A brilliant manga for one of the best ‘Zelda’ games ever

For many, Zelda: Ocarina of Time is their favorite Zelda Game. It was the first game in the series to go 3D and had a much darker tone. This manga then has a lot of pedigree behind it.

This manga broadly follows the events of the game, but also gives more detail for narrative purposes.

I’m not going to spoil the story here, even if you’ve played the game, but this manga does a really good job of covering the events of the game and giving the tale an interesting new perspective.

Originally released in 2000 in Japan, this manga was written by Akira Himekawa. It is in fact a team of two ladies, who have since become the essential artists of the manga for the Zelda series as a whole.

If you bought the excellent History of Hyrule you will have noticed a beautiful Skyward sword manga hidden in its pages. This too was done by Akira Himekawa and its quality is indicative of what you would expect to see in this Ocarina of time manga.

This is the main thing to emphasize, that this Ocarina of time the manga looks gorgeous everywhere. The artists behind this are clearly very talented and capable, as their work here is very delicate and refined.

The action sequences are also dynamic and kinetic in terms of how they display movement, as this manga sometimes looks almost like keyframes from a big budget action anime.

It is therefore not surprising that this Ocarina of time the manga has sitting atop the New York Times bestselling manga books for several weeks. He not only harnesses a true love of the game, but also does so with artistry and storytelling skill.

While the manga was already released in two parts in 2008, a Legendary Edition containing both volumes was released in Japan in March earlier this year. Viz Media has since brought this version to Westward and released it in November.

This Legendary Edition Also has some additional content compared to the previous version of 2008, like new colored pages and other bonus illustrations. It’s also a more convenient edition, as it contains the whole narrative in one volume.

So if you are a fan of Ocarina of time then I can recommend this manga with pleasure. It brings the game to life in a new and fresh way and it’s pretty wonderful to see.

Finally, if you haven’t played Ocarina of time already then you should take the excellent remaster on 3DS. It improves on a lot of what made the original version so great and comes highly recommended.

Zelda: Ocarina of Time Legendary Edition is now available at retailers like Amazon.

Disclosure: Viz Media sent me a copy of this manga for the purposes of this review.

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