Adaptation Recs (Manga, Manhua, Manhwa, Anime, etc.)

Adaptation Recs (Manga, Manhua, Manhwa, Anime, etc.)
A list I'm using to recommend works which I may or may not have read the light novel for, but that I've definitely enjoyed the adapted version of, whether it's been adapted as a manga, manhua, manhwa, anime, webtoon, etc. I'll try to add notes on what the adaptation is and why I rec it to them, but there'll be a lot on here, so it's gonna be a WIP
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Created: Jan 7th, 2023, Updated: Mar 31st, 2023
Created Jan 7th, 2023
Updated Mar 31st, 2023
KR (4.4)
1 Chapters Every 199 Day(s) 3267 Readers 15 Reviews 05-25-2023
The manhua adaptation is incredible and hilarious, it's one of my top favorite villainness transmigration manhua, and I read a LOT of villainness transmigration manhua.
CN (4.4)
0 Chapters Every 1224 Day(s) 22690 Readers 448 Reviews 02-12-2019
The book is great (especially the illustrated official translations!!) but the 3D animated donghua is also quite good! Last I checked there was a chapter... more>>
KR (4.3)
4 Chapters Every 413.3 Day(s) 3326 Readers 6 Reviews 08-07-2019
One of the first "abused child taken in by another noble family and finally treated right while also navigating political challenges and schemes" manhua I'd... more>>
CN (4.7)
225 Chapters Every 229.7 Day(s) 24148 Readers 533 Reviews 12-06-2023
Whether it's the illustrated offically translated books, the animated donghua, the official manhwa, or the live action Untamed TV series, this is a great series... more>>
CN (4.7)
23 Chapters Every 97.5 Day(s) 19663 Readers 466 Reviews 11-29-2020
Another of MXTX's works with an illustrated official translation in book form and a gorgeous (so far, partial) adaptation as an animated donghua. So not... more>>
CN (4.4)
102 Chapters Every 49.2 Day(s) 11634 Readers 95 Reviews 11-30-2023
KR (3.8)
33 Chapters Every 48.2 Day(s) 3137 Readers 9 Reviews 09-09-2022
This manhua is cheesy and requires a little suspension of disbelief on some accounts, but it's that cheesy, warm, perfect blend of cliches I adore.... more>>
KR (4.5)
173 Chapters Every 6.3 Day(s) 5579 Readers 34 Reviews 12-01-2023
The manhua for this series is cute, very funny, a little dark, and overall does a great job playing off standard transmigration tropes and making... more>>
KR (3.7)
27 Chapters Every 26.5 Day(s) 7135 Readers 119 Reviews 11-21-2022
The manhua of this is great if you love a good juicy time travel revenge & romance drama like me... is it kinda cliche? yes.... more>>
JP (4.5)
97 Chapters Every 271.6 Day(s) 1280 Readers 5 Reviews 03-31-2013
The anime for this is one I watched in high school and still remember very fondly. Dramatic and dark at times, but also heartwarming, and... more>>
JP (4.7)
139 Chapters Every 172.2 Day(s) 10376 Readers 67 Reviews 12-11-2016
I highly recommend this manga! Interesting historical slice of life romance with an emphasis on worldbuilding, crafting, culture, interpersonal relationships, cooking, and survival. If you... more>>
KR (3.9)
13 Chapters Every 111 Day(s) 1833 Readers 7 Reviews 01-25-2020
A good, solid manga series that portrays this series and its interesting characters and their relationship dynamics well.
JP (4.4)
1 Chapters Every 2000 Day(s) 666 Readers 2 Reviews 10-01-2016
Do you find quantum mechanics or ideas of alternate timelines/dimensions really interesting, whether or not you completely understand it? Go check this manga out right... more>>
KR (3.5)
0 Chapters Every 1093 Day(s) 1027 Readers 2 Reviews 01-14-2021
The manga for this is a lot of fun if you love a good "slow-burn romance comedy chock full of misunderstandings, character development & mutual... more>>
JP (4.6)
15 Chapters Every 202.9 Day(s) 2101 Readers 8 Reviews 12-25-2015
The anime adaptation of this is 2 seasons long and it's a little formulaic and predictable once you get into the groove of it, but... more>>
KR (4.5)
154 Chapters Every 1.7 Day(s) 9841 Readers 58 Reviews 12-08-2023
This manhua is a villainness transmigration romantic comedy blast and also involves the creation of fantasy starbucks. The male lead is just as funny to... more>>
KR (4.1)
279 Chapters Every 70.1 Day(s) 16366 Readers 192 Reviews 04-23-2020
A manhua adaptation with a unique art style that really sells the dark, romantic brooding kind of vibe of the story and the main character.... more>>
KR (3.5)
83 Chapters Every 9.1 Day(s) 1678 Readers 8 Reviews 12-04-2023
A childcare manhua with a really unique, gorgeous art and which embodies the mindset of an imaginative child a LOT better than most other manhua... more>>
KR (3.4)
6 Chapters Every 66.3 Day(s) 2103 Readers 6 Reviews 11-14-2021
KR (4.2)
2 Chapters Every 496.5 Day(s) 1306 Readers 1 Reviews 03-22-2021
KR (4.4)
46 Chapters Every 44.7 Day(s) 1751 Readers 6 Reviews 04-03-2023
A very nice manhua adaptation has been coming out for this series recently. So far I love its depiction of the characters and setting of... more>>
KR (4.2)
30 Chapters Every 69.9 Day(s) 4278 Readers 13 Reviews 01-08-2022
A unique twist on the usual repeater noble intrigue fantasy story, set in a world where several noble families with powers vie to be top... more>>
KR (3.5)
0 Chapters Every 866 Day(s) 1189 Readers 0 Reviews N/A
Love the manhua adaptation of this, does a great job of portraying the hardened mercenary transmigrator villainness female lead and her love for her pitiable... more>>
KR (4.4)
51 Chapters Every 41.1 Day(s) 2488 Readers 7 Reviews 08-11-2022
Do you enjoy bickering couples, hidden identities, accidental animal transformations, and slow burn romance against a backdrop of war, dark political strife and intrigue in... more>>
KR (4.1)
28 Chapters Every 37 Day(s) 1206 Readers 3 Reviews 08-07-2022
The manhua version of this is great! Very solid artwork, really good portrayals of the comedic moments, the darker moments, and everything inbetween. If you... more>>
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  1. Bunnyman13
    Bunnyman13· Jan 20, 2023 09:37 AM
    The list is great, but i wonder why "Youjo Senki", " Overlord", "Konosuba", "Eminence in the shadow" not here? I mean they definitely are great novels and have pretty good adaptations.
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    • nubialsheep
      nubialsheep· Author · Jan 23, 2023 10:40 PM

