The Best Japanese Manga Series Based on Anime (Part 2)


  1. Summer Wars

The manga version of the anime Summer Wars is a perfect example of how manga can shed new light on a beloved anime. This is a breathtaking animated movie which explores the role of technology on people’s private and public lives. The love story of Natsuki Shinohara and Kenji Koiso drives the animated movie while the digital world of OZ takes up most of the screen time.

In contrast, Summer Wars manga succeeds by strengthening the romantic core of the animated film. The manga version expands on the relationships of the characters by offering an epilogue and prologue to their lives and adding inner monologues for the characters. Therefore, the reader has a better grasp of Natsuki’s and Kenji’s feeling for the other. It offers a wonderful alternative look at the film.

  1. Code Geass: Suzaku of the Counterattack 

The manga series Code Geass expand upon the anime version with the same name by offering different perspectives on the story. There are two book series, telling different tales from the one that is featured on the anime series: Code Geass: Tales of an Alternate Shogunate and Code Geass: Suzaku of the Counterattack.

The first one tells the story of Suzaku Kururugi’s fight against the criminal organization that is known as the Black Knights and the second one portrays Lelouch vi Britannia as the commander of the Shogunate’s military. Code Geass: Nightmare of Nunnally focuses on Nunnally Lamperouge, Lelouch’s sister, going on a search for her missing brother.

  1. Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki

The manga version of Wolf Children elaborates on the family drama about a single mother who is raising two magical wolf children on her own. In spite of the supernatural premise, Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki is successful in presenting a tale about the ups and downs of parenting. The three volumes manga emboldens many of the emotional beats of the movie without betraying the plot of the film. It’s a recommended piece for anyone who falls in love with the movie.