Correct me if I'm wrong, but, why are there no popular manga series based on light novels? I know that there are many anime based on light novels that are popular such as Sword Art Online, Oreimo, Monogatari Series, Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, or Kara no Kyoukai. But for some reason, there are no popular manga adaptations from light novels, whether the light novel has been adapted into an anime - like SAO manga, or Oreimo manga (I think these two manga are not as popular as the anime or any other manga) - or not.

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    How are you defining popular?
    – kuwaly
    Dec 16, 2013 at 5:15
  • @kuwaly maybe like widely known and many people like it so the manga never on hiatus?
    – Darjeeling
    Dec 16, 2013 at 5:23
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    @student080705639 Popularity of a work does not have anything to do with hiatus. (Consider Hunter x Hunter.)
    – Cattua
    Dec 16, 2013 at 5:34
  • IMO, its because LN and Anime are "opposite" mediums. In LN you fully use your imagination to visualize things, and in anime you veg out and have the visuals delivered on silver platter. Manga is this in between thing that delivers visuals, but not as good as anime, and the consumer still has to read.
    – anon
    Dec 16, 2013 at 5:36
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    @kuwaly While popular might be subjective, I'm pretty sure the OP is referring to the manga receiving commercial success
    – krikara
    Dec 16, 2013 at 5:41

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After a decent amount of research, I have to retract my previous answer.

There are in fact a lot of series that started as Light Novels and achieved commercialized success. Some include Accel World, Zero no Tsukaima, Haruhi Suzumiya, and Shakugan no Shana. Their order of progression was LN -> Manga -> Anime.

Then there are still LN today that have a manga, but no anime , such as Kagerou Project (although scheduled for Spring 2014).

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