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A classic Shakespearean tragedy, Romeo and Juliet is the tale of two star-crossed young lovers who dare to defy their feuding families, put aside all obstacles, and find happiness together - but at a tremendous cost. This grimly beautiful tale, set in the Renaissance Italy, follows Romeo and Juliet from their hateful first meeting to their last. Manga Classics ™ brings y A classic Shakespearean tragedy, Romeo and Juliet is the tale of two star-crossed young lovers who dare to defy their feuding families, put aside all obstacles, and find happiness together - but at a tremendous cost. This grimly beautiful tale, set in the Renaissance Italy, follows Romeo and Juliet from their hateful first meeting to their last. Manga Classics ™ brings you this incredible new manga version of William Shakespeare's most popular play, featuring the unaltered original text in its entirety!


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A classic Shakespearean tragedy, Romeo and Juliet is the tale of two star-crossed young lovers who dare to defy their feuding families, put aside all obstacles, and find happiness together - but at a tremendous cost. This grimly beautiful tale, set in the Renaissance Italy, follows Romeo and Juliet from their hateful first meeting to their last. Manga Classics ™ brings y A classic Shakespearean tragedy, Romeo and Juliet is the tale of two star-crossed young lovers who dare to defy their feuding families, put aside all obstacles, and find happiness together - but at a tremendous cost. This grimly beautiful tale, set in the Renaissance Italy, follows Romeo and Juliet from their hateful first meeting to their last. Manga Classics ™ brings you this incredible new manga version of William Shakespeare's most popular play, featuring the unaltered original text in its entirety!

30 review for Manga Classics: Romeo and Juliet (Manga Classics)

  1. 4 out of 5

    San

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  2. 5 out of 5

    Amy Leigh

    This is a brilliant adaptation of William Shakespeare's work of genius. The artwork is gorgeous and fits seamlessly in with Shakespeare's original text to form a breathtaking view of Romeo and Juliet. This has always been a favorite classic of mine and I adore the adaptations I have come across like the movie that stars Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCarprio. This manga enthralled me and fully captivated the essence of the original work. I highly recommend this version to anyone studying this liter This is a brilliant adaptation of William Shakespeare's work of genius. The artwork is gorgeous and fits seamlessly in with Shakespeare's original text to form a breathtaking view of Romeo and Juliet. This has always been a favorite classic of mine and I adore the adaptations I have come across like the movie that stars Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCarprio. This manga enthralled me and fully captivated the essence of the original work. I highly recommend this version to anyone studying this literature in school for a better understanding or to anyone interested in Shakespeare. This story is about two star crossed lovers. There is a long running feud between the wealthy families Montague and Capulet. What happens when the two young adult heirs of each family happen across each other and fall in love? They know their relationship could be doomed but what if their union could smooth over their families' hatred? This story is full of action, drama, romance and is never boring. Thank you to NetGalley and Udon Publishing for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Roobie

    ⭐4 stars⭐ I never really loved Romeo & Juliet's story but anyone who likes it and is a fan of manga should give this one a try. It was a lovely adaptation. Can't wait for more Manga Classics stories.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Josephine

    3 stars. Thank you to Udon Entertainment for having auto-approved me on Netgalley to read these! I love these manga editions of the classics because they make the stories I would otherwise be unable to get through a lot easier and much more entertaining to read. Most classics just aren't for me, because the plot is too boring or the language too difficult. My favourite was definitely The Count of Monte Cristo, but I've read a few others and though they aren't necessarily more exciting I'm familiar 3 stars. Thank you to Udon Entertainment for having auto-approved me on Netgalley to read these! I love these manga editions of the classics because they make the stories I would otherwise be unable to get through a lot easier and much more entertaining to read. Most classics just aren't for me, because the plot is too boring or the language too difficult. My favourite was definitely The Count of Monte Cristo, but I've read a few others and though they aren't necessarily more exciting I'm familiarised with the works. I give this 3 stars mostly for the artwork, which is, as per usual, amazing. And of course we all know the story of Romeo and Juliet. It's not my favourite story, I don't find it as romantic as a lot of people seem to do, but rather silly. And I was hoping that the language would have been easier to read, but it wasn't, which was a bit disappointing to me. Nevertheless there are parts of it I do enjoy, and I definitely think that fans of the story and/or play would like this. To me is was all quite meh.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Carmen

