Saturday, December 4, 2021

Zelda Manga: Scanlations of The Adventure of Link by Yuu Mishouzaki

After all these years the translation is finally complete! Find them here

These were translated by Jamie/Soupdragon90 and I've attached an image of their credits and translation notes to help explain more. (Flickr won't let me upload text files)


Title: The Adventure of Link

Artist: Yuu Mishouzaki

Publisher & ISBN Info: ISBN4-7966-0191-0 by JICC

First Published Date: 1991/9/15

Approx Length: 203 pages


This was started by Glitterberri for her site

Vol 1, LoZ: www.glitterberri.com/the-legend-of-zelda/mishouzaki-manga

Vol 2, AoL: www.glitterberri.com/adventure-of-link/mishouzaki-sequel

Go there to read volume 1 for the original Legend of Zelda


The first volume was scanned by Kasuto: www.kasuto.net

The second was scanned by me: historyofhyrule.com


I've posted the full volume here simply to make it easier to read. I held off for a long time because I really wanted people to go to Glitterberri's site to the part she was able to finish but it's been a few years, and Jamie did a ton of work to make all the pages match, so I thought it would probably be okay.



Friday, December 3, 2021

Zelda Manga: 600dpi scans of all 3 Volumes of Adventure of Link Game Guide Manga

There's no translation for these yet! That's such a bummer! If you can help out with that please let me know, melorasworld@gmail.com

This is a really fun manga because it pulls of being both a story and a literal game guide. Because of that it offers some really great illustrations for the places and environments in the Adventure of Link. I do think the first volume by Daisuke Shigoto is a bit more inspired than the last 2 by Yuu Minazuki but they did do a pretty good job of picking up where someone else left off. I have no idea for the change, I just know these were in the monthly magazine series Wanpakku comics around  1997-1988. They were collected into volumes but don't even have ISBN numbers.

Volume 1 scans at 600dpi
Volume 2 scans at 600dpi
Volume 3 scans at 600dpi



Zelda II: The Adventure of Link manga Volume 1 by Daisuke Shigoto
Published by Wanpakku Comics


Zelda II: The Adventure of Link manga Volume 2 by Yuu Minazuki
Published by One Pack Comics


Zelda II: The Adventure of Link manga Volume 3 by Yuu Minazuki
Published by One Pack Comics
 

Zelda Manga: 600 dpi Scans of all 3 Volumes of Ataru Cagiva's Link to the Past manga

It feels so good to have good scans of these on the web after all these years! We didn't do it at first because we were worried they would be re-published but that never happened. 

I can't wait to have the old translations on the new pages so they're as beautiful as they can be! I want everyone to love these and that should really help encourage people to want to read them. By the way, if you have really nice editing skills and would like to do that please just let me know so a bunch of people aren't doing the same work all at once!



ゼルダの伝説, 神々のトライフォース 1
Zeruda no Densetsu: Kamigami no Triforce 1
The Legend of Zelda: Triforce of the Gods Volume 1
Author: かぢば あたる Ataru Cagiva
Publisher: Square Enix スクウェア・エニックス
Publication date: June 27, 1995
Language: Japanese
Page count: 192 pages
ISBN: ‎ 4-87025-541-8
 

ゼルダの伝説, 神々のトライフォース 2
Zeruda no Densetsu: Kamigami no Triforce 2
The Legend of Zelda: Triforce of the Gods Volume 2
Author: かぢば あたる Ataru Cagiva
Publisher: Square Enix スクウェア・エニックス
Publication date: December 27, 1995
Language: Japanese
Page count: 191 pages
ISBN: ‎ 4-87025-522-9


ゼルダの伝説, 神々のトライフォース 3
Zeruda no Densetsu: Kamigami no Triforce 3
The Legend of Zelda: Triforce of the Gods Volume 3
Author: かぢば あたる Ataru Cagiva
Publisher: Square Enix スクウェア・エニックス
Publication date: May 27, 1996
Language: Japanese
Page count: 191 pages
ISBN: ‎ 4-87025-559-6

I've spent 20 years being told the manga doesn't matter and I'm over it:

"Why isn't this manga more well known"... "this is such obscure material, that's why no one ever talked about" etc.

