I still remember how excited I was when my grandma got me The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for Nintendo 64 for Christmas in 1998. I’d been poring over screenshots in every gaming magazine for months and my hype level for the game was through the roof.
Needless to say, Ocarina of Time not only met my expectations but greatly exceeded them — it’s still my favorite Zelda game to this day. Viz Media’s The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time – Legendary Edition covers all of the story beats of the N64 classic and adds some interesting new details along the way.
This Ocarina of Time manga was originally written and drawn in 2000 by Akira Himekawa, a team of two women whose talents have since been employed many times for more recent Zelda manga volumes. It originally released in Japan in two volumes, and this Legendary edition combines them into one book, while adding some new colored pages.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time – Legendary Edition is based on the seminal 1998 classic Nintendo 64 video game of the same name, which was the fifth entry in the influential franchise. Ocarina of Time was highly anticipated before its launch (by me personally as well), and ended up being that rare game that not only lived up to the hype but surpassed it. The game is now revered by gamers and critics alike as one of the best video games of all time.
And so, this book had a lot of hype to live up to.
As someone who poured over 100 hours into Ocarina of Time, I’m happy to say that this book honors its namesake. The illustrations are very well done and bring the iconic moments of Ocarina of Time to vibrant life. Link’s spoken dialogue takes some getting used to at first — I’m so used to him being a silent protagonist in the games. But it was very interesting to know what he’s thinking for once! It really was a whole new experience seeing Link’s perspective and reactions when he’s not controlled by a player.
The story follows Link, a misfit of the small wooded Kokiri Forest and the only boy without a fairy guardian. He is teased and bullied by the other kids and ponders to the Great Deku Tree why he’s different from everyone else. “You’ll find out when the time is right,” is the reply he’s always given, as he wonders what awaits outside of his small village. Haunted by nightmares of a black figure on a stormy night, he awakens by his new fairy friend Navi, who tells him the Great Deku Tree is in grave danger. And so begins the quest of the Hero of Time.
This omnibus book retells Link’s origin within its 378 pages (including 14 color pages), and contains some bonus sketches and an afterword from Akira Himekawa on the creative process of the manga, their meetings with Shigeru Miyamoto, and their thoughts on video games as a storytelling medium. Any fan of the game will want to own this awesome manga that captures the excitement and magic of one of the best video games ever created. The book can be purchased through Amazon or through VIZ Media directly.