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Review: Legend of Zelda – Four Swords (Part Two)

Reviewer: Lissa Pattillo

Manga-ka: Akira Himekawa
Publisher: Viz Media
Rating: All Ages
Release Date: October 2009

Synopsis: “The Green, Red and Blue Links reach Death Mountain, where they challenge Shadow Link and Violet Link in battle. Then, inside the Fire Temple they learn a terrible secret about the Dark World and the evil power behind Vaati. To defeat this great enemy, the different colored Links must find a way to become one again in order to harness the power of the Four Sword!”

Part one of this story arc left us with an unnerving betrayal as the battle between Links becomes two against three. But with characters’ motives still unclear, and the evil Ganon pulling the strings of the dark lord Vati, Hyrule and its Princess only have the remainder of this volume to see their heroes reconnected and the country saved.

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Review: Legend of Zelda – Four Swords (Part One)

Reviewer: Lissa Pattillo


Manga-ka: Akira Himekawa
Publisher: VizKids
Rating: All Ages
Release Date: August 2009

Synopsis: “Link, a Hylian Knight, serves Princess Zelda at Hyrule Castle. When Shadow Link kidnaps Princess Zelda, Link once again must prepare himself to defeat the forces of evil. To do so, he needs the legendary Four Sword, but getting it means battling the ancient evil power Vaati. The Four Sword also splits Link into four different versions of himself, and these new Links aren’t team players! Rescuing Zelda, beating Vaati, and getting his wild alter-egos under control isn’t going to be easy!”

It’s the start of another Link incarnation here in the sixth book of the Legend of Zelda series. Link, now the son of a Hyrulian knight, is also a knight himself but to the dismay of those around him is arrogant and impetuous. However he soon learns the hard way that that’s not the kind of person that makes a hero, and when a dark sorcerer kidnaps the Princess Zelda, he draws a legendary sword that splits its wielder in four people.

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Kuriousity at SDCC: Viz Media Manga & Anime

Viz Media's Shonen Sunday

It’s Viz again today as a full room is present to hear the news at Viz Media’s Manga & Anime panel. As with the previous panel, I’ll share the big updates here and then update later with the complete panel information later this evening.

The panel opened up with information on the previously announced Shonen Sunday. Viz staff shared some information about Shonen Sunday’s history (had no idea it’d been around in Japan since 1939!) before showcasing the current titles available in the new imprint:

Rin-Ne – Rumiko Takahashi
Kekkaishi – Yellow Tanabe
Arata: The Legend – Yu Watase
Maoh: Juvenille Remix – Kotaro Isaka & Megumi Osuga
Hyde & Closer – Haro Aso

The new titles which have not yet been released by Viz, will be available in book form in 2010 but are currently being released per chapter (for free!) over at the spiffily launched ShonenSunday.com.

You can read lots more under the cut:

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PR: Viz Media Highlights for 2009 Comic-Con

VIZ MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2009 COMIC-CON

Array Of Notable Personal Appearances, Events And Activities

In Booth 2813

Showcase ULTIMO And New Imprint SHONEN SUNDAY

AND SIGIKKI.COM

San Francisco, CA, July 15, 2009 (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced an exciting lineup of personal appearances, events and activities for 2009 Comic-Con International taking place July 22-26 at the convention center in San Diego, CA. VIZ Media will be located in Booth #2813.

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Review: Legend of Zelda – Oracle of Ages

Reviewer: Lissa Pattillo


Manga-ka: Akira Himekawa
Publisher: VizKids
Rating: All Ages
Release Date: June 2009

Synopsis: “One day, Impa, Princess Zelda’s attendant asks Link to accompany her into the forest to find Nayru, the Oracle of Ages. But Veran, the evil sorceress of shadows, has possessed Impa in order to deceive Link. Veran then possesses Nayru and travels back to the past to kill one of Link’s ancestors so that Link will never be born! Link once again battles across time to save Hyrule – and himself!”

While previous Zelda volumes have proved great side-enjoyments along with the original games they were based on, I actually liked this rendition of the story quite a bit more than the game. The added characterization of Link, and personality given to each character, really adds a new level of entertainment.

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Review: Legend of Zelda – Ocarina of Time (Vol. 02)


Manga-ka: Akira Himekawa
Publisher: VizKids
Rating: All Ages
Released: March 2009

Synopsis: “After completing his training Link begins his journey to find the remaining Sages. Meanwhile, Ganondorf continues looking for Princess Zelda and plotting to capture Link with the aid of the witches known as Twinrova. At the urging of the mysterious Sheik, Link enters the Haunted Wasteland to find Zelda. The journey will be dangerous, but Link is determined to overcome Twinrova’s traps and survive to face Ganondorf in an epic final battle!”

This second volume of Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time brings an end to this arc of the story, based on the popular Nintendo 64 game of the same name. This two part adaptation follows through from the game’s beginning to end, taking readers on a journey with the Hero of Time in his quest to save the world and rid it of the evil Ganondorf.

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Review: Legend of Zelda – Ocarina of Time (Vol. 01)


Manga-ka: Akira Himekawa
Publisher: VizKids
Rating: All Ages
Released: October 2008

Synopsis: “In the mystical 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 the land 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 Legend of Zelda is a high-fantasy adventure based on the wildly successful and long-running video game series by game designer Shigeru Miyamoto.”

The story begins with Link, a young elven boy in who lives in the forest and wonders why he doesn’t have a fairy like the rest of his people. When a fairy named Navi appears before him one night, he begins a journey that leads him to a great castle, a threatened princess and a world in need of a hero.

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Clover Updates, Link’s Here To Stay

As quoted from Peter Ahlstrom, one of Tokyopop’s Editors, who kindly took a moment to leave some comments on my post about the Clover omnibus listing:

“I can say for sure that this book is not coming from TOKYOPOP. I don’t have any knowledge of Dark Horse’s plans.”

Coupled with the “no comment” from DarkHorse that Gia recieved upon questioning, I’d say it’s a pretty safe bet that DarkHorse now holds the license for Clover. A bit of an assumption, but seems to me this could be the missing link between DarkHorse and CLAMP, as their mangaette announcement seemed a little out of no where.

Also, Viz has finally confirmed their licensing of the Zelda manga, now currently only the two volume, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. (via Gia)


Legend of Zelda manga licensed?

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Old news? New news? Good news for sure. During my splunking for upcoming purchases over at Chapters.ca, I came across an October 2008 listing for Akira Himekawa’s Legend of Zelda manga, published by Viz.

It’s a really cute series, one I’ve always wondered about being published over here, especially with the recent success of Zelda-franchising such as Twlight Princess, Smash Brothers Brawl & the numerous DS games. Looks like the time has come; though I can’t help but be a little surprised it’s Viz? Seems more a Tokyopop kind of deal, though Viz is releasing the manga adaptation of Blue Dragon… (unfortunately). Either way, I’m looking forward to this one for sure.

Other random finds include Bleach SOULs. Official Character Book (Nov 2008), and volumes 25+ of too many series. Already knew about The Art of Bleach, but The Art of Full Moon? News to me, very pretty artwork by Arina Tanemura.


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