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Once upon a time, wizards tried to conquer the Sacred Realm of Hyrule. The Spirits of Light sealed the wizards' power within the Shadow Crystal and banished them to the Twilight Realm beyond the Mirror of Twilight. Now, an evil menace is trying to find Midna, princess of the Twilight Realm, and the fragments of the Shadow Crystal to gain the power to rule over both the Twi Once upon a time, wizards tried to conquer the Sacred Realm of Hyrule. The Spirits of Light sealed the wizards' power within the Shadow Crystal and banished them to the Twilight Realm beyond the Mirror of Twilight. Now, an evil menace is trying to find Midna, princess of the Twilight Realm, and the fragments of the Shadow Crystal to gain the power to rule over both the Twilight Realm and the World of Light.


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Once upon a time, wizards tried to conquer the Sacred Realm of Hyrule. The Spirits of Light sealed the wizards' power within the Shadow Crystal and banished them to the Twilight Realm beyond the Mirror of Twilight. Now, an evil menace is trying to find Midna, princess of the Twilight Realm, and the fragments of the Shadow Crystal to gain the power to rule over both the Twi Once upon a time, wizards tried to conquer the Sacred Realm of Hyrule. The Spirits of Light sealed the wizards' power within the Shadow Crystal and banished them to the Twilight Realm beyond the Mirror of Twilight. Now, an evil menace is trying to find Midna, princess of the Twilight Realm, and the fragments of the Shadow Crystal to gain the power to rule over both the Twilight Realm and the World of Light.

30 review for The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess - Free Comic Book Day

  1. 5 out of 5

    Khurram

    A very good first volume. This is a good origin story and set up to the next volume. This really brings the game to life. However it suffers from the same problem as the Wii game. The introduction is too long. Where as in the game I would use this time to learn the controls, here it is really Link moving around the peaceful village. This is for around 85% of this volume. The book starts off with the on introduction and formation of the Twilight realm. Then a magic duel for leadership. The majorit A very good first volume. This is a good origin story and set up to the next volume. This really brings the game to life. However it suffers from the same problem as the Wii game. The introduction is too long. Where as in the game I would use this time to learn the controls, here it is really Link moving around the peaceful village. This is for around 85% of this volume. The book starts off with the on introduction and formation of the Twilight realm. Then a magic duel for leadership. The majority of the book is following Link doing his chores/jobs. Then we learn Links backstory, then the invasion of the dark realm. This is where the action is but, it is a bit late and the rest is a bit too slow. This is just the way the the first volumes usually are in manga comics anyway, the set up in one the battle in the next. Very good start and must have for Zelda fans and a great jump on point for new fans.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chrissy

    I have to play Twilight Princess right now.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Carina

    I am a sucker for origin stories. I really like it a lot, the story starts off with Midnas origin shortly, but mainly focusses on Link and his life in Ordon. The pace is very slow in this book, but I think it is necessary to show how peaceful and beautiful life in Ordon ist and how loveable all this characters are to make it even more painful when they are in danger. Towards the end of Volume 1 events get quite gruesome and brutal. You feel that this is the start to something big. Excuse me, I ha I am a sucker for origin stories. I really like it a lot, the story starts off with Midnas origin shortly, but mainly focusses on Link and his life in Ordon. The pace is very slow in this book, but I think it is necessary to show how peaceful and beautiful life in Ordon ist and how loveable all this characters are to make it even more painful when they are in danger. Towards the end of Volume 1 events get quite gruesome and brutal. You feel that this is the start to something big. Excuse me, I have to go and play Zelda now!

