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The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess Volume 1 Manga Review

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“The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess Volume 1” should appeal to fans of the franchise.

Based on the 2006 Nintendo video game of the same name, “The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess” has been adapted into a new manga series from writer/artist Akira Himekawa. To make a long story short, the story finds Link hiding from his past in the quaint and peaceful Ordon Village. Alas, the peace is threatened as a great darkness is approaching. There’s also several key subplots here involving the titular Twilight Princess (Midna), the Twilight Realm, the power hungry Zant, and Link’s friend Ilia. How does everything meld together? You’ll have to see for yourself.

Despite being a companion piece to the video game, this manga isn’t just a straight up adaptation. There are actually added character details and changes from the game. For some purists, that may be sacrilegious but completionists and fans of past Zelda manga series might be eager to dig into it. As for myself, I find the manga to be hit-and-miss. Personally, I would rather just play the game instead, but it is still a solid read. Not only does this debut volume do a fine job of establishing the tone of this dark fantasy adventure, but it also has a nice build up to the action-packed ending.

As engaging of a read as it is, “Twilight Princess” is not without problems. The manga suffers from some dopey humor (especially concerning the kid character Talo who looks up to Link), murky Twilight centric art, as well as some clunky dialogue and exposition. Granted, there’s a lot to set up in this first of a planned 4 volume series, but it could have been written in a more fluid manner.

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April 5, 2017 - Posted by | Book review | , , , ,

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