Faerie Folk and Talking Dragons? Human beings with super-human strength? Transported from an everyday life, into a world of fantasy and magic? We see these actions take place in amazing artwork found in Graphic Novels all over. And now, the Graphic Novels that we’ve read over the years have amazing and exciting Anime Adaptations.
And that’s exactly what I’m here to share with you, my fellow Otaku. Allow me to introduce:
The Top 5 Manga-Anime Adaptations
5) Miss Koboyashi’s Dragon Maid:
Miss Koboyashi and a Dragon named Tohru meet one drunken night in the mountains of Koshigaya. Tohru is a Chaos Dragon from another world, and is slowly dying from a sword wedged into her thigh. After saving her life, Koboyashi invites Tohru to live with her at her place as a maid, to which Tohru lovingly accepts.
Kyoto Animation, or KyoAni for short, is the company responsible for the anime adaptation of the Coolkyousinnjya produced manga. Season 1 of the anime aired between January and April of 2017. Yasuhiro Takemoto of KyoAni was the director for the anime, before he, alongside 30 other co-workers, unfortunately passed away in the KyoAni Fire of July 2019. Takemoto had also worked with other projects for KyoAni, such as Lucky Star and Clannad.
Mitsumi Tamura, the voice actress for Miss Koboyashi, is known for her role as Young Kakashi Hatake in Naruto: Shippuden. Yūki Kuwahara, the voice actress for Tohru, is known for her role as Chloe in If It’s For My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat A Demon Lord.
Kyoto Animation has thankfully recovered, and have announced that alongside their February 2019 Volume 8 release of their Manga Series, that a Season 2 of the Anime, titled Miss Koboyashi’s Dragon Maid S, will be released July 2021. Season 1 won both the Best Comedy Award and the Best Ending Award at the 2018 Crunchyroll Anime Awards. Miss Koboyashi’s Dragon Maid made it as our #5 on this list solely for its wonderful storytelling and amazing visuals throughout.
4) My Hero Academia:
Living in a world with super powered individuals is a hard life. Living in a world with no super powers is twice as hard. Enter Izuku Midoriya, a young high schooler who dreams of becoming a hero just like his Idol, All Might. However, being born ‘Quirkless’ leaves Midoriya vulnerable, which winds him being attacked by a Villain. All Might saves his life in the process, recognizes the boy’s determination to be a hero, and gifts him the Quirk “One For All”. Now, Midoriya attends U.A. Academy under the Hero name “Deku”, and as All Might’s proud successor.
Kōhei Horikoshi created the My Hero Academia Manga back in July 2014, while Toho Animation produced the Anime in 2016 alongside Bones Inc., a fellow animation studio. Toho Animation is well known for their works My Neighbor Totoro and Steamboy, and Bones Inc. is well known for their involvement with many projects such as Full Metal Alchemist and Ouran High School Host Club.
Daiki Yamashita is the voice actor for Izuku Midoriya, and has been involved with the series for roughly 4 years. He is also known for his roles as Yushirō in Demon Slayer, and Young Zeke Yeager in Attack on Titan: III.
Due to soaring popularity, My Hero Academia won the Hero of the Year award at the Crunchyroll Anime Awards for Izuku Midoriya in 2016, Best Animation for My Hero Academia: Season 2 in 2017, Best Film for My Hero Academia: Two Heroes in 2018, and was nominated for Best Animation for My Hero Academia: Season 3 in 2019.
My Hero Academia also held a musical stage play under the title My Hero Academia: The “Ultra” Stage, which performed in both Tokyo and Osaka, Japan from April 12th-29th, 2019. With My Hero Academia still appealing to fans and many anime lovers with their Season 4, and a continuance with Season 5, many hope to see more “Deku” in the near future.
3) Kaguya-Sama: Love is War:
They say “Love Is Like a Battlefield”. Two parties battling it out for one another’s affection, hoping to eventually declare victory over the other. Well, for high school students Kaguya Shinomiya and Miyuki Shirogane, their battle for each others love has spurred into an all-out war. Hoping to eventually reach the climax at the end of their high school life, both students hope to finally get that love confession that they have been looking for.