Oh man guys... I really tried and it really shouldn't be.

Cool little fun things like this shouldn't be new to you either. We should have been having so much fun exploring all of this stuff for years now.

So a little backstory here: People who would link to my site on most of the big Zelda forums, back around 2002-2006, wanting to discuss some of the really cool and relevant topics found in the manga or gamebooks and would get their posts deleted and told not to bring it up again. "Zelda manga isn't a real Zelda topic," "Don't link to her site, it's not a real Zelda site and not relevant to Zelda discussion" they said... as they would discuss the Valiant Comics and cartoons. My site and this subject matter was effectively banned from being posted about or linked to on many of the major Zelda sites and Zelda forums. It was serious gatekeeping. Back in the early days Zelda Wiki wouldn't allow links to it or info from it, saying I hosted material still in print (I did not. In fact I worked hard to get it brought out officially in other languages. No, really, here is Himekawa talking about it recently) while the site linked to other sites that continued to host other still-in-print works or US comics. It was weird times. I have a lot of webmaster friends that will vouch for how bizzare it was and how accurate this tale is. Anyway. Because of this continued gatekeeping we have absolutely missed out on so much. It was all kind of hushed away, a collective "we don't talk about this seriously in regards to the series," mood settled over much of the community.

I am so tired of pretending it doesn't matter simply because, historically, some people have been so loud and hostile towards anything they don't personally like.

Look, maybe you just don't like the manga. That's fine! Oddly, I'm not a giant manga fan either. I'm an art fan. I've just come to realize, in my 30 year long obsessive quest to find rare Zelda art material, that it's absolutely incredibly interesting in the context of the series. It's actually important. Maybe you would feel this way too if you spent some time on it. But why should you, you ask?

Why should we consider manga relevant to the creative development of the Zelda games? Especially if you don't really like it? 

Because someone likes manga. A lot. Enough that that's what he left art school wanting to do. Let's look at who that is:

Why is how he feels important?
It's not like his love of exploration as a child affected the course of the series or anything either...

I can't imagine why a guy who obviously REALLY likes manga, and grew up in a culture that is surrounded by comics to a vastly greater extent than most of the rest of the world, would check out manga based on his games, especially after he had only made 1-2 Zelda games... Come on! Seriously? I mean, everyone always wonders why Link has hot pink hair in LttP. It's a question that's gotten asked non-stop for decades. Everyone ends up saying Link had pink hair because it needed to share the exact pink with the rabbit, which by the way doesn't even share the same pink, but you know... it could never be because there were 2 years of really good monthly Zelda manga magazines on the shelves where Link had hot pink hair: in 1986-1988, well before LttP was released. So... why isn't that a consideration for you on that topic? Because... manga is just that invalid to you (or those before you) as a creative source of inspiration? Should it be?

Seriously: the burden of proof should be on the people who claim there is no way it could matter. They should also go to art school and ask all the people there how they feel about that claim. Or a game dev studio and do the same. If you don't know anyone with extensive knowledge of both, feel free to ask me though and I can get you a shit-ton of responses for you. But I don't really even need to and neither do you because:

Let's look at whom else may have read some Zelda manga and had it create everlasting waves in the Zelda series...

"This guy? If I don't like manga then why would what influences him be important either," a great number of people have apparently muttered.


Well, let's see what he has to say... From this source I uploaded in 2005 

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Eiji Aonuma: In Ocarina of Time, as in most Zelda, we have created a large number of tribes, like the Goron who live in the mountains or the Zoras, people from the water. For the episode "The Wind Waker”, when we chose to situate the action in the middle of the ocean, we immediately felt the need to create a race that can move through the air. During long trips offshore, we needed faster characters capable of transmitting information to Link. It was at that moment that I remembered Watatara clan, you had invented for the adaptation of "Ocarina of Time." In short, I digress a bit about the initials but we are inspired by your work to give birth to Rito Race, creatures that are half-man half-bird that can move very quickly with their wings.

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Nagano (Himekawa): Frankly, we would be so happy if the creative Nintendo could learn from our manga to realize their games! To participate in the development of a Zelda, even indirectly, we would be mad with joy.

