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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Part 1

(The Legend of Zelda #1)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  3,585 ratings  ·  240 reviews
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 b ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published October 7th 2008 by VIZ Media - Children's (first published January 28th 2000)
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Shadowjac This book is fine if you've never played the game, it walks you through the basic story while not just restating the game.
While the author does take…more
This book is fine if you've never played the game, it walks you through the basic story while not just restating the game.
While the author does take liberties with the plot the manga's basic story is faithful and you will learn about Hyrule and its inhabitants.(less)

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Jan 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This was an extremely funny version of the video game. I've been playing the video game for ages, and so I can tell you that this is not an exact replica. It's got a bunch of small jokes that pick at the video game's weaker points - like why Epona never has a bridle, and yet Link's saddle is so fineley decorated. It's a little fast-paced for my liking, but perhaps that was intended as a comment on the video game's predictability. Himekawa did a wonderful job of throwing in all the major plot ste ...more
Jedi JC Daquis
Dec 27, 2018 rated it liked it
I haven't played ANY Zelda game before, from the original game to Breath of the Wild (yes please, judge me!), So this review comes from a perspective of a newcomer in Link's world with no nostalgic emotional investment.

Ocarina of Time part 1 is an easy read for readers of all ages. It is a high fantasy almost children's book about saving the world through using various MacGuffins scattered across the world. It's as straightforward as it could be, although some other characters act behind the pan
Jan 28, 2011 rated it liked it
These books are so much fun and my Zelda obsessive side wants to put 5 stars. The other side of the same obsession thinks 3 stars are funny to represent, "Courage, Wisdom, Power." I'm sticking with 3. If you've played the games you know the stories. The music was popping in my head the whole time and that was fun. The art was cute and pretty, like you'd expect from this style of book. Still, extremely cheesy, but worth it if you are any form of Zelda fan. I will see what happens when I read the ...more
Gary Butler
Jan 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
12th book read in 2017.

Number 498 out of 577 on my all time book list.

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Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Alex Richey
Mar 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Pretty cute. It deviates from the game's plot in interesting ways. The art is really impressive.
Apr 21, 2017 rated it liked it
**3.5 Stars**

Link has grown up believing that he is a Kokiri living under the guidance and direction of the Great Deku Tree – until the tree becomes invested with evil. Link defeats the evil but it is too late for the Great Deku Tree. The dying Great Deku Tree sends Link on a mission to find Princess Zelda in the kingdom of Hyrule and defeat the evil one, Ganondorf. Link is faced with many trials in his quest to defeat Ganondorf; and along the way he discovers that is actually Hyrulian royalty.
Apr 17, 2019 rated it liked it
An endearing interpretation of a classic story. The point-by-point plot follows very closely with the Ocarina of Time game, just as the reader might expect. The character elements, however, are much more thoroughly fleshed out. We get to see a fun and adventurous side of characters such as Zelda and Mido, for example, which gives us a deeper connection to their personalities than the game offers. Their expressions, as with most of the detailed art, are priceless.

Though the story is predictable,
Collin Henderson
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The thing I love about this adaptation of ocarina of time is that it goes out of its way to bring the melancholy, bittersweet subtext of the games narrative to the surface and it does so very well. We learn more about link as a character and see him interact with a lot of people, then see some payoffs later on when he's an adult (who would have known the character of mido could inspire anything other than contempt?). Fast paced due to its serialized nature but great for any fan of the games or s ...more
Mikayla Schuneman
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was pretty good. I'm not much of a gamer, so I was really excited when my brother introduced this book to me. It was definitely a weird transition to go from my usual fantasy books to a fantasy graphic novel, but it was a quick read. I will definitely have to venture on throughout this series.
Luke Bedolla
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I Love Zelda, Played this game.
Mar 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Cute little manga that follows the game very closely, although, if you too serious about it, the pacing can seem a little odd and rushed.
leslie delgadillo
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
******SPOILERS******IF A BIG FAN OF LOZ AND WANNA READ THE BOOKS DONT READ THIS REVIEW UNLESS YOU WANT SPOILER OR you played the game*****What if one day you walk around in your home place/village/town.etc and the person you looked up to or thought of as a guardian one day was dying and left you a mission to do something important because you were the chosen one?well, this happens to Link from the game Legen Of Zelda when a magical tree called the great Deku tree dies and sends Link to see Zelda ...more
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So this was my first foray into manga. What better place to start than the amazing Legend of Zelda series???! I am, and always will be, a HUGE fan of this series, be it book, game, or some other form. My rating for this one is between a 3.5 and a 3.75 star because Ocarina of Time is my FAVORITE game.

While reading this as Link visited the different villages & places, I kept hearing the various tunes from the game. Made me so happy and nostalgic ^_^ I may even have to bust out the old game sys
Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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My name is Sam and I AM ADDICTED TO ZELDA.

Zelda has been my childhood. Ocarina of Time was the first game I ever started playing. I never stopped playing any Zelda game since then.

