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Manga / The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time by Akira Himekawa is a manga adaptation of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for the Nintendo 64. The manga follows the games with some changes here and there.

It stars a young boy named Link who lives amongst a child-like race of beings called the Kokiri. One day Link finally gets his Fairy Companion and is asked by the dying Great Deku Tree to go on a journey. While on his journey Link meets the similarly-aged princess Zelda who gives him her own task. Unfortunately, things don't go as planned. Link is put into a deep sleep and wakes up seven years later to find out his world has changed for the worst. Link must now figure out how to defeat the evil Ganondorf and bring peace back to Hyrule.

This manga received a direct sequel in the The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask manga.


This manga provides examples of:

  • Adaptational Badass:
    • While Impa was implied to be a skilled fighter in the game, here she's depicted as a better swordsman than Link is and trains him to be better.
    • Malon actually helps Link fight off the Gerudo attacking Lon Lon Ranch.
    • Although Mido is still a scrawny jerk, he at least tries to distract and stand up to monsters on multiple occasions.
    • After initially being defeated, Dark Link reappears riding a dark horse which he didn't do in the game.
  • Adaptational Heroism:
    • In the game, Volvagia was an ancient beast that devoured Gorons, Ganondorf had resurrected it to use their extinction as an example of those who defy him. Volvagia in the manga was Link's pet dragon, and rather cute and friendly, and only tried to kill him because he was Brainwashed and Crazy.
    • While Ingo still willingly joins Ganondorf, he's initially just doing so to save his own hide. His more cruel actions are done under Twinrova's mind control. Malon's dialogue also implies that he was a far nicer man in the past than he was in the game.
  • Adaptational Villainy:
    • Unlike the game, Sheik is a double agent working for Ganondorf. This is subverted in the end, as Sheik was Zelda in disguise simply swearing loyalty to throw off suspicion.
    • Due to more information regarding him revealed AFTER this manga was released, Ganondorf is depicted how he was before games like The Wind Waker and Skyward Sword gave him a Freudian Excuse and being a Tragic Villain, a remorseless sociopath with delusions of grandeur. Even with just Ocarina of Time in mind, Ganondorf's actions are amped up in terms of cruelty as the manga gave tragic backstories to monsters like Volvagia where none exist in the game.
  • Adaptational Wimp:
    • Zelda unfortunately gets hit with this, despite her own achievements in the game (even with its flaws). To compare: In the game, she manages to survive all those seven years of hardship by herself, with the very likely help of Impa, who may have taught her to defend herself, and that's something that took guts. What does she do in the manga, instead? She opts to skip all those seven years by allowing Impa to lock away her consciousness, allowing a male mind to do all the hard work for her in her body, instead, in the identity of Sheik. In other words, she takes the easy way out, depriving her of any form of character development in the process.
    • The bosses in the games required Link to stun them with an item and then kill them with his sword. Here, they all go down with one hit by the item. This is especially notable with Phantom Ganon, Twinrova, and Barinade who don't have their second forms.
  • Adaptation-Induced Plot Hole:
    • The manga skips the Shadow Temple, meaning that we see Link collecting only five medallions... but when he has to break the barrier around Hyrule Castle, the sixth medallion appears out of nowhere, along with Impa in the group shot with the other sages.
    • At what moment did Zelda awaken as the seventh sage if she was voluntarily put to sleep (as in never conscious the whole time she was Sheik) during the whole seven years?
  • Adaptation Personality Change:
  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: Link originally found Navi to be annoying. In the game, there's no implication of this.
  • Adapted Out: Bongo Bongo, due to the Shadow Temple being mysteriously skipped.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: Epona behaves much like a dog in this manga.
  • Bad Future: A key plot point in the Ocarina of Time manga, just like in the game.
  • Bird People: One side story involves the Watarara, a migratory race of giant birds who only appear in the manga. They migrate over Hyrule once a year and born wingless and develop their wings as they age; youngsters ride on their parents' backs until the can fly. They were the inspiration for the Rito.
  • Bishōnen: Adult Link is depicted as this in the second volume of Ocarina of Time.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: The manga isn't gorey by any means, but it has more blood than the near-bloodless source game.
  • Brainwashed: Zelda, by Impa, to become Sheik, on her own request.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy:
    • Volvagia, compared to his canon game version where he was always evil.
    • The Gerudo tribe was shown to be brainwashed heavily late in the manga along with Nabooru, to which the original game only subtly hinted at with the former.
    • Ingo suffered this as a punishment for losing Epona, whom he had been planning to give to Ganondorf. His original punishment was execution.
  • Call-Forward: Although not in the Japanese version but rather in the English release, the Stalfos that Link encounters in Hyrule Castle Town as both a child and an adult is named Stallord.
