Live-action Films Based Off of Shoujo Manga/Anime

If you’re a fan of shoujo manga or anime, then you’re probably a fan of their live-action movie counterparts. Or maybe you prefer the original manga version. Whatever the case, you’ve most likely seen a live-action movie, and to brush you up on what that term means, it’s a Japanese film with real actors/actresses and settings versus an animated adaption. Over the years, live-action movies that are based off of shoujo manga or anime have  become increasingly popular, and there are usually a handful of them premiering every year. Unfortunately, only those who live in Japan can actually see these films in theaters, and until the films come out on DVD for order, international folks will have to wait a while to see them. In the mean time, for those of you who want to find out which shoujo manga or anime have turned into live-action films, look no further. Below you will discover which ones have been released or will release in the upcoming year.


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Leading Stars: Ayame Gouriki as Aoi Nishimori, Kento Yamazaki as Shuusei Kugayama

Release Year: 2014

Short Summary: Romance between a high school girl, Aoi Nishimori, and a school prince, Shuusei Kugayama, who were formerly neighbors but, due to unforeseen circumstances, they end up living together in the same room.

Comparison to the Manga Version:

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Leading Stars: Tao Tsuchiya as Naho Takamiya, Kento Yamazaki as Kakeru Naruse

Release Year: 2015

Short Summary: Naho Takamiya receives a letter from her future-self who tells her about the events that will transpire, especially ones revolving around Kakeru Naruse. Her future-self says she has many regrets, so she asks her past-self to fix them.

Comparison to the Manga Version:

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Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (Your Lie in April)

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Leading Stars: Suzu Hirose as Kaori Miyazono, Kento Yamazaki as Kosei Arima

Release Year: 2016

Short Summary: A pianist prodigy, Kosei Arima, suffers from a mental stigma that prevents him from hearing the music as he plays after dealing with his mother’s death. He meets Kaori Miyazono, a violin prodigy, who has a crush on his best friend. Together, the two of them help each other find the true meaning behind music, love, and friendship.


Kyou, Koi wo Hajimemasu (Love for Beginners)

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Leading Stars: Emi Takei as Tsubaki Hibino, Tori Matsuzaka as Kyota Tsubaki

Release Year: 2012

Short Summary: Tsubaki Hibino is a very plain-looking girl who cuts off the top student at her school’s hair, Kyota Tsubaki, after he says terrible things to her. He tells her to pay him back with her body, and in response, she cuts his hair even shorter. From then on, Kyota swears he’ll make her his. While their relationship starts out on a bad note, it eventually becomes a love they have both never experienced before.

Comparison to the Manga Version:

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Ao Haru Ride (Blue Spring Ride)

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Leading Stars: Tsubasa Honda as Futaba Yoshioka, Masahiro Higashide as Kou Mabuchi

Release Year: 2014

Short Summary: Futaba Yoshioka and Kou Mabuchi had feelings for each other in middle school, but Kou unexpectedly moves away without a word after standing Futaba up for their date. Now in high school, Futaba finally realizes that Kou has returned and the two search for the feelings they left unanswered.

Comparison to the Manga Version:

(Photo from Manga Fox)


Strobe Edge

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Leading Stars: Kasumi Arimura as Ninako Kinoshita, Sota Fukushi as Ren Ichinose

Release Year: 2015

Short Summary: Ninako Kinoshita has never fallen in love but she finds her first love by accident when she meets Ren Ichinose on the train. They grow closer, but Ninako discovers Ren has a longtime girlfriend and the two of them have a complicated history.

Comparison to the Manga Version:

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Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji (Wolf Girl & Black Prince)

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Leading Stars: Fumi Nikaido as Erika Shinohara, Kento Yamazaki as Kyouya Sata

Release Year: 2016

Short Summary: Erika Shinohara tries to stand out in order to make new friends, but by telling her so-called “friends” that she has a boyfriend, they ask her to show them a picture. She goes out to town and sees a handsome boy and takes his picture. He notices, but she runs off before he can say anything. Back at school, Erika boasts about her “boyfriend” after showing the picture and word spreads around that her “boyfriend” is Kyouya Sata — the school’s prince. Erika apologizes to him in private and he pretends to be understanding at first, but flips a 180 and demands her to act like his dog in return for acting as her boyfriend.

Comparison to the Manga Version:


Sukitte Ii Nayo (Say “I love You”)

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Leading Stars: Haruna Kawaguchi as Mei Tachibana, Sota Fukushi as Yamato Kurosawa

Release Year: 2014

Short Summary: Introvert Mei Tachibana gets noticed one day by popular-boy Yamato Kurosawa when she accidentally kicks him down the stairs after his friend tries to take a peek under her skirt. Yamato has taken an interest in her since then and their relationship blossoms with the help of friends and family.

Comparison to the Manga Version:

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Let us know in the comments section which live-action films you’ve watched or which ones you look forward to seeing!


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