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.
From dark and mysterious boys to dystopian societies, the young adult genre has been dominating the shelves — and theaters — for many years now. Twilight, The Hunger Games, Divergent, 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.
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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