    Call me a cinic, but I've never seen the great romantic love story everybody seems to see in Romeo and Juliet. The verses that stick in my mind are not "a Rose by any other name would smell as sweet" or "it is not yet near day:it was the nightingale, and not the lark" but Tybalt's "a plague to both your houses". Because everytime I come to this play -no matter the format-I see the characters' mistakes -which are our own-. How wrong and sometimes ridiculous our choices are. I'm not sure how stron Call me a cinic, but I've never seen the great romantic love story everybody seems to see in Romeo and Juliet. The verses that stick in my mind are not "a Rose by any other name would smell as sweet" or "it is not yet near day:it was the nightingale, and not the lark" but Tybalt's "a plague to both your houses". Because everytime I come to this play -no matter the format-I see the characters' mistakes -which are our own-. How wrong and sometimes ridiculous our choices are. I'm not sure how strong Romeo and Juliet's love is- quite volatile judging by how Quickly he forgets Rosalind- but they should have been let to love each other for a while. How absurd a feud over nothing la and how terrible consequences it has, not only for the lovers but for those who surround them like Tybalt who represents the wasted possility of a brilliant future. It is about wrong choices, c creating Walls around us, choosing hate over love and not having Free will. Because they are all puppets subject to destiny. I'm not sure a manga is the Perfect way to show it all. Somehow it reminds me of Luhrman's Romeo+ Juliet, which I love, it is weird but it's a good way for the young ones to get into the story and the graphics are cool

  6. 4 out of 5

    Elliot A

    I was auto-approved by the publisher Udon Entertainment through NetGalley to review this title. Not my favourite Shakespeare play, but one I read a few times within the last decade, I find it to be somewhat overly dramatic and not very romantic. Regardless, I appreciated the effort that was put into creating a comic out of this play. The artwork combined various elements that helped to emphasize the characters personalities. It was harsh and beautiful; at times too busy, other times perfectly fitt I was auto-approved by the publisher Udon Entertainment through NetGalley to review this title. Not my favourite Shakespeare play, but one I read a few times within the last decade, I find it to be somewhat overly dramatic and not very romantic. Regardless, I appreciated the effort that was put into creating a comic out of this play. The artwork combined various elements that helped to emphasize the characters personalities. It was harsh and beautiful; at times too busy, other times perfectly fitting the character, with a few frames that were exaggerated in their presentation of sceneries and scenes. Overall, a nice addition to the Manga Classics series and worth a read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    ♛ Garima ♛

    I felt completely lost reading this maybe because I haven't read the original or translation or know anything about it...Shakespeare is difficult to read but I never realised he would be hard to read in Manga as well...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jordanne ~ Bloodthirsty Little Beasts Blog ~

    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 4 stars So this is the fourth Manga Classic I've read and needless to say I'm officially a fan. My method with this series is to review the adaption more than the story because really you can't review it as a story since its based off another book (that I've likely read and therefore reviewed). Since I have not actually read Romeo and Juliet I can't exactly do that but I happen to know this book is taken word for word from the OG I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 4 stars So this is the fourth Manga Classic I've read and needless to say I'm officially a fan. My method with this series is to review the adaption more than the story because really you can't review it as a story since its based off another book (that I've likely read and therefore reviewed). Since I have not actually read Romeo and Juliet I can't exactly do that but I happen to know this book is taken word for word from the OG so I don't actually think it matters and - unpopular opinion coming your way - I genuinely think this could be a good alternative to reading the original. HEAR ME OUT. Shakespeare never intended his plays to actually be read, he intended them to be seen and experienced. Reading Shakespeare is hard and sometimes dull for leisure purposes. I mean sure, you can get the gist of the language after some practice but I found this method of enjoying it so much better. I have read a few of the Bard's plays and I honestly don't find them even remotely fun to do so. I love watching the plays, every actor interprets and presents the character differently and it's so good to watch and the acting and context makes understanding second nature. But, plays don't come along that often, least of all really good ones, and manga is a perfect graphic substitute because the style is so expressive and hyperbolic - like good actors in a Shakespeare play should be. I really enjoyed this book, the art was beautiful. I mean, stunning really. Of course, I knew what was coming the whole time because it's Romeo and Juliet but still loved it all the same. The only nitpick I'd have is maybe more clearly labeling characters as it can be tricky to keep track of them all. If you enjoy Shakespeare anyway or want to get into it but are hesitant because of the language - read this, it's great.

