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The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Vol. #07 Manga Review

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Recovering and looking to the past!

Creative Staff
Story/Art: Akira Himekawa
Translation: John Werry

What They Say
Link’s battle with his dark alter ego leaves him wounded and exhausted. With Midna gone and unable to harness the power of the Master Sword, Link’s quest seems doomed. Visions of a grizzled warrior also haunt his dreams, but who is it? And what can this warrior teach Link that he will need to defeat Ganondorf? Certainly, Link will need the Master Sword again, but only a true hero can wield the power of that legendary weapon…

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
As we open the volume, we find Link broken down and being cared for by a girl in a deserted village. What follows is honestly a pretty nice breakdown and turning point in our hero’s journey. Though he is brought low and is beaten down, it feels that much stronger to see him come out of it, and his reunion with Midna in the aftermath, in particular, is great. Add to this the way he responds to the girl’s kindness and finds a new path forwards for himself and a reason to keep on fighting, and you have what I’d call a pretty strong character moment here.

Once that’s done, we come to a conversation between Zelda and Ganondorf, who reveals how he came back and has been pulling the strings. And it’s here that we intriguingly dive into the meta-narrative of the series, with these characters who are fated to constantly keep coming back and struggling against one another in an endless cycle. I’ve got to say, it really is interesting to see something from this series actually tackle the matter so directly and head-on, even adding in ties back to Ocarina of Time in particular quite directly. My one fear though would be that it makes the series stand alone a bit more poorly, requiring knowledge of that previous entry to truly make such matters land.

At any rate, though, tying further into that theme Link enters the Temple of Time. And it’s there that he ends up facing off with the Hero’s Shade, a former incarnation of himself. Just what exactly will Link be able to learn from the intense training with his former self, and will he be able to survive the dangerous process?

In Summary
This volume really does feel like one of the stronger entries in the series so far, with how it really digs deep into Link’s character. It certainly is powerful seeing him stripped down so thoroughly and have to stand once again. And I do appreciate that while the topic of destiny is a big one here, it feels like things are laid out in such a way so that it doesn’t undermine his personal journey. Plus there’s plenty of fanservice for readers who have followed the Legend of Zelda series as a whole, though I worry that may fall a touch flat for those who haven’t. But at any rate, this is definitely a solid book, and it will be interesting to see where Link’s journey takes him from here on out.

Content Grade: A-
Art Grade: A-
Packaging Grade: B+
Text/Translation Grade: B+

Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Viz Media
Release Date: August 11th, 2020
MSRP: $9.99

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