25 Anime or Manga turned into Live Action Dramas

Like I said before, I really do love anime and drama. So it kind of treat for me if the manga or anime turned into live action drama. Cos I could finally be able to see it more real than reel * even though it is still definitely unreal * It also give me some excitement to see if there were such a living person that look alike the character in the manga or anime.

1. Tokyo Love Story (1991)

11 episode + 1 special. This is probably the first dorama that catch my eyes during my childhood. Eventhough my very first dorama is Oshin, but Tokyo Love Story is the one that left first mark in heart as I started to watch other dorama since then.

I remember how angry I am with Kanji. Even as a child, I don’t think him as a man. Why, because he don’t seem to make up his mind over woman, he always in between Rika or Satomi. And I even more angry with Rika, because she is very devoted to Kanji, as if no other man who is better than Kanji live in this world. That time, I think Rika deserved to be loved by other. At the end, Rika leave Kanji * finally, that’s my though back then * just about the time Kanji realize that he like her too * but I guess not that much, since he married that Satomi at the very end * I really hate the ending. But hey, I guess I forgot that this is only a drama and actually, in the real world, something like that really did happened sometimes.

The famous scene here is when Rika and Kanji separated, they always stand against each other then walk forward in different direction without looking back again. Oh, and don’t forget the ost, the song called “Love Story wa Totsuzen ni” sung by Oda Kazumasa.

  • Oda Yuji – Nagao Kanji
  • Suzuki Honami – Akana Rika
  • Eguchi Yosuke – Mikami Kenichi
  • Arimori Narimi – Sekiguchi Satomi
Manga

Manga

Jdrama: Tokyo Love story

Jdrama: Tokyo Love story

2. Asunaro hakusho or Asunaro White Paper or Ordinary People (1993)

10 episode + 1 special.

  • Ishida Hikari – Sonoda Narumi
  • Tsutsui Michitaka – Kakei Tamotsu
  • Suzuki Anju – Higashiyama Seika
  • Kimura Takuya – Toride Osamu
  • Nishijima Hidetoshi – Matsuoka Junichiro
  • Kaga mariko – Kakei Mitsuko
  • Kuroswa Asuka – Sunada Tokie
  • Sugiyama Ayako – Machida Kyouko
Manga: Asunaro Hakusho

Manga: Asunaro Hakusho

Jdrama: Asunaro Hakusho

Jdrama: Asunaro Hakusho

3. Great Teacher Onizuka (GTO) (1998)

12 episodes + 1 special + 1 movie.

  • Sorimachi Takashi – Onizuka Eikichi
  • Matsushima Nanako – Fuyutsuki Azusa
  • Kirari – Mizuki Nanako
  • Kubozuka Yosuke – Kikuchi Yoshito
  • Ikeuchi Horoyuki – Murai Kunio
  • Nakamura Aimi – Aizawa Miyabi
  • Tokuyama Hidenori – Yoda kenji
  • Yamazaki Yuta – Watanabe Masaru
  • Oguri Shun – Yoshikawa Noburu
  • Kuroda Miki – Nomura Tomoko
Manga

Manga

Anime

Anime

Dorama: GTO

Dorama: GTO

Jdama: Great Teacher Onizuka

Japanese Movie: GTO

4. Mars

Manga: Mars

Manga: Mars

Taiwanese drama: Mars

Taiwanese drama: Mars

5. Itazura Na Kiss (1996)

Manga: Itazura na kiss

Manga: Itazura na kiss

Anime: Itazura Na kiss

Anime: Itazura Na kiss

Jdrama: Itazura Na Kiss (1996)

Jdrama: Itazura Na Kiss (1996)

9 episodes.

  • Kashiwabara Takashi – Irie Naoki
  • Sato Aiko – Aihara Kotoko
  • Naitou Takashi – Aihara Shigeo
  • Asada Miyoko – Irie Machiko
  • Ozawa Maju – Matsumoto Reiko
  • Aoki Shinsuke – Nakamura Kinnosuke
  • Uehara Sakura – Komori Jinko
  • Izawa Ken – Watanabe Junichi
  • Tokui Yuu – Irie Masa
  • Akaishi Ryotaro – Irie Yuuki

Taiwanese Drama: It started with a kiss

Taiwanese Drama: It started with a kiss (2005)

30 episodes.

  • Ariel Lin – Yuan Xiang Qin (Aihara Kotoko)
  • Jiro Wang – Jin Yuan Feng (Kinnosuke Nakamura)
  • Joe Chang – Jiang Zhi Shu (Irie Naoki)
  • Tiffany Xu – Pei Zi Yu (Matsumoto Reiko)
Taiwanese Drama: they Kiss again

Taiwanese Drama: They Kiss again (2008)

20 episodes.

  • Ariel Lin
  • Jiro Wang
  • Aaron Yang
  • Cyndi Chaw
  • Danson Tang
  • Joe Cheng
  • Xiu Jei Kai
Kdrama: Playful Kiss or Mischievous Kiss

Kdrama: Playful Kiss or Mischievous Kiss (2010)

16 episodes.

  • Kim Hyun Joong – Baek Seung Jo
  • Jung So Min – Oh Ha Ni
  • Lee Tae Sung – Bong Joon Gu
  • Lee Si Young – Yoon He Ra
  • Jang Ah Young – Hong Jang Mi
  • Choi Won Hong – Baek Eun Jo (Seung Jo brother)
Jdrama: Itazura Na kiss Live in Tokyo

Jdrama: Itazura Na kiss Live in Tokyo  (2013)

16 episodes.

