8 Awesome anime or manga series that need drama adaptations
Manga and anime have inspired some of the best drama story lines around, such as Taiwan's Skip Beat, Japan's Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo, and Korea's City Hunter and To The Beautiful You. There are some manga/anime, however, that may deserve a little attention, so here is our desperate plea (we're looking at you directors) for 8 awesome anime series that need drama adaptations!
1. Sword Art Online - Based on a light novel written by Reki Kawahara, the series takes place in a near future where virtual reality takes gaming to a new level. Players log in to play a new multiplayer online role-playing game and everything seems ordinary-- a level-based system with 100 floors, each level has a boss--until the game's creator goes crazy and traps the players inside. Unable to log out, the players learn that if they die in-game, their virtual reality gear will kill them in real life! The only way out is to beat the game. Will the players be able to survive?
2. Kids On The Slope - Based on a manga series by Yuki Kodame, the anime takes place during the summer 1996. Kaoru Nishimi is sent to live with relatives because of a family situation. In a new place, Kaoru befriends a notorious bad boy Sentaro Kawabuchi and starts to change. Through their love of music, will Kaoru and Sentaro learn the meaning of real friendship?
3. Kuroko's Basketball - Inspired by a manga series that is written and illustrated by Tadatoshi Fujimaki, Kuroko's Basketball focuses on the up-and-coming power player Taiga Kagami, who is just back from America. When he comes to Seirin High School, he meets Tetsuya Kuroko, the super-ordinary boy who is extraordinarily bad at basketball. Kuroko is so plain that he's impossible to see; however, it is Kuroko's plainness lets him pass the ball around without the other team noticing him. Kagami then learns Kuroko is none other than the sixth member of the "Generation of Miracles."
4. Chihayafuru - Written by Yuki Seutsugu, the manga is about Chihaya Ayase, a girl who has spent most of her life simply supporting her sister in her model career. That changes when she meets a boy named Arata Wataya, a talented karuta player who believes that Chihaya has potential to become a great player. As Chihaya takes on a new dream of becoming Japan's best karuta player, she is soon separated from her karuta-playing friends as they grow up. Now in high school, Chihaya is reunited with her childhood friend, Taichi Mashima. Together, they form the Mizusawa Karuta Club. With her teammates and friends supporting her, Chihaya strives to become the best karuta player in the world and to one day be with Arata again.
5. Blue Exorcist - Based on Kazue Katō's manga, Rin Okumura is a fairly normal kid, albeit troubled. Raised with his twin brother, Yukio, as the son of a priest living in a church, everything changes when Rin learns the truth: he’s part demon, and his real father isn’t any typical demon, but rather Satan, the king of all demons. Rin, along with Yukio, decides to become an exorcist in order to fight his “own kind” so he can take down Satan and stop his plans for world domination.
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6. Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day - A serial novel and anime written by Mari Okada introduces us to Jinta Yadomi and his group of childhood friends who have become estranged after a tragic accident split them apart. Now in their high school years, a sudden surprise forces each of them to confront their guilt over what happened that day and come to terms with the ghosts of their past.
7. Hanasaku Iroha - Ohana Matsumae, a 16-year-old teenager living in Tokyo, is left in the care of her estranged grandmother following her mother's elopement with her boyfriend. Ohana arrives at her grandmother's country estate to realize she is the owner of a onsen ryokan (hot spring inn) called Kissuisō. She begins working at Kissuisō at her grandmother's request, but she finds herself at odds with many employees and customers at the inn. Initially feeling discouraged, she decides to use her circumstances as an opportunity to change herself for the better and to make amends with her deteriorating relationship with the Kissuisō's staff for a more prominent future.
8. Free! Iwatobi Swim Club - Adapted from a light novel by Kōji Ōji, Free! starts with Haruka, Makoto, Nagisa, and Rin before they graduate from elementary school. They all participated in a swimming tournament and won, though they parted ways. Years later, Haruka and Makoto reunite with Nagisa when Nagisa enrolls in their high school. Shortly after, Rin, who was thought to be in Australia, turns up and challenges Haruka to a race and wins. Nagisa suggests creating a swimming club and using the run-down outdoor pool, so the boys create the Iwatobi High School Swimming Club and enlist the help of Rei to make the club a success. Rin's victory over Haruka means nothing to him as he realizes that Haruka had stopped swimming competitively and wasn't in top shape. He claims that he cannot get over the fact until Haruka competes against him for real... will Rin ever beat Haruka?
I think all of these anime series would become fantastic dramas, although some would take more effort than others. Have you watched any of these anime? Is there one that you would love to see become a drama? What are some of your favorite manga-to-drama shows? Let me know all of your thoughts below or send me a tweet @Hallyu_Tanya!