10 Manga That Deserve A Studio Ghibli Adaptation

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Studio Ghibli has become a world-known animation studio since its start in 1985. The studio’s creators, Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, and Toshio Suzuki are responsible for some of Japan’s most famous movies. Films like Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Princess Mononoke are among the highest-grossing Japanese films of all time.

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Studio Ghibli’s films are known for their beautiful animation and storytelling techniques. Most of the movies that the studio produces are based on stories by other writers, such as the film adaptation of The Borrowers by Mary Norton titled The Secret World of Arrietty. Many home-grown manga series have the makings of a perfect movie adaptation by Studio Ghibli.

10 Spirit Circle Has Everything A Ghibli Film Needs

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Spirit Circle is a manga by Satoshi Muzukami and was serialized in Young King OURs magazine from May 2012 to March 2016. This six-volume series follows Fuuta Okeya, a high school boy with a special ability. Fuuta is able to see ghosts.

He also has a mark that he hides from his schoolmates but is unsuccessful when a new student, Kouko Ishigami, spots it. Kouko Ishigami uses magic against Fuuta, declaring him her enemy. It’s up to Fuuta to discover their connection from their past lives and the different spirits that he encounters.

9 Tegami Bachi’s Setting Belongs With Other Ghibli Worlds

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Tegami Bachi is a 20-volume series by Hiroyuki Asada. The series ran from 2006-2015. The story is set in the land of AmberGround which uses an artificial sun for light. Lag Seeing is a young boy who begins working as a Letter Bee. It’s his job to deliver letters and packages while protecting them from giant insects who attempt to eat the mail.

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While there is already an anime adaptation of the story, the setting of Hiroyuki Asada’s manga series would be an incredible location for a Studio Ghibli film. There is a lot that can be done with Asada’s world, and Studio Ghibli has the talent necessary to create a wonderful story in AmberGround.

8 Satoshi Kon’s Opus Would Be A Perfect Experiment For The Studio

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Studio Ghibli has been known to mess with its art style in order to fit the story they’re telling. Opus by Satoshi Kon would be an excellent story for the studio to attempt a new art style. The manga was released in 1995 and consists of two volumes.

The story follows a manga artist who is pulled into the world of his creation after attempting to kill off one of his characters. He is sent on a series of tasks with his characters as they try to stop his fictional world from falling apart.

7 The Music Of Marie Has Yet To Receive Any Adaptation

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The Music of Marie is a manga by Usamaru Furuya and was released in 1999, but it only received an English translation in 2022. The story is set in the utopic land of Pirito which is protected by Marie, a mechanical goddess. The main characters, Pipi and Kai, reside in a factory town called Gil.

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Pipi is in love with Kai but struggles to voice it. Kai has incredible hearing and is able to hear Marie’s songs. What happens between Pipi, Kai and the Goddess Marie is perfect for a Studio Ghibli production.

6 Twinkle Stars Is A Romance That Ghibli Wouldn’t Shy Away From

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Natsuki Takaya is famous for her manga series Fruits Basket. However, another incredible series by Takaya is Twinkle Stars, which was released from 2007 to 2011. While the manga is a romance, there are plenty of other themes that are tackled.

Studio Ghibli has never shied away from romance, as can be seen in the film Whisper of the Heart. Since the main character, Sakuya Shiina, is the president of the star-gazing club, there are plenty of beautiful moments within Natsuki Takaya’s series that would look incredible with Studio Ghibli’s iconic art style.

5 I Hear The Sunspot Could Be The Studio’s First LGBTQ+ Story

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I Hear the Sunspot by Yuki Fumino currently has six volumes, but is still ongoing. This story is the first of Fumino’s and has become a hit. The main character, Taichi Sagawa, learns that one of his college classmates, Kohei Sugihara, is deaf.

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Taichi decides to write class notes for Kohei as long as Kohei gives him food in return. Their bond develops, turning from a friendship into something more. This love story could be handled with the studio’s animation in an incredible way.

4 Yotsuba &!’s Main Character Would Be Best Friends With My Neighbor Totoro’s Mei

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Kiyohiko Azuma’s manga series Yotsuba &! is an ongoing manga that has been ongoing since 2003. Azuma’s main character, Yotsuba Koiwai, is a five-year-old girl with a very similar personality to My Neighbor Totoro’s Mei. Studio Ghibli has done curious children great justice with their films and could do the same for Yotsuba.

The series starts with Yotsuba and her father moving to a new city. Yotsuba gets up to plenty of antics in the story, and there’s no continuous plot. While Studio Ghibli’s film My Neighbors the Yamadas didn’t have a continuous plot and wasn’t well received, the studio could attempt a film like this again with the lessons learned from My Neighbors the Yamadas.

3 Oresama Teacher Needs A Classic Ghibli Punch

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Izumi Tsubaki’s manga Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun received a popular anime adaptation. However, Tsubaki’s other famous work hasn’t been animated despite its potential. Oresama Teacher takes place at an academy for delinquents after Mafuyu Kurosaki, a former gang leader, is sent there under her mother’s orders.

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Mafuyu discovers that her teacher is an old friend who had inspired her to join a gang in the first place. Studio Ghibli could have a lot of fun with this story as they’ve created multiple high school stories and have animated plenty of fights.

2 Studio Ghibli Could Be The Right Studio For Goodnight Punpun

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Goodnight Punpun by Inio Asano is a popular coming-of-age drama that follows themes such as love, isolation, depression, family, and much more. Onodera Punpun serves as the series’ main character, and the manga follows him from elementary school all the way to his 20s.

Onodera is often depicted with the head of a bird despite being a human boy. While the story handles many difficult topics, the animation of Studio Ghibli and its approach to storytelling could handle the complexity and nuance of Goodnight Punpun.

1 Our Dreams At Dusk Was Meant For Studio Ghibli

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Our Dreams at Dusk is a four-volume manga series by Yukhi Kamatani. The series follows a teenage boy, Tasuku Kaname, as he struggles with his sexuality. He meets someone who changes his life before he has the chance to make a life-altering decision.

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Kaname has an incredible talent for storytelling and an even stronger skill in using her illustrations to speak for themselves. With breathtaking panels and a moving story that highlights the difficulties of LGBTQ+ members in Japan, Our Dreams at Dusk would be an excellent story for Studio Ghibli to adapt.

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