Author/Adapter: Crystal Chan
Artists: Kuma Chan
Original: L.M. Montgomery
Publisher: Udon Entertainment
Released: September 1st, 2020
I received a copy of Manga Classics: Anne of Green Gables in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Yes! It’s another Manga Classic! I’ve been waiting a while for the next one in this series, and I couldn’t be happier that it’s Anne of Green Gables.
In case you haven’t heard of Manga Classics: the whole goal is to adapt many of the classics, in ways that are more approachable for a broader scope of readers. Readers who might never have read the classics otherwise. I absolutely love this idea, for obvious reasons.
Written by L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables truly is a classic worth reading. That’s why I’m so excited for the adaptation, as it will hopefully mean that more people will read it down the line.
As with any adaptation, changes must be expected. After all, they’re trying to fit a full-sized novel into the time and space of a graphic novel. Still, I think they did a wonderful job here. It was faithful to the core concept of the novel, trying to cut out as little as possible. Easier said than done, I know.
All of the charm that made Anne of Green Gables what it is present here, with the added benefit of visual elements. It’s actually quite perfect, and I can’t say enough positive things about it. I love that many of the details described were shown in the artwork itself, allowing them to circumvent some of the show/tell issues.
Honestly, the art style is perfect. It’s actually how I would have pictured it all in my head, if one had asked me to throw a manga twist into the mix. That’s one more positive to throw in the list for this adaptation.
In short, this is a faithful and fun adaptation, and is well worth the read. Regardless of if you have or have not read the original!