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Manga Classics: Romeo and Juliet

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This was a great visual telling for Romeo and Juilet on a Manga backdrop. I'm a huge Shakespeare fan so to see this as a manga was great. The artwork was very nice, and I really enjoyed it.
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So Shakespeare is a author you either love his works, or you don’t. I’m in the category of I like his stuff. I think it’s super good to have manga adaptations of this in case if the text is hard to comprehend.
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This adaptation of Romeo and Juliet was obviously well researched and thoughtfully composed. The illustrations were beautifully done and enhanced the story tremendously. I thoroughly enjoyed this manga classic!
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I, unfortunately, wasn't a fan of this one. I just didn't enjoy the combination of the typical Manga art style (with overexaggerated expressions etc.) and the Shakespearean speech. I hadn't expected them to use the original dialogue from the actual story, because the previous classic Manga adaptation I read (Les Misérables) didn't have that, as far as I can remember. Still, I enjoyed the art style a lot so that is mostly where my rating went into.
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Romeo and Juliet is THE classic play written by Shakespeare. I love the idea to make a manga out of this story, that makes it so much more accessible fore more readers. The drawings are pretty too and it was a really good read, from the first page to the last,
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This is an excellent version of Shakespeare's work!
Line by line, the full text is there and the addition of the beautiful manga-style art really adds to the reading. This version is sure to aid those who "just don't get it" when it comes to only reading Shakespeare's work.
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Thank you Netgally for giving me this opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

I have to say the soft illustration of the cover drew me in when I saw it's a manga adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. I was curious to see how well the story was adapted considering how well known the play is and many screen adaptations have been made over the years. I'm not going to say much about the Montagues and Capulets since this is a well known Shakespearean play. 

If you are not familiar with manga, do not worry for there are instructions on how to read the story and follow along. There is also a lovely map detailing the characters which is pretty neat! The art and design of the characters are done exceptionally well and I think capture the characters wonderfully. Manga art is always lovely to appreciate and Romeo and Juliet adaptation does not disappoint with the story. 

I think it was fair to follow along. At the end of the manga, there is information about Shakespeare which is pretty cool if you want to know a bit more. Overall, this manga classic was beautifully done. I highly recommend this manga, if not for anything else, the enjoyment of the art. 

Thank you again.
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Romeo and Juliet is a classic. When I discovered the accompanying manga, I was curious to see how well it was implemented. 

The cover alone already gave an insight into the drawing style and I'm totally excited about it. The colleration is also perfect for me. I really like the colors. 

I don't think I have to say more about the story of the Montagues and Capulets. Everyone knows Shakespeare's most famous work. 

I am enthusiastic about this classic and I am totally in love with the soft drawing style. The subject is nothing new in the manga and anime area, and yet it's great to see the work done again in such a classic way. It was implemented well and nothing was left out. 

All in all a really good edition and worth 5 stars for me.
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I enjoyed this one far more than the Manga Classic Macbeth. Romeo and Juliet is a bit easier to follow than Macbeth, which definitely helped.

I found this version of Romeo and Juliet to make more sense than the play - the illustrations helped illuminate some of the more obscure dialogue. Of course, that made the crude jests of the boys that much more obvious, but ah well.

The illustrations are lovely and the characters richly and distinctly drawn so I had no trouble distinguishing between them as I did in Macbeth. The heightened (and overwrought) emotions of Romeo and Juliet were beautifully illustrated, and being able to "see" the play made it obvious how young Romeo and Juliet were, and how passionate and easily led astray.
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Love this format to put classics into a manga comic for everyone can read it and understood it in a very simple way.
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The manga version of this play is not any easier to understand either. I read the first act before giving up.
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I absolutely love this concept. As a teacher, it is often a struggle to adapt novel studies and plays to each student's individual learning style. I know many students who would benefit from reading classics in Manga form. I have always enjoyed the art in Manga, but have difficulty reading them myself (focus is difficult when I have to decipher images and text in unison), but for many, this is the ideal form of literature. While this was more difficult for me to get through, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story. 

