The top franchises that most surprisingly obtained a live action movie adaptation outside of Japan have served as the focus of this new ranking, with one post-apocalyptic series full of action and blood somehow snagging the top spot.

The ranking:

1. Hokuto no Ken (America, 1995)


2. Prince of Tennis (China, 2008)


3. Dragon Ball Evolution (America, 2009)


4. Hayate no Gotoku (Taiwan, 2011)


5. Death Note (America, 2017)


6. Marmalade Boy (Taiwan, 2001)


7. Jin (South Korea, 2012)


8. Yamada Taro Monogatari (Taiwan, 2001)


9. Initial D (Hong Kong, 2005)


10. Chuka Ichiban! (China, 2005)


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    Comment by Anonymous
    18:16 22/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Only live action adaptation I've enjoyed so far was Liars Game.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:13 22/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Franchise, you say?
    All you need is kill.
    I think that is the most successful one, other than pokemon movies

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:43 24/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Without question. It was not only the most-surprising franchise to receive a foreign live-action adaptation (a modestly successful light novel that got a short manga adaptation), it was also arguably the best. Edge of Tomorrow was fucking awesome, actually much better than the original book itself (I read it, it was comparatively dull and had a REALLY dumb plot twist that I'm delighted they left out of the movie).

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:01 23/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kite was really surprising as source material, but of course it looks nothing like what it was supposed to.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:44 23/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I thought we agreed that Evolution never happened.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:02 23/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    funny part is that movie was an ok goofy comedy if you remove the dragonball name from it.

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    Comment by sengcreate
    07:51 22/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    some of the live-action are good, like "Initial D" kind a amazing

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:57 22/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Shenron: State your wish that I may return to my slumber

    Me: Make Dragon Ball Evolution never happen

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:55 22/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    What surprised me about live action adaptations is :
    How badly they turn out to be.

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    Comment by MARl0
    06:40 22/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    How was that surprising? If any of them were actually any good, THAT would be surprising.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:18 22/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd rather forget Dragon Ball Evolution was a thing. It was just so laughably bad and just an insult to fans and good adaptations of any form of graphic novels out there.

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    Comment by Shn275
    03:19 22/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why the American DB:Evolution instead of the Taiwanese Dragon Ball: The Magic Begins. It was just as trash, but it was much better than Evolution & kept some semblance to the source material.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:37 22/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    let us not mention the abomination that is dragonball evolution EVER AGAIN

    lest u find negan at ur front door with lucille at hand

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:35 22/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm surprised G-Saviour wasn't on there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:57 22/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wasn't that an official Sunrise thing though?

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:49 22/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Technically it was, but they allowed Canadians to make it. And it was clear they didn't know the material before hand. Sunrise will very likely never allow it again.

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