Live action adaptations are hit and miss among fans, with many loving them and just as many hating them. Japanese netizens were polled for the best of the genre. Read below to find out which ones made the cut!
Taking 3rd place with 82 votes was Kyukyoku!! Hentai Kamen.
— 「HK/変態仮面」公式 (@HK_hentai) April 13, 2016
This comedy/martial arts manga ran in 1992 and 1993 in Weekly Shonen Jump and had a live-action film adaptation in 2013 starring Suzuki Ryohei as Shikijo Kyosuke. It’s a superhero series starring a high school boy who, while a bit awkward with girls, defeats criminals as the superhero Hentai Kamen!
Next, in 2nd place with 96 votes was Rurouni Kenshin!
— 映画『るろうに剣心』公式アカウント (@ruroken_movie) December 4, 2014
Rurouni Kenshin has been on a roll with its live-action works including the film trilogy that ended in 2014 with the massively popular film Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends starring Takeru Satoh as Himura Kenshin.
Coming in at 1st place with 120 votes was Death Note!
— ｢デスノート LNW｣公式 (@Deathnote_2016) October 14, 2016
— ｢デスノート LNW｣公式 (@Deathnote_2016) October 29, 2016
This series has had a number of film adaptations including Death Note, Death Note: The Last Name, and now, Death Note: Light Up the New World. Both the protagonist with a dark streak and the overall story continue to attract fans.
Even among these top 3, there’s still a divide between people who loved them and people who hated them. What do you think of the choices? You can also see the full top 10 below!
1. Death Note
2. Rurouni Kenshin
3. Kyukyoku!! Hentai Kamen
5. Ansatsu Kyoushitsu (Assassination Classroom)
7. Dokonjou Gaeru
8. Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kouen-mae Hashutsujo
9. Otoko Ippiki Gaki Daishou
10. Chinyuuki: Tarou to Yukai na Nakama-tachi
Source: Goo ranking
*This was a poll of 500 Japanese net users, 250 male and 250 female. The survey is not representative of any party.*