Original Author: William Shakespeare
Adapter: Crystal S. Chan
Artist: Julien Choy
Publisher: Manga Classics
Released: May 25th, 2021
Yes! It’s time for another Manga Classic! I have officially hit a point where I actively look forward to these releases. It’s so much fun to see the classics rendered through different media.
Manga Classics: Othello is, in many ways, a long time coming. But before I dive into that fact, I should probably cover the basics. Manga Classics is more or less exactly what it sounds like: an initiative to adapt as many classics as possible, making for a new experience for many. For others, this is a much more approachable media, and it makes the classics less intimidating. That is why I love it so much.
This version of Othello was lovingly recreated by Crystal S. Chan (adapter) and Julien Choy (artist), and covetously the original work was by William Shakespeare. I’ve got to say; this one really held up to the adaptation.
Then again, I might be biased – Othello is one of my favorite Shakespeare plays, so it was riveting to see how the adaptation would turn out. Overall, I think they really nailed it. The story felt appropriate, and while they (naturally) had to cut down on some elements, Crystal S. Chan did a fantastic job of holding onto the core elements. Meanwhile, Julien Choy’s artwork was able to work in many of the subtle details, removing many conflicts of show and tell. It’s perfect, and I cannot wait to see what they’ll adapt next.
Thanks to Manga Classics and #Edelweiss for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.