by Ceki, July 1, 2020

Hello, dear MDL'ers!  Have you had enough of manga adaptations? ;) I certainly hope not because we got a lot of them coming out this year, as usual. Let's see which manga series will get adapted in the second half of 2020.

Check out 2020 manga adaptations part 1. For webtoon and manhua adaptations go HERE.

NOTE: The synopses were taken from MDL and manga sites, respectively. The article does not guarantee accuracy since the info regarding these dramas/films can change in the future.


Boys, Please Kiss Him Instead of Me

Based on: "Watashi ga Motete Dosunda" by Junko
Genre: shoujo
Starring:  Yamaguchi Nonoka, Yoshino Hokuto, Kamio Fuju   

Kae Serinuma is a chubby female high school student. She is a fujoshi who enjoys reading about romance between men. One day, her favourite animation character dies, and she falls into shock. Kae Serinuma is unable to eat for a week, and she ends up losing a lot of weight. The end result is that Kae Serinuma suddenly becomes popular at school.  

Kotera-san Climbs!

Based on: "Noboru Kotera-san" by Coffee
Genre: seinen
Starring: Ito Kentaro, Kudo Haruka

Kotera is a high school student. She belongs to the school's climbing club and is enthusiastic with bouldering. She is polite and has a tender personality. Meanwhile, Kondo is a member of ping pong club at the same school and is attracted to Kotera. 

Watashi no Kaseifu Nagisa-san

Based on: "Kaseifu no Nagisa-san" by Furiko Yotsuhara
Genre: josei
Starring: Tabe Mikako, Omori Nao, Seto Koji

Aihara Mei is a single woman. She works hard as a medical representative at a pharmaceutical company. Unlike her performance at work, she is not proficient at all doing housework. On the night of her 28th birthday, a strange man appears at her messy home. The strange man is Shigino Nagisa, who is an excellent housekeeper. Mei doesn't want to hire him, but she ends up hiring him as her housekeeper.  

Unsung Cinderella

Based: "Unsung Cinderella" by Mamare Arai
Genre: seinen
Starring: Ishihara Satomi

Midori Aoi has worked as a pharmacist at a hospital for the past 8 years. She holds the belief as a pharmacist that medicine is related to a patients' daily life and, because of this, pharmacists need to know about their patients. Consequently, Midori Aoi spends more time with her patients than other pharmacists. She receives criticism that she should work more efficiently, but she never wavers from her belief. 

Cursed in Love

Based on: "Watashitachi wa Douka Shiteiru" by Natsumi Ando
Genre: josei
Starring: Hamabe Minami, Yokohama Ryusei

Kougetsu An, a well-established Japanese-style confectionery store where Nao's mother worked and lived is where she met Tsubaki. However, after a certain incident, Nao's mother was accused of murder and is arrested. Because of that, Nao was banned from Kougetsu An. Fifteen years later, Tsubaki revisits a disapproving Nao, which make the two compete at a showdown for their skills. The hateful Tsubaki who once made Nao's life a crazy mess approached Nao later to marry him since he has yet to notice that his long-lost childhood friend is Nao. How will Nao react to this unexpected proposal?! 

My Love My Baker

Based on: "My Baker" by Rakuda
Genre: josei, romance, food
Starring: Motokariya Yuika, Iijima Hiroki, Takezai Terunosuke

Koiwa Minako manages a small bakery that has been in her family for generations but struggles to do it all on her own. Kita Kaoru, who is 6 years younger than Minako, begins working at the bakery part-time. He used to be a chef at a Michelin star restaurant but doesn't speak about his past. Despite his secrets, Kaoru becomes an indispensable presence in Minako's bakery and life.

Oshaie Sommelier Oshako!

Based on: ""Oshaie Sommelier Oshako!" by Kappy
Genre: josei
Starring: Honoka Miki, MEGUMI, Tomita Miu

The comedy manga's story centers on Oshako Jaeger, a woman who can't date men who don't live in fancy homes. She goes around judging the homes of various men. 

Furo Girl

Based on: "Furo Girl" by Yukio Katayama
Genre: josei
Starring: Hinako Sakurai

Sayoko Oyumino is an OL. When at home, she loves taking a bath. She always thinks about things related to baths, like bath bombs, snacks after a bath, and bathroom cleaning techniques. 


Yowamushi Pedal

Based on: "Yowamushi Pedal" by Wataru Watanabe
Genre: shounen
Starring: Nagase Ren

Sakamichi Onoda is a high school student. He is an otaku, who loves animation and he is also a loner. Although he isn't good at sports, he decides to enrol in the bicycle racing club. Unexpectedly, he finds that he has a talent for bicycle racing. For the first time, he has a friend. Sakamichi Onoda exceeds his limits and finds pleasure in the sport of bicycle racing.

