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Manga Classics: Romeo and Juliet

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A classic Shakespearean tragedy, Romeo and Juliet is the tale of two star-crossed young lovers who dare to defy their feuding families, put aside all obstacles, and find happiness together - but at a tremendous cost. This grimly beautiful tale, set in the Renaissance Italy, follows Romeo and Juliet from their hateful first meeting to their last.

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Paperback, 409 pages
Published May 15th 2019 by Manga Classics (first published May 15th 2018)
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Julie
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Romeo and Juliet- Manga Classics – by William Shakespeare, by Stacy King, Crystal S. Chan (Adaptation), Julien Choy (Art), Akanovas (Lettering), Jeannie Lee (Lettering)

There is no need to go into the synopsis or plot of one of William Shakespeare’s most famous plays. We all know the basics of this story by now. Many have read the play in school or have seen a stage or movie adaptation at one point. So, I think it is safe to skip the analysis.

For me, Manga is something I flat out ignored for yea
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[Shai] Bibliophage
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
I'm a fan of the Manga Classics that's why I'm already aware that the publisher, Udon Entertainment, always use the original text from the book they were adapting. I know Romeo and Juliet but I still haven't read the book either watch any stage play or movie adaptation, hence, I'm eager to check out this manga adaptation.
Manga Classics: Romeo and Juliet
This is the first time that I've rated a Manga Classics low because of it's not that easy to comprehend what the characters are saying because they are in Early
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Amy Leigh
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
This is a brilliant adaptation of William Shakespeare's work of genius. The artwork is gorgeous and fits seamlessly in with Shakespeare's original text to form a breathtaking view of Romeo and Juliet. This has always been a favorite classic of mine and I adore the adaptations I have come across like the movie that stars Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCarprio. This manga enthralled me and fully captivated the essence of the original work. I highly recommend this version to anyone studying this liter ...more
Roobie
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars

I never really loved Romeo & Juliet's story but anyone who likes it and is a fan of manga should give this one a try. It was a lovely adaptation.
Can't wait for more Manga Classics stories.
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Aya
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics, manga
I have been loving these manga classics, but this one is not my favorite!

English is not my first language, so I always struggle with reading classics, and I think that's why I didn't enjoy this one as I hoped to. And they used the Shakespeare's original text which I honestly don't fully understand.
I kept looking up words and many phrases confused me and I kept guessing the meaning. I know the fault is on me because I couldn't fully immerse myself in the manga with this writing and I hoped it wa
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Aneela ♒the_mystique_reader♒
I have never read Romeo and Juliet so I can't compare the original classic with this manga. To me, this manga was nicely drawn and delivered the emotions of love and despair. I enjoyed reading it. ...more
Shannara
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-2020
It took me a while to read this, not because it’s a long read or because I didn’t like it. I just couldn’t tear my eyes away from the beautiful art!! I kept going back to look at the drawings over and over. They were simply captivating. It also gave a more dramatic take on Romeo and Juliet that you just can’t have with really actors. The nurse was hilarious, even just looking at her face cracked me up. And Romeo is so over the top with feeling that I love him all the more. Juliet is my favorite ...more
Elliot A
Mar 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
I was auto-approved by the publisher Udon Entertainment through NetGalley to review this title.
Not my favourite Shakespeare play, but one I read a few times within the last decade, I find it to be somewhat overly dramatic and not very romantic. Regardless, I appreciated the effort that was put into creating a comic out of this play.
The artwork combined various elements that helped to emphasize the characters personalities. It was harsh and beautiful; at times too busy, other times perfectly fitt
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♛ Garima ♛
I felt completely lost reading this maybe because I haven't read the original or translation or know anything about it...Shakespeare is difficult to read but I never realised he would be hard to read in Manga as well...
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Arybo ✨
“Two households, both alike in dignity
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life;

Whose misadventured piteous overthrows
Doth with their death bury their parents' strife.
The fearful passage of their death-marked love
And the continuance of their parents' rage,
Which, but their children's end, naught could remove,
Is now the
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Geoff
Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
A classic tragedy about how teenage boys are idiots and should never have swords or poison, the manga edition of Romeo and Juliet is well worth a read and is a lot of fun. It's been years since I've read R+J, and Shakespearean English can take a while to back into so I really like how they utilized the fantasy and visual aspects of the manga format to make the metaphors and wordplay clear. And I don't think they cut any of the dialog or scenes for this; may be the next best thing to seeing a ful ...more
Carmen
Mar 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Call me a cinic, but I've never seen the great romantic love story everybody seems to see in Romeo and Juliet. The verses that stick in my mind are not "a Rose by any other name would smell as sweet" or "it is not yet near day:it was the nightingale, and not the lark" but Tybalt's "a plague to both your houses". Because everytime I come to this play -no matter the format-I see the characters' mistakes -which are our own-. How wrong and sometimes ridiculous our choices are. I'm not sure how stron ...more
Josephine
Jul 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
3 stars.

Thank you to Udon Entertainment for having auto-approved me on Netgalley to read these!


I love these manga editions of the classics because they make the stories I would otherwise be unable to get through a lot easier and much more entertaining to read. Most classics just aren't for me, because the plot is too boring or the language too difficult. My favourite was definitely The Count of Monte Cristo, but I've read a few others and though they aren't necessarily more exciting I'm familiar
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Nana Spark
Jul 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who read and enjoyed the original novel
Recommended to Nana by: Netgalley
Shelves: netgalley
That was... a bit much.
The art in this manga is very good and is does a good job of symbolizing the emotions of the people on the page. The 17th century dialogue however is where it lost me. I could understand most of what was happening on the pages from glimpses of modern English and the art but other than that I was lost. From what I could understand I enjoyed for the most part, the forbidden romance angst was a bit much for me, and from what I couldn't I skimmed.