  9. 5 out of 5

    BAM The Bibliomaniac

    Netgalley #23 Many thanks go to Udon and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. This is their first Shakespeare play in this format. For teachers lesson plans are available on their website. As pointed out there are excellent examples of metaphors through drawings that can be discussed in class. Shakespeare was always difficult for me to grasp as a middle schooler. This is an exemplary way to teach to kids, especially those who need a visual to make words cli Netgalley #23 Many thanks go to Udon and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. This is their first Shakespeare play in this format. For teachers lesson plans are available on their website. As pointed out there are excellent examples of metaphors through drawings that can be discussed in class. Shakespeare was always difficult for me to grasp as a middle schooler. This is an exemplary way to teach to kids, especially those who need a visual to make words click. The illustrations were simply beautiful; well actually there isn’t anything simple about them this time around. Such detail as I have yet seen in any of the Manga Classics . Each characterization was spot on. Tybalt may have been my favorite. The tragedy of this play is still there even if the presentation is different. The impact is fresh from beginning to end. In fact, I found it easier to understand. I hope there will be more Shakespeare in the future. Note: the designers' treatment of Juliet's nurse is hilarious! It's perfect! Such a busybody that gets on everyone's nerves

  10. 4 out of 5

    Liz (Quirky Cat)

    I received a copy of Manga Classics: Romeo and Juliet from NetGalley and Udon Publishing in exchange for a fair and honest review. So on the off chance you haven’t heard me say this, and thus aren’t totally sick of me repeating myself, I’m going to say it again: I absolutely love the concept of Manga Classics. I love them for many reasons. It’s always fun to reread a classic, but even more so it’s very refreshing to read them in a new medium, such as this. Manga Classics condenses the larger cl I received a copy of Manga Classics: Romeo and Juliet from NetGalley and Udon Publishing in exchange for a fair and honest review. So on the off chance you haven’t heard me say this, and thus aren’t totally sick of me repeating myself, I’m going to say it again: I absolutely love the concept of Manga Classics. I love them for many reasons. It’s always fun to reread a classic, but even more so it’s very refreshing to read them in a new medium, such as this. Manga Classics condenses the larger classics into something less intimidating, which makes it great for both rereads and first time reading. I also believe that Manga Classics make the classics more approachable, which is something I greatly appreciate. I’ve read Romeo and Juliet a time or two, not to mention I’ve seen the play itself and a couple of movie adaptations (which you’re welcome to pretend don’t exist if you’d like, I won’t judge you there) so it was really interesting for me to see the play in this form. The artwork was lovely, and I have to say I’m really impressed that they were able to make such a large cast of characters all look unique (though of course all main characters got an extra level of attention that makes them stand out). Not once did I find myself struggling to tell two characters apart. I’m really awful with names, but I’m decent with faces, so this was actually pretty fun for me. I feel like I got more out of this read because of it; I picked up on more details occurring in the backgrounds of scenes that I’ve likely overlooked in the past, simply because I had forgotten who so and so was or something like that. Like any adaptation there’s a little bit of alterations that must be made, such as condensing some scenes, in the case of manga opting to let some scenes be shown instead of told. I don’t feel like we lost anything in the translation here, and I am very happy for it. I’ve read manga adaptations by Crystal S. Chan before, and she has never once let me down. I loved Julien Choy’s artwork, as you’ve already seen me gush about a little bit up above. I’m curious to see what will be adapted next. Part of me hopes they’ll do the twin to Romeo and Juliet and give us an adaptation of Midsummer’s Night Dream. That would be fantastic! But regardless, I’ll happily take whatever I am given. For more reviews, check out Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks

  11. 4 out of 5

    Maud

    I got an e-copy of this from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions, as always, are my own. 2.5 stars I really liked the thought of Shakespeare in manga format. However, I don't think it works at all! This has nothing to do with the art style (which I think is beautiful, especially the characters of Juliet, Romeo and Juliet's mother) but just that I don't think Romeo and Juliet is suited for a manga adaptation while keeping the original text. Shakespeare isn't known for being I got an e-copy of this from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions, as always, are my own. 2.5 stars I really liked the thought of Shakespeare in manga format. However, I don't think it works at all! This has nothing to do with the art style (which I think is beautiful, especially the characters of Juliet, Romeo and Juliet's mother) but just that I don't think Romeo and Juliet is suited for a manga adaptation while keeping the original text. Shakespeare isn't known for being easy to understand, you really need to get into the language. Editions like No Fear Shakespeare can help a lot. This manga doesn't help the reader in any way whatsoever with understanding what is being said. You can follow most of the story thanks to the drawings but certain conversations take up pages of just characters standing around and chatting. Having read the book a number of years ago, I do remember some of them but with others I was just puzzled. I normally recommend the manga classics for people who want to get into classics but this isn't one I would recommend at all unless you are a massive Shakespeare fan. I do have one critique on the art style and that is that some panels are chibi style and/or supposed to be funny. I didn't think that suited the story at all! It really annoyed me at times but it was somewhat compensated by some beautiful drawings of other characters (as I have mentioned above, especially Juliet, Romeo and Juliet's mother). Overall, this manga was a massive disappointment. It took me forever to finish because I didn't feel attracted to reading it at all. Having not read Shakespeare in a while the language was difficult for me to understand at times (mind you, not always! There are definitely parts that you can just read and understand) which made me feel incredibly bored and frustrated. As I have said, I do not recommend this manga classic. All the other ones that I have read so far have been pretty good but this one is a miss for me.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    Romeo and Juliet is the tale of two teenagers who meet and fall in love instantly. The problem is, they are star-crossed lovers. Because their stars are crossed, they are not fated to be together, but continue to fight against fate's will. Juliet's house Capulet and Romeo's house Montague have been warring for ages, and to be seen together would mean trouble. The day of their marriage, fate still aims to intervene in their love. When the friar comes up with a plan for the two to leave Verona for Romeo and Juliet is the tale of two teenagers who meet and fall in love instantly. The problem is, they are star-crossed lovers. Because their stars are crossed, they are not fated to be together, but continue to fight against fate's will. Juliet's house Capulet and Romeo's house Montague have been warring for ages, and to be seen together would mean trouble. The day of their marriage, fate still aims to intervene in their love. When the friar comes up with a plan for the two to leave Verona forever, a miscommunication becomes the end of both youths. Not my favorite Shakespeare play, but the art is absolutely gorgeous in this manga edition. One of the things that was a bit tedious with this edition was the fact that they keep the traditional language AND basically have the entire play therein. Therefore, I am basically still reading the whole play, just with illustrations. It's a love hate, since I love Shakespeare so much but too much text is not what I want when aiming to sit down and read a manga. On another note, the illustrations work very will to demonstrate humor, similes, metaphors, and other literary devices that some readers may have a hard time picking out when just simply reading the play. Still a massive fan of the Manga Classics editions, I am now a bit wary of the Shakespeare, and this time I know more what to expect from the adaptation when Macbeth comes out Fall 2018!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nana the Novelty

    That was... a bit much. The art in this manga is very good and is does a good job of symbolizing the emotions of the people on the page. The 17th century dialogue however is where it lost me. I could understand most of what was happening on the pages from glimpses of modern English and the art but other than that I was lost. From what I could understand I enjoyed for the most part, the forbidden romance angst was a bit much for me, and from what I couldn't I skimmed. Another Manga classic I can o That was... a bit much. The art in this manga is very good and is does a good job of symbolizing the emotions of the people on the page. The 17th century dialogue however is where it lost me. I could understand most of what was happening on the pages from glimpses of modern English and the art but other than that I was lost. From what I could understand I enjoyed for the most part, the forbidden romance angst was a bit much for me, and from what I couldn't I skimmed. Another Manga classic I can only recommend if you read and enjoyed the original novel. That obviously wasn't me so this one is just a 3 star.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    I was back into the play lickety-split! This adaptation was phenomenal for the fact that it kept the original language, moved quickly within each scene and around Verona, and capturing the passion of the characters on all sides: Capulet and Montague. Some of the character sketches were a bit odd, but the interpretation of metaphors (as it discusses in the back) help with visual understanding of the old Shakespearean language and the action moves quickly. It pulls the readers in and those that ha I was back into the play lickety-split! This adaptation was phenomenal for the fact that it kept the original language, moved quickly within each scene and around Verona, and capturing the passion of the characters on all sides: Capulet and Montague. Some of the character sketches were a bit odd, but the interpretation of metaphors (as it discusses in the back) help with visual understanding of the old Shakespearean language and the action moves quickly. It pulls the readers in and those that have read the original play, feel like they are rereading the best of Shakespeare. Plus... the cover! Amazing!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kelli Santistevan

    I received this graphic novel from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I listened to the audiobook version of this play on Librivox and I just read the graphic novel version of it and I feel like this version makes the story come alive and I enjoyed it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I received a digital review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Chelon

    Another excellent reincarnation of a classic that my teens enjoyed. If you have children who are slow readers or nonreaders these books are an excellent way to expose them to classic tales in a format that it is easy to understand and will hold their attention. I was given an ARC for my honest opinion.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kailey (BooksforMKs)

