Live Action vs Anime: Let Me Eat Your Pancreas vs I Want To Eat Your Pancreas

Hey there, it’s finally time! I finally got to watch it after so longgg!!!

If you want to read my full review of the live action film, click here! I also wrote a personal reflection of it too, click here if you wanna read that!

To minimise the confusion, Let Me Eat will be the Live-action film, while I Want To Eat will represent the anime.

How this is going to work is that I will write my anime film review and then do a comparison after. So let’s get the ball rolling.


The story starts off fast, and keeps you entertained till the end. The reason why this story keeps going is how cheery Sakura is.

The character development is excellent, even though it is centred towards the 2 main characters. The story pacing is pretty well done, not too fast and not too slow.

The climax is pretty decent, I wish it has a bit more buildup or probably a more intense climax, but it’s still great the way it is.

What I wish that can be done better? Side characters get a little more focus at certain times.

The part after the climax, which was meant to be emotional, felt kind of lacking. It wasn’t very tearjerking.

The ending felt pretty abrupt, but I still get a sense of closure so it’s not that bad.


Studio Voln is in-charge, and it looks stunning. Character designs took me a bit to get used to. But once the feeling sinks in, you will slowly fall in love with the movie.

They spent quite a bit of dedication here. Characters looks wonderful, backgrounds looks great, the colors are just vivid. I really love this. The way they rendered water in general is also another plus for me.

The amount of keyframes is also amazing. The characters moves so fluidly. I love this a lot. There is virtually no flaws here. Everything is so consistent.


It’s nice. Every piece of music fit their scenes perfectly. It’s soothing, it’s calming, no frills, just chills.

The OP and ED were great too.

Voice Cast

Takasugi Mahiro, Lynn, Fukushima Jun, Miki Shinichiro, Tanaka Atsuko, Uchida Yuuma, Wakui Emi.

Lynn absolutely fits the cheerful Sakura, her playful tone makes every moment featuring Sakura a joyful one.

Mahiro is rather inconsistent though. There are some moments where he needs to shout at a higher pitch but his voice is too deep. So basically there are certain moments where the animation shows him shouting at the top of his lungs, but his deep voice made things look awkward. His crying voice starts off weird too, but slowly, and strangely, becomes natural.

The rest did their jobs right.

Story: 9/10
Art: 9/10
Music: 8/10
VAs: 8/10

So that’s it for the review. Now a bit of a comparisons. As usual for these type of things, there will be some spoilers.

Anime Totally Skipped The Grown-up Part of the Live Action

Yeah, the anime is more focused on the high school timeline, without the grown-up flashback from the live-action.

There isn’t really much to point out, also not against anything here. But I think the anime feels more focused on the plot, so you don’t have to constantly remind yourself, “This is a flashback.”

I Feel More Emotionally Attached To The Anime

Despite the flaws I pointed out, I feel more emotionally watching the anime than the live-action.

Not really sure why, might be because of the flashback nature of the live-action did tone down the feels, or maybe the live-action felt rather unrealistic for its nature.

Hamabe Minami looks playful, but her voice isn’t as powerful as Lynn, so Lynn wins here. That might be another reason why I feel more attached to the anime.

Story mostly not the same.

Not gonna point everything out, to ruin the experience. For those who are worried that watching the live action will pretty much make watching the anime pointless. Don’t worry.

The storyline is pretty different, except for some vital scenes. The end goal of both medias are different. Because in the live action, the main guy is looking for closure even after so many years, the anime is just strictly telling a story about 2 high school students.

Side Character Focuses

Kyoko isn’t really focused in the live-action, until the flashback is over. Anime though, gives Kyoko quite a bit of limelight.

The Emphasis on Romance is Different

On the anime, they gave a clear message that they are “more than friends, but not romantic.”

But on the live-action, it remains a mystery. It’s extremely vague. There is some smell of romance, but they never confirm it. We can only speculate.

If you ask me personally, I would say the anime is better, the modifications made by the live-action doesn’t feel as great after watching the anime. I really love this story, and I guess the anime pulled it off way better.

Another reason why I might be more emotionally attached to the anime is because it felt a little more relatable than the live-action.

So that’s it for me. I do have more posts planned so stay tuned!

One response to “Live Action vs Anime: Let Me Eat Your Pancreas vs I Want To Eat Your Pancreas

  1. So far, I’ve only the novel and from reading your review comparing the anime and live action adaptation, the anime seems to follow the original source material much more closely. I’ve watched a few anime with Lynn in them so having her voice Sakura is a solid choice. I’m interested in how the live action interprets the story to make it its own thing, but I’m down to check out both adaptations when I get the chance! 😀

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