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The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages (Manga)

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The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages
The cover of the Oracle of Ages manga
Writer(s) Akira Himekawa
Artist(s) Akira Himekawa
Publisher(s) North America VIZ Media
Japan Shogakukan, Inc.
French Republic Editions Soleil
Kingdom of Spain Norma Editorial
Italian Republic J-Pop
United Mexican States Panini Manga
Release date
North America June 2, 2009[1]
Japan December 2001[2]
French Republic February 24, 2010[3]

Legendary Edition
North America January 10, 2017
Japan May 27, 2016
ISBN North America ISBN-10: 1-4215-2331-0
Japan ISBN-10: 4-09-149605-9
North America ISBN-13: 978-1-4215-2331-6
Japan ISBN-13: 978-4-09-149605-8
French Republic ISBN-13: 978-2-30201-008-6

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages is a manga by Akira Himekawa loosely based on the story of the game of the same name. It was originally released in Japan in December 2001 and an English translation was released by VIZ Media on June 2, 2009.[1][2]

A Legendary Edition also containing the Oracle of Seasons manga was released in Japan on May 27, 2016 and is set to be released in North America on January 10, 2017. This premium edition features new cover art and color pages.

Storyline

Oracle of Ages: Nayru

Japanese cover

Link ventures from Holodrum to Labrynna. Once he arrives, he participates in a fighting contest, but soon is surprised by the sudden appearance of Impa, Princess Zelda's nursemaid.

Sorceress of Shadows: Veran

Impa leads Link into a forest and asks him to move a stone marked with the symbol of the Triforce because she is unable to do so. Here, the two find Nayru, the Oracle of Ages, singing to a group of forest animals. After a short conversation between Link and Nayru, Impa reveals that she is possessed by Veran.[4] Veran then possesses Nayru and travels back in time to "erase" Link's existence.

An Old Friend: Ralph

Link meets Ralph, an old friend of Nayru's[5] who is searching for her. Link explains her disappearance and they travel back in time to the construction of the Black Tower.

Queen Ambi of Labrynna

Link is attacked by his ancestor, Raven,[6] and taken to the dungeon for "deserting" the construction of the tower. Link soon escapes and spies on Veran, who is possessing Nayru's body, informing the queen of the impact the Black Tower will have on Queen Ambi's fame.

Sir Raven

Sir Raven is revealed as the person who helped Link escape from the dungeon and brings him to a hidden village where all of the supposedly dead villagers[7] have taken residence.

Overthrowing Veran

The Harp of Ages is shown being passed through various hands until Ralph finds it at a store and buys it. Link, however, is staring at the Black Tower with Raven and Roperi. Fights begin to break out at the tower[8] and Link and Raven go to help the rebels. Link arrives at the castle and curses Veran in Nayru's body, who summons a giant tiger to take care of him. Ralph accidentally travels right on top of Link and, with the aid of the Harp of Ages, sends both of them to a deserted desert island.

The Pirate Captain

Ralph and Link construct a rowboat, but are caught by a large pirate ship. Soon after boarding, they discover that the entire crew is composed of skeletons.[9] The Captain reveals himself as Queen Ambi's lover. He set sail to forget his sorrows and ended up caught in time. Soon, the entire ship died. After revealing his secret, the Captain gives Ralph and Link a rowboat and allows them to leave, on the condition that they send Queen Ambi his love.

Ramrock

As Roperi watches her plant grow, Veran plots. She stops possessing Nayru's body and begins to learn about Raven's past. Link and Ralph travel back to the past, but as soon as they reach Labrynna, Veran possess Ralph. They travel back to the village and learn Veran's weakness, Mystery Seeds. As they sleep, Veran burns the seeds to prevent her defeat. Ramrock awakens from within the rocks surrounding the village. Link defeats it with the power of the Triforce. Castle guards begin to attack the villages and Ralph saves Link. Nayru/Veran attempts to kill Link with a spear, but he grabs it. Link gives Queen Ambi the Captain's pendant, and she realizes what she's done wrong. Just then, Veran possesses her.