    With all the original dialogue of the play, this manga adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet bursts with old enchantment and romantic drama. The illustrations flow from one panel to the next in a surge of emotional tension, and the action keeps the wordy dialogue from weighing down the storyline. This would be a great way to introduce Shakespeare to younger audiences, since the dialogue is easier to understand along with the action of the panels. I loved the characters of Romeo and Juliet. With all the original dialogue of the play, this manga adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet bursts with old enchantment and romantic drama. The illustrations flow from one panel to the next in a surge of emotional tension, and the action keeps the wordy dialogue from weighing down the storyline. This would be a great way to introduce Shakespeare to younger audiences, since the dialogue is easier to understand along with the action of the panels. I loved the characters of Romeo and Juliet. They are passionate and sensitive and full of despair! All the characters are memorable with distinct looks and wardrobe that set them apart. I especially liked the interpretations of the many metaphors included in the play. There are many Greek and Roman gods and goddesses referenced and used as metaphors, so the illustrations employ a depiction of the gods to show the imagination of the characters as they are speaking. I loved seeing all these whimsical background drawings as the dialogue describes flowery or frightening images. It really enhanced the story! All the illustrations are lovely, and I thought the whole book was beautifully done! I have loved every Manga Classic that comes out, and I can't wait to read more of this series! Disclaimer: I received an ecopy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Marjolein

    Read all my reviews on http://urlphantomhive.booklikes.com I’ve been reading the Manga Classics since the beginning and I really like how they bring classics to life in a new way. Especially some stories have been told so many times in so many different ways that it is difficult to bring something new to the stage (see what I did there?), and now they have branched into a new field: Shakespeare. Shakespeare has been turned into manga before (at least I believe I saw some lying in The Globe shop Read all my reviews on http://urlphantomhive.booklikes.com I’ve been reading the Manga Classics since the beginning and I really like how they bring classics to life in a new way. Especially some stories have been told so many times in so many different ways that it is difficult to bring something new to the stage (see what I did there?), and now they have branched into a new field: Shakespeare. Shakespeare has been turned into manga before (at least I believe I saw some lying in The Globe shop last year, but I haven’t read those (yet)). They start with Romeo and Juliet, probably a logical choice but also one of my least favourite Shakespeare plays. All the original text is included, and the drawings help with understanding some of the more difficult metaphors if needed. Manga really lends itself into exaggerating personalities into caricatures (especially with characters like the nurse which already have these tendencies). Nice artwork make a nice adaptation, but I would be looking forward to other plays which are said to come soon! Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bunny 36 books in 31 days is not a bad idea shut up

    If there's one thing this book has proven, it's that I'm not cut out for Shakespeare. That is not the fault of this book. This book is kind of awesome. Manga artwork is always stylized and (in my opinion) really beautiful, but both Romeo and Juliet are stunning. And Tybalt, my lord. The first shot of him is amazing. But the language. Ohhhhh, that Shakespearian language. We are not friends. I had hopes that the dialogue plus art would make the story easy to follow, but if anything, it made it wor If there's one thing this book has proven, it's that I'm not cut out for Shakespeare. That is not the fault of this book. This book is kind of awesome. Manga artwork is always stylized and (in my opinion) really beautiful, but both Romeo and Juliet are stunning. And Tybalt, my lord. The first shot of him is amazing. But the language. Ohhhhh, that Shakespearian language. We are not friends. I had hopes that the dialogue plus art would make the story easy to follow, but if anything, it made it worse. Things got a little too Manga for me, and I just ended up confused and not a little annoyed. If you like Shakespeare, I think you'll definitely get a kick out of this. If you're like me and thou wants to kick him a bit, you might not enjoy it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jodie "Bookish" Cook

