Some of the most popular and acclaimed cartoons that are also challenging to adapt in live-action form are hitting the big screen this year.

Movie studios are accepting that there will be backlashes from comic book fans over the actors cast for their favorite characters.

Live-action adaptations of manga have become a staple in the commercial film industry.

Highly anticipated Japanese movies coming up this year include many manga-based titles: “March Comes in Like a Lion,” “Ajin: Demi-Human” and “Tokyo Ghoul.”

Notably, Warner Bros. Japan LLC will release three movies, starting with “Gin Tama” in July and followed by “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable: Chapter 1” in August and “Fullmetal Alchemist” in December.

A production consortium was formed to make “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure,” with Tokyo Broadcasting System Holdings Inc. taking the initiative of the project and Warner Bros. and Toho Co. serving as co-distributors. Warner Bros. is taking control of the production for the other two titles and will be their sole distributor.

Warner Bros. has a track record of making movies based on popular comic books.

The two-part “Death Note” movies earned a total of 8.05 billion yen ($71.6 million) at the box office when they were released in 2006. The “Rurouni Kenshin” trilogy was also a big hit. The first film, released in 2012, raked in 3.01 billion yen, with the second and third installments earning 5.22 billion yen and 4.35 billion yen, respectively.

Outrage over casting choices from devoted fans of the original comic book presents a large obstacle when it comes to making a live-action film based on a popular manga.

“Negative reactions from fans of the original work are overwhelming,” said “Rurouni Kenshin” director Keishi Otomo.

“Gin Tama,” “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure” and “Fullmetal Alchemist” also came under fire online as soon as their castings were announced.

“Negative reactions have now become a part of an attention-grabbing strategy,” said film journalist Hiroo Otaka. “Manga-based live-action adaptations and the Internet have good chemistry. Fans will always criticize any casting choices, saying that they are different from what they imagined. Studios have already factored in (this kind of backlash).”

To make the transition from the two-dimensional world of comic books to the 3-D world of live-action films, it is crucial to keep the continuity of the identity of the characters in a sensitive manner and to make audacious changes in thinking. In that sense, “Warner Bros.’ three titles are very challenging,” said subculture critic Ryota Fujitsu.

Production of comic book-based live-action adaptations will be taken to the next level if manga, which is highly semiotic in nature, can be successfully transferred to the 3-D world.

“Last year, ‘Shin Godzilla’ helped the framework of ‘tokusatsu’ live-action special effects films evolve. I’m looking forward to seeing whether another ‘Shin Godzilla’ emerges from Warner Bros.’ three movies,”