Love Me, Love Me Not

Based on: "Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare" by Io Sakisaka
Genre: shoujo
Starring: Fukumoto Riko, Kitamura Takumi

Yuna and Akari are two high school girls with very different views on love: Yuna dreams about romance through rose-coloured glasses, while Akari is down-to-earth and practical. Meanwhile, high school boys Kazuomi and Rio also have different views on love: Kazuomi is an airhead who can't grasp the concept of love, while Rio grabs onto any confession as an opportunity—so long as the girl looks cute. Will these four classmates end up leading a youthful romance that meets their expectations? 


Restart After Come Back Home

Based on: "Restart wa Tadaima no Atode" by Cocomi
Genre: BL
Starring: Furukawa Yuki, Ryusei Ryo

Mitsuomi Kozuka quits his job due to his boss. He decides to return to his hometown for the first time in 10 years. The town is located in the countryside. There, Mitsuomi Kozuka meets Yamato Kumai. Yamato Kumai is the stepson of old man Kumai. The old man runs a farm near the home of Mitsuomi Kozuka's parents. Mitsuomi Kozuka and Yamato Kumai soon become good friends, but, one night, Mitsuomi Kozuka kisses Yamato Kumai while he is sleeping. 

The Cornered Mouse Dreams of Cheese

Based on: "Kyuso wa Chizu no Yume wo Miru" by Setona Mizushiro
Genre: BL
Starring: Okura Tadayoshi, Narita Ryo

Otomo Kyoichi works at an advertising company. Even though he is married, he repeatedly has affairs. One day, a man appears in front of Kyoichi. The man is Imagase Wataru. It's the first time they have met since Kyoichi graduated. He is sent by Kyoichi's wife to investigate whether Kyoichi is having an affair. Wataru tells Kyoichi that he has liked him for the past 7 years. He also tells Kyoichi that he wants to have a sexual relationship with him, and in return, he won't tell his wife about his infidelity. 

Diver: Tokushu Sennyuhan

Based on: "Diver: Tokushu Sennyuhan" by Shuntaro Osawa
Genre: seinen
Starring: Fukushi Sota

To fight against the rise of criminal organizations, the Hyogo Prefectural Police Station has secretly formed the Infiltration Team. The Infiltration Team is called the "D Team" and members on the team are called Diver. Risking their own lives, the team infiltrates into dangerous criminal organizations. Investigator Hyogo Kurosawa is a member of the D Team and he is also the best member on the team. He is ruthless when it comes to arresting criminals, but he sometimes shows good aspects to others. 


The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window

Based on: "Sankaku Mado no Sotogawa wa Yoru" by Tomoko Yamashita
Genre: shounen-ai, horror, supernatural
Starring: Okada Masaki, Shison Jun, Hirate Yurina

Shy bookstore clerk Kosuke Mikado has the ability to see ghosts and spirits, an ability he wishes he didn't have, since what he sees usually terrifies him. Rihito Hiyakawa, an exorcist whose supernatural powers are as strong as his social graces are weak, don't seem to fear anything, mortal or otherwise. When this odd couple gets together to solve the bizarre cases that come their way, their work methods may not be entirely safe for work. 

Tokyo Revengers 

Based on: "Tokyo Revengers" by Ken Wakui
Genre: shounen
Starring: Kitamura Takumi, Yoshizawa Ryo, Yamada Yuki

The story centers on an unemployed man who learns that his ex-girlfriend was murdered. He suddenly finds himself travelling through time to his middle school years and has a chance to change the future and save the girl. He aims to rise to the top of the most brutal delinquent gang. 


The Promised Neverland

Based on: "Yakusoku no Nebarando" by Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu
Genre: shounen, horror
Starring: Itagaki Rihito, Hamabe Minami

At Grace Field House, life couldn't be better for the orphans! Though they have no parents, together with the other kids and a kind "Mama" who cares for them, they form one big, happy family. No child is ever overlooked, especially since they are all adopted by the age of 12. Their daily lives involve rigorous tests, but afterwards, they are allowed to play outside. There is only one rule they must obey: do not leave the orphanage. But one day, two top-scoring orphans, Emma and Norman, venture past the gate and unearth the horrifying reality behind their entire existence.

Tokyo Tarareba Musume 2020

Based on: "Tokyo Tarareba Musume" by Akiko Higashimura
Genre: josei
Starring: Yoshitaka Yuriko, Eikura Nana, Oshima Yuko

Sequel to the 2017 adaptation.

Mairu no Bitch 

Based on: "Mairunovich" by Sato Zakuri
Genre: shoujo
Starring: Kamio Fuju, Hinako Sakurai

An unpopular high school student, Kinoshita Mairu, who thinks she's ugly and plain. She is quickly transformed into a cute girl by a handsome and cool boy, Kumada Tenyu. She will search for real love while using her inner strength to change herself.  

Ojisan wa Kawaii Mono ga Osuki

Based on: "Ojisan wa Kawaii Mono ga Osuki" by Tsutomu
Genre: shoujo, comedy
Starring: Mashima Hidekazu

Mitsutaka Oji is 43-years-old and works as a sales department manager. He is divorced and lives alone. His colleagues respect him at work, but he has a secret. His secret is that he likes cute things, including dolls of the Pug Taro character. 

Which manga adaptations are you looking forward to?