Many recent TV dramas are based on comics – Nodame Cantabile, Liar Game

7 Sep

Nodame Cantabile

Nodame Cantabile is a manga written by Tomoko Ninomiya. In 2006, it was adapted as a television drama which covered events up to volume 9 of the manga. The story is about the relationship between Nodame and Chiaki, who are the students studying piano and conducting respectively at Monogaoka College of Music. Nodame falls in love with Chiaki at first sight, and Chiaki is impressed by Nodame’s piano talent.

Liar Game

Liar Game is also a manga series written and illustrated by Shinobu Kaitani. This comic was adapted into Japanese TV drama in 2007. At the beginning of the story, a girl called Kanzaki Nao receives a package which contains 100 million yen, and a letter informing her that she has been chosen as a contestant of the Liar Game Tournament, in which all contestants are required to beguile other contestants of their money. When she is losing in the first round of the game, a man named Akiyama Shinichi appears and starts assisting Nao in this game.

Why are comic-based TV dramas  so popular in Japan?

John Stevens states that top Japanese TV dramas are usually adapted from the stories of Japanese comics, such as Liar Game and Nodame Cantabile. He believes that the the main reason why comic-based Japanese TV dramas become a trend is that the stories of Japanese comics usually have interesting content and charming characters, which manage to attract more young TV audience so as to boost the viewership ratings.

Original Japanese TV drama vs Comic-based TV series

In fact, original TV dramas are more popular among Japanese people though there are more comic-based TV series broadcast in recent years. “I am Mita, Your House Keeper” is an good example showing that Japanese audience are more interested in original TV dramas. The view rating of  the last episode of this drama was approximately 40%, which make it the highest-rated TV series over last decade. This proves that it is still worth spending time and money on creating more original TV dramas rather than only focusing on production of comic-based TV series.  Therefore, in order to produce a successful TV series,  effort should be exerted on creating impressive original stories instead of wasting time to find interesting stories among comics.

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One Response to “Many recent TV dramas are based on comics – Nodame Cantabile, Liar Game”

  1. otakupamy October 18, 2012 at 11:16 pm #

    How do you feel about Japanese manga being adapted into feature films? Do you think it is because they are lazy to think up of original material or it is because of how interesting the manga’s plot is and they see the potential in it? I personally think that although it is a little irritating that there are no new materials produced for tv, it is also nice to see your favourite manga being brought to life~! (unless they butcher it with bad acting).

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