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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Perfect Square (February 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421523353
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421523354
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #380,762 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, is serialized in Shogaku Rokunensei.

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Perhaps this story could been better served in two parts.
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The illustrations and story in A Link to the Past is simply beautiful.
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My kids are great Legend of Zelda fans and love this series.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ian M. Brown on April 25, 2010
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You have the main components of "A Link to the Past", but gracious, what deviation! If you love the original LttP exactly as it was/is (as I do), you WILL be disappointed. On its own merit, though, it's not too bad; just forget it's supposed to be based on the legendary game.

The story really moves quickly once it starts. The dungeons and their classic bosses (which have, for the most part, been substituted with non-malevolent entities) are covered in a few brief pages -- yep, just a few pages. Instead of attending to the original story, "Akira Himekawa" invested in characters that didn't/don't exist in the original story. Sucks. To the author's credit, however, she does propose interesting background for the original story.

Great illustration, though sometimes it's goofy. Since this is kids' manga, I guess that's inevitable. Most of the characters are very accurate, but Zelda looks like an anime fairy (or some similar crap). Again, the trick to enjoying this is not to compare it to the original LttP.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Noodle 19-2000 on February 6, 2010
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I have all of the Zelda graphic novels so far, and I've played all of the games. LTP was always one of my favorites and it had a deep enough story to become a novelization without needing to be changed too much. Unfortunately, the writers took a lot of liberties and ended up losing a lot of the game's storyline in the process. They made a lot of changes, for example, to the story of the flute boy, made Blind totally different, and didn't really touch on the Light/Dark World principles very much. That's only naming a few. To be fair, though, maybe they didn't have enough space to do so, since it was only one volume. For its time, LTP had a very engrossing storyline, and it wasn't transcribed very well here. They also added a new character that was okay but could have been left out completely.

The artwork, however, was beautiful and was like the artwork for the drawings for the game. I've loved all of the Zelda graphic novels so far, and despite what I just said I did enjoy it enough that I'm glad I got it. It's just that rabid LTP fans might be a bit disappointed.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jemi Linked on March 10, 2010
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Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is a wonderful adaption of the famous game. The art work is inspiring and really brings to life the characters we know and love, along with some new Original Characters. I love all the manga adaptions and highly recommend adding this one to your collection.
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I consider myself a very dedicated Zelda fan. About once a year I wind up playing through several of them and one of my favorite's has always been 'A Link to the Past'. I was thrilled to see a Manga adaptation had been made as I enjoyed the 'Ocarina of Time' Manga 2-parter so very much. Sadly everything the 'Ocarina' Manga got right this adaptation got wrong. The art is wonderful but fails to capture the settings from its source material. Whereas the 'Ocarina' Manga brought Hyrule to life (look at Link's village, it's EXACTLY as depicted in the game) this version barely resembles anything from the actual game itself. The plot is mess. It deviates from the original game in many, many ways, the most absurd being the introduction of a new female character who sports a modern star tattoo on her cheek, looking very out of place in a Zelda setting. Perhaps this story could been better served in two parts. The flute boy story, one of the saddest from the original game, retains a little similarity from its original version but not much. If you're coming into this story fresh chances are you'll love this book. The dialogue and character development are fairly stiff, even for a book aimed at teens, and when compared to the 'Ocarina' version (written by the same author) it just doesn't hold up. If you're a diehard fan of the original game steer clear of this one. It shares a few things with the game upon which it is based, but not many. Had I not read the awesome 'Ocarina' series before this one I may not have been as let down, but as I read this book I found myself wondering if the writer had even played the game.
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I admit that I enjoyed the story. The addition of an extra heroine was also a nice touch. But the manga seemed to start a little slowly, then tried to pack too much into the middle. By the end, it was rather anti-climatic. The parts in Kakariko Village and when Link meets Sahasrilla were well done, but then the quest for the remaining two talismans and the master sword were bunched into just a few pages. The Tower of Hera was mentioned and resolved in four panels on the same page!

I am all for condensing the story, but the authors could have left out the quest to release the 7 maidens and altered that story arc somewhat, thereby saving time and space in the volume.

I am an avid manga reader, and I do enjoy one-shot manga (as this is known), but I think this story was too rich for a one shot. Perhaps the older NES Zelda games made better one-shots, but the more prolonged adventure that was A Link to the Past was just too rich a tale to be told in one volume.

Otherwise - the art is gorgeous. The translation can be pretty average in some parts, but better in others. The transition from the Japanese to English with the sound effects and the text bubbles was well done. I'm also glad Viz kept the reverse order of the pages, keeping it in line with the Japanese version. Otherwise (if they reversed the pages by mirror imaging), Link would have appeared right handed!
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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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