  • Chick Magnet: Link attracts the attention of many women throughout the manga.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Zig-zagged with Unlucky Malon. Though at first, she refuses Link's rescue in favor of waiting for her idealized "Prince on a White Horse", throughout the rescue begins to wonder if Link is her prince. Just as she begins to consider romance with Link, Zelda is brought up, and Link's reaction makes it clear that his heart is set on Zelda. Instead of moping about it, she gives up on that train of thought and carries on with her life.
  • Comic-Book Adaptation: Of the video game The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
  • Composite Character:
    • Zelda was given some of Malon's traits as she plays with Link at the start of his journey.
    • Dark Link takes Bongo Bongo's role as the monster in the well at Kakariko Village.
  • Continuity Snarl: Despite Zelda explaining that she was voluntarily put into essentially a magical coma during all those seven years, the manga still passes it off as if she did it all by herself. Unless this can be interpreted as Zelda taking all the credit for Sheik's work.
  • Decomposite Character: Sort of, in Sheik being a split male consciousness from Zelda, rather than Zelda doing the work herself.
  • Demoted to Extra: Malon's role is decreased due to Zelda being a Composite Character. Link meets her later on in the games and their friendship is more brief as well.
  • Dying as Yourself: Volvagia, in one of the manga's biggest Tear Jerker moments.
  • Early Adaptation Weirdness: The manga has some of this due to its age, such as its Adaptational Villainy of Ganondorf. The manga also features a female Goron while the games keep it a Riddle for the Ages whether Goron are all-male, have No Biological Sex, or whether the females are conveniently off-screen.
  • Evil Twin:
    • Dark Link is an evil counterpart of Link's created by the well in Kakariko.
    • The Deku Tree gets his own evil counterpart, the Baga Tree, in a bonus story.
  • Foreshadowing: The manga has even more foreshadowing to Zelda being Sheik than the game has. For example, the third chapter portrays Zelda as a Tomboy Princess and, right before the reveal, Link holds Sheik and notes that he's frailer than he'd thought.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Link's fight against Volvagia is presented as this. It only regains its memories after Link cuts off its head.
  • Inconsistent Dub: The English manga translates the Zora and Goron Verbal Tics, unlike the English version of the game.
  • King Incognito: Link comes across a girl in the town square who he plays with. That girl turns out to be Princess Zelda herself. The castle is nearby, so she ran off. Zelda wanted to see what it was like to be a normal child. This also foreshadows her being a Tomboy Princess.
  • Logical Weakness: Dark Link can copy any technique Link has used in the past, but can't account for attacks that Link has seen but not performed. Link is able to bisect Dark Link by copying Impa's flip attack.
  • The Mole: Sheik was revealed to be this.
  • Off with His Head!: How Link kills Volvagia.
  • Our Centaurs Are Different: Dark Link can turn his lower body into a copy of Epona.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Right after Volvagia is introduced, we have a flashback to Link's childhood, when we saw Link buying a newborn Volvagia from Hyrule Market and keeping it as a pet before he picked up the Master Sword, even though it wasn't present in that segment.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Sadly averted with Zelda for most of the story, because instead of being able to help Link by herself as Sheik like she did in the game, she was put to "sleep" by Impa the entire time, while a male personality did all the work for her in her body as Sheik.
  • Ship Tease: Link with just about every main female character in his age group: Saria, Zelda, Malon, Ruto (although he does seem to be leaning towards Zelda). Even Navi herself got some with him. Her last line is different from the games a bit and seems to portray attraction, which is canon in the games. Lampshaded by Kaepora Gaebora:
    "You sure are popular with the ladies. That's the third pretty young girl you've got!"
  • Shoot the Dog: Link's fight with Volvagia is this, due to the dragon being changed to have been a former childhood pet of Link's before being brainwashed by Ganondorf.
  • Shoulder-Sized Dragon: Baby Volvagia in flashbacks.
  • Sociopathic Hero: Sheik is a more devious and pragmatic hero than Link, and is noticeably unaffected by the memory-based illusions in the desert.
  • Tap on the Head: Sheik knocks Link out and throws him in a Gerudo cell.
  • Tragic Monster: Volvagia.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Inverted, the manga provides an explanation to what happened to the Fairy Ocarina that Saria gives Link, compare with in the game where it just disappears after he gets the titular item. After Zelda tosses Link the Ocarina of Time, Ganondorf attacks Link and attempts to take it from him. However, he grabs the Fairy Ocarina by mistake assuming its the Ocarina of Time and smashes it in rage when he realizes it's the wrong one.
  • You Have Failed Me: Ganondorf was planning to have Ingo executed for letting Epona escape with Link. Subverted, as Koume and Kotake decided to do something far worse to Ingo.
  • You Killed My Father: The manga makes the implications that is from the original game that Ganondorf murdered Zelda's father during the raid a bit more blatant, where he tells Zelda, upon confronting her in a burning Hyrule Castle that she "will sleep in eternity with her father in this burning castle."