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The Legend of Zelda Box Set Hardcover – Box set, October 25, 2011

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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, is serialized in Shogaku Rokunensei.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: The Legend of Zelda
  • Hardcover: 2000 pages
  • Publisher: Perfect Square; Slp edition (October 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421542420
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421542423
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 6.6 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (256 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terms you may not know:
Manga - Japanese comic books read right to left
Mangaka - The author/illustrator of manga
Scanlators - People who scan original Japanese manga and translate them. They then distribute their work for free typically over the internet.

Typically I find that translations available for sale [especially for different audiences] often dampens the enjoyment of the original work due to localisation issues and trying to keep it understandable for the new target audience. Despite that, I bought it [being a Zelda fan]. Although I've only read the first three books so far, the translations are rather nice and jokes have been rather well adapted. I've no qualms at how they condensed the story and removed elements from the games during the adaptation as the mangakas probably had no choice due to the size of each manga. The humour works fine for the target audience and personally, I find it quite enjoyable because the jokes are so obvious and bold.

The character himself receives several overhauls that can only really be summarised with "he talks". If you don't like it like that, it's fine. He becomes a really interesting character like that because no longer does he do whatever you feel like doing, he struggles with himself and why he's doing things sometimes like a normal human [despite the fact that he's ridiculously overpowered].

The parcel however was left outside my door for a day apparently. The corners of the box seems to be damaged. Although that being expected it was also somewhat a disappointment as the box was rather simply made [cardboard]. I guess I'm not too picky.

I honestly miss the Japanese sound effects and terms that you often see in manga.
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I have a confession to make: While I do enjoy watching anime both obscure and well-known, I've never read a manga before this box set by the duo group Akira Himekawa (I love comics, but that's quite different). I had to learn, from this box set, how to read Manga properly. That's how green I am when it comes to this form of decidedly niche entertainment. I do, however, love the Legend of Zelda. It is by far my favorite series in video gaming, a hobby I personally consider my favorite pastime. That said, when I saw samples of the Zelda manga online and the glowing reception it has received, I took the plunge and bought this box set. From the perspective of a devout Zelda fan, was it worth it? Oh yes, it most certainly was. This is an exceptional rendition of eight different Zelda classics (plus some extra/bonus content), to be sure.

Obviously whenever you try to convert a story between two different forms of media as vastly different as video games and manga, there will be liberties taken with the stories. Temples/dungeon will obviously be shortened and narrative complexities will be added to make reading the story more relatable and compelling. There are details and events added that never existed in the games, and there are details or events in the game that are completely left out or remixed and tweaked for the mangas. Generally speaking, think less action, more exposition, and you've got a general idea of what to expect here. Again, I am a Zelda fanatic, and I did not mind these changes one bit. On the contrary, as the differences between these mangas and the games make for very compelling ideas and concepts that can add depth to stories you may have thought you knew everything about. Really great work here.
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I am a huge fan of the Zelda series. I have been ever since I was around 7 or 8 years old. I have played and beaten the majority of the games in the series. (The exceptions being the first two games.) When I read about there being a manga, I was skeptical. The games do indeed weave compelling tales, but the gameplay wouldn't transfer all that well into a manga format. Or so I thought.
I have read the first three volumes in this collection (Ocarina of Time part 1 and 2 as well as Majora's Mask.) I had read great reviews for the manga, and I wasn't disappointed. Despite my fears of the authors ruining Zelda, the manga is a very easy and compelling read, translating perfectly into this format.
They don't follow the games to a T. The stories are the same, but the manga focuses more on the character development and the monsters more than anything else. Link himself is a character, and he isn't abd at all. Not only does this give the author a chance to explore what life as Link must be like, but it gives something to the story that the games lacked a ton of; emotion.
Now, don't get me wrong, there is plenty of emotion in the newer games. But Link was the traditional silent protagonist, leaving little room for development. Here, Link talks, has feelings, needs and other human qualities. It makes the ending to Ocarina of Time all the more heartbreaking, because we know that Link will be left scarred. It is really quite surprising and amazing that the authors were able to adapt a very "gamey" series into a more traditional story format.
The illustrations are also very well done. The black and white art is a treat for the eyes. The formatting is also fairly easy to follow.
In conclusion, this is a manga series well worth reading for Zelda fans of any age.
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