Eiji Aonuma: Well I can tell you, you’re already a great help! I've seen guys in my team who for a little help from mental exertion were taking their break by reading manga Akira Himekawa (laughs)! You have a knack for telling wonderful stories to us that is very useful. I, for example, I love your adaptation of the title "Four Swords Adventures". Yet, the content has so much more to do with then the original. In the original, four Link’s have the same expressions and the same reactions. Once they are passed in your hand, one will be impressed by how you came to give so many different personalities to each Link. You really did a good job on this subject, which is undeniable. The pages are yet in black and white but you can easily divide each Link by their given personality.

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Well. Huh. ...maybe... hop on this train because it's obviously fun and relevant. Or, at least... Stop gatekeeping? You don't have to enjoy manga or gamebooks but you're preventing people from discussing and discovering the history and context of the series by continuously dismissing it.

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A special shoutout to Mike Damiani, TSA, The Silent Assassin, for being "that guy" and to the massive numbers of people in the community who continued to support him even after these shows of extremely toxic behavior directed specifically towards women and "non-canon" content. You absolutely gave him the power to create an incredibly hostile environment.


(Context for what he's saying here: He was mad at me for refusing to remove an image of 2 adult men kissing from my site (he equated being gay to being a pedophile. I do not know why he thought he had the right to dictate what I had posted on my site but he got very serious about it and sent dozens of messages trying to explain it. Which I should still have catalogued on my first forum's backup. Hey, what can I say, I'm an archivist at heart) and for pointing out that the gallery "he scanned" was actually just my scans. He was stealing from, and then bashing, some of these other sites too and had been called out. He ended up doing this kind of thing to a lot of people in the Zelda community. until I guess he finally just burned all his bridges. But sadly people chose to support him as a community leader for years rather than draw a line at his clear and upfront damaging behavior.)

Though at least 80% of the people here are awesome.

When I went away due to health and Mike's barrage of attacks, the site was down for a bit and when I put it back online (while still very disabled) it was not indexed well for newer search engines. For years the community had been discouraged from linking to these works, shouted down and shamed for talking about it because of stuff like that, so this content just became obscured. It's that easy. 

This has been your intro into the early history of Zelda fandom and why you probably don't know about content that's been online for 20 years.

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Anyway, with all that bullshit out of the way, as very clear tale about why I'm not going to just meekly pretend I'm not be excited about this stuff anymore like I use to, I'll probably start making short posts showing some of the fun ideas that first appeared in the various volumes of Japanese manga, gamebooks, and novels and I'm fucking psyched about it!!


The manga, gamebooks, and novels are clearly a part of the history of Hyrule. If you have hang-ups about why you feel otherwise, question those. To start: all you need to do is look at what traditionally inspires creative minds working in the industry.


I got a better scanner, here's the difference:

In the menu you'll find my scanning guide and from it you'll see there's a link to a more in-depth scanning guide. It links to a community written guide for Gaming Alexandria. They scan some stuff for the Video Game History Foundation. Anyway, my little Canon Lide 300 was great, but it maxes out at 1200dpi and so it starts showing small remnants of compression artifacts at that level. Really wasn't the end of the world but considering I want these scans to be the final time anyone has to rip apart these books, I want to really go bananas with doing it right. 

Got this guy based on the recommendations of that group, which doesn't break the bank but isn't cheap either. Epson Perfection V600 is for sale for about $250. The Canon Lide 300, which I still do like way more than the similarly priced Epson V19, is around $110, (if you can find it, it's also an older machine.)


It makes sense there would be a quality difference, the higher end Epson is deep. It has room for better equipment, it goes up to something like 9400dpi- for god knows what reason. Reading molecular structure? To flex? It kind of sucks if you have a small space like I do, because the scanning bed isn't any bigger than my little Canon, but whatever, I just have to keep my desk more free of clutter. Here's the size comparison:


But, more importantly, here's the image comparison. This is at 1200dpi and zoomed in at 600% and all adjustment features have been turned off for these with both scanners. I do all my adjustments post in photoshop (Please keep in mind Blogger may add some compression too, this is just a rough example)

Left, Canon Lide 300, $110. Right Epson V600 $250. No adjustments and zoomed to 600%

Same image as the comparison above with un-adjusted colors from Canon Lide 300


Same image as the comparison above with un-adjusted colors from Epson V600


Here's an image, for no real reason, (it was my first test image so I just have it sitting here) showing the different scan sizes, It was done with the Epson V600 if you're curious.


