As a Shakespeare geek who used to be an anime/manga fan as a kid (outed!), I’d be lying if I said I weren’t intrigued by Self Made Hero’s Manga Shakespeare Series. Following successful adaptations of Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet, the company is planning to release versions of The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream in early spring.
In an interview with Newsarama, SMH’s Emma Hayley explains why the manga style meshes well with the works of the Bard:
The pacing and storytelling in manga is far more akin to performance. Shakespeare intended his plays to be seen and not just read. The manga medium is a good bridge between performance and text. There is also an aliveness and flow to manga which really grabs the attention of the reader, and can help to overcome the sometimes difficult language in Shakespeare’s plays.
This certainly has to be better than, say, a graphic novel version of Ibsen’s The Master Builder.
Self Made Hero, Shakespeare & Manga [Newsarama]