Aka anime comic, Cine-Manga (a trademark of Tokyopop), Ani-Manga, visual manga.
In this genre, the artist adapts animation to the comic-book medium by taking actual frames from the cartoon and adding word balloons. Often made obvious by the difference between characters and background.
This seems to be originally an anime/manga thing that has spread to the West. It is not known how closely related to fumetti this phenomenon might be.
Especially funny if the anime was a manga first. Recursive Adaptation here we go!
Apparently this medium experienced a brief boom in the United States circa 1980, when it was known as "Film Novels", but faded when home video became popular because it was marketed as a substitute for being able to watch the actual movie.
For photographic comics that rent based on anything, see Photo Comic.
- Dragon Ball
- Detective Conan
- Love Hina
- Tenchi Muyo!.
- Pokémon had one of these adapting Pokémon: The First Movie, and a Nintendo Power book did it for the first six episodes of the original series.
- Captain Harlock: According to one source, this was the first anime to get one of these.
- Space Battleship Yamato
- Super Dimension Fortress Macross and its film adaptation Macross: Do You Remember Love?.
- Mobile Suit Gundam had a lengthy series that covered the movie trilogy.
- Joe Books did a line of them for Disney:
- 101 Dalmatians
- Alice in Wonderland
- Beauty and the Beast
- Big Hero 6
- Cars 3
- Finding Dory
- Finding Nemo
- Frozen (2013)
- The Good Dinosaur
- Inside Out
- The Lion King (1994)
- The Little Mermaid (1989)
- The Nightmare Before Christmas
- Toy Story
- Winnie the Pooh (2011)
- Tintin and the Lake of Sharks
- Darths & Droids
- DM of the Rings
- Richard J. Anobile has adapted a few movies into these:
- Robert and Louise Egan penned a photonovel based on Little Shop of Horrors that included the deleted Meek Shall Inherit montage.
- Joe Books did more for Disney:
- Again, lots of Disney series:
- A series of Star Trek "Fotonovels" began in late 1977. Each adapted one episode, beginning with "The City on the Edge of Forever". The run ended after one year and 12 volumes.
- IDW's Star Trek: The Original Series: New Visions uses frames from the series, but tells new stories with them.
- Richard J. Anobile did one based on Mork & Mindy.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender
- Jackie Chan
- Lots of Disney series
- SpongeBob SquarePants
- Transformers Animated
- Star Wars: Clone Wars
- Sort of used in The Beano following the new Dennis the Menace (UK) TV series with stock art from the show appearing in the comic sometimes with speech bubbles. Inverted with The Beano video which used excerpts from the comic for its animation and averted with The Beano Superstars adaptations of episodes of the earlier Dennis the Menace (UK) TV series which just used the script from the show with new artwork.
- Friendship is Dragons is a web Campaign Comic based on My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
- Shows from Disney XD's Marvel Universe have some that readers could consider Recursive Adaptations, since both of those cartoons were already based on comic books.