Breath of Fire IV was one of my favorite RPG games,I really used to be addicted to it back when I was a child and I'm still are actually,when I found out about this manga I was really happy,to be more precise this is actually the first manga i read,so it was like a starting point for me to a great world.
Of course it follows the story of the game,which was very unique,A young named named Ryu who was founded naked in the desert by two travelers who were looking for a lost princess,Ryu joined them as he was totally lost and didn't know what
to do or where to go,the only thing we wants was to meet a person he he doesn't know who he is,this person was Fou-Lu (the first emperor),unlike Ryu;Fou-Lu is aware of his goal and determination but he doesn't know where to find Ryu (he was unaware of his name) so he decided to go to the capital so Ryu will go there eventually with time.
I don't want to say anything furthermore about the story so I could avoid posting spoilers,but I have to say that they were many scenes and events that were in the game but skipped in the manga,this work could've been longer but the progression of the story is well.
Nothing really unique about it,could say your average manga art,I'm not really expert in this judgment so I couldn't say much about the art.
You may hate the main protagonist in the beginning of the story till the middle of it,since he doesn't do anything worth admiring and he seemed like just a push-over guy by the others,but things change at a specific event in the story,the antagonist's personality is great (i.e Fou-Lu),a cold-blooded guy who doesn't care much or less about humans until he meets a person that will open his heart.
The personalities of the other main characters are good,but the story concentrate mainly about the above mentioned characters,so the other could be seen as just supportive characters to these two.
Since I'm a big fan of the game I really enjoyed the manga,brings back my childhood memories which make my eyes teary sometimes,simply love it.
In the end I just have to say that it isn't necessary to play or read the other series of Breath of Fire (BOF) to enjoy this work,but if you didn't play BOF IV before I don't think you would really enjoy reading the manga,so the best decision is doing both if you have time.
Thanks for reading :)