As I'm wondering through Zelda merchandise, I find Zelda manga. MANGA! I GET TO READ ZELDA? YES! I ordered Ocarina of Time part I and II immediately. Sure some people say, "Nah! This book is more for children! Blah!" However, I was a child when I first fell in love with this game, and as I wondere
Candice Taylor
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Amanda (MetalPhantasmReads)
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was pure enjoyment for me since I've loved the game since the N64 days. A fun adaptation :)
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
To start this off with, I am a huge Legend Of Zelda fan, so when I came across this Manga book, I just had to buy it.
I played the original game years ago when I was younger, so re-reading it around 12 years after first playing LOZ Ocarina of Time was very nostalgic.

Seeing as though the Manga was based off of the game, Akira Himekawa did an amazing job, the drawings were amazingly detailed and the plot was basically the same as the game (without the added 10/20 minutes of running/walking/riding E
You get exactly what you expect from this manga. Anyone familiar with The Legend of Zelda series will enjoy this series of comic adaptations of the video game storylines. The series starts here, with the debut of Link as the Hero of Time, who is destined to save Hyrule from the evil clutches of Ganondorf. Anyone who's played the game also knows that working your way through dungeons filled with baddies is a major part of gameplay; this is not so in the manga. Link's time in the "dungeons" are ve ...more
Jan 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: misc-fantasy, manga
A fun read and for the most part a good re-imagining of the Ocarina of Time so far. Link gets more personality and other characters are given a bigger part. Surprisingly, Navi has been fairly quiet. One character I would have liked to have seen more is Malon, but that is just me.

The story changes up some of the details. For one, Link does not really go dungeon delving so much. It cuts out the puzzles and stuff, which makes better sense for a narrative instead of a game. It also changes up the o
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The first volume of the The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time follows the whole child arc of the story of Ocarina Of Time. The book is a Japanese manga and i think that it is very well done. It is from the same author of the Majora's Mask manga which i read before this one and i think they are both very fantastic but suffer from the same problem. The problem is that the manga is only so long so the story skips around a lot if you know the actual full story of the game. The Second volume is rather ...more
Jan 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
And I start with this manga volume my preparation for the Hyrule Historia and my final boss fight in Skyward Sword.

I adore The Legend of Zelda. If I could eat, breathe and drink Zelda, I would. So when I saw this entire boxset of Zelda mangas, I knew I had to own it. And so I started with the first volume in what is the game that made me a gamer and the story that made me a fantasy lover: Ocarina of Time.

Though this manga is a very good adaptation of the original story, I'll give it a four bec
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ah man! This is the best manga that I have read in a long time. I felt like I was playing through the game again, it was fantastic. The art was perfect and adorable and so true to the characters design in the games. And young Princess Zelda was just such a sass-master I just loved it.

There were quite a few things that were different though. Mainly Link being able to speak which was obviously was vital to the manga and none of his dialogue luckily seemed out of character. Then there was the akwar
Charlotte Jones
Jul 04, 2015 rated it liked it
I picked this up at the library because how could I not?! I grew up playing ‘Ocarina of Time’ (though I never finished it) so I picked up this manga purely for that reason. Manga isn’t something that I usually read so it took me a while to get used to reading it right to left but it soon became more natural.

The story itself follows that of the video game, though the author has taken some liberties, adding some plot points, to make it a more coherent story. The characterisation of these well-love
Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: july-book-list
I enjoyed the story line of this book, and I also really enjoyed the characters. I like how he went to a deep sleep, and woke up 7 years later. I thought that was very interesting, and add alot of spice into the story. I also enjoyed the game when it came out. I didnt play the game as often as most, but I when I did play I really enjoyed the game. My favorite character so far is Princess Zelda. My favorite part out of whole book was the ending. The ending was great!!
K.K. Summer
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Such stunning artwork! I am a huuge the legend of zelda fan and OOT is my favourite of all time, as it was my first Zelda game and I always watched my father play it, when I was younger - I had such a great time :) and when I started playing it by myself I loved it even more :)

This story is quite a bite different from the game but it is awesome nonetheless :) I love it so much and can not wait to read more :) or to see/read more :P
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I've never been a manga reader, but since I like the Legend of Zelda so much, I found and read this manga. It differs somewhat from events in the game and I enjoyed that. I've played the game so much that to see something new was great.
If you like the Legend of Zelda, you should get this. If you're not acquainted with the series, maybe you should get manga anyway and then you'll want to have more! Hehe...
Kevin Zheng
Oct 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. I like it because the drawings are so adorable and the
story outline is so interesting i like the way the author planned the story out because it fits well together. The book is about how the main character fits these evil elf and they go through these interesting variables for example when he has the little instrument and plays it and the horse comes. but it get sad because in the end the castle go on fire and the bad elfs try to get them and the instrument.
Steph [They/Them] (Wickedjr Reads)
Not really much to tell. A nice trip back into the past playing Zelda, in manga story-form. :) I enjoyed it and do plan on continuing with the series. I never did finish the game...
I did post a review on my blog Here
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
this book covers the child years in ocarina of time, and the first temple as an adult. The book follows the story 100% and is just fun to read through. The book doesn't really skip anything that was in the game, so it's another way to see what happened throughout. I'd have anyone read it that loves the series.
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Akira Himekawa is the collaboration of two women, A. Honda and S. Nagano. Together they have created nine manga adventures featuring Link and the popular video game world of The Legend of Zelda, including Ocarina of Time, Oracle of Seasons and Four Swords. Their most recent work, Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, was serialized in Shogaku Rokunensei.

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