Foreign Friday: The Legend of Zelda

This week’s Foreign Friday title is The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time by Akira Himekawa.

The Story

In the mysterious land of Hyrule, three spiritual stones hold the key to the Triforce, and whoever holds them will control the world! A boy named Link sets out on a quest to deliver the Emerald, the spiritual stone of the forest, to Zelda, Princess of Hyrule. The journey will be long and perilous, and Link will need all his skill and courage to defeat evil. The battle for Hyrule and the Sacred Realm has begun!

The Characters

Link is young, feeling a little different, but most certainly corageous. The makings of a true hero. And you can’t help but adore the pointy ears! Zelda is less prominent in the series, but she’s more of the knowledgeable, give-the-hero-the-quest type. She has strength as well, but all people see is the “princess”.

What I Thought

If you are thinking, “Isn’t this a video game by Nintendo?” you’d be perfectly right. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time impressed my brothers and I so much it was the leading reason we bought (or convinced our dad to buy) an N64, back when the N64 was new. So, a while ago. I rarely play video games, because I get too caught up in the struggle against evil and am sadly uncoordinated with a controller, but I loved this game. Why? The story was cool! And the graphics were awesome for their time. There was a point in my Zelda obsession where I considered writing out the story as a novel. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one who wanted to enjoy the adventures of the Hero of Time without having to play the game.

The artwork is a little more cartoonish than the video game, but seeing expressions on Link’s face (and actually listening to him have lines) is fun. I enjoyed this translation of a video game into a manga, as it kept the integrity of the plot without skimming or leaving too much of the actually puzzle solving in the story. There are 2 volumes in the series, available in English in the U.S.

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