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20 Top Manga Adaptations of Light Novels

Manga, anime, and manhwa all are mediums of entertainment from storytelling.

They have been used collectively and keep changing from one form to another, many times a light novel becoming popular gets turned into an anime or gets a manga adaptation, and today and vice versa.

But today we are not looking for manga to light novels but rather a light novel which got turned into manga and some even have an anime series based on them.

So without taking any more time let’s start our list of the 20 Captivating Manga Adaptations of Light Novels.

Introduction

The blending of manga and light novels these two art forms gives birth to a unique storytelling experience that captivates readers with its enthralling narratives and stunning visuals.

It includes many famous names from sword art online to that time I got reincarnated as a slime.

Omniscient reader’s viewpoint

I would like to start this list with one of my favorite light novels which got adapted into a manhwa omniscient reader viewpoint.

The story is so fascinating that once you start reading you will not leave it half finished.

The story keeps playing in a loop and once you read you will start feeling confused if you are real or also a part of a bigger storyline in which you are a character or a side character.

Sword Art Online

SWORD ART ONLINE ANIME AI ART POSTER
SWORD ART ONLINE ANIME AI ART POSTER

Originating as a light novel series, “Sword Art Online” quickly captured the hearts of readers worldwide.

Its manga adaptation offers a visually stunning portrayal of the virtual reality game world, captivating fans with its action-packed storytelling.

It takes place in a virtual reality game Sword Art Online in the world of Aincrad.

10,000 players log into SAO’s mainframe cyberspace for the first time, only to discover that they are unable to log out.

Kayaba appears and tells the players that they must beat all 100 floors of Aincrad, a steel castle that is the setting of SAO if they wish to be free.

He also states that those who suffer in-game deaths or forcibly remove the NerveGear out-of-game will suffer real-life deaths.

Read the manga or the light novel to know more about what happens and why this is so famous.

Re: Zero – Starting Life in Another World

re zero anime poster
re zero anime poster

This popular isekai series seamlessly transitions from a light novel to a manga, chronicling Subaru Natsuki’s extraordinary adventures in a parallel world.

After being suddenly transported to another world, Subaru Natsuki and his new female partner are brutally murdered.

However, Subaru awakens to a familiar scene, meeting the same girl again. The day begins to mysteriously repeat itself.

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The manga adaptation beautifully captures the emotional depth and intricate plot twists of the original story.

Attack on Titan

attack on titan anime
attack on titan anime

A global phenomenon, “Attack on Titan” originated as a manga and later inspired a light novel adaptation.

What will you believe once you come to know the world is not what it seems and it’s not only confined to your nation and the whole world is behind you to annihilate your race.

The story is very similar to North Koreans who are in continuous fear of Kim Jong and they only think their country is the whole world but other countries are also ready to attack it if Kim does something wrong.

The manga version’s gripping illustrations intensify the series’ suspense and horror, making it a must-read for fans of dark and thrilling narratives.

The Rising of the Shield Hero

rising of the shield hero ANIME
rising of the shield hero ANIME

The manga adaptation of this isekai fantasy series showcases the journey of Naofumi Iwatani, who is summoned to a parallel world as the Shield Hero.

Naofumi happened to receive the Legendary Shield, the sole defensive equipment, while the other heroes received a sword, a spear, and a bow, weapons meant for attack.

But rather than being treated equally, he is betrayed and backstabbed, now he is ready to take revenge or help, read it to find out.

With its expressive artwork, the manga brings to life the protagonist’s trials and triumphs in his quest for redemption.

No Game No Life

no game no life anime
no game no life anime

This beloved light novel series received an equally captivating manga adaptation.

Sixteen sentient races inhabit Disboard, a world overseen by Tet, the One True God. The lowest of the sixteen—Imanity—consists of humans, a race with no affinity for magic.

In a place where everything is decided through simple games, humankind seems to have no way out of their predicament—but the arrival of two outsiders poses a change.

With vibrant illustrations, the manga explores the adventures of siblings Sora and Shiro as they conquer a world where everything is determined through games.

Overlord

overlord anime
overlord anime

The manga adaptation of “Overlord” follows the story of Momonga, who is trapped in the virtual world of Yggdrasil as the powerful undead character Ainz Ooal Gown.

The manga brilliantly captures the dark and immersive atmosphere of the original light novel.

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

The melancholy of Haruhi suzumiya manhwa anime
The melancholy of Haruhi suzumiya manhwa anime

Originating as a light novel series, “The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya” gained widespread popularity and received a manga adaptation.

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The manga beautifully illustrates the everyday adventures of the SOS Brigade and Haruhi’s whimsical world.

Konosuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World!

