Manga Mondays: Legend of Zelda

So there is a Legend of Zelda manga series based on the video games. I have come across Ocarina of Time (two volumes), Majora’s Mask, Oracle of Ages, and Oracle of Seasons (which I have not read) in my travels. Apparently there are more which are based on Toon Link who I refuse to acknowledge exists. Here is the general low-down.

If you like the video games, you are going to like the mangas. If you didn’t like the video games, you are not going to like the mangas. It’s that simple. The only manga that is significantly different from the video game is Oracle of Ages (which I’m not going to describe, because that would be spoilers). My favorite mangas were the Ocarina of Time pair, but that’s probably because they were my favorite video game. Also, because it was spread out over two volumes, it wasn’t rushed. Majora’s Mask, on the other hand, was insanely rushed. Because I knew the storyline I knew what was going on, but it was so rushed. If it had been one manga longer (like some of the Ranma ½ mangas) then it would have been fine. There wasn’t enough of a story to make Majora’s Mask two mangas, but it was still too much for one. And anyone who has played that game knows it’s crammed full of stuff.

I really like the art, especially the depictions of adult Link. He just looks really attractive.

But if you like the games, you will like the mangas. They aren’t hard to read (they’re Viz Kids you guys) and they don’t take up much time (There are nine or ten volumes and you don’t have to read all of them). So if you are looking for brain junk food or don’t know the games and want to figure out what all the fuss is about, pick these suckers up!