Thanks for coming to my nerd talk


Monday, November 29, 2021

Artbook: My page by page look at The Akira Himekawa: Original Drawings artbook (2021)



Here's a quick video since I won't be making scans of this for a long time. (It's still technically for sale and I wait a while afterwards to respect the artists and publishers)

Akira Himekawa: Original Drawings -A Look Back at the Manga "The Legend of Zelda-" 2021

This is a page by page look into Akira Himekawa's Legend of Zelda exhibit artbook. This is currently only for sale at the Kyoto International Manga Museum while their show runs; which, as of this posting, is from September 8, 2021 until December 26, 2021. I hope they are able to do a full international release eventually. It's just over 10x7 inches in size and the paper quality is amazing

This features promotional art not found in their comics, some of their best cover and character art, a few of their official art pieces like the stained glass windows from The Wind Waker, as well as their Ocarina of Time promotional manga that was originally only released on the web in Chinese. It has now been translated to Japanese. 

It features art for the games: Twilight Princess, Ocarina of Time, Oracle of Seasons, Oracle of Ages, Majora's Mask, The Wind Waker, Four Swords, A Link to the Past, Minish Cap, Phantom Hourglass, and Skyward Sword.



Friday, November 26, 2021

High-Res Scans of The Hyrule Fantasy Manga by Ran Maru

These have actually been posted for a while but someone let me know that I had gotten 4 of the pages mixed up in order, and scanned one of the pages twice, so basically a whole page was missing from the previous download. I'm not surprised I messed up, this is the first thing I scanned with the pages removed. I fixed the files today. So if you downloaded the large files before November 26, 2021, you'll want to download them again.


I quickly edited these just so I could get them posted for people. Eventually I will straighten all of the pages and do a better job with the levels.

A full English translation can be found here: hhistoryofhyrule.blogspot.com/2021/09/after-35-years
My original scans and info were here: historyofhyrule.com/publications/manga_loz_en



This is also part 1 of 4, it continues in the Adventure of Link volume 1, volume 2, and volume 3.

Some keywords: The Legend of Zelda, Zelda, LoZ, tLoZ, ゼルダの伝説, ゼルダ, The Hyrule Fantasy, 600dpi, 600ppi, RAW, RAWS, scan, scans, book, high res, high rez, resolution, manga, comic
 

High-Res Scans of The Hyrule Fantasy Manga by Kobayashi Susumu

The 600dpi scans are here

The Hyrule Fantasy: The Legend of Zelda manga by Kobayashi Susumu
Published by One Pack Comics

Honestly I don't have a lot more info to add on this. It was originally in their monthly magazine and then collected into this volume, but there's not even an ISBN.

This most likely all happened in 1986-1987. This one could have been so amazing but Link's character design is just... an odd choice. Zelda is adorable though! Anyway, it's still totally worth checking out because this is not just a manga with some great enemy and world design illustrations, it's a functional strategy guide!

I quickly edited these just so I could get them posted for people. Eventually I will straighten all of the pages and do a better job with the levels and then add the original raws, with no cropping or adjustments, to a downloadable zip too.

My original scans and info were here: historyofhyrule.com/publications/manga_loz_wan




Some keywords: The Legend of Zelda, Zelda, LoZ, tLoZ, ゼルダの伝説, ゼルダ, The Hyrule Fantasy, 600dpi, 600ppi, RAW, RAWS, scan, scans, book, high res, high rez, resolution, manga, comic

Firsts in the Zelda series from the 1986-1988 Ran Maru manga

Okay, it's obvious I really love this manga series. I can't get enough of it. And I could be wrong on these, I'm just quickly going off the top of my head without spending much time on it, but I just wanted to start a little list. And keep in mind: this is just for my own fun and for conversation, please don't take it too seriously. But do let me know if I got something wrong or missed something! :3


Major spoilers ahead:

  • Slingshot as a starter weapon and inventory weapon
  • Zelda speaking with, and visually manifesting, telepathically with Link
  • Zelda speaking with Link through a crystal necklace (which is also a Star Wars reference here)
  • Fairies reviving Link from death, not just restoring low health
  • Ganon having a human form doppelganger and/or evil wizard that acts as his headman
  • Link's sword growing in power as he advances, not just because he finds better swords
  • The Triforce on his shield instead of a Christian cross (even though it's literally THE Triforce in this and not just decorative designs)
  • Flying on a beloved bird companion, especially into battle
  • Bat-wing Ganon
  • Vaguely: Link having a flying companion that gives him advice. Not quite a fairy *meh* they function really similarly
  • A Ganon paired with a trident.. though this is a huge stretch because it's Link's sword that turns into one to kill Ganon, not Ganon's weapon. I just have to admit the first time I read it I thought he took the trident off Ganon ;p
  • Zelda locked in a magical stasis spell which is also where she was communicating telepathically with Link from
  • Link being the absolutely most adorable thing ever
  • Spin attack
  • Hot pink hair
  • His boat being struck by lightning and him washing ashore
  • Link being lured towards a dungeon boss by a an enemy being disguised as a maiden he knows
  • The Goddess and Zelda resembling each other: hinting at being linked together
  • Zelda transforming into a man to foil Ganon's minions
  • Multiple magical Links fighting together (though this is an illusion spell, not a splitting spell. They're not all actually Link)


I'll be back to add more later! There is actually more

Volume1, for LoZ: https://www.flickr.com/photos/historyofhyrule/7211430740/in/album-72157629760736528/
Volume 2, AoL vol1: https://www.flickr.com/photos/historyofhyrule/7211430456/in/album-72157629760736528/
Volume 3, AoL vol2: https://www.flickr.com/photos/historyofhyrule/7211430518/in/album-72157629760736528/
Volume 4, AoL vol3: https://www.flickr.com/photos/historyofhyrule/7211430792/in/album-72157629760736528/

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Publication's List: Help me make it accurate for all of us!

I've been needing to update the info and works that are still missing from the publication's section of the site. Problem is: there's a lot to add. So I'm making albums on flickr to more quickly organize the information. I'm also doing this so it's easier for all of you to help me figure out this mass of information. These will contain everything I know about:

Good news is that Mases of Zelda dungeon is doing most of the work on the guides. He's making scans of his whole collection and is working on at least adding covers and info until he can get to everything that massive task entails. 

So what can I use help with? Any one of you can probably help with something here:
  • The thing I need the most help with is, if you know Japanese, help me make sure I have the correct titles, author's and illustrator's names, publishers, etc, in both Japanese and English characters.
  • Double check my info against what's written in the volumes (I'm dyslexic, I make a lot of type-based mistakes)
  • Help me find links to the best scans and info online*
  • Help me find auction links to things I'm missing. If it's guides or merch I can get them to my friends who collect that and will get us scans. If it's manga, Japanese books, or artbooks, I'll probably buy them.
  • (More to come, I'm out of time today to keep writing)
*An FYI: I'm not going to publicly post links to free downloads of anything still in print, (just links to sales pages.) If you can't afford to purchase the volumes, etc, I totally understand, this isn't judgement on that. But, the way I use this platform, is for promoting purchasing any still available & only the scans for things that are not. Especially for manga; I really want a BotW series and good sales make that more likely.

I'm doing this, in large part, because my end goal is to try to have every piece of official and semi-official Zelda art online. But it's too hard to do if you don't check things off a list as you go and if you're dealing with bad scans only to get good scans after you've already done a ton of editing work. So this is the leg work to creating an awesome gallery. The added benefit is, obviously, we should have a great resource and merchandise catalog when we're done that also helps up properly credit the people behind the series we love.

