3D Kanojo Real Girl (Blu-ray release 2019-2-13) is the live action adaptation of a manga. Note that the 3D in the title does not mean a 3D movie – it means a character that is not from the manga world, i.e. a real girl. Originally I wanted to watch the 24-episode anime before watching this movie, but I found that I could not possibly tolerate it for 24 episodes after merely watching 1.5 episode.
Anyway, the movie starts with a school girl asking the low-esteem otaku boy to become his boyfriend. As a romantic comedy, the first half of the movie is filled with exaggerated jokes. I also like the idea of having the imaginary anime (2D) magical girl talking to the protagonist.
As a romance drama, it does not work for me. Condensing a long story into a two hour movie causes character transitions to become odd – an enemy becomes a friend suddenly. With so much focus on jokes and supporting characters, I do not feel there is enough time to really develop the relationship between the protagonists. The ending also feels very odd and fails to be moving due to insufficient emotional core.