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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Vol. 1 Paperback – October 7, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Perfect Square (October 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781421523279
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421523279
  • ASIN: 1421523272
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Akira Himekawa is the collaboration of two women, A. Honda and S. Nagano. Together they have created nine manga adventures featuring Link and the popular video game world of The Legend of Zelda, including Ocarina of Time, Oracle of Seasons and Four Swords. Their most recent work, Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, was serialized in Shogaku Rokunensei.

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Akira Himekawa is the collaboration of two women, A. Honda and S. Nagano. Together they have created nine manga adventures featuring Link and the popular video game world of The Legend of Zelda, including Ocarina of Time, Oracle of Seasons and Four Swords. Their most recent work, Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, was serialized in Shogaku Rokunensei.

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He loves the video game and so was really excited to see the Manga series.
S. Duggan
Well I'm happy to say that its pretty good, now they did tweak the story a bit, but I thats just something thats hard to avoid.
wake
The drawing are beautiful, taking inspiration from the anime-like style of the games' actual artwork.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Stephen M. Sturgeon on October 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
First, let me just clear one thing up. This is a Manga. Reading it back to front, right to left does not mean it's a defective book. All Manga are like that, keeping it true to the original Japanese manga. I'm surprised that even needs mentioning. It clearly says as much on the back (or front depending on how you look at it) cover.

Anyway, this manga is really great. It captures the story of the video game smash hit "Ocarina of Time" really well. Granted, it takes some liberties with the story. If you've played the game, you'll have many points where you'll be saying, "That's not how it happened!" But then that seems to happen any time any story is translated from one medium to another. So I'm not about to nock my rating down too many stars for that. Bottom line, I enjoyed reading it. I loved the game. I loved the Manga.

Parents can also buy this with confidence. It may be a little different for kids reading right to left. But as far as content goes, this is very kid friendly. It is by far the most kid friendly Manga I've personally ever read. So much so that it was in the kids section at my local bookstore instead of in the Manga section.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mechelle A. Buis on October 19, 2008
Format: Paperback
I remember being introduced to the Japanese edition of this manga at the early part of this decade, and at that time fans all over the world wondered if it would be released elsewhere. Nearly ten years later, that speculation finally proved to be true.

"The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Volume 1" is a charming take on the story that took place within the award-winning videogame by Nintendo. It covers the first half of the story, ending shortly after the completion of the Fire Temple; the rest, obviously, will be covered in the next volume. There are some liberties taken with the story -- it's not exactly a straight-on translation of the game -- but I feel the additions are refreshing, and enhance the storyline already established by the game, making it a worthwhile read that stands on its own, even for those who are already intimate with the game's storyline.

Those who like heavy action and lots of blood will probably be a little disappointed, but that isn't to say there isn't any at all in the book. There's enough to make things interesting, without making it unsuitable for children -- I wouldn't be shy about letting my kids read it. There are a few pages where cropping issues make it difficult to read some of the speech bubbles, but those pages are few, and don't detract very much from one's overall enjoyment of the book.

It is, of course, a book that is supposed to be read from right to left (or back to front), to preserve the original orientation of the art, which can be confusing at first. But one gets used to it fairly quickly. The art, by the way, is beautiful and expressive; the two misses who make up Akira Himekawa are definitely skilled in their craft.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Chelle Rey on November 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
Like all good things in the world, Zelda has finally become a manga, and a great one by two very insightful artists!

Of course, first thing's first, if you have a problem reading right-to-left, manga isn't your thing :(

Nextly, this manga was beautifully drawn and well-written! In the first part, with Link as a child, the attitude is carefree and light. I love the talkative and naive Link (with dialogue!) as I can now actually see and almost feel his reactions to certain situations. Although it doesn't stay true to the video game except for the plotline (then again, what movie stays really true to the book?), it doesn't matter to me as I prefer to have a different spin on the manga then the video game. After all, I know the videogame by heart. The manga doesn't elaborate on boss battles but that's fine.

I'd say the best part about the "Child Saga" would be when Link first meets Zelda incogneto. It shows how mature yet playful she really is. We realize that Zelda is only a princess at birth, but Sage by choice when she accepts her dreams.

When finally getting to the "Adult Saga," the tone is still carefree but a lot more darker and serious. The grown enigmatic Link we knew in the OoT video game is actually a grown child who's struggling to survive in order to destroy Ganon.

Again, the manga is well-written and beautifully made! It is a MUST for all true Zelda fans!
The only beef I have with the manga actually involves the translation. In Japan, manga is aimed towards young adults and older, but VIZ always dumbs down the language. I would have liked mild swearing and deeper dialogue as some conversations in the book are a bit shallow (it's rated A for all ages) but VIZ always dumbs down the language (like in Kingdom Hearts).
But, nonetheless, it's still deserves a spot on your shelf!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris Nash on May 7, 2011
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These books are great. They relive the adventure of Link. I know it's a bit different from the game but you can't expect the manga to follow exactly like the game. That would be dumb. A silent Link in a manga? Nope. Anyway, great books for fans. Not so great for nitpickers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arielle Shander on May 19, 2009
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Volume 1 of Akira Himekawa's "The Legend of Zelda" manga adaptation follows the first half of Ocarina of Time. It starts off with a brief description of how and why Link came to the Kokiri Forest (which was not explained in the games) and ends with Link's iconic fight with Dark Link (though, oddly enough, it doesn't even take place in the Water Temple). Volume 2, of course, picks up where Volume 1 left off, and even adds another whole part to the story to show what happened to Link after defeating Ganon (though this is not necessarily considered canon).

The artwork in this book is fantastic; the anime-esque visual style is akin to that of the game, so fans will enjoy the eye-candy in this manga. The dialogue works well and paces the story along nicely. The characters are just like their game counterparts, with some exceptions- namely, Link. In the game, Link did not show any particular personality, so it was left up to the player to decide how he acted. Personally, I felt like the Link from this manga was bursting with a little too much cockiness. That being said, Link's manga self should've been a little more low-key, though this may only bother some people.

Some hardcore Zelda fans may be disappointed that this book does not completely follow the events in the games. This was most likely done so that everything could be fit into a decently-sized package. It doesn't detract from the overall quality of the book, but it's certainly something to keep in mind. Some details that were not present in the game are actually ones people would welcome (such as the inclusion for the aforementioned scene that explains why Link was raised in Kokiri Forest). Others just don't make sense or contradict what actually happened in the games.

Bottom line: Overall, this is still a wonderful read. If you're a Zelda fan, get this. If you're a Zelda *and* manga fan, definitely get this.
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