Monday, November 22, 2021

Absolutely stunning Russian scanlations of the Ran Maru manga

Look at these! I mean it, even if you don't speak Russian: I am in awe of what a beautiful job they've done on chapter 1 Susan1n, the person in charge of making this happen, sent these to me to post. They'll be continuing with the other chapters and if you'd like to check out their blog and other work, which is mainly for the Slayers series, you can find that here

Ah, I'm in love:




Here's a little bit from them about this project:

«Я являюсь давним фанатом серии «The Legend of Zelda». Но вот про эту мангу я узнал не так давно. В 2019 году на ютубе вышел видеоролик Василия Русяева, в котором он рассказывал о том, что недавно приобрел оригинальный томик манги « The Legend of Zelda: The Hyrule Fantasy» 1986 года. Перевода на английский или русский на тот момент он не нашел и предложил своим подписчикам, знающим японский перевести мангу. Мне она показалась интересной и два года я ждал, что кто нибудь сделает перевод этой манги. Но как говорится, если что-то хочешь, то сделай это сам. Поэтому я решил взять это дело в свои руки. Нашел переводчика с японского, который согласился мне помочь, и мы приступили к работе. Ну, как-то так…
P.S. А ещё мы переводим на русский мангу «Slayers: Knight of Aqualord», можете глянуть и её)))»


And if you would like an English translation for this work, we have that posted here.



Indie Zelda and Louisa's Comics!

Blast from the past: If you use to visit History of Hyrule back in the day you probably remember IndieZelda.com, or Independent Zelda, the fan comic site run by one of my best Zelda & artist friends, Louisa Roy. You may know her as SomeGirl or Om Nom Berries too. She is an awesome fanartist and person, and ran an incredible forum where a bunch of Zelda webmasters hid out... hung out? ..probably both. She fuled a lot of our creativity and humor and helped keep me sane. I've known her for about as long as I've known anyone on the internet. We met on one of the first forums I ever joined.

Anyway, I adore her, she's still around doing her thing, making comics, and she sent me these Zelda doujinshi she created back then so I could preserve them on the web! I am so excited about this! So I got 4 series of hers, of vastly varying length, posted on archive.org last night. 

Be sure to check out her new stuff. She has a lot of other incredible Zelda comics and is doing Star Wars and other original comics as well. That link goes to her link tree.


The Legend of Zelda: The Dark Mirror is a 5 part comic for Ocarina of Time



A Space for Us Among the Clouds is a roughly 36 page comic for Skyward Sword


Her Twilight Princess Series is 5 parts, just under 130 pages, and features the stories: Beautiful Midnight, Hello Time Bomb, Symbolistic White Walls, and Alert Status Red



And this volume was made for the 25th anniversary of the series, it features stories for A Legend of Zelda fan comic for The Legend of Zelda, A Link to the Past, Ocarina of Time, Wind Waker, and Twilight Princess.



Love ya, Louisa!


New High Resolution Scans of the Majora's Mask Koubunsha 4-Koma (Manga)

Here are the 600dpi scans posted on archive.org


I've started scanning the 26ish volumes of Legend of Zelda 4-Koma and I'm actually going to post large versions of it, which I usually don't do, but it's only because I think the chances of it having a market to be republished are pretty slim. I'm trying to make sure I support publishers but, also, it's a shame something disappears because it's been unavailable for decades so I'm trying to figure out the balance there.

The Legend of Zelda 4Koma for Majora's Mask, an Anthology Published by Koubunsha. ISBN4-334-80503-5. First Published Date: July 10, 2000





I am super sad these never got popular. They're so awesome! I've had small scans of most of the pages on historyofhyrule.com since 2002-2004 and I haven't even seen so much as a meme from them. And they are so meme worthy! Only 1 out of roughly 26 Zelda 4komas have been translated so, if you would like to translate this, even just sections of it, please go ahead and let me know! 

If you use these pages please always link back to the main website though, so people can find more information and rare materials, or even help me find more!

Here are examples and info on the other 4koma, they're for the games LttP, LA, OoT, MM, WW, OoA, and OoS. I will be scanning them all in the coming weeks: Here's what you can expect to see.


