Dramas Based on Manga Part 2
So this will be dramas plus movies based on popular manga series. Some I forgot in the initial post, but remembered later and could kick myself for forgetting. I know there are more, but can’t seem to remember any more other than these at the moment.
Juvenile Orion by Sakurako Gokurakuin
The manga series was a spin-off of the Aquarian Age franchise – a trading card game. The series follows Mana who moves back to the mainland of Japan to start high school. There she runs into her old friend Kaname who wishes to avoid her due to an incident that Mana can’t quite recall. The two and several others are pulled in to a vicious battle to take control of the Aquarian Age.
- Aquarian Age: The Movie – This 2008 Japanese movie totally deviated from the manga in very disappointing ways – like they totally took Mana out of it! The plot was actually completely different as well, not that you can say this movie had much of one.
BLOODY MONDAY by Ryomon Ryo
The manga follows genius hacker Falcon who happens to be a high school student who gets caught up in a terrorist scheme to unleash a deadly virus in Tokyo.
- BLOODY MONDAY – this 2008 jdrama was very popular when it aired and starred young rising actor Miura Haruma in his first serious leading role, Narimiya Hiroki played the leading villain J and Sato Takeru played Miura’s best friend (they are really good friends in real life as well). Since it’s success it had a second season that aired just last year. As for veracity in plot in regards to manga, I don’t know as I couldn’t really get into the manga, but I loved the first season of this drama series.
- Kimi wa Petto [Tramps Like Us] by Yayoi Ogawa
The manga follows the life of a young man who is taken in like a stray by an older woman. The boy becomes a “pet” to the ambitious office worker and is named Momo. The two live together and come to have a very unique relationship. Will it lead to true love?
- Kimi wa Petto – this jdrama aired in 2003 and starred Matsumoto Jun of Arashi fame and Kyoko as the two people who form an unlikely pet-owner relationship that eventually leads to love. I can’t vouch for accuracy as I have not read the series, but I can say that I absolutely loved this drama!
- You’re My Pet [너는팻] – this Korean movie after many setbacks has finally moved forward and is slated for release sometime this year. It will star Jang Geun Suk in the role originated by MatsuJun and Kim Ha Neul will play his owner.
Paradise Kiss by Ai Yazawa
This manga follows the life of high schooler Yukari whose life is dictated by her mother’s wishes for her daughter to get good grades and go to college. Yukari ends up meeting a strange group of design students and becomes their model for their senior fashion show. She learns about the ups and downs of life, love, and what it means to have a dream.
- Paradise Kiss – this Japanese movie is slated to hit theaters in Japan in May of this year (I think) and stars Mukai Osamu and Kitigawa Keiko in the leading roles of George and Yukari
Tenisu no Ojisama [The Prince of Tennis] by Takeshi Konomi
This manga follows the arrogant Echizen Ryoma. He is rather small, but a powerful tennis player. When he first enters high school he beats some of the best players on the team. Along the way his arrogance is tempered and he learns from his teammates and they develop strong bonds of friendship.
- The Prince of Tennis – the Japanese movie was released in 2006 and starred many actors who went on to star in the musical as well, i.e. Kanata Honga, Hiroki Aiba, etc. It follows the manga the best it can as the series is long and the movie is like only 2 hours or so. I did absolutely love this movie!
- Wang Qiu Wang Zi – The Chinese adaptation began in 2008 and had 2 seasons. It did deviate from the manga mostly due to cultural differences. I am totally addicted to this drama which stars Qin Jun Jie as the head strong young tennis genius.