Live Action TV Shows based on Manga

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1. Hen (1994–1996)


Yoshida Chizuru is the sexiest co-ed in her class. Secretly, she's been appearing in TV commercials - despite the fact that students are forbidden from working.

Stars: Ed Wasser, Wendi Westbrook, Anthony Vatsula, Lesley Woods

2. Shitsuren Chocolatier (2014– )

54 min | Romance

Koyurugi Sota looks up to and adores his senior in school, Takahashi Saeko. With his one-sided love for her, he decides to leave for Paris to learn the art of making chocolates, as she ... See full summary »

Stars: Jun Matsumoto, Satomi Ishihara, Asami Mizukawa, Junpei Mizobata

Votes: 144

3. Kyûteî Hanî: The Live (2007– )


Android girl Cutie Honey uses her magical abilities to battle the nefarious Panther Claws and their cyborg henchmen.

Stars: Mikie Hara, Shôma Yamamoto, Ayame Misaki, Mark Musashi

Votes: 22

4. Blue Flame (2014– )

40 min | Comedy

Set in the early 1980's, Moyuru (Yuya Yagira) is a student at an art school in Osaka. He is full of passion and desire in his pursuit to become a manga writer. He also doesn't lack ... See full summary »

Stars: Yûya Yagira, Mizuki Yamamoto, Tsuyoshi Muro, Tomoya Nakamura

Votes: 76

5. Nigeru wa haji daga, yaku ni tatsu (2016– )

54 min | Comedy

25 year old Moriyama Mikuri graduated but had no job offers. She became a temporary employee but was even laid off. So while she is taking a break right now, Mikuri feels unwanted and ... See full summary »

Stars: Yui Aragaki, Gen Hoshino, Ryôhei Ohtani, Takashi Fujii

Votes: 683

6. Jin (2009– )

54 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

A brain surgeon named Minakata Jin faints at the hospital and awakens to find himself transported back in time to the Edo period.

Stars: Miki Nakatani, Takao Ohsawa, Haruka Ayase, Keisuke Koide

Votes: 343

7. Ikebukuro West Gate park (2000– )


This story follows a young man named Makoto who lives in Ikebukuro West Gate Park, an area known for youth delinquency and gangs. In fact, one of Makoto's best friends from high school, ... See full summary »

Stars: Tomoya Nagase, Ai Katô, Yôsuke Kubozuka, Ryûta Satô

Votes: 258

8. GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka (1998– )

60 min | Drama, Comedy, Action

Also known as "Great Teacher Onizuka." Former juvenile delinquent Onizuka finds himself thrust into to role of high school teacher, facing students who behave just as he used to and an ... See full summary »

Stars: Takashi Sorimachi, Nanako Matsushima, Aya Enjôji, Naohito Fujiki

Votes: 3,335

9. Liar Game (2007– )

36 min | Drama

Trusting, gullible Nao suddenly finds herself participating in the mysterious Liar Game, a game where the players are issued large sums of money which they then have to cheat each other out... See full summary »

Stars: Erika Toda, Shôta Matsuda, Michiko Kichise, Kazuma Suzuki

Votes: 1,330

10. Nobunaga Concerto (II) (2014– )

54 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

Saburo, an ordinary high school student, travels back in time to the Sengoku era (1549). He encounters a young lord who looks exactly like him and is told, "Be my substitute. I'm the eldest... See full summary »

Stars: Shun Oguri, Ko Shibasaki, Osamu Mukai, Takayuki Yamada

Votes: 247

11. Itazura na Kiss (1996)

45 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Late for a meeting, Kotoko was running along the corridor in school and bumped into Naoki, their lips meeting. Naoki showed his disgust, but Kotoko started to idolize him, who was good at ... See full summary »

Stars: Shinsuke Aoki, Miyoko Asada, Ken Izawa, Takashi Kashiwabara

Votes: 14

12. Hotaru no hikari (2007–2011)

Comedy, Drama, Romance

Hotaru and her manager Seiichi work together, by coincidence live together and soon fall for each other. In the way though is two seasons of drama, romance, propriety, overseas assignments and friends and colleagues.

Stars: Haruka Ayase, Naohito Fujiki, Yuka Itaya, Ken Yasuda

Votes: 476

14. Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches (2013– )

54 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Urara Shiraishi is a model student with excellent grades. Ryu Yamada is a trouble student. One day, Urara tumbles down the stairs with Ryu. After the accident, their bodies become switched.... See full summary »

Stars: Mariya Nishiuchi, Yûsuke Yamamoto, Reina Triendl, Takuya Ide

Votes: 95

15. GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka (2012– )


Inspired by the Japanese anime. Eikichi Onizuka, an ex biker gang leader who is still a virgin, has decided to become the world's greatest teacher... for the purpose of meeting sexy high ... See full summary »

Stars: Akira, Yû Shirota, Yûsuke Yamamoto, Ryôsei Tayama

Votes: 450

16. Tokumei kakarichô Tadano Hitoshi (2003– )

55 min | Drama

Japanese television drama based on the comic by Kimio Yanagisawa.