Pertaining to the technical aspects: There were many points about this work that should be appreciated. First of all, I could recommend it to students even if they had never read Manga before because it provides detailed instructions on how to correctly read it. I could tell them where to start and they could take it from there. Second, there is a "map" of the characters to ensure that the reader can identify individuals. Finally, at the end of the story, there was a great deal of information about the development of this Manga, about Shakespeare, and other pertinent information. It was beautifully done and I appreciate the amount of work that must have been put into this. 

Thank you to NetGalley and Udon Entertainment for providing a copy of this e-book for review.
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I enjoyed the artwork a lot, so fascinating but the use of the original text from Shakespeare made it harder for me to follow as a non native speaker of the English language. 
Thank you for netgalley for providing me with this e-copy. It was a ride to revisit the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet..
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This is the second manga classic that I read, the first one was "The stories of Edgar Allan Poe". I knew the story of Romeo and Juliet and I read the play before the manga. The manga is a great adaptation of the play, the art and the characters design is so well done. I highly recommend this adaptation if you want to start reading classics because they don't adapted the script at all. That means, you can read the original play but with the plus of seeing amazing art.
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Poor Nurse!

As a child, I absolutely adored my father's stash of Classic Comics, so I was curious to see what a manga version of the classics would be. I've previously reviewed Macbeth, and I was not wild about that particular adaptation. So I thought I'd try a softer Shakespeare play (so to speak!) to see if I liked that better. I do. I especially like the early scenes between Romeo and Juliet, particularly when they first meet. I think those scenes show the wonder and the romance well. The only thing I didn't like about this book is the depiction of the nurse. She is one of my favorite characters, and they've made her look really goofy and odd in this book—barely human looking—not the way I see her at all. As this is manga, it is read from back to front and right to left. This is only my second taste of manga—only having been familiar with the generalities of the basic look of it but never having read it—and I found this book easier to read and follow along with than Macbeth by the same publishers. The version I received as a PDF ARC copy is strictly in black and white (except the cover and some front and back matter), and I sincerely hope that the published version is in color as black and white is very flat. There is no Look Inside at Amazon, so I can't tell. If you enjoy manga and Shakespeare, you may like this manga version of this classic tragic love story.
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It's no surprise that i love Romeo and Juliet and reading this manga adaptation, see it all, portraited with such delicacy  and so beautifully drawn, gave a whole new level to my love for this story. 
It was an amazing experience. I highly recomended it.
I can't wait to read a lot more of this manga classics adaptation and
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I loved this adaptation of another famous classical work, Romeo and Juliet. It is very true to the classic and the artwork is another wonderful way to experience the story. I love reading manga, so of course I had to read this one.
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A classic tragedy about how teenage boys are idiots and should never have swords or poison, the manga edition of Romeo and Juliet is well worth a read and is a lot of fun.  It's been years since I've read R+J, and Shakespearean English can take a while to back into so I really like how they utilized the fantasy and visual aspects of the manga format to make the metaphors and wordplay clear.  And I don't think they cut any of the dialog or scenes for this; may be the next best thing to seeing a full live adaptation.
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The Art style was absolutely beautiful, I couldn’t get enough of it. But while I’ve always enjoyed Romeo & Juliet I know how controversial that statement is. I’ve always had a hard time with his writing, maybe it’s the fact that my English isn’t my first language. So that took away a lot for me, but no matter this Manga was absolutely lovely. 

I think that getting a little background on how this came about; a note from the illustrator was incredible. I love how unique this concept was to me and while I didn’t have the easiest of time reading this. I couldn’t deny the beauty and genius behind this. 

Thank you Netgalley for this amazing opportunity to review this.
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Thank you to the publisher for sending me a digital review copy.

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS!! The illustrations were beautiful and it reminded me of the MangaShakespeare books which I used to read in my youth. I love how it stays true to the Shakespearean language and style. I would definitely get a physical copy of this if I could.
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