    Book Review Title: Romeo and Juliet (Manga Classics) Author: Crystal S. Chan (Adaptation), Julien Choy (Art), William Shakespeare (From the original play by), Akanovas (Lettering), Jeannie Lee (Lettering) Genre: Classic/Manga Rating: ***** Review: So, everyone and their mother knows Romeo and Juliet but if anyone has tried to read and/or study Shakespeare it is a pain to read, so I was thrilled to get hold of the manga classics version of one of my favourite star-crossed lovers stories ever. In the Book Review Title: Romeo and Juliet (Manga Classics) Author: Crystal S. Chan (Adaptation), Julien Choy (Art), William Shakespeare (From the original play by), Akanovas (Lettering), Jeannie Lee (Lettering) Genre: Classic/Manga Rating: ***** Review: So, everyone and their mother knows Romeo and Juliet but if anyone has tried to read and/or study Shakespeare it is a pain to read, so I was thrilled to get hold of the manga classics version of one of my favourite star-crossed lovers stories ever. In the opening to Romeo and Juliet we are introduced to the age-old feud between the Houses of Montague and Capulet. However, studying this as a child I didn’t realise how dark the opening actually is. After a small fight in the street our Romeo appears, and I just love the innocent, bishi look he has been given. As we approach the ¼ mark in the manga, we see the peace treaty drawn up between the two houses and a banquet is to be held in Paris’ honour as he announces the woman he’d like as his bride. We learn that Romeo has recently broken up with a woman he claims to love and is going to attend the ball on the rebound while Juliet is the object of Paris’ affection. I think that makes the story all the more tragic in the end. While the old English remains, I felt that some of the comedic elements added in and the more romantic elements would have more of an impact if they were written in modern English. I would recommend that you brush up on your old English if you haven’t read or studied it in a while. I loved the friendship between Romeo and Mercutio which is really highlighted in this format as well as a lot of other things. We see the masked ball where Romeo and Juliet meet for the first time but not before we see Tybalt causing trouble because a Montague has found his way into their party, but his hand is stayed by the Lord. One disturbing thing I had to mention was Juliet isn’t even 14 at the start of this story while Romeo’s age isn’t definitely he is older than he maybe 15 or 16. As we cross the ¼ mark in the manga, Romeo and Juliet share their first kiss and their second. The pair seem to have fallen in love at first sight despite Juliet knowing that she might be promised to another. However, it is only after the ball that both learn who the other is and realise that their love can never be as they are born of the enemy and it is something that neither of their parents will allow, but that won’t stop them. We then get to the famous balcony scene in the manga which is far longer than I ever remember it being but alas it is, and it is wonderful. We see the love blooming between the pair and I am sure it will make the ending all the more sad when we already know where the pair end up. As we approach the halfway mark in the manga, Romeo arranges with Friar Lawrence to marry his love on the morrow to which Juliet agrees and the plan is set in motion for her to be made a wife and kept away from Paris’ attentions. Juliet gets away from her family and heads for the church where Romeo is waiting for her along with Friar Lawrence. Reading this play in manga form is strange because you notice far more of the comedic elements, but you also notice more of what is going on outside of the whirlwind romance including the rising tensions that leads to the ending of the play. However, the peace between the families doesn’t last long when Tybalt kills Mercutio and is killed by Romeo in turn leading to Romeo being banished on pain on death. However, he can’t stand to be apart from his love, desperate and willing to end his own life rather than be separated from his wife, Friar Lawrence and Juliet’s nurse come up with a plan to bring the lovers together again. What the lovers don’t know is that Juliet’s parents are still making plans for her to marry Paris in the coming week. Knowing what sets the final arc into motion I was desperate to see how it is played out in manga form but at the same time I didn’t want to read any further because I was attached to the characters. As we approach the ¾ mark in the manga, the Capulets swear to make Romeo pay for killing Tybalt and this is something Juliet can not allow, however, when her impending marriage to Paris is announced she knows she has to act quickly or lose her love forever. She visit Friar Lawrence who gives her guidance as he did Romeo earlier on, he also gives her a vial that will simulate death. Upon returning home she repents and tells her father that she will marry Paris fully intending to “die” before that can happen. As we cross into the final section of the novel, there isn’t much left of the story apart from the climax. The climax itself was beautifully presented and it is heartbreaking to think of all the death in this novel, but it is Romeo and Juliet’s deaths that bring about peace between their people which they had wanted for so long and never lived to see it. Overall, the beautiful and stunning artwork really captured the essence of the story, but the language used is a little complex to process. I would have preferred to have the story in modern English with only key scenes like the balcony scene, the wedding and the climax reverting to old English. However, I have to say my favourite quote is “For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo” because it just sums up the entire story in a single sentence. As always Udon Entertainment’s manga classics are highly recommended.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Joana Bookneeders

