Sunday, December 2, 2012

Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask Manga Review

"Hey, everyone! Do you recognize this Mask? It's perfect for a night like this when the moon is full and things seem creepy. I'm going to tell you one of my favorite stories. It's all about this mask..."  


Today were going to take a look at another Manga. This time it's the adaptation of the Video game the Legend of Zelda Majora's Mask. So let's get this started. The comic start's where the Ocarina of Time Manga left off. After defeating Ganon, Link has decided to go look for Navi who was lost when Zelda sent him back in time. He wanders threw the lost woods where he sees two fairy's which spooks his horse, Epona, causing him to fall off. He is knock unconscious, and it turns out the fairy's belong to a Skull Kid who is wearing a strange mask. The Skull Kid try's to steal the Ocarina of Time but Link wakes up and tells him to give it back.

The Skull Kid refuses, takes Epona, and escapes. Link follows him, and the Skull Kid get's annoyed. He uses the power of the mask to transform Link into a Deku Scrub, and leaves Link. Still determined Link follows him until ends up in a town. Due to his current form most people won't listen to him. He finds out the Skull Kid is trying to use his mask to crash the moon into the town and goes to stop him. Link confronts him and is able to get his Ocarina back. One of the Skull Kids fairys tell Link to bring "them" here to stop the moon. In order to stop the moon Link plays the Song of Time which brings him 3 days back in time.

Link wakes up in the Clock Tower, and realizes the power of the song transformed him back to normal. It's revealed that he transformed due to a Deku mask being put on him. Before he leaves the Clock Tower he is greeted by the Happy Mask Salesman who tells him that the Skull Kid stole the mask from him. He tells Link that it is called Majora's Mask, and it's cursed. The Salesman tells Link to get the mask back for him, and Link decides to go find the one's the fairy told him could stop the moon.

The story from here on follows the main story of the game, he goes to the four temples and releases the four giants. They also briefly go over the Kafei and Anju Side-quest. Eventually Link  confronts Skull Kid again, and the four giants stop the moon. However Majora's Mask comes to life, and reveals the Skull Kid was just his pawn. The Mask flees to the moon, and tells Link if he wants to play he'll have to wear another mask. Link put's it on transform's into a "Fierce Deity", and follows the Mask to the moon.

Once there the Mask transforms but it is no match for Links new form, and is defeated without much effort. Out of the shadow the Happy Mask Salesman trys to recover the mask but Link destroys it, and tells him to leave. Afterwards all is well in the land of Termina, and the comic ends with Link going back to looking for Navi.

This is pretty good. It takes some libertys, and it mostly focuses on the main story other then the Side-Quests. The problem is most of the important stuff in Majora's Mask is the Side-Quests. It's the only game I can think of that has a world this fleshed-out. Every character has a role, and in order to adapt the game they had to condense it. Other then that it's an enjoyable read, I like the art, and it stays mostly true to the game.

Rating: 4/5