Keywords: Zelda, Legend of Zelda, The Legend of Zelda, ゼルダの伝説, Majora's Mask, Majoras Mask, MM, ムジュラの仮面, manga, comics, RAWS, 600dpi, High Resolution, Scans, 4koma, 4-koma, Yonkoma, 4コマ漫画

Saturday, November 20, 2021

New High Resolution Scans of the Majora's Mask Enix 4-Koma (Manga)

Here are the 600dpi scans posted on archive.org

I've started scanning the 26ish volumes of Legend of Zelda 4-Koma and I'm actually going to post large versions of it, which I usually don't do, but it's only because I think the chances of it having a market to be republished are pretty slim. I'm trying to make sure I support publishers but, also, it's a shame something disappears because it's been unavailable for decades so I'm trying to figure out the balance there.

The Legend of Zelda 4Koma for Majora's Mask, an Anthology Published by Enix. ISBN4-7575-0282-6 First Published Date: August 18, 2000




I am super sad these never got popular. They're so awesome! I've had small scans of most of the pages on historyofhyrule.com since 2002-2004 and I haven't even seen so much as a meme from them. And they are so meme worthy! Only 1 out of roughly 26 Zelda 4komas have been translated so, if you would like to translate this, even just sections of it, please go ahead and let me know! 

If you use these pages please always link back to the main website though, so people can find more information and rare materials, or even help me find more!

Here are examples and info on the other 4koma, they're for the games LttP, LA, OoT, MM, WW, OoA, and OoS. I will be scanning them all in the coming weeks: Here's what you can expect to see.


Keywords: Zelda, Legend of Zelda, The Legend of Zelda, ゼルダの伝説, Majora's Mask, Majoras Mask, MM, ムジュラの仮面, manga, comics, RAWS, 600dpi, High Resolution, Scans, 4koma, 4-koma, Yonkoma, 4コマ漫画

Friday, November 19, 2021

1992 Link meets 2022 Link

I posted this on Twitter and it really took off so I figured I might as well catalog it here. This great little illustration comes from the Futabasha Fantasy Novel Series: Legend of Zelda, Count of the Black Shadow 1992, by Akio Higuchi. The cover illustration is accredited to Fujiwara Kamui but I don't know if they did the inside illustrations as well because there is no one specifically credited for them. ISBN4-575-23096-0 It's a 254 page novel with about 14 incredible illustrations. I'll scan the whole thing soon but for now you can find the old illustration scans and info here and the nicer illustration scans are in the LttP art gallery, here


Someone wondered if this was real and it was neat to be able to point out it was on my site all the way back in 2004. The reason people haven't seen much of this stuff, even though it's been online for around 17 years, (I somewhat sarcastically, then sincerely, spoke about this in one of my last posts,) is that I had problems where larger sites and forums wouldn't link to my site because supplemental material at the time, at least that wasn't mass consumed in the US like the Valiant Comics, wasn't considered "real Zelda content." People would get chased off if they wanted to post/talk about even just for fun. Which was just so strange to me! Because I can assure you: you can still enjoy the core games without being angry that other stuff was created for the series. It's so much more fun if everyone is just enjoying what inspires them to love the series even more! It honestly helps give it life in the years between games.




One of my friends, linksliltri4ce, also reminded me that A Link to the Past also had the concept of floating islands with temples on them. (Not in game, but in the backstory and manual art.) Which I knew but it never really clicked when it came to how much fun it is to play around with the idea of connecting Breath of the Wild 2 with aLttP. Some of the ruins with pillars on hills in BotW are around the same type of ancient Greek-pillar as Ganon's Tower in LttP, which is in the Sacred Realm too. Anyway, that's all super loose but it's fun thoughts for fan artists and people who like to play with ideas!







Wednesday, November 17, 2021

New High Resolution Scans of the Link to the Past Enix 4-Koma (Manga) Vol. 8

Here are the 600dpi scans posted on archive.org

I've started scanning the 26ish volumes of Legend of Zelda 4-Koma and I'm actually going to post large versions of it, which I usually don't do, but it's only because I think the chances of it having a market to be republished are pretty slim. I'm trying to make sure I support publishers but, also, it's a shame something disappears because it's been unavailable for decades so I'm trying to figure out the balance there.

This volume is "The Legend of Zelda 4 Koma Gekijou # 8." 

It's an anthology that was published on October 29, 1995 by Enix. ISBN4-87025-847-1 (Japan) and it's for a Link to the Past and Link's Awakening.
 




Any translations will be posted to this Flickr album for now. 


