The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess Volume 1 Review

VANAPHASE™ the Vanadium powerhouse!

Personally, I enjoy the manga much more than I did the game – The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess Volume 1 Review

Zelda Twilight Princess Volume 1 ReviewTitle: The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess Volume 1
Writer: Akira Himekawa
Artist: Akira Himekawa
Translation: John Werry
English Adaptation: Stan!
Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: March 14, 2017

Since The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild just released last week, and I need to stop playing the game but not necessarily get away from Zelda, I’m going to review The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess Volume 1. The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess is the manga adaptation of the award-winning game from Nintendo. The manga is divided into 8 chapters and covers the opening portion of the game. I’m going to state this early, the only downside to this is that we’ll have to wait another year for Volume 2…

*potential spoilers

The story begins with the Midna, the Twilight Princess, and Zant. Their history is explained and the overarching conflict of the story is set up.  Then it cuts to Link who is a ranch hand in Ordon Village. Link is a cool a capable figure who is beloved by the town. He is surrounded by friends and family. The manga expands on his relationships throughout the rest of the chapters, while subtly doling out Links potential as a warrior and his larger destiny. The final two chapters has the village savagely attacked and Link doing his best to save as many people as possible, but eventually, he loses and has his arm cut off. Just when it seems like it’s the end, narrative-wise -there are still a good number of pages left- his severed arm glows with the power of the Tri-Force and reattached itself. Link awakens after the battle makes a strange discovery that brings him into the Twilight Realm. The manga ends with Link transforming into a wolf and being found by Midna.

The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess Volume 1 covers about half the prologue of the video game. The main difference being that the manga expands on the story and the character, where the game is essentially a well-integrated tutorial. It’s only subtly different, but it’s an amazing perspective of what are essentially the same chain of events. The most intriguing part is the expansion of the relationship Link has with the other villagers. It adds great dramatic effect and gravitas to the situation. Now when these villagers are attacked, it gives the feeling of duty and urgency that the game doesn’t necessarily convey. Overall it is the same story, but something about the manga seems to put the story in a first person perspective. Playing the game, it feels like the story is happening to link; reading the manga, the story feels like it’s happening to you.

The story is told through the art of the panels, as much as it is through the dialogue. It is a seamless flow of imagery and written narrative that causes readers to not realize they are actually reading. I was so enveloped that I believed I saw the action and movements from panel to panel. Akira Himekawa has a very grounded style that uses manga/anime exaggerated emotions sparingly. Their capturing of facial reactions is almost cinematically framed and shaded in the panels. They also masterfully render images outside of the panels to create impactive narratives and transitions. I personally believe the art would allow for the story to be nearly fully understood without any dialogue.

The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess Volume 1 is a perfect piece for Zelda fans. For many who want the story of the game and do not wish to play it, this is hands down the best way to do so. Same applies to those who have played the game and would like to experience it from a different perspective. If you’re unaware of Zelda, but enjoy stories of the fantasy genre, this Manga will not disappoint. The only downside is this is scheduled to release annually, and it’s not like a movie that wraps up neatly. It is obvious there is so much more ahead and the wait for continuation is painfully long. Other than that, The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess Volume 1 is a masterfully crafted manga, so I give it a 9.5/10

The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess Volume 1 releases next week, March 14th, 2017, and is available to pre-order for $9.99.

 

The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess Volume 1
  • 9/10
    Story - 9/10
  • 10/10
    Art - 10/10
9.5/10

The Verdict

The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess Volume 1 is a perfect piece for Zelda fans. For many who want the story of the game and do not wish to play it, this is hands down the best way to do so. Same applies to those who have played the game and would like to experience it from a different perspective. If you’re unaware of Zelda, but enjoy stories of the fantasy genre, this Manga will not disappoint. The only downside is this is scheduled to release annually, and it’s not like a movie that wraps up neatly. It is obvious there is so much more ahead and the wait for continuation is painfully long. Other than that, The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess Volume 1 is a masterfully crafted manga.

Sending
User Review
0 (0 votes)
YogaOutlet.com

Leave a Reply

Animation/Anime Interviews Animation/Anime News Animation/Anime Reviews Film/TV Interviews Film/TV News Film/TV Review
Overlord
Philadelphia Film Festival Review: ‘Overlord’ is World War II Monster Mess

It’s June 6, 1944 and Allied forces are preparing to invade...

The Assassin’s Code is a Dynamic Cop Thriller

The Assassin’s Code is an exciting indie film thriller with a...

Galveston
Mélanie Laurent’s ‘Galveston’ Brings a Light Touch to its Fatalistic Tragedy

Mélanie Laurent is best known as Shoshana in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious...

