Noun: Japanese stories presented in a comic-strip format and published as a book.
More often than not, page to screen blog posts feature our favourite books that have been adapted for the big screen! However, this post is a little different. Instead of books, the spotlight will be shining on the Arthur Holt Library’s manga collection. Manga or Japanese comics, are graphic novels that are often adapted into T.V. shows and films. It is by far the most popular (and most borrowed) genre in the Arthur Holt Library. It was this popularity that inspired me to write this post, so without further delay, check them out below!
– Miss Mileto, Teaching & Learning Librarian
Assassination Classroom by Yūsei Matsui
Assassination Classroom follows the daily lives of an extremely powerful octopus-like creature working as a junior high homeroom teacher. His students have been tasked by the government to assassinate him in order to prevent the Earth from being destroyed in a years time. Released as an anime (Japanese Cartoon) in 2013. The manga has since been released as both an animated and live action film (2015 & 2016).
Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama
Set in a fantasy world where humanity lives within territories surrounded by three enormous walls that protect them from gigantic man-eating humanoids referred to as Titans. Released as an anime series back in 2013, Attack on Titan has been made into a live-action film (2015).
Case Closed by Gosho Aoyama
Case Closed follows an amateur detective who was transformed into a child while investigating a mysterious organization and solves a multitude of cases while impersonating his friend’s father and other characters. This series boasts 23 animated films (2000-Present)!
Dragon Ball Series by Akira Toriyama
The series follows the adventures of the protagonist, Son Goku, from his childhood through adulthood as he trains in martial arts and explores the world in search of the seven orbs known as the Dragon Balls, which summon a wish-granting dragon when gathered. Along his journey, Goku makes several friends and battles a wide variety of villains, many of whom also seek the Dragon Balls. The Dragon Ball franchise has a collection both animated and live action films (2013 to Present).
Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa
The world of Fullmetal Alchemist is styled after the European Industrial Revolution. Set in a fictional universe in which alchemy is one of the most advanced scientific techniques, the story follows two alchemist brothers named Edward and Alphonse Elric, who are searching for the Philosopher’s Stone to restore their bodies after a failed attempt to bring their mother back to life using alchemy. Fullmetal was released as an animated film in 2003 and more recently as a live action film in 2017.
My Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi
The story follows Izuku Midoriya, a boy born without superpowers (called Quirks) in a world where they have become commonplace, but who still dreams of becoming a hero himself. He is scouted by Japan’s greatest hero, who shares his quirk with Izuku after recognizing his potential, and later helps to enroll him in a prestigious high school for heroes in training. One of the more recent adaptations, My Hero was transformed into an animated film in 2018.