Kono Suba anime
Kono Suba anime

Known for its comedic and satirical take on the isekai genre, “Konosuba” offers a hilarious manga adaptation that perfectly complements the light novel’s humor.

The manga follows the misadventures of Kazuma and his quirky companions in their quest for a comfortable life.

Durarara!!

durarara anime
durarara anime

This urban fantasy series seamlessly transitions from light novel to manga, immersing readers in the bustling streets of Ikebukuro.

The manga adaptation captures the intricacies of the character-driven narrative, unveiling the interconnected lives of the city’s residents.

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?

The manga adaptation of this fantasy series invites readers to explore the perilous dungeons alongside Bell Cranel and his companions.

With dynamic artwork, the manga vividly depicts the world of Orario and the exciting adventures that await within.

The Irregular at Magic High School

The manga adaptation of “The Irregular at Magic High School” brings to life the intense magical battles and intricate world-building of the light novel series.

Fans can delve into the story of Tatsuya and his journey through the prestigious First High School.

It has been also adapted into an anime having an isekai world-building.

The Empty Box and Zeroth Maria

Originally a psychological light novel series, “The Empty Box and Zeroth Maria” received a manga adaptation that masterfully captures the mind-bending narrative and intricate character dynamics.

The manga’s art amplifies the series’ atmospheric tension and psychological depth.

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash

GRIMGAR OF FANTASY AND ASH ANIME AI ART
GRIMGAR OF FANTASY AND ASH ANIME AI ART

This fantasy series, with its beautifully detailed illustrations, seamlessly transitions from a light novel to a manga.

The manga adaptation transports readers to the world of Grimgar, where a group of adventurers struggles to survive and find their place in this unfamiliar realm.

The Monogatari Series

monogatari anime poster
monogatari anime poster

Known for its intricate storytelling and distinctive visual style, “The Monogatari Series” received a stunning manga adaptation.

The manga combines the series’ complex dialogue with artistic flair, creating a captivating reading experience.

Accel World

The manga adaptation of “Accel World” transports readers to a futuristic world where augmented reality games dominate society.

With its sleek artwork, the manga brings to life the high-stakes battles and emotional turmoil of the original light novel.

Goblin Slayer

The manga adaptation of “Goblin Slayer” showcases the gritty and brutal world inhabited by the series’ eponymous protagonist.

With its detailed artwork, the manga captures the relentless battles against goblins and the unforgiving nature of the fantasy realm.

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Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai.

This supernatural light novel series received a visually stunning manga adaptation, capturing the emotional depth and thought-provoking themes of the light novel. Seeing its success has also been adapted into a 13-episode anime.

The manga follows Sakuta Azusagawa as he unravels the mysteries surrounding the phenomenon known as Puberty Syndrome.

The anime basically deals with kids dealing with Adolescence syndrome. The anime has memorable characters and a very nice plot.

PLOT High school student Sakuta Azusagawa’s life takes a turn for the unexpected when he meets teenage actress Mai Sakurajima, dressed as a bunny girl, wandering through a library and not being noticed by anyone else there.

Mai is intrigued that Sakuta is the only one who can see her, as other people are unable to see her, even when she is dressing normally or attempting to stay away from celebrity life.

Calling this phenomenon “Adolescence Syndrome”, Sakuta decides to solve this mystery, while continuing to get closer to Mai and meeting other girls who suffer from “Adolescence Syndrome” as well.

The Saga of Tanya the Evil

The manga adaptation of “The Saga of Tanya the Evil” depicts the gripping story of an atheist salaryman reincarnated as a young girl soldier in a war-torn world.

The manga vividly portrays the intensity of the battle and the morally complex nature of the series’ protagonist.

Spice and Wolf

This beloved light novel series, known for its unique blend of economics and romance, received a beautifully illustrated manga adaptation.

The manga captures the chemistry and tender moments between the traveling merchant Kraft Lawrence and the wise wolf deity Holo.

The Devil Is a Part-Timer!

The manga adaptation of this comedic fantasy series brings to life the hilarious misadventures of Satan (Maou Sadao) and his quest to conquer Earth.

The manga’s expressive artwork perfectly complements the light novel’s humor and vibrant characters.

Conclusion

The fusion of light novels and manga opens up a world of possibilities, allowing readers to immerse themselves in captivating stories while enjoying breathtaking artwork.

From fantasy epics to thought-provoking mysteries, these 20 manga adaptations of light novels offer a diverse range of narratives and visual styles that cater to a wide array of tastes.

So, pick up a manga adaptation of your favorite light novel series and experience the magic of these two art forms intertwined! Happy reading!

vivek jain

Im a lover of anime and manga and love to talk about them. My favourite anime are MNaruto, Dragon Ball Z and ONe piece and out of these my favourite is One Piece.

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