Japan is known for it’s manga and world has adapted these manga and many of us don’t even know the series/movies we love are actually based on these manga’s. Japan itself has a lot of series that are based on the manga.
If you want to binge into something new, I would suggest you to go for J-dramas. I have collected few worthy watching J-dramas that are based on manga.
1. Alice in the Borderland (2020)
A thriller series for a person who is a gamer and loves to watch science fiction. Well, a gamer will never come out of his/her game, so a drama lover should watch it. This is one of the rare shows which you will find predictable although it’s fictional.
The story revolves around a hopeless gamer Arisu who suddenly finds himself in a strange,emptied-out version of Tokyo with his friends. In this strange world, Arisu and his friends have to compete in dangerous games to survive. He meets Usagi, a young woman who is a mountain climber, playing by herself.
They get together and compete in the games while risking their lives and trying to get out of there realizing what it means to live. Yet, the ending is incomplete leaving great suspense. But recently, Netflix gave a swift renewal with season 2 which is expected to air in December 2022.
Kento Yamazaki as Ryōhei Arisu
Tao Tsuchiya as Yuzuha Usagi
Yūki Morinaga as Chōta Segawa
Keita Machida as Daikichi Karube
No. Of Episodes – 8
Watch on – Netflix
2. From Today, It’s My Turn (Kyou Kara Ore wa!!) (2018)
This series will give you a big laugh. A story of a high schooler Takashi Mitsuhashi who is arrogant, sly, loves fighting, and just doesn’t hesitate to play dirty for winning the fights. He has blonde hair which makes this character looks funny.
He meets Itou Shinji and both are tired of their boring lives. They both go to a new school where they try to reinvent their image, and become delinquents! They first collide with each other because of their different ways but soon become best friends.
These two set to various misadventures to become the greatest delinquents in Japan! This series is all Lol, if you can’t laugh much, then it’s better to avoid it. There are a lot of characters who make this show a great comedy.
Kaku Kento as Mitsuhashi Takashi
Ito Kentaro as Ito Shinji
Seino Nana as Akasaka Riko
Hashimoto Kanna as Hayakawa Kyoko
No. Of Episodes – 10
Watch On – Netflix
3. What Did You Eat Yesterday (Kinou Nani Tabeta? ) (2019)
A BL series, you will love as a Bl series fan. This show doesn’t show diligent romance and I loved the series how they portrayed their love. Kakei Shiro, a 45-year-old man who is a lawyer and works at a small law firm. He is a good cook and always keeps the budget in mind.
He is in love with Yabuki Kenji which is of his same age. He is a hairdresser and they both share a two-bedroom apartment. Tune into this to know why they share different bedrooms. They have been together for 3 years but Shiro has not revealed it to anyone.
Nishijima Hidetoshi as Kakei Shiro
Uchino Seiyou as Yabuki Kenji
Makita Sports as Miyake Yu
Kaji Meiko as Kakei Hisae
No. Of Episodes – 12
Watch On – Netflix
4. An incurable case of love/Love Last Forever (Koi wa Tsuzuku yo Doko Made mo) (2020)
A love story of a nurse and a doctor that you will definitely love out having a lot of fun and romance. Nanaese Sakura, a 23 year old girl fell in a love with Doctor Kairi Tendo when she met her few years ago. She is totally into him and want to meet him again, so she ended up becoming a nurse.
When she got to see Kairi Tendo after all these years in a hospital, she saw a totally different person from what she imagined. Kairi Tendo, who is now 31 years old, is commonly referred to as the “Devil” at work. He is a level-headed perfectionist and often makes biting remarks to doctors and nurses. Nanaese Sakura tries her best so that she will receive recognition from Kairi Tendo. She expresses her feelings to him.
Due to her hardwork, she becomes well known at the hospital and picks up the nickname of the “Warrior.” Seeing her persistence, Kairi Tendo becomes attracted to her.
Kamishiraishi Mone as Sakura Nanase
Satoh Takeru as Tendo Kairi
Karina as Tendo Ryuko
Maiguma Katsuya as Kisugi Koichi
No. Of Episodes – 10
Watch On – Viki / WeTv
5. Life: Love on the line (2021)
This is a Japanese BL drama adapted from a manga. The two main characters are high school students, Akira and Yuki, who first meet each other under quirky circumstances when walking home from school. This series chronicles the next few decades of their relationship.
The story follows their romance as the characters transition to university, the workplace, and the responsibilities of adult life. There are plenty of sentimental moments that will tug at your heartstrings. The romance is depicted intimately, taking us through the emotional ups and downs of a gay couple.
Jin Shirasu as Akira
Raiku as Yuki
Kojima Fujiko as Honoka
Doi Shiori as Hitomi
No. Of Episodes – 4
Watch On – Viki
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