I am super sad these never got popular. They're so awesome! I've had small scans of most of the pages on historyofhyrule.com since 2002-2004 and I haven't even seen so much as a meme from them. And they are so meme worthy! Only 1 out of roughly 26 Zelda 4komas have been translated so, if you would like to translate this, even just sections of it, please go ahead and let me know! 

If you use these pages please always link back to the main website though, so people can find more information and rare materials, or even help me find more!

Here are examples and info on the other 4koma, they're for the games LttP, LA, OoT, MM, WW, OoA, and OoS. I will be scanning them all in the coming weeks: Here's what you can expect to see.


Keywords: The Legend of Zelda, Link's Awakening, LA, ゼルダの伝説 夢をみる島, Zeruda no Densetsu: Yume o Miru Shima, A Link to the Past, Triforce of the Gods, LttP, aLttP, manga, comics, zelda, RAWS, 600dpi, High Resolution, Scans, ゼルダの伝説, 神々のトライフォース, 4koma, 4-koma, Yonkoma, 4コマ漫画

New High Resolution Scans of the Link to the Past Enix 4-Koma (Manga) Vol. 7

 Here are the 600dpi scans posted on archive.org

I've started scanning the 26ish volumes of Legend of Zelda 4-Koma and I'm actually going to post large versions of it, which I usually don't do, but it's only because I think the chances of it having a market to be republished are pretty slim. I'm trying to make sure I support publishers but, also, it's a shame something disappears because it's been unavailable for decades so I'm trying to figure out the balance there.

This volume is "The Legend of Zelda 4 Koma Gekijou # 7." 

It's an anthology that was published on April 24, 1995 by Enix. ISBN4-87025-806-4 (Japan) and it's for Link's Awakening and A Link to the Past.
 




Any translations will be posted to this Flickr album for now. 


I am super sad these never got popular. They're so awesome! I've had small scans of most of the pages on historyofhyrule.com since 2002-2004 and I haven't even seen so much as a meme from them. And they are so meme worthy! Only 1 out of roughly 26 Zelda 4komas have been translated so, if you would like to translate this, even just sections of it, please go ahead and let me know! 

If you use these pages please always link back to the main website though, so people can find more information and rare materials, or even help me find more!

Here are examples and info on the other 4koma, they're for the games LttP, LA, OoT, MM, WW, OoA, and OoS. I will be scanning them all in the coming weeks: Here's what you can expect to see.


Keywords: The Legend of Zelda, Link's Awakening, LA, ゼルダの伝説 夢をみる島, Zeruda no Densetsu: Yume o Miru Shima, A Link to the Past, Triforce of the Gods, LttP, aLttP, manga, comics, zelda, RAWS, 600dpi, High Resolution, Scans, ゼルダの伝説, 神々のトライフォース, 4koma, 4-koma, Yonkoma, 4コマ漫画

Why did Link have Hot Pink Hair in A Link to the Past?

The world may never know. ...Unless we look at several years of monthly manga magazine covers from early 1986 until late 1988. I don't know though, I've never heard of game developers who also like comics... and certainly not ones about the game they made. It's not like Miyamoto was trying to be a manga artist before he joined Nintendo or anything ...and I really doubt any of them would like one of the best comics ever made for the series. And thus it will forever remain a mystery 


Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, in One Pack Comics, by Ran Maru

ゼルダの伝説, わんぱっくコミックス,  乱丸


There's also some other other magazine art that's kind of fun. The first 2 are a hot pink haired female Link from Shonen Captain (Monthly Magazine) May 18, 1986. 3rd image unknown but it comes from this video:





Anyway, just a guess. Maybe we could agree that hot pink is just a great color too. #plink


Also, I saw this said a lot: "16-bit" is about the processor, it doesn't mean 16 colors. Though, yes! Some of the modes for the SNES topped out at 16 colors per sprite/tile, and LttP is an example of the use of one of those, so I could see how people could get confused. Source 1. Source 2. But, no, it wasn't pink because the bunny was pink and it "needed to be the same color for technical reasons" ...because, even if (?) that were true for some reason, the rabbit's color of pink wasn't even the same as his hair. (Thank you to whomever made this graphic, I couldn't find the source to credit)