Manga or manhwa, if it’s lucky enough, lives on beyond the pages and onto the small or the big screen. If it’s even luckier, manga/manhwa makes it to my list of top 5 manga turned live action.

1. Hana Yori Dango
Why: This is pretty much a no brainer. You know you’re a big manga when three countries turn you into TV drama series. Taiwan has Meteor Garden I and II, Korea’s got Boys Before Flowers and Japan’s got a jdorama of the same name. What I love most about all of these TV series is that no one ugly was cast. And I guess, the story was cute. (Poor girl moves to rich neighborhood story, hilarity ensues.)


2. Detroit Metal City
Why: So, I never read Detroit Metal City, but when it comes to the movie I only have one word: hilarious. In a nutshell, the movie is about a country boy leaving the country to pursue a happy-go-lucky-folksy indie rock gig. Some twist of fate winds him up the lead singer of a death metal band. You better believe Kiss’ Gene Simmons makes a cameo.


3. Nana
Why: Because I am a girl, therefore Nana speaks to my ovaries. In all seriousness, this is the ultimate shoujo (girl’s) manga. It’s about two girls named Nana with two different personalities, one a girl wishing to pursue her own dreams in the big city, the other a rock goddess. Together, they learn a lot about life despite their differences. It’s one big girl-fest with bits of Mika Nakashima rockin’ out. Of course I loved this manga!


4. Full House
Why: I loved this manhwa so much, I watched the Korean drama of the same name, then proceeded to visit the actual house Full House is based on. Well, fine — one of those is a lie. I didn’t actually read the manhwa, but I did enjoy the drama (and the actual house.) Full House stars Rain and Song Hye Gyo. Rain’s character is a, surprise, surprise — pop star, while the other is an online novelist. Through some weird twist of fate, they end up living together, ultimately forcing viewers to ask this question: Can members of the opposite sex live with each other without falling in love?


5. Goong
Why: Goong is basically the Korean version of The Princess Diaries. Which came first, I have no idea. Goong eventually turned into a drama that put Yoon Eun Hye and druggie Joo Ji Hoon on the map. Random, but true story: I snuck my way into the Jeju Teddy Bear Museum featured in the drama by pretending to be a Chinese tourist. No joke:


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wao!!!
manga is so amazing…
some says its not exciting…
but it was really cool…
mos especially the naruto season…
go naruto…


i love manga ^-^
my dad always asks me why its so fun to read “picture books” x]


will ningin be giving away some manga prizes too??? that would be prettty cool too =D


Pokemon and doraemon is manga! I dont know that, how awesome! My childhood favourite manga hahaha


>> i love mangas...especially Death Note

>> if only i could go to tokyo ill buy mangas for sure


I love Death Note (L)


manga and anime lover. i read bleach and naruto


manga mania is so cool.... i read it almost everyday...especially naruto


I’m an avid Naruto follower but Kishimoto’s disappointing me. The recent chapter (493) was bleh. To me at least. Skip Beat’s latest is awesome though. Who doesn’t love Ren? HAHA. Anyone following Durarara?


I <3 Watase Yuu’s work!!


Is there anime for this? ^^;


i love manga and anime~!


Lilsparky67 - 04/16/10 11:56 am
KimTran - 03/12/10 5:15 am

any Shojo manga favorites? haha Sand Chronicles, Skip Beat, Beauty Pop, and Hot Gimmick are just a few awesome ones to name ;D

I like Skip Beat.

OMG! I love Skip Beat as well ^^ It’s so annoying waiting for it to come out every month T____T The art didn’t seem pretty at first with the radish shaped heads (Ren XD) but the girls get prettier!! I recommend this to all manga readers!!!


i love manga and anime!! especially hunter x hunter!!


I am a manga maniac (something like that lol)

I’m currently collecting Gintama


I super love deathnote..^_______^ I got one notebook under my pillow raspberry


i’ve read a few mangas: kimi ni todoke,kaichou wa maid-sama, and bokura ga ita.. all of them are shoujo mangas >.<


how interesting. i had never known that full house was a manga.
smile


KimTran - 03/12/10 5:15 am

any Shojo manga favorites? haha Sand Chronicles, Skip Beat, Beauty Pop, and Hot Gimmick are just a few awesome ones to name ;D

I like Skip Beat.


wow~this sounds promising~~~can’t wait!!


^ I loved the main guy character from Hot Gimmick. I love guy characters who are pitiful/emotional/needy/emo. I think I’m a bit of a sadist. smile


any Shojo manga favorites? haha Sand Chronicles, Skip Beat, Beauty Pop, and Hot Gimmick are just a few awesome ones to name ;D


conkwe - 03/11/10 3:51 am

Hmm, I thought I’d see Hana Kimi or Honey and Clover in the top 5. Those were pretty big.

I loved the movie Nana. Aoi Miyazaki is such a good actress. Too bad she didn’t play the role again in the second movie.

Hana Yori Dango! <3

These are just my personal favorite—Honey and Clover are definitely on my must-read list now though!

joonieshoney - 03/11/10 3:58 am

Eh. I never knew that some of the dramas I used to watch are from manga O_o
Love HYD

Forreal! That song of his gets stuck in my head.

Surprise!! haha

AnabelStars - 03/11/10 5:29 am

YUSS DMC! so freakin hilarious


YUSS DMC! so freakin hilarious


Eh. I never knew that some of the dramas I used to watch are from manga O_o
Love HYD


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