Event News Event Reviews
Alt 98.7 Presents Big Adventure: Music, Comedy & Comic Con Festival, Nov 3-4 in Orange County

In less than a month, Alt 98.7 Presents Big Adventure makes its debut,...

The 9th Annual Brew HA HA Craft Beer Photo Gallery

Photos by FanboyNation Craft Beer Expert, Dave Warner. Related

Long Beach Comic Con Photo Gallery

Related

Enabled Gaming Gaming News Gaming Reviews
Taco Bell Xbox
The Newest Taco Bell Box is an Xbox – Your Chance to Win a Taco Bell Xbox

Taco Bell and Xbox are partnering up to give fans a chance...

Exclusive Track Premiere from Madden NFL 19!

(July 26, 2018 – Los Angeles, CA) – Lakeshore Records today...

Star Ocean Anamnesis
8.0/10
The Most Intuitively Fun Gameplay of Any Mobile RPG – Star Ocean Anamnesis Review

Star Ocean Anamnesis is hands down the most fun and intuitive gameplay...

Comic Creator Interviews Comic/Graphic Novel News Comic/Graphic Novel Reviews Manga News Manga Reviews Novel/Novella Author Interviews Novel/Novella News Novel/Novella Reviews
Five Questions for Gary Morgenstein About ‘A Mound Over Hell’

Gary Morgenstein is a journalist, public relations expert and author with...

Ralph Breaks the Internet Graphic Novel
Dark Horse Disney Ralph Breaks the Internet Graphic Novel Revealed

Dark Horse reveals new original Disney Ralph Breaks the Internet Graphic...

black torch
Black Torch – New Supernatural, Action Manga from Viz Media

VIZ Media releases a new, supernatural story with the release of...

Apparel/Personal Maintenance News Apparel/Personal Maintenance Reviews Entertainment Product News Entertainment Product Reviews Food/Beverage Reviews Hardware News Hardware Reviews Mystery Box News Mystery Box Reviews
Eagle Eyes
Protect Your Eyes with Eagle Eyes Glasses – Eagle Eyes TV Kit Review

Eagle Eyes TV Kit review – Feel the difference and get...

Nooligan Talks About His New DC Collectibles Batman Family Line

Visual Artist Nooligan uses the influences of his First Nation ancestry along...

DC Collectibles Brings Batman Dark Nights: Metal to Life

Straight from the pages of the bestselling DARK NIGHTS: METAL comics series comes...

Arena Football Automotives MMA, Kick Boxing & Boxing Professional Wrestling
PFL 9 Lightweight and Light Heavyweight Semi-Final Results From Long Beach

Saturday, October 13, 2018 – Professional Fighters League (PFL) 9 took...

NJPW Fighting Spirit Unleased Results

New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) continues its West Coast domination with...

Combate Americas: Camino a Copa Combate Results from Long Beach

Tonight Combate Americas, the premiere Hispanic Mixed Martial Arts organization featured...

Adult Continuity Comics on the Can Cultural Junk Drawer Future Comic Rock Stars Is That Racist? Revisiting the Reviled THAT'S NOT ROTTEN! The B-Reel The Cantina Scene This Week in Crowdfunding What the HELL Did I just...?
Fantoy Comics presents: Harry Potter and the Cat Conjuring part ??? more of BEHOLD TACOCAT!

The next epic installment in the epic epicness Behold Tacocat! A...

Fantoy Comics presents: Harry Potter & the Cat Conjuring pt7 subsection1: Behold: Tacocat!

Tacocat comes to Hogwarts but is he friend or FOE?

Cultural Junkdrawer – Why is it so familiar? 2018 Summer movie recap.

In case you haven’t noticed: summer is over. Most of you...

Gaming Uncensored Toon-In-Talk
Coastal Commoners Ep 5 Kavanaugh, Dr. Ford and The Fourth Estate

This week on Coastal Commoners, R.C. and Gary speak with Riverdale...

Coastal Commoners Ep 4 Talking Baseball with Ernie Paicopolos of FenwayNation

This week, Gary and R.C. speak with Ernie Paicopolos, the Editor-in-Chief...

Coastal Commoners Ep 3 The Dirty World of Politics

Editor’s Note: The views reflected in Coastal Commoners are those of...

Music Interviews Music News Music Reviews
Deadpool 2 Vinyl Giveaway!

We are giving away a copy of Deadpool 2 Score Soundtrack on...

Crisis on Earth-X Soundtrack
Blake Neely Behind-the-Scenes Recording of Crisis on Earth-X Soundtrack

Check out this exclusive Behind-The-Scenes video with Blake Neely as he...

Rising Country Music Artist Kaylin Roberson Talks About her work with St. Jude

Kaylin Roberson is a singer, songwriter and pianist from Raleigh, North...

%d bloggers like this: