Hello, dearies! After so many months without a single manga review, now I bring two in the same week, right? Yup, that’s crazy old me for you all, haha! This time, I’m going to talk about TokyoPop’s duology manga series for Beauty and The Beast: Belle’s Tale and Beast’s Tale ❤ I received my review copies from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review and here we go! Thank you all, guys! /o/
In Disney’s live-action film Beauty and the Beast, Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman, is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince inside. This manga explores Belle’s innermost thoughts as she learns that true beauty comes from within.
A tale as old as time … told in timeless manga style Disney’s much-anticipated live-action adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast” hits theaters in March 2017, and it stars Emma Watson and Dan Stevens. This original two-part manga series is based upon the upcoming movie… but you’ve never seen this classic love story told quite this way before. The “Beauty” manga delves into Belle’s deepest thoughts as she’s taken prisoner by the Beast in his majestic castle. Where the “Beast” manga explores Beast’s deepest thoughts as he captures Belle in his castle and finds himself falling in love with her feisty attitude and adventurous spirit.
Me after finishing this series
Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader =)
This wasn’t my first Disney manga by any means – I have already read their Japanese adaptations for Operation Big Hero, Lilo & Stick, Monters Inc., Finding Nemo, Nightmare Before Christmas (my favorite one!), among others. I knew it would be magical and beautiful, but I didn’t expected the warmth in my heart that Beast’s Tale brought. While I found Belle’s Tale too flat and barely explained, they dug deeper on the Beast’s past and it made the series truthfully worthwhile! Four proud stars ❤
As this is an adaptation of the live action, I don’t see much point in going on and on about plot and narrative matters =) I just must warn you all that we only see things from Belle and Beast’s POVs, so no Gaston awesome scenes, unfortunately >.<
If you all guys ask me, this is the kind of manga/book that will only interest readers that are truly aficionados or collectors, as it lacks depth and 70% of the pages lack background. It’s pretty, it’s shiny, and it’s hollow. It works for me, as I do happen to fall in both categories mentioned, but if you’re looking for something with new information about the plotline behind the live action, you’ll be disappointed.
Now, let’s talk about the art! This is the big secret of the series, to tell the truth. The adaptations were masterfully done and, while those are the characters we already know, they are also new and TokyoPop’s own version of the magic =) You can see on the covers how beautiful Belle and Beast look, so now I’ll present you the other characters!
Those images belong with the mangaka and TokyoPop and are here used with illustration purposes only. I’m sorry you can’t see some details of the art and characters thanks to the huge watermark on the pages >.<
This is the first page of Beast’s Tale and I was a goner from there hahaha!
And here we have the characters! =D Seriously, so many details and THEY ARE ALL HERE!! I can’t even pick favorites, haha!
GUYS, THESE COVERS. THEY COMPLETE EACH OTHER. DO I NEED TO SAY MORE?!!! Okay, I’ll say more hahaha! I loved the chosen colors – the shades of deep blue, the rich yellow for the rose (I expected red, but this worked) and the manga adaptation of the characters… Oh boy! I just loved it all!
Overall, if you like manga and the beauty and the beast, you’ll love these new volumes ❤ I can’t wait to see them around in Brazil to add them to my Disney manga collection!
Thank you so much for reading this review! Also, thanks so much to Diamond Comic Distributors and NetGalley for my review copy =D Only God knows when and if this is coming to Brazil, so I feel blessed to be able to at least read it ❤
How do you guys feel about movie to book/manga adaptations??