    *Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.* I thought this was a book that I should actually compare with the original one, due to it being a play. And I'm actually really happy I did! Romeo and Juliet has been on my TBR for quite a while, but I was always afraid of not understanding the language. Well, I'm incredibly happy this manga exists because it's a *Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.* I thought this was a book that I should actually compare with the original one, due to it being a play. And I'm actually really happy I did! Romeo and Juliet has been on my TBR for quite a while, but I was always afraid of not understanding the language. Well, I'm incredibly happy this manga exists because it's almost exactly the same as the book. There are very tiny things missing so it's like you are actually reading the original (without reading that someone enters or exits the scene because you are seeing it). It's a mix between reading and seeing the play. In terms of story, it's incredibly accurate and I loved seeing it in manga format. I think it adds a lot to see the characters' reactions and emotions, although sometimes they might not be entirely accurate, for what I can tell, sometimes they might confuse a bit... Anyway, manga has normally more extreme reactions/emotions in the characters' faces and acts than any other, so that might just be the reason. It's just a different style, and at any rate, a pleasant and fun one. The manga design was really good and very detailed like always. And I believe that this one might have the most detailed characters so far. There's a lot of characters in here and they were all pretty easy to recognize. Also, Juliet is supposed to be 13, and I believe she does look rather teenager-y. I really liked how she was designed, she looks sweet and delicate. I can't say this is my favorite story, but it's for sure a good manga. It might be helpful for someone that hasn't read the classic to get some annotations on the language tho. At least for me, it did help.  Overall I really liked reading this and it made me finally read the original classic, which is always a plus. I liked it more than I thought  I would, and it had a lot less romance than I thought too. It has a lot more to it than just Romeo and Juliet, which was actually for me, not the best part of it in terms of story but the best part in terms of drawings - they were just so beautiful! But storywise, I mostly loved the hate between the Capulet family and the Montague family. Definitely recommend it, either if you already like Romeo and Juliet or if you are new to it like I was. It's a pleasant manga to read and the perfect way to get acquainted with a classic (especially if you are a fan of manga like I am). *Also, that cover is so incredibly beautiful!! I love both the colors and the design! 

  23. 5 out of 5

    Krista

    Rating: 4.0/5 Plot Romeo and Juliet is the classic tragedy of western literature. Created by William Shakespeare, it is tale of two very young lovers from Verona, Italy who defy the wishes of their feuding families, get married then, and tragically, end their own lives in the name of love. It is their deaths that ultimately help the rival families of the Capulet's and Montague's find reconciliation. Manga Classics brings an incredible new reading experience with this adaptation of Shakespeare's mo Rating: 4.0/5 Plot Romeo and Juliet is the classic tragedy of western literature. Created by William Shakespeare, it is tale of two very young lovers from Verona, Italy who defy the wishes of their feuding families, get married then, and tragically, end their own lives in the name of love. It is their deaths that ultimately help the rival families of the Capulet's and Montague's find reconciliation. Manga Classics brings an incredible new reading experience with this adaptation of Shakespeare's most popular and frequently performed plays: Romeo and Juliet. How I got this Book I got to read this book through Netgalley. The Positives  This is a great way to revisit a story that most people read multiple times in school. The beautiful artwork gives it a new feeling that allows you to enjoy the story multiple times.  Reading this story as a manga gives new meaning to Old English. Words that didn’t quite make sense the first time you read it? Well now you have gorgeous works of art to help you see and feel what you should have the first time around.  The characters are portrayed to perfection how I feel Shakespeare meant for them to be seen. You feel the innocence of some of the characters, you feel the tension caused by the feud, and you feel the infatuation between Romeo and Juliet. If you are anything like me you also have a renewed revulsion for the disgustingly slimy Count Paris. The Negatives So I am not really sure that I can count this as a negative of the book, or if I should just count it as a negative based on my personal feelings. I knew when I picked this manga up that it was going to be a classic, and therefore would be written in the original way. This became an issue for me as I kept wanting to stop and lost track of what was going on at times. This isn’t really a flaw with the book, but it did give me a slightly negative view of it, which is what caused me to give it a solid 4 out of 5. Overall Overall, I would recommend this to anyone who loves the classics, loves Shakespeare, and loves manga. I personally found it harder to enjoy because of the flowery language Shakespeare was so known for, but it truly is a masterpiece that combines the past with the present.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    UDON Entertainment and NetGalley have provided me with an electronic copy of Manga Classics: Romeo and Juliet. I was under no obligation to review this book and my opinion is freely given. The most striking part of this adaptation is the cover art, as it conveys the story in a clear and concise manner. The book itself is not without challenges, as Shakespeare's words can be dense and difficult to follow. Because Manga is a highly visual art, I was hopeful that the depictions of the action in the UDON Entertainment and NetGalley have provided me with an electronic copy of Manga Classics: Romeo and Juliet. I was under no obligation to review this book and my opinion is freely given. The most striking part of this adaptation is the cover art, as it conveys the story in a clear and concise manner. The book itself is not without challenges, as Shakespeare's words can be dense and difficult to follow. Because Manga is a highly visual art, I was hopeful that the depictions of the action in the book would be easier to understand. In their zeal to tell the whole story, many of the pages simply get bogged down in the details. I found this version of Romeo and Juliet hard to follow and did not feel that the artwork did enough to tell the story. I have read several of Crystal Chan's adaptations of classics and Romeo and Juliet is the least successful thus far. Usually, the artwork helps the reader to visualize the original literature, but I was not impressed by the level of creativity throughout the book. The last few pages were well drawn and represented the story well, but most of the book contains Shakespeare's dialogue with little visual reference. Manga Classics: Romeo and Juliet is a missed opportunity to tell the classic love affair in a way that many would understand, but it may spark some interest in Shakespeare for readers who normally would not enjoy his works.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    I was given an ARC of this book by the publisher through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. 4 ⭐ People often forget how young and stupid the main characters in Romeo & Juliet are. They mistake it for the "greatest love story of all time" when it's just a childish first love taken out of proportions, and kids overreacting. This manga version reminds you of why Shakespeare is great. Not because he writes amazing love stories - in fact, most of his plays have deeply flawed characters and I was given an ARC of this book by the publisher through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. 4 ⭐️ People often forget how young and stupid the main characters in Romeo & Juliet are. They mistake it for the "greatest love story of all time" when it's just a childish first love taken out of proportions, and kids overreacting. This manga version reminds you of why Shakespeare is great. Not because he writes amazing love stories - in fact, most of his plays have deeply flawed characters and unbelievable love stories - but because his dialogs are incredibly funny. You laugh at his characters on many occasions and you smirk at the simplistic solutions they find for elaborate problems (which usually end in someone's death). As with all Manga Classics, I wish these were widely available in schools. Imagine how much more interested in the stories the students would be if they were to read Shakespeare (or any other classic author) in manga format. I highly recommend this version of the play, as it is much clearer and funnier than the usual writing only ones (and there's the literal use of the eggplant emoji!!!!!)

