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Manga Shakespeare: Twelfth Night (Manga Shakespeare)

3.55  ·  Rating Details ·  1,007 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
A comedy of mistaken identity and thwarted love, Twelfth Night is one of Shakespeare's most beloved plays and is frequently performed and studied across the country. When Viola finds herself shipwrecked, she pretends to be a male servant and falls in love with Duke Orsino. The Manga Shakespeare interpretation, which incorporates fresh ideas and thoughtful settings, will ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Amulet Books (first published June 1st 2010)
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Dazz Ross
Jun 12, 2016 Dazz Ross rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, shakespeare
I read an abridged version of this play back in 8th grade, and I fell in love with it. I'm planning on rereading the whole play later in the summer, since I think this is my favorite Shakespeare play thus far. The comedy is beyond bizarre, I found myself rooting for most of the characters, and there's so much charm in this play that manages to shine out.

As with the manga adaptation, it was done excellently! This was my first time experiencing the full original dialogue of the play (outside of a
Aug 31, 2014 eXtreme rated it really liked it
The character designs are marvelous. I've read Twelfth Night before but this just made me love the story and the characters more.
Gladys Domingo
Feb 07, 2014 Gladys Domingo rated it it was amazing
It captivated my heart!!!
Oct 29, 2016 R rated it it was amazing
I love this story and this is a wonderful rendition of it!

I tried reading Julius Caesar, The Merchant of Venice and A Midsummer Night's Dream from this series and was not impressed. This one and Much Ado About Nothing are AMAZING though!
Jenny Clark
Oct 11, 2016 Jenny Clark rated it it was amazing
Such cute character desgins, and a quite funny plot. Yet another one for me to get to this year in original form.
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Usually, I give manga versions of classics a wide berth. Though I love classics and manga, I find that the combination does not generally flatter either. However, Twelfth Night is my favorite play and the cover art looked promising, so I decided to give it a go. I am so glad I did! It is completely silly and entirely delightful.

This version of the play has a steampunk feel to it, which just takes something awesome and makes it better. Orsino has a car, Antonio wears a pirate's eye-patch and the
One of Shakespeare’s most delightful comedies is here given the manga treatment. With the now usual colored panels in the front, showing most of the dramatis personae, the reader is treated to a gloriously illustrated version by Nana Li. Here we have a Sebastian and Viola who actually do resemble each other and yet manage to appear appropriately male and female, so that the reader can easily tell the difference even when the other play characters are justifiably confused. Thus, we have a ...more
Jan 08, 2016 Meghna rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to try Shakespeare, but doesn't know where to start ;)
Recommended to Meghna by: Mansi
It's Shakespeare, of course I liked it!

I don't read manga (or comics) as much, but I'm going to try and read more this year, and this was a great place to start. I have never read any 'Manga Shakespeare' before, just because I thought it could never capture the true essence of the themes and nature of the original plays. However, this one was not only very fun to read, but I also think did a fairly good job of showing the complexities in the relationships that make up this epic play. (This has a
Feb 18, 2015 Jeanna rated it it was amazing
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Twelfth Night is one of my favourite Shakespeare plays - and I thought that this manga adaptation was terrific. The cutesy style suited this comedy and I thought the visualisation of the characters were amazing. I was impressed to see that Cesario and Sebastian were distinct enough to tell apart, yet similar enough to show them as identical twins - cleverly done and an enjoyable read. Loved the portrayal or Orsino and Olivia, though it would have been nice to have a scene with Viola in a dress ...more
Joseph Young
Jul 02, 2013 Joseph Young rated it it was ok
I don't think manga style quite works with this one. It really feels like emphasis has been added to the wrong parts, with it missing from others, in order to fit into the anime style. Some characters feel partially unexplained.

If you have not read Twelfth Night before, it might be worth reading the back summary at the same time you read the story in order to understand what is going on.

The one decent thing about the manga adaptation is that both characters do look exactly alike, a feat usuall
Jo Bennie
Dec 01, 2014 Jo Bennie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a, s
Well illustrated and using the conventions of Manga expression to bring out the nuances in Shakespeare's text this is a great introduction to Twelfth Night for anyone who finds reading a play text difficult. Li brings to life the comedy of the play, graphically showing the anarchic sense of fun that was current in Shakespeare's time. The drawing is achingly beautiful, I'm not sure who I'm more in love with!
May 25, 2012 Donna rated it liked it
Romantic comedy about mistaken identity. Twins Viola and Sebastian survive a shipwreck near a strange country. Neither knows that the other is alive. Viola disguises herself as a pageboy and promptly falls in love with the Count who employs her. Sebastian falls for the woman who the Count is trying to woo. Appealing artwork helps to make the dialog more accessible.
Angela Davis
Jan 09, 2013 Angela Davis rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic
This was an excellent adaptation of Twelth Night although my one sticking point is that in Manga I have trouble telling the difference between girl and boy characters, so the confusing the cross dressing causes was less of an issue with this type of artwork. Besides that, this is an excellent introduction to the Twelth Night play.
Jan 02, 2014 Dexter rated it really liked it
Twelfth Night is one of my favorite Shakespeare plays, and they did a decent job of adapting it. However, it lacks a certain spark for me. Feste the Fool isn't as cool as he is in the play, which I suppose is my main complaint. I have no great quarrel with the rest of the adaptation, except that I really think it could've been... better.
Jan 07, 2011 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great graphic novel version of Twelfth Night. It comprises the story well, and has interesting character designs. The setting has been moved to a more Steampunk-themed retelling which doesn't hinder, but creates a more amusing version of Shakespeare's land of Illyria.
Rachel Graham
Jul 03, 2013 Rachel Graham rated it liked it
it was very helpful to have a visual along with the dialogue. Shakespeare is meant to be experienced, but if you cannot go to play the artwork is an excellent opportunity to get a little more out of the text.
Mike Jensen
Mar 05, 2012 Mike Jensen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite a good Manga telling of Shakespeare's play. The interpretative touches are light, residing mostly in child-characters revealing the inner-lives of selected main characters. The editing is only occasionally a problem, and that largely makes this one of the more satisfying books in the series.
Jul 06, 2014 Whereis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very nice manga version of Twelfth Night, my only complaint is that the book isn't separated by acts.
May 15, 2012 Robin rated it liked it
Definately not as good as A Midsummer nights dream but it was alright. Definately better then the full out play version!
Sarah Valerie
Cute adaptation! I really enjoyed myself. the art was great, too. Could use a bit more shading, though.
A New (Gay) Hope
Jul 30, 2013 A New (Gay) Hope rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
While I admire Shakespeare, I find it hard to understand some of his works, this manga version of twelfth night helped me understand it, and I found it brilliant.
Christopher Jamison
Jul 27, 2016 Christopher Jamison rated it really liked it
I loved this play - I cannot wait to see it performed somewhere. I think it would be great for a high school production.
Jan 26, 2016 Ipek rated it liked it
Shakespeare kitaplarının mangaya uyarlanması oldukça iyi bir fikir aslında .
Bu seriden okuduğum 3 kitabı da bir solukta okudum .
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Richard Appignanesi is a published adapter and an author of young adult books. Published credits of Richard Appignanesi include Manga Shakespeare: Julius Caesar (Manga Shakespeare), Manga Shakespeare: Macbeth (Manga Shakespeare), Manga Shakespeare: Hamlet (Manga Shakespeare), and Manga Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet (Manga Shakespeare).
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