The Best Manga-Inspired Live-Action TV Series

Not only is manga (or Japanese comics) an excellent source material for anime (Japanese animation) series and films, but it has also been exploited by live-action television series producers in Asia.

These are some of the best titles you need to watch if you’re a fan of manga.


The 15-volume manga by Soryo Fuyumi (1996) and its prequel series Mars: A Single Horse with No Name (1999) chronicles the story of professional racer Kashino Rei and artist Aso Kira. Rei first met the Kira when the former asked for directions to a hospital and the latter drew him a map without saying a single word. The manga was adapted into two television series called Zhanshen MARS (2004) in Taiwan and Mars: Tada Kimi wo Aishiteru (2016) in Japan. The former featured Barbie Shu and Vic Zhou, while the latter featured Iitoyo Marie and Fujigaya Taisuke.

Asunaro Hakusho

Also called Asunaro White Paper, the three-volume manga series (1992) by Saimon Fumi is a coming-of-age story of five college friends. Two of them, however, fell in love with the same girl and decided to distance themselves from her to protect their friendship. This decision led to disasters that they would later regret. Two live action television series were inspired by the manga. The Japanese series starred Takuya Kimura, Tsutsui Michitaka, and Ishida Hikari; while the Taiwanese series Tomorrow featured Rainie Yang, Eddie Peng, Shawn Yue, and Christine Fang.

Itazura na Kiss

The 23-volume manga by Tada Kaoru (1990) was not completed when Tada passed away due to an accident. However, it was so popular that six live-action television series were made besides the anime and live-action film. It details Aihara Kotoko’s life with Irie Naoki when the former had to move into the Irie household after an earthquake destroyed their home. The six TV series were aired in Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, and Thailand.

Hana Yori Dango

This popular 55-volume series by Kamio Yoko (1992) has spawned eight live-action television series and two live action films in Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey, and India. It tells the story of a girl from a working-class family who caught the attention of four rich boys called the F4 in an exclusive private school. The series is also the best-selling shoujo manga of all time.

Great Teacher Onizuka or GTO

The 25-volume manga by Fujisawa Tohru (1997) tells the story of a former biker and gang member who became a teacher after seeing his lover jump into the arms of a teacher. The live-action television series starred Sorimachi Takashi as Onizuka Eikichi.

Hanazakari no Kimitachi e or Hana-Kimi

The 23-volume manga by Nakajo Hisaya inspired four live action TV series aired in Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea, although another Taiwanese series, Secretly Loving You, is also loosely based on the story. It’s a funny story of a fangirl who tried to get into an all-boys school to meet a famous high jumper.

The Best Portable Video Games in History

Whether you have Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita, Shield Portable or any of the retro portable gaming devices, these are the games you need to check out.

Animal Crossing: Wild World (Nintendo DS)
In this social simulation game, players have to complete tasks in the village of anthropomorphic animals.

Astro Boy: Omega Factor (Game Boy Advance)
The game closely follows the television adaptation of Osamu Tezuka’s manga. Astro’s adventures, from his birth until his rebirth, is chronicled in this beat ‘em up game.

Doom 3 BFG Edition (Shield Portable)
The experiments in a research facility at Mars have accidentally opened a portal to Hell. The player has to fight the demons invading Earth.

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (PSP)
Snake manages the mercenaries Soldiers Without Borders and at the same time performs the missions himself. The objective is to stop the Peace Sentinels in Costa Rica.

Metroid II: Return of Samus (Game Boy)
This is the first handheld game of the series and a direct sequel of the first game. Samus is sent to Planet SR388 to eliminate the threat of the Space Pirates.

Pokemon Yellow Version (Game Boy and Game Boy Color)
Players fight other Pokemon with his own in this turn-based role-playing game. The goal is to garner experience points to level up the Pokemon or catch more.

Silent Hill Origins (PSP)
This is the prequel of the series and is about Travis Grady’s search for a girl in Silent Hill. The player has to solve puzzles, explore, and defeat monsters.

Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble (Game Gear)
Sonic and Tails are trying to gather the scattered Chaos Emeralds after a test performed by Dr. Robotnik went wrong, but they are stopped by Knuckles the Echidna.

Star Fox 64 3D (Nintendo 3DS)
This is a remake of the earlier version of the game. The gameplay is also similar, allowing the players to control the Fox’s Arwing Fighter. However, it has a battle mode that supports up to 4 players.

Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (Game Boy)
When Mario was absent, Wario placed a spell on the Mario Land so they’d think he was the ruler. The objective is pretty much similar to the other games.

Tales of Phantasia (Game Boy Advance and PSP)
This role-playing game lets the player directly control one character during the battles against the forces of sorcerer-king Dhaos.

Tetris (Electronika 60)
Shapes composed of four blocks must be placed horizontally to create a 10-block line without gaps. The game has different versions for various platforms and is quite addictive.

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (Game Boy, Game Boy Color)
The player controls Link who is stranded in the Koholint Island. He has to wake the Wind Fish so he can return home.