  • Furukawa Yuki – Irie Naoki
  • Miki Honoka – Aihara Kotoko
  • yamada Yuki – Ikezawa Kinnosuke
  • Fujimoto Nanami – Komori Jinko
  • Yamaya Kasumi – Ishikawa Satomi
  • Tanaka Satoshi – Odawara
  • Aizawa yuga – Irie Yuuki
  • Tanaka Yoji – Aihara Shigeki
  • Nishimura Tomomi – Irie Noriko
  • Imoaraizaka Kakaricho – Irie Shigeo
  • Sato Aiko (cameo, ep10)
  • Kashiwabara Takashi (cameo, ep15)

6. Hanazakari kimi ni tachie e or Hana Kimi

Manga: Hana Kimi

Manga: Hana Kimi

Jdrama: Hanazakari no kimitachi e

Jdrama: Hanazakari no kimitachi e

Taiwanese version: Hua yang Shao nian shao nu

Taiwanese version: Hua yang Shao nian shao nu

Kdrama: To the beautiful you

Kdrama: To the beautiful you

7. Hana Yori Dango

Manga

Manga

Anime

Anime

Taiwanese Drama: Meteor Garden I

Taiwanese Drama: Meteor Garden I

Taiwanese Drama: Meteor Garden II

Taiwanese Drama: Meteor Garden II

Indonesian drama: Siapa Takut Jatuh Cinta

Indonesian drama: Siapa Takut Jatuh Cinta

Dorama: Hana Yori Dango

Dorama: Hana Yori Dango

Dorama: Hana Yori Dango returns

Dorama: Hana Yori Dango returns

Japanese Movie: Hana Yori Dango Final

Japanese Movie: Hana Yori Dango Final

Chinese Drama: Meteor Rain

Chinese Drama: Meteor Rain

Philippines drama: Brat Boys Beyond

Philippines drama: Brat Boys Beyond

8. Bartender

Manga

Manga

Anime

Anime

Dorama

Dorama

9. Antique Bakery

Manga: Antique bakery

Manga: Antique bakery

Anime version: Antique Bakery

Anime version: Antique Bakery

Jdrama: Antique Bakery

Jdrama: Antique Bakery

Kdrama:

Kdrama: Antique Bakery

10. Ouran Highschool Host Club

Manga: Ouran Highschool host club

Manga: Ouran Highschool host club

Anime: Ouran Highschool club

Anime: Ouran Highschool host club

Dorama: Ouran Highschool host club

Dorama: Ouran Highschool host club

11. City Hunter

Manga

Manga

Anime

Anime

Chinese movie

Chinese movie

Kdrama

Kdrama

12. Gokusen

Manga

Manga

Anime

Anime

Dorama: Gokusen

Dorama: Gokusen

Dorama: Gokusen 2

Dorama: Gokusen 2

Dorama: Gokusen 3

Dorama: Gokusen 3

Japanese Movie

Japanese Movie

13. Nodame Cantabile

Manga

Manga

Anime

Anime

Dorama

Dorama

Japanese Movie: Nodame Cantabile Final

Japanese Movie: Nodame Cantabile Final

14. Zettai Kareshi

Manga

Manga

Dorama: Zettai Kareshi

Dorama: Zettai Kareshi (2008)

Taiwanese drama: Absolute boyfriend

Taiwanese drama: Absolute boyfriend (2012)

15. Mei-chan No Shitsuji or Mei-chan Butler

Manga

Manga

Anime

Anime

Dorama

Dorama

15. Skip Beat

Manga: Skip beat

Manga: Skip beat

Anime: Skip Beat

Anime: Skip Beat

Taiwanese drama:

Taiwanese drama: Skip beat

16. Hayate the combat butler

Manga

Manga

Anime

Anime

Taiwanese drama

Taiwanese drama

17. Arakawa under the bridge

Manga

Manga

Anime

Anime

Japanese drama

Japanese drama

18. Akuma de sourou

Manga

Manga

Taiwanese drama: Devil beside you

Taiwanese drama: Devil beside you

19. Honey and Clover

Manga

Manga

Anime

Anime

Dorama (2008)

Dorama (2008)

Taiwanese drama

Taiwanese drama

Japanese Movie

Japanese Movie

20. H2 or Kimi to Itahibi

Manga

Manga

Anime

Anime

Dorama

Dorama

21. Kimi wa Petto

Manga: Kimi wa pet (Tramps like us)

Manga: Kimi wa pet (Tramps like us)

Dorama

Dorama: Kimi wa petto

Kdrama

Korean movie: You are my pet

22. Lovely Complex

Manga

Manga

Anime

Anime

Dorama

Dorama

23. Yankee-kun to Megane-chan

Manga

Manga

Dorama

Dorama

24. Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge

Manga: The wallflower (Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge)

Manga: The wallflower (Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge)

Anime

Anime: Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge (Perfect Girl Evolution)

Dorama

Dorama

25. Marmalade Boy

Manga

Manga

Anime

Anime

Taiwanese drama

Taiwanese drama

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  3. I really need to finish watching Mars, I was in middle school when i saw this drama on television, it was aired in the middle of night and I can’t manage to finish watching it. I can remember that Vic Zou was sooooo unbearably hot

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  4. waaaaaaaa…. im so gonna watch everything hurriedly put a memo though i have watch and read some .. gonna re-watch them and yeah if i were given a chance to choose another nationality i would gladly want to be a japanese. I love how far/deep their imagination were and i their culture & tradition interest me so mush.

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    • agree with you about how interesting their culture and tradition. not to mention, their technology. Would love to learn about them and visit the country too.

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  5. So I’m an Atlanta film maker that loves Anime and I wish to pick your brain about how you feel about Original live action anime.

    To be clear, that’s original content that was never a cartoon but holds the true essence of what anime is.

    Do you feel there is a market for this material.

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