On my way to work a couple of weeks ago I found myself waiting for a bus on South Bridge Street in the rain as the bus shelter was already over capacity.

Getting bored of being attacked by umbrellas I decided to pop into Forbidden Planet and have a look around as there was still 10 minutes or so until the bus was to arrive. And I’m glad I did, as it opened my eyes to something I did not realised existed, at least outside of Japan. Whilst browsing through the manga section my eyes fell on a series of books based on one of my favourite game franchises of all time. What I’m referring to is a series of manga adaptations of the Legend of Zelda games.

For the uninitiated, these games follow the adventures of a young man by the name of Link and his attempts to thwart evil from the land. These games are epic and most will take well over 30 hours to play through. If you find yourself short on time but enjoy the adventures of Link, you could do a lot worse than take a look at these books as they will take you a much shorter time to complete than even the easiest of the games.

Despite the brevity of these titles they do an excellent job of translating these games into images and dialogue and each tale speeds along, not allowing you to tire of the shenanigans.

This is the first time I set eyes on this (still growing) series of books and haven’t noticed them in the comic section of any other book shop I have been into, however I’m sure most would be more than happy to order them in if you asked. At the time of writing Forbidden Planet have a 3 for 2 sale on all manga, so if you want to stock up then now may be the time!

Expect reviews in the coming weeks!