Mystery Seeds

Queen Ambi orders her guards to imprison the heroes. Nayru awakens just in time and sends them forward in time to modern Labyrnna. Nayru reveals the truth about the absence of Mystery Seeds, Veran's only weakness, in the present day. Using the Harp of Ages, she sends them back to the past. It is revealed that Roperi's plant is a young Mystery Tree. Nayru begins to warp time to allow the tree to grow while Ralph embarks on a journey to the tower. The Mystery Tree produces a Mystery Seed. Link obtains it and travels to the Black Tower. As Ralph is about to kill Ambi and erase his own existence in doing so, Link shoots a seed at her and Veran's possession wears off. Veran reveals her true form: a giant spider.

Veran's True Form

As Link breaks free from the spidery web that Veran wrapped him in, she curses Link for making her reveal her true forme. Link grabs a huge box of spare explosives and sets them off, causing Veran to escape to the upper reaches of the Black Tower. She wraps Link in a spidery covering of webs and prepares to kill them both. As both are about to succumb, Raven appears and cuts Veran apart. In her dying breath, she summons the Twinrova, Gerudo witches.

The Return of the King of Evil

The Twinrova light the flames of destruction and sorrow to resurrect Ganon, the King of Evil. To help Link, Princess Zelda crosses time to speak to his inner soul. She tells him how Twinrova's ritual was incomplete, and only managed to resurrect his evil power. Ganon begins to destroy the Black Tower and ends up crushing himself. He continues to wreak havoc and tear up the beautiful land. All of the warriors and heroes of Labyrnna attack him and he is defeated. The citizens of Labyrnna celebrate and Queen Ambi congratulates Raven on his heroic deeds.

Characters Exclusive to the Manga

Sir Raven

Main article: Sir Raven

Sir Raven is a Knight of Hyrule in employment as the captain of Queen Ambi's knights. He is an ancestor to Link. While on leave and not in the Queen's service, Sir Raven lives in a hidden village that has come to oppose Queen Ambi.

Resuta

Resuta is briefly mentioned by the elder of the hidden village. When Raven takes Link to the village, they make a stop at a house full of people, where Link explains what has happened to the queen. Before Link speaks, Raven gives the elder a fish, and the elder then gives it to Resuta and tells him or her to cook it.

Roperi

Main article: Roperi

Roperi is a girl who lives in the hidden village away from the misery created by the Black Tower. She admires Sir Raven for his kindness. Roperi was given a special seed to her by Sir Raven. As the construction of the tower continues, the seed eventually sprouts into a Mystery Seed, Veran's only weakness. She worries about her father, who is a slave building Queen Ambi's Tower.

Gallery

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Amazon.co.jp: ゼルダの伝説ふしぎの木の実時空の章 (てんとう虫コミックススペシャル): 姫川 明: 本, Amazon, retrieved 2013-03-24.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Legend of Zelda, Vol. 5: Oracle of Ages: Akira Himekawa: 9781421523316: Amazon.com: Books, Amazon, retrieved 2013-03-24.
  3. "Date de parution : 24/02/2010"Legend of Zelda 06 - Oracle of Seasons/Ages 2, Editions Soleil official website, retrieved November 30, 2016.
  4. "I'm not Impa... My name is Veran!" (The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages (VizKids), pg. 27)
  5. "I'm [sic] come from an ancient and noble family... I'm an old friend of Nayru's!" (The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages (VizKids), pg. 35)
  6. "I know his face from the picture hanging in our living room... So does that mean... He's my ancestor?" (The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages (Vizkids), pg. 73)
  7. "This is where you go to meet the supposedly dead." (The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages (Vizkids), pg. 69)
  8. "Raven! Fights are breaking out at the tower!" (The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages (VizKids), pg. 89)
  9. "We should've stayed in the water! Everyone on board is a skeleton!" (The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages (VizKids), pg. 105)

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