  4. 4 out of 5

    H.S.J. Williams

    As a Legend of Zelda fan, it was about time I read this! The art is simply phenomenal, and it’s interesting to see them develop the characters in new ways. This manga is definitely for teens on up due to the dark atmosphere, serious themes, and violence. It is a little funny how young Link looks at the beginning of Book 1 compared to the end. I guess anger ages you. 😂 My one complaint is that despite the art being beautiful, the action can be a bit crowded and hard to follow on such small pages. As a Legend of Zelda fan, it was about time I read this! The art is simply phenomenal, and it’s interesting to see them develop the characters in new ways. This manga is definitely for teens on up due to the dark atmosphere, serious themes, and violence. It is a little funny how young Link looks at the beginning of Book 1 compared to the end. I guess anger ages you. 😂 My one complaint is that despite the art being beautiful, the action can be a bit crowded and hard to follow on such small pages. There was definitely not enough of a gutter in this binding as compared to other manga I have read, and this can make some scenes almost get cut off on the inside edge.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lauryn

    This was my first ever Zelda manga and it was a lot of fun!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Beka

    To start off with, I'll list the positives. Like my friends have mentioned in their reviews, the ART. *chef's kiss* Link's expressions are fantastic. Dunno how I feel about him talking--I think they missed out on an opportunity to offer representation as well as link back to the games more closely. I wasn't expecting him to be as cheeky as he ended up being, but after my initial "whut" reaction, I rather enjoyed this Link. A lot more than his rendition in the video game, actually. *coughs* floozy To start off with, I'll list the positives. Like my friends have mentioned in their reviews, the ART. *chef's kiss* Link's expressions are fantastic. Dunno how I feel about him talking--I think they missed out on an opportunity to offer representation as well as link back to the games more closely. I wasn't expecting him to be as cheeky as he ended up being, but after my initial "whut" reaction, I rather enjoyed this Link. A lot more than his rendition in the video game, actually. *coughs* floozy *coughs* And Ilia wasn't as annoying to me, either, though I think she came off appearing really young in some panels. Which, considering how "manly" Link looks in certain scenes, just *facepalm* Can we not? I also really loved Rusl and his family. I stan Rusl. He's a kind, loyal, warm father figure to Link, and gahhhhh he and his beautiful little family just give me all the warm fuzzies. Now, on to the reason why this is 3 stars instead of 4 or 5. So the three stars is merely a matter of personal taste in regards to the violence depicted in the story. I love the Zelda franchise, and I enjoyed the play through of Twilight Princess that I watched. I loved the eerie atmosphere, the music, how the darkness was present but didn't overwhelm the adventurous feel of the story (at least in my opinion). Well, in the manga, for me, it *does* overwhelm. Especially when there are *very* light story sections that act in very stark, and sometimes abrupt, contrast to the violence that literally occurs the next page over. The tone doesn't feel quite as consistently darkly whimsical as the video game, which for me made things feel slightly jarring and even more upsetting. Also, I'm a very visual person, so I appreciated how the video game alluded to but never dwelt on the horrors that occurred. Viewers can guess what happened without having it shoved down their throats. With novels, I can handle a lot more than in visual genres--I can skip paragraphs, I can control what my brain decides to translate into images in my head. Well here, I could neither really escape it nor control it. The violence literally got smushed into my face, and some of the stuff that happens is horrifying. So, I didn't appreciate it. That being said, I *will* be continuing the series, because I think friends' reviews have mentioned that the first few volumes are the darkest and roughest parts of the story. I'm gonna solider through so I can reach the quest aspect of the Zelda franchise that I love so much.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Noel Sierra

    As a huge fan of the game, I really enjoyed this manga adaptation. This is just the very beginning of a grand adventure, and it provides a great deal of exposition. Link is given a voice and characterization beyond “really strong, cool hero guy with a sword,” and more time is spent developing the side-characters. If you love the game, you’ll likely really enjoy this manga—but you don’t have to play the game to understand the plot.

  8. 5 out of 5

    sally ✿

    currently reading: Volume 3 A lot darker than I was expecting, but still a lot of fun! It's super interesting to see how the authors develop, change and add to the story from the video games. The art is absolutely gorgeous. currently reading: Volume 3 A lot darker than I was expecting, but still a lot of fun! It's super interesting to see how the authors develop, change and add to the story from the video games. The art is absolutely gorgeous.