WarioWare: Twisted! (Game Boy Advance)
Wario’s Game Boy Advance is broken so he asked for Dr. Crygor’s help. This puzzle and rhythm game features mini games that the player has to figure out in seconds.

Series Finder: 10 TV-Shows to Get Hooked On


Why is it so hard for people to find a TV show to really connect with? The simplicity of finding a TV series to watch will shock you. Here is your series guide to a date-night every night.


  1. The Big Bang Theory

With more than a million views, there is no wonder this is on top of the list. The story revolves around physicists and their journey towards love and maturity. This show does not only aim to entertain viewers it also tends to nurture and inform us. What better way to intellectually feed us than to be watching four scientists battle it out in the area of science? Watching one episode alone will hook you up for the long run.

  1. Grey’s Anatomy

Now going on its eleventh season this show has made multitude of fans cry. If your passion is for the field of medicine then this is surely your show. They go all out when it comes to performing medical applications, completely thrusting in the field of romance as well. A tear-jerker in many ways but definitely a-must-see.

  1. How to Get Away With Murder

The title itself catches the attention of series enthusiasts. Especially for aspiring lawyers this is probably your perfect match.  Watch as five student’s battle it out in the classroom and in the courtroom as well. Your heart will definitely be pumping and racing thoroughly with excitement. A glance of this TV series will glue you to the television screen.

  1. Castle

As cited in the opening act of the TV series it says “there are only two types of people who think about a murder, serial killers and mystery writers, the latter just pays better.” If you’re a major fan of crime and homicides then you’ve found the cherry on top of your pie. Join in as Richard Castle unravels mysteries with his muse and inspiration otherwise known as Nikki Heat. The wit and humor of this show will make your insides tingle.

  1. How I Met Your Mother

Although after nine long series this show has ended, there is no excuse to not be hung up on it. With six relationships, nineteen women and a real whirlwind romance, we can assure you there is only ONE mother. This love story will make you laugh and cry at the same time. If you are a sappy, romantic love bug wait till you revolve around the life of Ted Mosby and his friends as they journey to finding their perfect match. The twists and turns that they will face will profoundly entangle your thoughts.


  1. Asia’s Next Top Model

Are you a major fashion enthusiast? This is your guide if you wish to make it in the modelling world. Don’t be reluctant to observe our fellow Asians as they make a name in the industry of fashion. This show will release emotions in you that you never thought existed. Watch and enjoy the show because maybe you could be the next Asia’s Next Top Model.

  1. Arrow

Are you a fan of the superhero genre? Be vigilant and patient because the new man of the hour has just hit the TV screen. Exuberating with confidence and masculinity, Oliver Queen has just proved to the world that it does not take superpowers to be a superhero. A very strong driving force pushed the hero to save his home- Starling City. The theme of this series is to intensify the viewer’s urge to help. Be bold, be strong and unleash the superhero in you.

  1. Code Black

Heart-warming and joy-giving is the proper characteristic that would properly describe this show. Many people might say it is yet another medical TV show but we beg to disagree. It completely shows what lies beyond our own knowledge of what happens inside a hospital. The drama that unravels will really tug everyone’s heartstrings. If you’ve given up on TV series then think again because you have just been fuelled by a hit.

  1. Bunheads

The classic ballerina, an exotic yet beautiful show that replenishes your childhood and reveals the beauty of real ballet. If you are an aspiring ballerina then surely you would get a kick out of this. This will surely help you in your journey towards fame in the world where beauty never fades and is eternal. Ballet is classically forever.

  1. Once Upon A Time

Growing up, we always fantasize all the Queens and Kings in fairy tales to come to life. This is your opportunity to dig up your past and open the child that is in you. All our fairy tales in one story is absolutely amazing. Seeing all the fantastic stories in one TV show gives us too much happiness for sure.


The San Diego Comic-Con International

If you love entertainment, it is time that you go outside of Singapore. Going to the famous San Diego Comic-con is a good idea. The San Diego Comic-con is a must-see event for all entertainment fans out there. Bringing your family with you seems to be a better idea.


The convention is held every year in San Diego, California. Founded in 1970, the convention showcases comic, science fiction and fantasy books, films, anime, manga, video games and many more. This is dubbed by Forbes as the world’s largest comic book convention in the world.

This year, the San Diego Comic-con International was held at the San Diego Convention Centre, Qualcomm Stadium, Harbor Club Condominiums, San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina, Westfield Horton Plaza, etc. on July 24 to 27, 2014. If you did not catch this event, there is always next year. You only have to book your travel as early as possible so you will not miss it.


The official magazine of the convention is Comic-Con Magazine. The event is well attended. In fact, overcrowding is an issue every year. In 2010, the San Diego Convention Centre was filled with more or less 130,000 attendees. The event is too big for the San Diego Convention Centre. Regardless, it will be the home of Comic-con until next year.

The good news is that there is a proposed expansion of the convention centre. The California Coastal Commission approved the expansion of the convention centre costing $520 million. This will increase the space to accommodate more people. The project will be the home of Comic-con until 2016.