Another Manga classic I can o
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Sara
I enjoyed the artwork a lot, so fascinating but the use of the original text from Shakespeare made it harder for me to follow as a non native speaker of the English language.
Thank you netgalley for providing me with this e-copy. It was a ride to revisit the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet..
CYIReadBooks (Claire)
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
A love story so endearing and timeless that has been brought to life with stunning illustrations. It is a story of love at first sight and stirs memories of my first love at a tender age.

"For never was a story of more woe than that of Juliet and her Romeo." A great read in Manga.
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Jordanne
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

4 stars

So this is the fourth Manga Classic I've read and needless to say I'm officially a fan. My method with this series is to review the adaption more than the story because really you can't review it as a story since its based off another book (that I've likely read and therefore reviewed).

Since I have not actually read Romeo and Juliet I can't exactly do that but I happen to know this book is taken word for word from the OG
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BAM Endlessly Booked
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Netgalley #23

Many thanks go to Udon and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.
This is their first Shakespeare play in this format. For teachers lesson plans are available on their website. As pointed out there are excellent examples of metaphors through drawings that can be discussed in class. Shakespeare was always difficult for me to grasp as a middle schooler. This is an exemplary way to teach to kids, especially those who need a visual to make words cli
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Manny
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me a free copy of Manga Classics: Romeo and Juliet in exchange for an honest review!

The one main problem I had with this manga is not about the story but about the way I received the pdf. Since mangas read from right to left, the pdf file had the very last page be the first page. This made it confusing at the beginning because I assumed page 1 of the pdf would be the start of the story. Then I realized page 416 was the beginning, and I had t
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Ritika Chhabra
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Thank you Netgalley for a digital edition of this copy. (It was a protected DRM.)

I want to start with why did I pick up this book in the first place. The reason was obvious, eh. It was the classic Romeo and Juliet that everyone adores. (To be honest, I find the story rather foolish, especially thinking how the two were just teenagers. I mean, isn't that what we tell teenagers these days? That you are just a kid—you have no idea what love is?) I h
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Fatirah Murtaza
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
such a wonderful manga adaption! I'm surprised that the dialogues themselves also extracted from the real play of Romeo and Juliet. But still, they make the dialogues seem easy to understand. I think middle grades can enjoy reading this. Usually, I'd seen them in written stage play or movie adaption but I didn't know that the one in the manga version could be more exciting. ...more
Nicole
Aug 19, 2018 added it
Shelves: ebooks, graphic, dnf
The artwork is so beautiful, I just hate the story with a burning passion. I thought I could make it, since it's in Manga form but I get terrible flashbacks from highschool and nervous twitching in my eye. So dnf!!! ...more
Beatriz
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an advanced reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley.

I think the art could be slightly better. However, the story is well portrayed. It's a great way of introducing a classic such as Romeo & Juliet to a younger audience/an audience who isn't very interested in reading the book. It's a good way of making it appealing. Rating: 4/5 stars.
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Jazzy Lemon
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another winning manga classic, Romeo and Juliet is one of my favourite stories, and this is a magnificent visual retelling, bringing Shakespeare to a new audience with a story that will never cease to be relevant.
Andrea Way
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
These are an enjoyable series. I love the adaptation of the classic Romeo and Juliet tale. I think if Shakespeare was around today he would appreciate this faithful adaptation of his classic tale of two lovers in fair Verona. Really do recommend this series.
Chelon
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Another excellent reincarnation of a classic that my teens enjoyed. If you have children who are slow readers or nonreaders these books are an excellent way to expose them to classic tales in a format that it is easy to understand and will hold their attention.

I was given an ARC for my honest opinion.
Liz (Quirky Cat)
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of Manga Classics: Romeo and Juliet from NetGalley and Udon Publishing in exchange for a fair and honest review.

So on the off chance you haven’t heard me say this, and thus aren’t totally sick of me repeating myself, I’m going to say it again: I absolutely love the concept of Manga Classics. I love them for many reasons. It’s always fun to reread a classic, but even more so it’s very refreshing to read them in a new medium, such as this. Manga Classics condenses the larger cl
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Maud
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: stand-alone
I got an e-copy of this from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions, as always, are my own.

2.5 stars

I really liked the thought of Shakespeare in manga format. However, I don't think it works at all! This has nothing to do with the art style (which I think is beautiful, especially the characters of Juliet, Romeo and Juliet's mother) but just that I don't think Romeo and Juliet is suited for a manga adaptation while keeping the original text. Shakespeare isn't known for being
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Kitty Marie
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, 2019-manga
Another good entry into the Manga Classics line. I enjoyed this more than Macbeth, but then I am something of a hopeless romantic so all the scenes with Romeo and Juliet were quite charming to watch.

I love the art style. It is very in line and current with the conventions of shoujo (girls) manga from the 2010s. The characters are prettily detailed and cute. In particular, Romeo, Juliet, Mercutio, and Paris are so attractively drawn.

I love how the style did well in capturing Mercutio’s distinctiv
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Teresa
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Romeo and Juliet is the tale of two teenagers who meet and fall in love instantly. The problem is, they are star-crossed lovers. Because their stars are crossed, they are not fated to be together, but continue to fight against fate's will. Juliet's house Capulet and Romeo's house Montague have been warring for ages, and to be seen together would mean trouble. The day of their marriage, fate still aims to intervene in their love. When the friar comes up with a plan for the two to leave Verona for ...more
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