Zelda manga made me buy a backward book

Spotting something Zelda related when we least expect it can expose the inner nerd in each of us.

Browsing a local book shop today, my eyes nearly popped out of my head at the mere sight of Link.

“What is this?!” I exclaimed with all the ferocity of a ten-year old.

I scrambled through Faulkner and Hemingway to grasp the Legend of Zelda manga, a Japanese graphic novel that reads from back to front.

It apparently tells a faithful version of Ocarina of Time’s timeless tale.

Published by Viz Media, the Ocarina of Time manga was written and drawn by two women who use the pen name Akira Himekawa. The first of a two-part series, it cost only $7.99 and is available now.

I haven’t had a chance to read it yet — do you really read a manga? But the anime drawings are surprisingly intense, and the opening line alone makes me want to pop in my Ocarina of Time cartridge.

“But there was one boy who, for some reason, didn’t have a fairy.”