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The Legend of Zelda Box Set Hardcover – Box set, October 25, 2011
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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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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I am reading A link to the past now. Loving every minute of it too.Published 6 hours ago by ShinMadman3rd
The box came dented a bit. Judging by everyone else's review I'd say its not very well built for shipping, but the books are great to read. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Jordan
Great series. The only complaint is the box that holds it all together came apart almost instantly.Published 1 month ago by Alice
Beautiful art with a more indepth description of The Legend of Zelda saga. A must own for any Zelda fan!Published 1 month ago by Gyngee
My husband and I grew up playing Zelda games and our son is really into series! He has played through Zelda on GameCube and loves reading these over and over again!Published 2 months ago by Regina L Pierce
it you like the games and enjoy reading manga, this set is a must have.Published 2 months ago by Miguel M.
My son loves these books, but they're soft cover and not hard cover like the listing said. He was rather upset about that, as he really wanted the hard cover books. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kisa