September 22, 2014 by dracs
Today I stumbled across a fan project I wanted to share with you guys. The Legend of Zelda is, undoubtedly, one of the most popular video game franchises of all time and fans have been crying out for a faithful adaptation. You know, instead of Link’s last appearance on television.
Now a group of fans have taken it upon themselves and have just come out with the first episode of Zeldamotion: A Link to the Past.
Animating the manga adaptation of the fan favourite game The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Aeipathy Industries’ first episode introduces us to the story’s hero. Living peacefully with his uncle, Link’s life is turned upside down when he wakes up after a mysterious dream to find his uncle gone.
Link follows him to the castle, arriving in time to see his uncle killed by a mysterious cloaked figure. Charged with saving the Princess Zelda, Link takes up his uncle’s sword and shield and heads off into the castle dungeons.
This first episode boasts a vibrant, if somewhat simplistic, art style that captures the general atmosphere of the famous game well. The animation, while by no means mind blowing, is definitely serviceable.
However, the really cool thing is the voice acting.Some have said they find the idea of the traditionally silent Link having a voice a bit off-putting, but for this project the makers have roped in the voice acting talents of Todd Haberkorn to voice the hero, a well regarded anime voice actor whose previous work has included main characters in Attack on Titan and Fairy Tail.
Legend of Zelda meets Fairy Tail. That image might just be one of the nerdiest and most esoteric we’ve ever used.
It is always really cool to see fan made projects like these. They really are a labour of love, made by fans, for fans and usually with no prospect of recompense. While this isn’t exactly studio quality, it is still an impressive piece of work. I’m not even a big Zelda fan (A Link to the Past and Ocarina of Time are the only two I’ve played), but I am still really looking forward to seeing how these guys do with the following episodes.
Are you a fan of this legendary game series? How do you think they’ve done in adapting it into animation?
If you want to support this, you can donate to Aeipathy Industries here.