  9. 4 out of 5

    SyaSya Syed Nasir

    Not sure how I feel about it, but for now..3 stars

  10. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    I haven't played the game this manga is based on, so don't know how closely it follows the game's story. This feels a little dark, to me. The main reason, I think, is because in the Zelda games I've played, Link bears the major risks (I'm not counting Zelda getting captured, because she's only ever damseled, not fridged). In this volume quite a few villagers are injured, threatened, or possibly killed, and Link himself suffers a pretty gruesome injury. I can see why the publisher decided to seri I haven't played the game this manga is based on, so don't know how closely it follows the game's story. This feels a little dark, to me. The main reason, I think, is because in the Zelda games I've played, Link bears the major risks (I'm not counting Zelda getting captured, because she's only ever damseled, not fridged). In this volume quite a few villagers are injured, threatened, or possibly killed, and Link himself suffers a pretty gruesome injury. I can see why the publisher decided to serialize it in a different venue than the children's manga magazines of the previous installments. The art and storytelling are fine, but nothing sticks out as extraordinary here. I suspect I'd forget it in moments if I wasn't posting reviews of my manga reads these days.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    OMG I LOOOOOVE THIS I AM SOOOO GALD I GOT THIS!!!! i love the game and i thought to myself maybe i'll try out the manga....SO GOOD!!! i love the manga style, i love the new story and i just love everything about it.. Link is so cool and awesome (as ever), ilia is nicer in the book and talo is annoying more than ever which is not a surprise, hahahahaah!!! i love this and i cant wait for the second one to come out! And i strongly recommend this to anyone who love legend of zelda or who love manga OMG I LOOOOOVE THIS I AM SOOOO GALD I GOT THIS!!!! i love the game and i thought to myself maybe i'll try out the manga....SO GOOD!!! i love the manga style, i love the new story and i just love everything about it.. Link is so cool and awesome (as ever), ilia is nicer in the book and talo is annoying more than ever which is not a surprise, hahahahaah!!! i love this and i cant wait for the second one to come out! And i strongly recommend this to anyone who love legend of zelda or who love manga

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jared Suarez

    There are so many parts of this that just got me like "Wooow woooow wooow, what was that? That's new" There are so many parts of this that just got me like "Wooow woooow wooow, what was that? That's new"

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jesseca

    *RIPS OFF SHIRT* MY FAVORITE GAME HAS A MANGA IM SO FUCKING READY FOR THIS

  14. 5 out of 5

    Francis

    Tougher review to give, as I have not played through the entire video game to know how much it matches with it. However, this first volume definitely matches up fairly well with what I remember having played. This is a MUCH darker story than The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition, Vol. 1: Ocarina of Time Parts 1 & 2 (which is the only other manga book that I've read). This story does take a bit longer to get into than The Ocarina of Time did. There is a lot more back story and lesser events that Tougher review to give, as I have not played through the entire video game to know how much it matches with it. However, this first volume definitely matches up fairly well with what I remember having played. This is a MUCH darker story than The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition, Vol. 1: Ocarina of Time Parts 1 & 2 (which is the only other manga book that I've read). This story does take a bit longer to get into than The Ocarina of Time did. There is a lot more back story and lesser events that are focused on. Will I read Volume 2 in this series? Yep! Does this make me want to play the video game and complete it? Definitely! Fun, quick read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anniken Haga

    Twilight Princess is by far my favorite tLoZ game ever. I've played it 3 times, and I've been thinking about playing it again lately. But I don't have a lot of time to game these days, so I thought maybe the manga would still my hunger. So far, it's only fed the fire, so to speak, as I WANT MORE! WHY DID I ONLY BUY THE FIRST BOOK?!?! The art is pretty and just right for me, and the story is true to the game as well as having a lot of original elements. I'm really looking forward to reading on and Twilight Princess is by far my favorite tLoZ game ever. I've played it 3 times, and I've been thinking about playing it again lately. But I don't have a lot of time to game these days, so I thought maybe the manga would still my hunger. So far, it's only fed the fire, so to speak, as I WANT MORE! WHY DID I ONLY BUY THE FIRST BOOK?!?! The art is pretty and just right for me, and the story is true to the game as well as having a lot of original elements. I'm really looking forward to reading on and learning more about Midna and Link's past.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Victor The Reader

    As a huge Nintendo fan, I was so entranced into this manga based on the Legend of Zelda universe 🗡. It was definitely different seeing the hero Link have dialogue, where in the video games, he’s a silent protagonist. The first volume has great art and a story that has plenty of fantasy, humor and emotion (Grade: A).