Stars: Katsunori Takahashi, Rieko Miura, Takehiro Hira, Munenori Iwamoto

Votes: 13

17. Kimi wa petto (2003– )


Smart, successful and good-looking Iwaya Sumire works for a big newspaper. However, her boss asks her to leave for being too "perfect" a woman. Feeling angry and dejected Iwaya returns home... See full summary »

Stars: Koyuki, Jun Matsumoto, Eita, Satomi Ishihara

Votes: 594

18. Dragon Zakura (2005– )


Kenji Sakuragi is a lawyer and former member of a motorcycle gang. He takes on the challenge of preparing a special class for a famous stupid school, Ryuuzan to enter the prestigious Toudai University.

Stars: Kôjun Itô, Hiroshi Abe, Kyoko Hasegawa, Tomohisa Yamashita

Votes: 538

19. The Gutsy Frog (2015– )

54 min | Comedy

Live-action version of the popular 70's japanese manga and anime, "Dokonjô Gaeru". In this version, Hiroshi, Kyôko, and the rest of the classmates are 30 years old. The setting is modern ... See full summary »

Stars: Ken'ichi Matsuyama, Atsuko Maeda, Ryô Katsuji, Hiroko Yakushimaru

Votes: 7

20. The Knife and the Sword (2013– )


There is a chef when he wakes up he was in the Sengoku era of Japan in the sixteenth century when the shogun ruled. He remembers how to cook only and nothing else. He begins to do the only ... See full summary »

Stars: Yûta Tamamori, Mitsuhiro Oikawa, Mirai Shida, Gori

Votes: 23

21. Prison School (2015)

30 min | Comedy

5 male students enrolls at a school that has all female students. The boarding school was formerly an all-girls high school until the new school year. The student council then places the 5 ... See full summary »

Stars: Taishi Nakagawa, Hirona Yamazaki, Aoi Morikawa, Asana Mamoru

Votes: 302

22. Boku wa Mari no naka (2017– )

Adventure, Fantasy

There is not something strange when a young man falls for a schoolgirl whom he always sees at a book store at the same time every day. He always waits for her. She brightens his day. One ... See full summary »

Stars: Elaiza Ikeda, Ryô Yoshizawa, Yurika Nakamura, Naomi Nishida

Votes: 23

24. Death Note (2015– )

Crime, Drama, Thriller

Light Yagami, an ordinary university student, receives a death note which changes his life. The death note awakens his warped sense of justice and genius.

Stars: Masataka Kubota, Kento Yamazaki, Mio Yûki, Hinako Sano

Votes: 1,042

25. Everyone Is Psychic! (2013– )

29 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

It happens that many inhabitants of Oita Prefecture in southern Japan have extrasensory powers. One student can read others' minds. he is not alone, however, and soon bands with others, who... See full summary »

Stars: Shôta Sometani, Kaho, Erina Mano, Makita Sports

Votes: 159

27. Minami-kun no koibito (2015– )


Girl magically shrinks to a 15 cm (6") height and hides out in her former childhood sweetheart's bedroom, both hoping for her return to normal.

Stars: Taishi Nakagawa, Maika Yamamoto, Naomi Akimoto, Ai Yoshikawa

Votes: 213

29. Boys on the Run (2012– )

Comedy, Romance

A twenty-something salaryman working for a toy company has never had any success with the ladies. He is interested so instead he takes solace in adult videos and the such. He falls for a ... See full summary »

Stars: Ryûhei Maruyama, Akina Minami, Airi Taira, Takumi Saitoh

Votes: 16

30. Shimokita Glory Days (2006– )

30 min | Comedy, Drama

A guy moves in with 5 nubile women, paying rent by doing their housework.

Stars: Sora Aoi, Yuma Asami, Manami Hashimoto, Ichitaro

Votes: 120

31. Kabachitare! (2001– )


Tokiwa stars as Tamura Nozumi, with a cheerful outlook in life, always choosing to believe in everyone. Fukatsu stars as Sakada Chiharu, an amanuensis (daisho) but goes way beyond her ... See full summary »

Stars: Takako Tokiwa, Eri Fukatsu, Takanori Jinnai, Yuki Inomata

Votes: 11

33. Nodame kantâbire (2006– )

47 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Two musicians united in talent, divided by nature - the upper-class perfectionist Chiaki and the sloppy middle-classer Nodame - fall in love.

Stars: Juri Ueno, Hiroshi Tamaki, Eita, Asami Mizukawa

Votes: 1,545

35. Hell Teacher Nûbee (2014– )


Meisuke Nueno is the homeroom teacher of a 2nd grade 3 class in high school. He is referred to as Nube. He sometimes carries himself as an idiot, but he does care about his students a lot. ... See full summary »

Stars: Mirei Kiritani, Mokomichi Hayami, Mizuki Yamamoto, Hideki Takahashi

Votes: 31

36. Video Girl Mai 2019 (2019)


High school boys experiencing difficulties in their love-lives are offered comfort by a girl who mysteriously appears.

Star: Mizuki Yamashita

38. Futari Ecchi (2011)

15 min | Comedy, Romance

A married couple's inexperience, sex life, family and friends is the focus of this manga adaptation. Every episode of the serial relates to the good times and bad times of being a man and a woman and the sex that comes with it.

Stars: Nana Nanaumi, Shinnosuke Fukushima, Ayaka Tomoda, Yukiko Suô

40. Negima!! (2007–2008)

Action, Adventure, Comedy

A ten-year-old mage, Negi Springfield, serves as teacher to a group of special girls.

Stars: Yuna Arai, Natsuko Asô, Mickey Curtis, Izumi Fujimoto

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