With the newly released trailers for the live-action heavy-hitters of anime, Fullmetal Alchemist and Ghost in the Shell, it’s an exciting time for fans of big screen adaptations of anime. Even for those who don’t normally branch off to the live action versions of their favorite anime, it is hard not to get curious as to how these two films stack up against their original animated forms. In addition, another well-known anime that is no stranger to the big screen, Death Note, is getting another live-action film releasing in 2017 as well, making next year unforgettable for those who want to see their favorite characters come to life.
Fullmetal Alchemist, directed by Fumihiko Sori, is a Japanese production and will have an all-Japanese cast headed by Ryosuke Yamada of Hey! Say! JUMP fame. The film has a European-esque setting to fit with the style of the anime. Ghost in the Shell is a Hollywood production directed by Rupert Sanders and starring Scarlett Johansson who is supported by a mixed cast including Michael Pitt and Takeshi Kitano despite the original anime being set in a futuristic, fictional Japanese city. With these two drastically contrasting productions, it will be interesting to see which is more popular among both fans of anime and the general public.