EL本棚紹介(74) The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, A Link to the Past, by Akira Himekawa

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Like Ocarina of Time, this comic was inspired by the beloved Zelda video game series. The two stories in this book are much shorter than in Ocarina of Time, but the stories also feel a little deeper and more complete. Majora’s Mask is about a dark, strange world that will be destroyed in three days by a boy with a powerful magical (evil!) mask. The story focuses on characters’ emotions and relationships, so it is not all about swinging swords and casting magic. On the other hand, A Link to the Past is more of a traditional adventure story, where the hero has to save the royal family, learn about his parents, and fight against an evil wizard.

You already know the main characters in these books, and even if you have not played the video games, I think you will find them easy to read and understand.

My two cents: I highly recommend the very short “Majora’s Mask bonus story,” which tells the tale of a mysterious ancient dragon and the warrior sent to destroy it and claim his magical armor. I think it is better than the entire rest of the book, combined.