  17. 4 out of 5

    Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)

    3.25 stars

  18. 5 out of 5

    Francisco ruiz

    good book but very short needs more words

  19. 5 out of 5

    Minerva

    ***** 5 stars *****

  20. 5 out of 5

    soleil

    Twilight Princess was the first Zelda game that I got really into. I first got interested in it when my brother's friend showed us that you could fly if you jumped off a ledge while holding a chicken. :) I was hooked. This game fueled so many great memories for me. My cousins and I got really close as we played through the game together. I also found my love of writing through imagining how the game would continue after the ending. This game made me a writer. I found my voice through writing "epi Twilight Princess was the first Zelda game that I got really into. I first got interested in it when my brother's friend showed us that you could fly if you jumped off a ledge while holding a chicken. :) I was hooked. This game fueled so many great memories for me. My cousins and I got really close as we played through the game together. I also found my love of writing through imagining how the game would continue after the ending. This game made me a writer. I found my voice through writing "episodes" between eighth and twelfth grade. I am SO thankful that I found this game. The manga is incredible. Love the art style and the added story lines. I felt very connected to the characters and the world even more so than when I played the game. Would definitely recommend to all Zelda fans.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Lowe

    I've read volumes 1-5 so far, and just waiting on the sixth to be released in English. I've been a Zelda fan since my dad played the first game on our old Nintendo game system. Yip, the ol' gold cartridge. I'm such a nerd for Zelda and all the different stories that have followed throughout the years. The last Zelda game I played all the way through was Ocarina of Time on Nintendo 64. Twilight Princess is a collection of awesome stories that start with Link trying to escape his past and is drawn I've read volumes 1-5 so far, and just waiting on the sixth to be released in English. I've been a Zelda fan since my dad played the first game on our old Nintendo game system. Yip, the ol' gold cartridge. I'm such a nerd for Zelda and all the different stories that have followed throughout the years. The last Zelda game I played all the way through was Ocarina of Time on Nintendo 64. Twilight Princess is a collection of awesome stories that start with Link trying to escape his past and is drawn into a mission to save (you've guessed it) Hyrule. You can actually see how Link matures from being a boy fighter to a young man warrior in each installment. I love the artwork and the storyline is exciting. I'm dying to see this be turned into an anime TV series.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie - Books Less Travelled

    Loved it! I have been a Zelda fan...almost forever! I started playing video games at 3, and Zelda:Majora's Mask is still one of my favorite games, and the story and lore with every game is amazing! So when I seen this at the library, I had to grab it! While I already know the basic story from the game, it was fun to see it in a different format, and to revisit Link and his friends, and to see more detail in the story line. Well written, and fun fact, I just realized after reading this what Akira Loved it! I have been a Zelda fan...almost forever! I started playing video games at 3, and Zelda:Majora's Mask is still one of my favorite games, and the story and lore with every game is amazing! So when I seen this at the library, I had to grab it! While I already know the basic story from the game, it was fun to see it in a different format, and to revisit Link and his friends, and to see more detail in the story line. Well written, and fun fact, I just realized after reading this what Akira is two women! I always assumed that it was a man, but I'm thrilled to see women writing epic fantasy heroes and if it were possible to love Zelda any more, I'm there!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Liam Vich

    Wow. This is NOT what I expected. At the beginning it explains that it was difficult to publish this ten years ago due to the content rating, but I didn't imagine it actually meant something considering the saga it's based on. The manga expands what we already know about Twilight Princess: this volume narrates the beginning of the game in a much darker, deeper and detailed way. I got it with a special edition of Breath of the Wild, but I didn't know I'd end up wanting to keep on reading. This is ve Wow. This is NOT what I expected. At the beginning it explains that it was difficult to publish this ten years ago due to the content rating, but I didn't imagine it actually meant something considering the saga it's based on. The manga expands what we already know about Twilight Princess: this volume narrates the beginning of the game in a much darker, deeper and detailed way. I got it with a special edition of Breath of the Wild, but I didn't know I'd end up wanting to keep on reading. This is very good. It's not just my fanboy side talking.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Morris

    I like the part when link starts saving hyrule

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nevaeh

    loved it sometimes its confusing but its really good if you play the game

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kylie Smith

    This is an awesome book!

