the works of Japanese filmmakers will be hard to get out of your head. A very prolific director, it’s not uncommon for the latter to release several films in a single year. When exiting Immortal Sword in 2017, this isn’t the only live manga adaptation he’s made. Indeed, he also directed a live-action vision of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Diamond Is Unbreakable. However, for his other films he will be applauded. With Blade of the Immortal, he conveys his vision of the adventures of a samurai who christened Manji and is famous for being immortal. Originally, they were from 30 volumes of Inhabitant of the Infinite, available from Casterman in France. Admittedly, the film was part of the 2017 Cannes Film Festival selection and earned a good 86% on RottenTomatoes.


The film adapts Tite Kubo’s seminal work. At the very least, it paints a portrait of what it’s about Bleach : strong character and lots of fights. Directed by Shinsuke Sato, who was behind Alice in Borderland, this film chronicles the transformation of young Ichigo Kurosaki into a Shinigami. After that, he must take into account the responsibilities brought by his new role and protect the residents. Almost 2 hours long, this feature film can only touch the universe of the original work and its 74 volumes. In France, you can find it at the Glénat publishing house. Released in 2018, this film received a pretty good reception from critics with a 71% rating on RottenTomatoes. That said, the film is primarily 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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Between 2014 and 2019, Kodansha trusted Katsuhisa Minami to adapt the crazy action comedy into 22 volumes. Under the name Fable, a young man finds himself taking a year off. What’s so special about it? He is actually an assassin, trained from childhood to eliminate those who try to harm his master. Forced to take a break, he moved to Osaka and took the name Akira Sato. Shortly before the manga’s release ended, a film directed by Kan Eguchi was released in 2019. Fable effort to capture the mood of this particular action comedy. Result of the race: the film was a success at the Japanese box office and landed on Netflix for its international broadcast. In 2021, the sequel is called The Fable: A Hitman Who Doesn’t Kill appears in the SVOD service.


After undergoing trepanation, a voluntary hole in the skull, in exchange for several thousand euros, Susumu Nakoshi develops a new ability. With a young doctor operating on him, he will try to control and master the sixth sense that has been offered to him. Illustrated by Hideo Yamamoto, the manga is published by Tonkam in our region and divided into 15 volumes. Nearly 10 years after the end of publication, an adaptation in real shot was born. Film Homunculus 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.

Initial / Completion Kenshin

This is 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 28 volumes chronicling the tormented development of the wandering samurai Kenshin Himura. His work was later adapted into a trilogy of films between 2011 and 2014. However, any projects surrounding the license were put on hold in late 2017. The mangaka was arrested and fined 200,000 yen for possessing videos of child pornography. After the verdict was implemented, a 200,000 yen (1,446 euro) fine, various ideas for adaptation were revived. Furthermore, two new films, Early Kenshin and Completionwill be released in 2021 on Netflix internationally.

Ilang: Wolf Brigade

Inspired by the classic Japanese animation Jin-roh, Ilang: Wolf Brigade are Korean movies available on Netflix. In 1998, Mamoru Oshii, father of Ghost in the Shell, offered a whole new universe. With studio Production IG, they tell an alternate reality where Japan will end up under Nazi occupation after the Second World War. We follow the adventures of a man in armor called Panzer who must eradicate all threats to the invaders. In 2019, the famous Kim Jee-woon wanted to revisit this story. Author of the excellent book A Bittersweet Life and of I met the Devil, the results are expected, but not lacking in interest. The author of the manga and animated film called the film “intense” and said he was very pleased with the results.

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