5 Manga Adaptations of Fantasy Light Novels You Need to Check Out!

Words alone are enough to tell a story. In fact, the less visual stimulus there is, the harder our imagination has to work. Because of this, each reader is witnessing a different variation of the same world, and that is one of the beauties of reading light novels. However, it doesn’t necessarily mean that manga is in any way a subpar medium. Manga shows us exactly how the author envisioned the story, characters, and the world. Thanks to that, we can also appreciate certain details that are hard to put into words. That being said, both media have their own strengths. Here are five manga adaptations of light novels that you really need to check out to experience the most out of their worlds.

5. Itai no wa Iya nano de Bougyoryoku ni Kyokufuri Shitai to Omoimasu (Bofuri: I Don't Want to Get Hurt, so I'll Max Out My Defense)

  • Mangaka: Jirou Oimoto, Yuumikan, KOIN
  • Genres: Fantasy
  • Volumes: 1+
  • Published: May 2021 – Present

Game-related manga has poured into the market like raging waves for years now. While that means we get good series, that also means a lot of mediocre ones manage to slip into the cracks. While Bofuri: I Don't Want to Get Hurt, so I'll Max Out My Defense does follow the overpowered main character trope, the protagonist isn’t a bloodthirsty menace. Instead of being the greatest attacker, she’s more like a very dangerous, impregnable wall. It just so happens that being an intensely solid tank makes her character lethal. That’s the charm of this series. While reading Maple’s deeds is entertaining, seeing her in action is just way better. The series may have thrown away aggressiveness out of the window, but the way Maple withstand any and every attack thrown at her is undeniably cool. This is especially true as she defeats a horde of players in the first event. Maple’s cuteness is just the cherry on top.

4. Akuyaku Reijou nanode Last Boss wo Kattemimashita (I'm the Villainess, So I'm Taming the Final Boss)

  • Mangaka: Sarasa Nagase, Anko Yuzu, Mai Murasaki
  • Genres: Fantasy, Isekai
  • Volumes: 2+
  • Published: October 2021 – Present

A villainess type of manga isn’t exactly a new one. In fact, it’s only getting more attention thanks to the anime adaptation of My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!. While there are certainly some similarities, I'm the Villainess, So I'm Taming the Final Boss isn’t a ripoff of anything. Even though it has a simple plot and not-so-unique characters, this series has solid writing. The manga also does the story justice. It manages to express the character twists well and tell the story in a fairytale-like manner, which is exactly how this series should be told. The best part, of course, is seeing Claude’s flustered, angered, and concerned face. If you’re interested in such titles, then this is something you should definitely check out.

3. Goblin Slayer

  • Mangaka: Kumo Kagyu, Kousuke Kurose, Noboru Kannatuki
  • Genres: Fantasy
  • Volumes: 10+
  • Published: December 2017 – Present

Goblin Slayer has stirred up trouble ever since it hit the limelight. We believe that the series deserves all that attention: it has a unique plot with thought-provoking elements. That, in our book, makes it an interesting manga to pick up. Goblin Slayer has a pretty dark plot, but it does have a tendency to lighten up every now and then. It also doesn’t have any qualms about showing gore and explicit content. This is more true in manga form as you can experience every second of it. The thing about Goblin Slayer is that the nudity isn’t just fanservice - it serves as a good portrayal of just how vile goblins are. However, it is important to note that there are probable triggers in this series as the scenes can be quite detailed.

2. The Strange Adventure of a Broke Mercenary

  • Mangaka: Mine, peroshi, Araea Ikemiya
  • Genres: Fantasy
  • Volumes: 2+
  • Published: July 2021

The Strange Adventure of a Broke Mercenary may sound like your typical fantasy adventure series that tries too hard to be funny, but it isn’t. In reality, this manga has some similarities to Goblin Slayer. Both protagonists have been honed through years of experience and countless battles. Their common sense vehemently rejects idiocy. Unlike Goblin Slayer, the main character of this manga is forced into said idiotic situation due to lack of finances. While it also shows gore and a bit of sexual content, it’s nowhere near as explicit as Goblin Slayer. Surprisingly, the charm of The Strange Adventure of a Broke Mercenary’s is seeing Loren’s companions acting incredibly stupid and annoying. Because of this, seeing them meeting their demise is much more satisfying.

1. Hazure Skill "Kage ga Usui" wo Motsu Guild Shokuin ga, Jitsu wa Densetsu no Ansatsusha (Hazure Skill: The Guild Member with a Worthless Skill Is Actually a Legendary Assassin)

  • Mangaka: Kennoji, Fuh Araki, KWKM
  • Genres: Fantasy
  • Volumes: 1+
  • Published: May 2021 – Present

Another manga that deviates from the norm is Hazure Skill: The Guild Member with a Worthless Skill Is Actually a Legendary Assassin, or it may be more appropriate to say it’s doing its best to be normal. After the main character assassinates the demon lord, he’s now granted a chance at a normal life. But since he’s been trained as an assassin - and the best one at that - ever since he can remember, he doesn’t know what normal is. Now he pursues normalcy with the help of what other people tell him. Seeing a legendary assassin in action is a charm on its own. More so if his special set of skills is used to accomplish mundane tasks. For example, trashing a couple of displeased adventurers as fast as he can, so he can get back to his break.

Final Thoughts

Reading the manga adaptation of a light novel we’ve thoroughly enjoyed is really exciting. It allows us to experience the same world through a different lens. Accompanying that are a couple of surprises, both pleasant and disappointing. While not every manga adaptation is a good one, there are more than a few that are worthy of being checked out. We hope that we’ve introduced at least one such series to you guys. If you think we’ve missed a manga or two, don’t hesitate to tell us in the comment section below.

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Author: Christian Markle

I am a copywriter, proofreader, and editor. I love watching anime, reading manga, and writing my own stories. Watch out in the future as you may see one of my works one day. Manga and anime were big parts of my childhood. I grew up watching Yu Yu Hakusho, Slam Dunk, One Piece, and Dragon Ball Z. Those were probably one of the happiest and most carefree days of my life. In fact, most of my values are probably molded by manga. No, that's not an exaggeration.

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