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These 8 Korean Dramas Turn Out to be Adaptations of Japanese Manga

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Manga is a comic from Japan that often attracts attention thanks to the variety of genres and stories. Not infrequently, international fans’ interest in manga has made it adapted into films and series in various countries.

Korean dramas also often adapt manga with some adjustments to make it seem realistic without disappointing the audience. Like, some drama titles that managed to attract the attention of the following manga readers. Come on, see!

1. Playful Kiss (2010)

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Playful Kiss is a romantic comedy genre drama adapted from the manga titled Itazura Na Kiss by Tada Kaoru. This drama focuses on the development of the relationship between Oh Ha Ni (Jung So Min) and Baek Seung Jo (Kim Hyung Joong) who have different academic abilities.

At first, Baek Seung Jo openly admitted that he had no interest in Oh Ha Ni, who was known to be stupid at school. Moreover, he is an outstanding student. Even so, they became close and liked each other after Oh Ha Ni’s family moved into Baek Seung Jo’s house.

2. Boys Over Flowers (2009)

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Hana Yori Dango is a manga by Yoko Kamio which has been adapted into anime and drama in various Asian countries thanks to its popularity. South Korea also adapted it to Boys Before Flowers.

Boys Before Flowers tells the story of Gu Jun Pyo (Lee Min Ho) who slowly falls in love with Geum Jan Di (Go Hye Sun) after often bullying him. Geum Jan Di’s courage in fighting bullying is the beginning of his closeness with Gu Jun Pyo and his friends who are known to be rich, but often act recklessly at school.

3. City Hunter (2011)

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City Hunter it was adapted from a manga of the same name by Tsukasa Hojo. This drama focuses on Lee Yoon Sung (Lee Min Ho)’s revenge attempt on five politicians who were involved in the death of his father. With that, he also works at the Blue House as a communications team to launch his plans.

Drama that carries the genre action It will also show various exciting action scenes from Lee Yoon Sung. In addition, his love story with Kim Na Na (Park Min Young) who works as a bodyguard at the Blue House also adds an interesting impression to the storyline of this drama.

4. Dr. Jin (2012)

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Story Dr. Jin adapted from the manga entitled Jin by Motoka Murakami. The drama that aired in 2012 focuses on Jin Hyuk (Song Seung Heon) who is a surgeon. He is good at analysis and almost always manages to operate on patients calmly.

Jin Hyuk was suddenly thrown into the Joseon Dynasty in 1860 as a result of a mysterious power. He helped the people a lot with his knowledge in the medical field at that time, assisted by Hong Young Rae (Park Min Young) who was very similar to his fiancé, Yoo Mi Na.

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5. Wild Games (2014)

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Aired in 2014, drama Wild Game adapted from the manga of the same name by Shinobu Kaitani. Quite unique, this drama presents a game called Liar Game in a game reality shows. Players are asked to cheat each other in order to win until the end and get prizes.

Da Jung (Kim So Eun) joins the game after helping a grandmother and showing her honesty. Unfortunately, he who is naive is often tricked by other participants into asking Cha Woo Jin (Lee Sang Yoon) for help to win. Their past is also part of what will be revealed.

6. My Absolute Boyfriend (2019)

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Adapted from the manga by Yuu Watase, drama My Absolute Boyfriend successfully entertained the audience by presenting a sweet love story in 2019. This drama starts from the problem of Uhm Da Da (Girls Day’s Minah) who is heartbroken due to breaking up with popular actor Ma Wang Joon (Hong Jong Hyun) after 7 years of being in a relationship.

Since then, a humanoid robot named Zero Nine (Yeo Jin Goo) comes to fill his days for the better. Zero Nine’s attention, which was created with the aim of being the perfect boyfriend for the owner who kissed him on Uhm Da Da, succeeded in making the audience feel carried away watching it.

7. To The Beautiful You (2012)

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Not many know To The Beautiful You also produced based on manga Hanazakari no Kimitachi e by Hisaya Nakajo. SM Entertainment acquired the copyright and turned it into a 16-episode drama by focusing on stories about the hopes and dreams of adolescence.

This drama begins with Goo Jae Hee (Sulli) who almost dropped out of school after being a victim bullying. After watching a TV high jump competition, he becomes inspired by an athlete named Kang Tae Joon (SHINee’s Minho) and decides to transfer to the same school as his idol. He was willing to disguise himself as a man in order to become a student at the all-male school.

8. The Liar and His Lover (2017)

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The Liar and His Lover including light drama adaptation of manga Kanojo wa Uso o Aishisugiteru by Kotomu Aoki. The story centers on Kang Han Gyul (Lee Hyun Woo), a song producer who hides his identity and is liked by Yoon So Rim (Red Velvet’s Joy) at first sight.

Kang Han Gyul falls in love with Yoon So Rim after hearing her sweet voice. They met at the same agency when they started working as musicians. In addition to the development of their relationship, this drama presents the struggle to gain popularity behind the entertainment industry which is not as beautiful as expected.

Even though there are some changes, the drama above still attracts attention with its exciting plot. Not a few readers of the original manga are also satisfied with the results of the drama production, you know.

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