3 Manga Classics Mini Reviews

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Hi guys! I’ve been waiting to do one of these posts for a while, but to post only one review, it’s just not practical so I waited for a bit and have now three Manga Classics to talk about! Oops… If you’ve been here for awhile you probably know I love manga classics, they are a great way to either go back to a story you love or to get introduced to one (especially if you’re not sure about reading the original classic).

I’ve reviewed some of them already, which you can see here, and I can’t wait to talk about these ones, one of them being an ARC:

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Manga Classics: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Manga Classics: The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

Manga Classics: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (ARC)

I have only read The Count of Monte Cristo classic yet and read Romeo and Juliet while reading the manga, to compare it. Keep in mind that my review for The Jungle Book is solely about the manga version without any comparison to the original, although I do compare it to the Disney version.

* Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*


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The Count of Monte Cristo adapted by Crystal S.Chan
Series: Manga Classics
Publisher: Udon Entertainment
Published April 1st, 2017
Genres: Manga, Classics
Pages: 401
Format: ARC
Buy: Book Depository | Amazon

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I absolutely loved this. This is one of my Top 3 manga classics. The first one being Jane Eyre, the second is for sure this one and the third is The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe. This had to be in second place because firstly, this story is truly amazing and one of my absolute favorite classics ever, and secondly because the manga version really makes it alive and gripping.

The Count of Monte Cristo is a truly interesting story full of mystery, pain, revenge, and love. I was hoping this manga would turn out good, although I have to say, I was worried… Since the original novel is quite a brick, this could have been really hurried. But it actually wasn’t – it had everything that is really important, everything made sense, the characters were drawn beautifully, it was full of details and emotion, it was fast-paced and tense and I couldn’t have loved it more.

This story has a lot of characters and a lot happening, but everything was really easy to understand. The character designs were amazing and I could see who was who just by looking (while sometimes in other manga it’s difficult to do so), plus the character development was also fantastic! Also, the backgrounds were once again super detailed and totally worth it! Some of the best manga art I’ve seen!

This is a manga classic I would deeply recommend. It’s for sure a lot shortened since the original has around 1200 pages but everything important is for sure here, and it’s a story worth knowing. Although I would still recommend reading the original because it’s freaking goals!

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The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling adapted by Crystal S. Chan
Series: Manga Classics
Publisher: Udon Entertainment
Published April 3rd, 2017
Genres: Manga, Classics
Pages: 321
Format: ARC
Buy: Book Depository | Amazon

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I was pleasantly surprised with this one. The Jungle Book was never a favorite for me. Although I liked it (Disney version which was the only one I knew), I just never cared as much for it as others, so I wasn’t as excited to pick this one up, but I did want to try it out… Well, it was nothing like what I thought it would be!

First of all this book is composed of 7 stories, each one accompanied by a poem. Only 3 of the tales being about Mowgli.

Stories: 

  • Mowgli’s Brothers (favorite from the Mowgli ones)
  • Kaa’s Hunting
  • Tiger! Tiger!
  • The White Seal (favorite)
  • Rikki-Tikki-Tavi
  • Toomai of the Elephants
  • Her Majesty’s Servants

The only ones about Mowgli are Mowgli’s Brothers that tells the story of how Mowgli came to live among the animals in the jungle, which I loved. Kaa’s Hunting that is about the part where the monkeys kidnap Mowgli, and Tiger! Tiger! that is about Mowgli trying to be a man and his final match with Shere Khan.

The White Seal and Rikki-Tikki-Tavi were tales I’ve never read before and I absolutely loved them! They are so warm-hearted and beautiful! I highly recommend reading them. The drawings were beautiful too – they work immensely well in manga format!

Toomai of the Elephants was one I didn’t really like much, and Her Majesty’s Servants was one I definitely disliked! But I did like the manga design of them.

Poems and others:

  • Hunting-Song of the Seeonee Pack
  • Road-Song of the Bandar-Log (favorite)
  • Mowgli’s Song
  • Lukannon
  • Darzee’s Chant
  • Shiv and the Grasshopper
  • Parade Song of the Camp Animals

I loved seeing some character I always liked from the Disney movie and haven’t seen in many years like Baloo and Bagheera! They were always the best and they are actually a bit different from what I thought! Well, the whole book was different from what I thought. I’m really happy I finally read this and got to know the other tales in the book!

The artwork in this book at first seemed a bit… weird? The animals and their expressions… I guess I never read a manga with animals as characters so it was a bit of a change and a surprise. Sometimes they look rougher than others, but at the beginning, I really thought I wasn’t gonna like the art… But I actually got used to it in only 10 pages or so. It’s a different type of art due to being mainly animals but it’s still pleasant and very detailed just like the other manga classics, especially the backgrounds. The emotions are also drawn very well and they captivated me to keep reading.

Overall it was a quite nice and different book. I’m really happy I read it in manga format because I love animals and it just made it really interesting. I would definitely recommend it and I can’t wait to check out the original classic!

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Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare adapted by Crystal S. Chan
Series: Manga Classics
Publisher: Udon Entertainment
Expected publication: May 25th, 2018
Genres: Manga, Classics
Pages: 400
Format: ARC
Buy: Book Depository | Amazon

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I thought this was a book that I should actually compare with the original one, due to it being a play. And I’m actually really happy I did!

Romeo and Juliet has been on my TBR for quite a while, but I was always afraid of not understanding the language. Well, I’m incredibly happy this manga exists because it’s almost exactly the same as the book. There are very tiny things missing so it’s like you are actually reading the original (without reading that someone enters or exits the scene because you are seeing it). It’s a mix between reading and seeing the play.

In terms of story, it’s incredibly accurate and I loved seeing it in manga format. I think it adds a lot to see the characters’ reactions and emotions, although sometimes they might not be entirely accurate, for what I can tell, sometimes they might confuse a bit… Anyway, manga has normally more extreme reactions/emotions in the characters’ faces and acts than any other, so that might just be the reason. It’s just a different style, and at any rate, a pleasant and fun one.

The manga design was really good and very detailed like always. And I believe that this one might have the most detailed characters so far. There’s a lot of characters in here and they were all pretty easy to recognize. Also, Juliet is supposed to be 13, and I believe she does look rather teenager-y. I really liked how she was designed, she looks sweet and delicate.

I can’t say this is my favorite story, but it’s for sure a good manga. It might be helpful for someone that hasn’t read the classic to get some annotations on the language tho. At least for me, it did help.

Overall I really liked reading this and it made me finally read the original classic, which is always a plus. I liked it more than I thought  I would, and it had a lot less romance than I thought too. It has a lot more to it than just Romeo and Juliet, which was actually for me, not the best part of it in terms of story but the best part in terms of drawings – they were just so beautiful! But storywise, I mostly loved the hate between the Capulet family and the Montague family.

Definitely recommend it, either if you already like Romeo and Juliet or if you are new to it like I was. It’s a pleasant manga to read and the perfect way to get acquainted with a classic (especially if you are a fan of manga like I am).

*Also, that cover is so incredibly beautiful!! I love both the colors and the design!

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Have you read these yet or any of the original classics? What’s your favorite story? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!

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