A. Honda and S. Nagano, collectively known as Akira Himekawa, will be featured guests at this weekend’s Crunchyroll Expo 2018 in San Jose, California. The talented duo is known in the Zelda community for their ambitious manga adaptations of the series, and will be discussing those and many other works from their expansive 30-year careers as artists in a panel on Sunday, September 2.
Honda and Nagano were introduced to Zelda in 1998 when their then-editor at Shogaku Rokunense magazine approached them about creating a manga series based on Ocarina of Time, which had just launched on the Nintendo 64. An excerpt from the Legendary Edition of the Ocarina manga briefly details Himekawa’s journey from rarely playing video games to becoming the sole creators of a manga series based on one of Nintendo’s biggest franchises.
Nearly every Zelda title has been given the Himekawa manga treatment within the last 10 years, including Majora’s Mask, A Link to the Past and the Oracle series. The books have since been translated into five other languages for readers around the world to enjoy. Volume four of Twilight Princess recently released in Japan, and is coming to the United States in September.
If you are a fan of the manga adaptations and happen to be in San Jose this weekend, don’t miss out on the chance to meet the artists in person.