      Glad you're enjoying the list so far! This is just my own list of recommendations based on my reading/watching experience, and I read/watch a LOT of stuff haha, so if something isn't on here it's either because I just plain forgot about it when I was updating the list (like Youjo Senki or Overlord, which I definitely plan to add on here, thank you for the reminder!clear.png), because I simply haven't gotten around to watching it yet (Konosuba), or because I tried it but couldn't get into it just bc of my own preferences (Eminence in the Shadow).

      That being said, I'm open to recs for adapted series to try out or give a second shot to, so if there's anything else you think is particularly good that isn't listed, jlmk!clear.png

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    • Bunnyman13
      Bunnyman13· Jan 24, 2023 12:41 PM

      @nubialsheep I really relate to forgetting what you've read. Happens to me so often too.

      Oh and do watch konosuba. You'd probably like it a lot. 

      As for more recommendations, "Kino's journey" and "Shinsekai yori" come to mind. Kino's journey is a bit philosophical but a great read nonetheless and "Shinsekai Yori"(Or "From the new world" in english) is a book that i think everyone should read atleast once in their life. Though, shinsekai yori is a pretty heavy novel and not something you read for a light read. Its pretty heavy and reminded of "1984" but of a worse world than 1984. Its shocking, mind-numbing and will leave you empty after finishing it. But i think its something everyone should read as it asks some very important questions and pokes at topics that are very relevant in real life and some things which will leave you questioning what is truly right and what is wrong. And will have you questioning what is justice as well. "Shinsekai Yori" or "From the new world" is a definite recommendation from me and a must read. But be warned before reading it as it is a slow burner.

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    • nubialsheep
      nubialsheep· Author · Jan 24, 2023 11:56 PM

      @Bunnyman13 clear.pngoh man thank you again, I'd also forgotten about kino no tabi and shinsekai yori!! I enjoyed both of them too, but it'd been years since I watched them so they slipped my mind. Glad I'm not the only one with a mind like a sieve lmao. clear.png

      okay I've left a tab open with the first episode of konosuba ready to go in it so I don't forget to give it a whirl once I have the time. looking forward to seeing how it is!

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    • Bunnyman13
      Bunnyman13· Jan 25, 2023 06:01 AM

      @nubialsheep hope you enjoy it as much as i did. 

      And it really feels good to see someone else who has read kino's journey and shinsekai yori.

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    • Bunnyman13
      Bunnyman13· Jan 25, 2023 06:05 AM
      @nubialsheep and i am really glad that you added those novels now. Thanks for that.
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