Gankutsuou is an anime loosely based on the novel The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. It tells the story of Albert Morcerf, a young aristocrat who happens to befriend a wealthy nobleman, The Count of Monte Cristo, through a series of bizarre events. Fascinated by the Count’s charm, Albert invites him to meet his friends and family, all of whom happen to be part of the upper class society of Paris, France. Unfortunately, little does Albert realize that the Count has ulterior motives in mind.
So what do you think of the TP manga so far? Do you like the changes they've been making? Does it take too long to get anywhere? Is Link's backstory fitting? And what do you think of character relationships (particularly Midna and Link)?
So far, I LOVE it! the changes have been fine/great if not, tolerable. I welcome alterations when it comes to Game-to-Manga adaptions. (really what’s the point, if they’re just going to give us the same thing or less?) I feel they’ve found a nice balance of keeping close to story events, yet changing how/when those events play out (much like the Kingdom Hearts Manga).
Changes let’s talk about the main change that got everyone’s attention: the edginess of this adaption. I was very surprised by this. not b/c of cheap shock value, but by how well it worked. This type of edge raised the stakes and immersed the urgency for the characters. what it accomplished was that, this time, the manga adaption was not going to downplay or refrain certain content, as most LoZ manga has done. (they definitely got this point across by having Link lose his arm). For example, the gore traumatized Ilia, she’s told Link was slaughtered, and she’s a hostage to the Moblin king who has taken an uncomfortable interest in her. this caused her to contemplate suicide, only to eventually lose her memory. the edgy topics/scenes aren’t for nothing, It adds a bit of weight to the story.
But the first thing that caught my attention, was something that’s a make or break for me: the Art style. In my humble opinion, I Love it! And it’s so much better than say, the Ocarina of Time Manga. It striped off that 90’s-manga style that’s been so prevalent in Akira Himekawa’s works. Personally I prefer to steer clear as possible from that style. ᵐᵒʳᵉ ˢᵒ ᶠᵒʳ ᵗʰᶦˢ ᵇ/ᶜ ᴵ ᵈᵒᶰ’ᵗ ʷᵃᶰᵗ ᵗᵒ ˢᵉᵉ ᵐʸ ʰᵘˢᵇᵃᶰᵈ ᶫᵒᵒᵏᶦᶰᵍ ᶫᶦᵏᵉ ᵗʰᵃᵗ ˣᴰ but that’s just me.
↓compare Ocarina manga (Left) Twilight manga (Right)
Though few, action scenes are much better than other LoZ manga, and are nicely choreographed. (unlike a one page sword swing with dead enemies just to imply action)
The Pacing I hate waiting for stuff to happen in Manga, b/c it’s always weeks of waiting, but true to Twilight Princess, it’s about the journey not the end, and I will happily delay that ending for more content, be it significant or not. b/c once it’s over it’s over. the other LoZ manga rushed WAY to fast, and just abbreviated the story to a crippling degree. So I really like the current pace (ch.30), I just hope they don’t rush through certain spots. dungeons fine but not, say, Snow Peak Ruins. b/c I’m needing to see some Yeto and Yeta in this manga XD.
I’ve heard that this was going to be a 5 volume manga, if that’s true, vol. 5 is going to be a terrible butchered summery, b/c in vol.4 Link JUST got to Castle town, and met Telma. I Hope that’s wrong.
Link’s backstory Link’s back story I could do without. Disappearing town? Is it b/c of the Twilight spreading? why is Hero Shade involved with it? what was with that excalibur sword? it kind of upstages the Master Sword, by existing the same way it does. I suspect it’s all JUST to give a reason for Link’s exceptional sword skill (b/c no farm boy could do that stuff, yet we all excepted it in the game so it’s not necessary) anyway, it’s odd and out of place but not distracting. it’s tolerable to say the least b/c it hasn’t resurfaced but all the more useless it is to even add it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ It reminds me of that weird extra chapter they added in Majora’s mask manga with that weird dancing monster….. What even?
Characters and relationships I like that Link’s relationship with Rusl wasn’t ignored. Hes the closest thing to a father figure any Link has Ever had. same goes for the little brother role for Colin (love that family). Luda is just the cutest thing in game and now more so here! I’m so glad she got such a main part! If they make the Moblin King end up as he does in game, I’d be happy, though I’m really doubting the screen time will be spared for him. I Love that shad is getting characterization, even with Ilia. I hope it comes full circle with the City in the Sky segment. perhaps Shad can prove no hard feelings to Link and how sincere he is as an ally, as well as any intentions with Ilia (romantically or friendship). with that said, I hope Ashei will get the same spotlight treatment.
Midna I just want to say I’m glad they aren’t PRETENDING like we don’t know what Midna looks like (like Sheik is Zelda?!). She is beautiful, and that translates in the manga art style. give that Gal the spotlight, otherwise we wont be seeing that face until it’s all over
as far as Midna and Link go, I’m glad they aren’t sugar coating Midna for the sake of MidLink. I can’t emphasize enough how much they DO NOT get along in the beginning. They are anything BUT a cute couple, and I’m glad they didn’t change that. in fact she’s a bit of a brat in this one, but for the sake of humor, I welcome it. as for any MidLink I have yet to see any clear sign that that’s where the authors will take it. most likely they will (anxiously waiting for that). But for now Midna is just starting to get into the friend zone, fresh from ambiguous-ally zone.
This is a hurried piece, so both the circles and curves failed (freehanded it, hahaha). My subject for Inktober’s Day 5: Long is Kaito from Thousand Year Solo. He sings a melancholic song to a loved one he has outlived because he is an artificial being.