Kaguya-Sama: Love is War was created by Japanese Manga Artist Aka Akasaka in May of 2015. Aka Akasaka is known for his artwork and story writing found in various works such as Ib: Instant Bullet and Sayonara Piano Sonata. A-1 Pictures is the animation company that helped produce the series in January of 2019, and is best known for their works such as Black Butler and Fairy Tail.
Voice talents that helped bring Kaguya-Sama: Love is War to the screen include Sho Hirano as the voice of Miyuki Shirogane, and Kanna Hashimoto as the voice of Kaguya Shinomiya. Sho Hirano is known for his role in the live-action drama Miman Keisatsu: Midnight Runner as Ichinose Jiro. Kanna Hashimoto is known for her role in the live-action Assassination Classroom as Ritsu.
At the 2020 Crunchyroll Anime Awards, Kaguya-Sama: Love is War Season 1 won the Best Comedy Award, as well as the Best Couple Award for their star characters. At the 2021 Crunchyroll Anime Awards, the series had also won the same award for Best Comedy for their Season 2. The Manga itself, as of October 2020, has well over 13 million copies in circulation, and had won the 65th Shogakukan Manga Award in the General Audience category. With Season 3 of the anime announced, some followers of the series hope that the two lovebirds may finally see eye to eye, and confess their true love for one another.
2) Your Lie In April:
Arima Kosei was an aspiring Pianist, becoming very successful in competitions. Tragically, his mother suddenly passes away, resulting in him to no longer be able to properly play the Piano. As he begins his high school life, he still hasn’t attempted to play music again until a beautiful violinist, Kaori Miyazono, helps get him back into the world of Music, hoping to inspire him to break free from his rigid, generic life, and move on from his past.
Your Lie In April was created by Naoshi Arakawa back in September 2011. The Manga was serialized from April 2011 to May 2015. A-1 Pictures helped bring the animation to the screen from October 2014- March 2015.
Voice talents that also helped with the production of the anime include Natsuki Hanae, the voice actor for Arima, and Risa Taneda, the voice actress for Kaori. Natsuki Hanae is known for his role as Tanjiro in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba, while Risa Taneda is known for her role as Françoise Arnoul in Cyborg 009.
Your Lie In April, as of 2013, won the Kodansha Manga Best Shōnen Award at the 37th Kodansha Manga Awards, and was also nominated for the 5th Manga Taishō, for Best Serialization. The anime, itself, was the winner of the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper’s 2016 Sugoi Japan Awards, whilst receiving high praise by critics for its wonderful musical scores, animation, and story telling. A live-action adaptation in 2016 soon followed, with the characters set in their second year of high school. With how the story has progressed, perhaps we’ll be seeing future works soon to come.
1) Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba:
Tanjiro Kamado comes home one morning to find his entire family slaughtered by Demons. His Sister, Nezuko, was the only survivor and was turned into a Demon, though she still retains her human half. Now searching for the one responsible, he travels with his Sister and trains to become a Demon Slayer, avenging his families death, whilst attempting to find a cure for his sister’s condition.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba was created by Koyoharu Gotouge in February of 2016, when his original novel, Haeniwa No Zigzag, failed to become serialized, and Kisatsu no Nagare was deemed too serious for general audiences. Tatsuhiko Katayama, Gotouge’s editor, suggested to add a little light to the story, as well as a title that would be easy to understand. Thusly, Kisatsu no Nagare had its named changed to Kimetsu no Yaiba, which translates to Demon No More.
The voice actors that helped bring this animation to life include Natsuki Hanae, the voice actor for Tanjiro, and Akari Kitō, the voice actress for Nezuko. Natsuki Hanae is also known for his role as Taichi Yagami in the Digimon Adventure Series, while Akari Kitō is known for her role as Suzune Horikita in Classroom Of The Elite.
Demon Slayer won the 2020 Crunchyroll Anime Award for Anime of the Year, while the light novel series won the 2020 2nd annual Kodansha Noma Publishing Culture Award for Reinventing Publishing. The following film, Demon Slayer: Mugen Train, won the 2021 award for Animation of the Year. With a Second Season for 2021 announced, fans and followers of the series hope that this tragic story will finally have a happy ending.
While not every popular anime out there made this list, I think these 5 adaptations have done amazing work. Have some you would like to share with your fellow anime lovers out there? Be sure to stop on by to our Facebook Page, and say hello! And, as always, Stay Geeky!