Live-action Films Based Off of Shoujo Manga/Anime

If you’re a fan of shoujo manga or anime, then you’re probably a fan of their live-action movie counterparts. Or maybe you prefer the original manga version. Whatever the case, you’ve most likely seen a live-action movie, and to brush you up on what that term means, it’s a Japanese film with real actors/actresses and settings versus an animated adaption. Over the years, live-action movies that are based off of shoujo manga or anime have  become increasingly popular, and there are usually a handful of them premiering every year. Unfortunately, only those who live in Japan can actually see these films in theaters, and until the films come out on DVD for order, international folks will have to wait a while to see them. In the mean time, for those of you who want to find out which shoujo manga or anime have turned into live-action films, look no further. Below you will discover which ones have been released or will release in the upcoming year.

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Introducing K-Pop Music Videos

K-Pop is spreading like wildfire around the world and there are several reasons why. First, the music videos. Everyone has seen Psy’s Gangnam Style by now and if you haven’t, then you must not know that it’s the most viewed video on YouTube with over two billion views. That’s a record kept by a Korean pop musician. K-Pop music videos can be cool, crazy, or cute — better yet, all three. A lot of budgeting goes into their music videos because they want those high number of views and to achieve that goal, they express their songs in the most flashy way possible. Even if it’s a slow, ballad song, the music video will have a set that looks like it costs more than a year’s worth of college tuition. It’s all about the visuals.

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Best Fantasy/Supernatural Young Adult Series (Non-films)

From dark and mysterious boys to dystopian societies, the young adult genre has been dominating the shelves — and theaters — for many years now. TwilightThe Hunger GamesDivergent, and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones — these series became bestsellers and were worthy enough to make it to the big screen. However, just because these young adult series garnered a lot of attention based on the fact that they became a film adaption, there are a lot of other notable young adult series that may not have made an appearance as a movie, but there is a possibility that they will in the future.

For this list, it will be comprised of young adult series, more specifically the fantasy/supernatural sub-genre, that have not been turned into a film adaption or have not had any movie rights placed on them. As a reminder, this list serves to point out the highlights or unique qualities of these series that make them stand out among the rest. There may be disagreements and there are other series that have been left out, but what this list hopes to achieve is for you to start any one of these series and put it on your own “Best Fantasy/Supernatural Young Adult” series list.

NOTE: These are listed in no particular order. Also, there may be minor spoilers so proceed at your own discretion.

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New Shoujo Manga 2015 (Spoiler-free)

Sometimes ending a story isn’t always what we want. Characters grow on us, and we don’t want to see them go. However, it’s best for some stories to come to an end when it’s appropriate; milking the story out can often times make us lose interest. In terms of shoujo manga, or all types of manga, the “Completed” status can be a dreadful sight but it can also be a satisfactory one. This status is labeled on most shoujo manga rather than shounen, which are known to have hundreds of chapters and could still be ongoing as we speak. You’ve stuck with the manga from beginning to end and that in itself shows how the manga accomplished retaining its loyal readers. So, are you ready to commit to a new series? For this compiled list, it will consist of shoujo manga with a focus on school life that have been released (translation-wise) in 2015.

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Top 5 Hottest Anime Guys: Side Characters (Shounen/Seinen Edition)

Have you ever watched an anime and discovered that the side character was more appealing than the main character? These “hidden gemstones” tend to distract our attention from the main character and sometimes it can’t be helped: they make you drool all over your keyboard and you find a guilty pleasure in getting strangely attracted to someone who doesn’t exist in real life.  No matter, it’s a guilty pleasure you don’t have to admit as there are many others who find anime guys attractive.

*Please note that this list does not serve to speak for everyone’s opinions on hot anime guys and was created by the author solely for entertainment purposes*

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The End of a Hero’s Long Journey

Nov. 10, 2014 marked an emotional day for many of us who have been following a young and ambitious man’s journey toward reaching his lifelong dream. His name is Naruto Uzumaki, a heroic icon of Japanese shounen manga and an inspiration to thousands of people who have read the series since it first got published in 1999. The series is written by Masashi Kishimoto, and after 72 volumes in 15 years, the story of Naruto finally ended. But, the ending was met with mixed feelings from fans all over the world, especially in the U.S.

WARNING: Spoilers ahead! Proceed at your own discretion. 

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The Best School Life Shoujo Mangas (spoiler-free post!)

When you want to read a new manga but you have yet to find the perfect one: story of every otaku’s life.

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