  27. 5 out of 5

    William Bryant

    this is only the beginning......... the adventure is so big, it is in multiple books

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alysa Craigie

    Big nerd! I LOVE TWILIGHT PRINCESS!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    It's been a while since I was excited to read a Manga and the last time I read one was in 2014 I guess. As I already expected it from the duo Akira Himekawa, the art style is absolutely amazing! I loved everything about it, because it was easy to follow, created great atmospheres and is in general just stunning and absolutely fitting for the world of Hyrule. The story of the first Manga is exactly the storyline of the beginning of the game. So why should you read this? First of all - of course - It's been a while since I was excited to read a Manga and the last time I read one was in 2014 I guess. As I already expected it from the duo Akira Himekawa, the art style is absolutely amazing! I loved everything about it, because it was easy to follow, created great atmospheres and is in general just stunning and absolutely fitting for the world of Hyrule. The story of the first Manga is exactly the storyline of the beginning of the game. So why should you read this? First of all - of course - the art style. Secondly it gives Link so much personality, because unlike the games he talks in the Manga and it's quiet fitting, in my opinion. For me, it was a way of discovering a little bit more of Link as a character and if you're a fan of The Legend of Zelda saga, I'm sure you will enjoy this Manga. Furthermore, I think this Manga is great of you are not able to play the games or simply don't want to (but you should!), but are interested in the storyline behind The Legend of Zelda, especially "Twilight Princess" you can simply grab this Manga and get to visit Hyrule on your own. !!! SPOILER !!! The only reason I did not give this book 5 stars is one scene with Betty. Betty is one of the children in the village and like all the other children, she is obsessed with Link, but Betty's obsession is more of a romantic nature, which already bothers me a little. She's hanging out with the other children and there is already a more mature girl being romantically interested in Link, so why must there be a child being romantically invested, too? This side story might not be Akira Himekawa's fault, but there is one sentence in the German version that is quiet sexual. She says "that turnes me on" after Link becomes angry with one of the other children, which is pretty inappropriate for a child, in my opinion. Sadly, it was not surprising in any way, because I'm really used to portraying (even very) young girls in this way in Japanese Manga literature.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Andre

    Now the art is good of course, nothing else was expected from the artist; however the story is pretty average. Kind of memorable, but nothing really that made me want to continue. It is sadly pretty average in pretty much everything, like the priests having all sorts of thick clothing (basically drowning in them= and the priestesses being pretty scantily dressed, almost like strippers. In addition even at about 40 % of the story I was not sure whether this was already plot or for the most part sti Now the art is good of course, nothing else was expected from the artist; however the story is pretty average. Kind of memorable, but nothing really that made me want to continue. It is sadly pretty average in pretty much everything, like the priests having all sorts of thick clothing (basically drowning in them= and the priestesses being pretty scantily dressed, almost like strippers. In addition even at about 40 % of the story I was not sure whether this was already plot or for the most part still establishing of the world. Stuff was happening, but it felt like Link and the village Ordon (why does no one think his long ears are odd or make a connection with the Hyrulian family as he has their symbol on the hand? In fact Zelda has long ears as well, so why does no one at least suspect?) run in circles. Sadly the story has a typical element of things happening because they have to happen for the story to be there, e.g. God knows how many of that one guy's pumpkins are rotten and he thinks he can keep it silent? How? Also, if they are rotten due to some evil influence I would say the protection circle around the village is already weakened. Or is the pumpkin field outside of the circle? Also Link is reading about magic and he is living in Ordon for 1.5 years by the time of the story and he doesn't know about the nature spirits that are protecting the area? In addition, I can understand why Link would feel guilty for allegedly destroying his home country, but what I do not understand is why this sword is unguarded. Link even says that they are not supposed to go near it, so why no guards? So like I said, the story is ok, but nothing that can keep my interest.

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