The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages

Alt title: Zelda no Densetsu: Fushigi no Kinomi Jikuu no Shou

Vol: 1; Ch: 10
3.831 out of 5 from 364 votes
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The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages

After defeating the evil General Onox in Holodrum, Link returns to Hyrule. One day, Impa, Princess Zelda's attendant, asks Link to accompany her into the forest to find Nayru, the Oracle of Ages. But Veran, the evil Sorceress of Shadows, has possessed Impa in order to deceive Link. Veran then possesses Nayru and travels back to the past to kill one of Link's ancestors so that Link will never be born! Link once again battles across time to save Hyrule--and himself!

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It briefly mentions the events of Oracle of Seasons, so that story must've come first. I went into it with only a vague idea that the two stories must be Link-ed, but I guess choosing which one to read first based on alphabetical order wasn't the correct choice. That being said, it makes sense on its own. The villains connecting the two stories are the elderly goron twins, but they only show up at the very end to summon Ganon. The primary villain is Veran, who has the ability to possess people. After possessing the Nayru, fe goes several hundred years back in time to when the kingdom of Labrynna was still not quite as developed. Initially, fe suggests that feir purpose for traveling back in time is to try to make it so Link was never born or something like that, but feir actual actions seem much more focused on having a giant tower built through slave labor. Link is also able to travel back in time (as is Ralph, Nayru's childhood friend) through the use of a magical harp. Fe must figure out why Queen Anbi is going along with Nayru-Veran's idea of building a tower (the answer is that love and skeletal pirates are involved) and fe must figure out a weakness that would push Veran out of the host body so they could fight directly (the answer is a special type of seed). Along the way, Link also runs into one of feir ancestors (named Raven) who teaches fem some lessons about what it means to be a knight, and how a code of honor is more important than blind loyalty. I appreciated the hidden village and Ropely's inclusion in the plot. There aren't a huge number of fights and there's no sense of gathering seven such-and-such (as happens often in Zelda stories) and I think that made the storyline feel refreshing. The downside is that the fights that do occur are pretty short and bland. But it's an alright manga.

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