In a small village in Hyrule, a boy named Link has the mark of the Triforce on his left hand. It is a mark of destiny that leads Link on a fantastic adventure! Transported to the land of Holodrum, Link meets Din, the Oracle of Seasons. When a plot to steal the seasons from Holodrum unfolds, Link must battle the evil General Onox to save Holodrum and his friends from a terrible fate!
Zelda no Densetsu: Fushigi no Kinomi - Daichi no Shou was published in English as The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons, the fourth volume in the The Legend of Zelda series, by VIZ Media under the VIZ Kids imprint, on April 7, 2009. It was also included in the 10-volume box set published October 25, 2011. The series was rereleased alongside Zelda no Densetsu: Fushigi no Kinomi - Jikuu no Shou, as the second volume of VIZ Media's The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition, on January 10, 2017.
If you consider your self anything remotely close to a gamer, then you're probably a fan of Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda series. And like any mega-popular franchise, there will of course be all sorts of merchandise to ride off its success. Likewise, the Zelda series has released numerous manga based on certain games. This particular manga is based on Oracle of Seasons, originally released February 1, 2001 for the Gameboy Color.
If you've played Oracle of Seasons, then you already have a basic idea of the story. However, the manga is obviously more plot focused. First of all, Link can talk for once, and his
relationship with Din is also explored deeper. There are some new characters like Piyoko, Link's baby chicken sidekick. And minor characters like Ricky and Maple are given more important roles.
While all of this seems great, there is ultimately one factor that kills it. The pacing. Most manga I've read usually have about 5 chapters per volume. Oracle of Ages on the other hand, as 10 chapters crammed into a volume. Obviously, this means each chapter is shorter than your average manga. And because of this, the story progresses at a much faster pace. This leads to a depressing lack of character development. A lot of characters just come and go. You're never given enough time to like them because by the time you become aware of what they're doing, they're already gone. This affects important characters like Zelda and the Maku Tree too. And despite the fact that Ricky and Maple are given more important roles in the manga, they really don't feel any more developed than their game counterparts.
The artwork is nothing special, but by no means is it bad. The character designs are interesting. It's just too bad you don't have enough time to connect to any of them. The scenery is nice as well, albeit a bit generic.
Admittedly, I have yet to read Oracle of Ages, the direct sequel to Oracle of Seasons. So I wouldn't be surprised if that manga is able to develop the main characters more.
Overall, Oracle of Ages is decent. The incredibly fast pacing and lack of character development really make this manga more lackluster. If you are a big Zelda fan, then feel free to check it out. If you're looking to get into Zelda, I suggest the games.
(Note: this is my first manga review, so I would appreciate feedback)
For the most part, anime adapatations of video games have a bad name - sure, there are some good series out there (i.e., Gungrave, Canaan), you have a terrible adaptation out there (i.e., Green Green, Mars of Destruction). But you don't hear a lot about manga adaptations of video games. So, what do you get when you take one of the slightly lesser-known entries from one of Nintendo's biggest franchises and turn it into a manga? You get something that's actually quite enjoyable.
The story is basically a manga retelling of the
plot to Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons, and is condensed down into 10 chapters. This means that a lot of content is cut out - and it feels like they missed a lot of opportunities to show more fight scenes in the dungeons they cut out.
Not really much to say here. It's pretty much what I expected. It's cartoonish, but somewhat pleasant to look at.
I'm not that familiar with the other characters (since I haven't played that much of Oracle of Seasons - I just haven't gotten around to playing more of the game), but Link is just like I imagine he would be (if he could talk, obviously).
If you liked the game this is based on, chances are you will at least somewhat enjoy this manga. And hey, Link talking in here isn't as bad as you might think it would be - it's definitely a million times better than the CD-i games where he talks.