  26. 4 out of 5

    Camille

    There's no need to introduce the story of Romeo and Juliet, I think everyone knows it to a certain extent. It's also no secret that I love the Manga Classics series - such a great way to make classics more accessible and fun. I had mixed feelings with this one. The illustrations and adaptation are great, it's even hilarious at times. To preserve the authenticity of it, the original text has been used in the adaptation, which reminded me of the Romeo and Juliet with Leonardo DiCaprio (another grea There's no need to introduce the story of Romeo and Juliet, I think everyone knows it to a certain extent. It's also no secret that I love the Manga Classics series - such a great way to make classics more accessible and fun. I had mixed feelings with this one. The illustrations and adaptation are great, it's even hilarious at times. To preserve the authenticity of it, the original text has been used in the adaptation, which reminded me of the Romeo and Juliet with Leonardo DiCaprio (another great adaptation, by the way). But that's where it becomes difficult, as the original text can be quite difficult to understand, and I found it hard to follow in manga form as your eyes need to keep jumping from one text bubble to the next. I guess that is part of the never-ending debate: should we keep things as faithful to the original as possible or should we move away from the original to make things more accessible? I don't think there is a right or wrong answer here. What do you think? ----- Thanks to NetGalley and UDON Entertainment for providing me with a free digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Theediscerning

    As you'd expect, this is the classic story, in manga form, so everyone at any opportunity gets knives out amidst a welter of sound FX, every female has a mountain of hair to let down to the ground and beyond, the Nurse looks like an alien/pumpkin hybrid, and so on. What you might not expect is the fact the full play text has been used, unaltered. What this evokes is a lot of weird and very literal imagery (a bloke with a fishy side to his nature in the very first scene), but what this leaves us As you'd expect, this is the classic story, in manga form, so everyone at any opportunity gets knives out amidst a welter of sound FX, every female has a mountain of hair to let down to the ground and beyond, the Nurse looks like an alien/pumpkin hybrid, and so on. What you might not expect is the fact the full play text has been used, unaltered. What this evokes is a lot of weird and very literal imagery (a bloke with a fishy side to his nature in the very first scene), but what this leaves us with at times is a monologue enlivened on the page but with tailless speech bubbles that leave most of the text uncredited – or certainly too much to achieve the stated aim of making everything accessible and understandable. The style is almost appropriate when considering the major sappy beats, and the direction is alright – I'm just not enough of a fan of the original to love this presentation.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Fabiola

    4-*/4=* As soon as I saw the Manga Classics version of Romeo and Juliet, I immediately thought that it should have been mine: Romeo and Juliet was my first Shakespeare when I was a very young girl and, for this reason, I am particularly bound to this book. To date, this is my third 'Manga Classics' and also the least favourite one - I think, not for the story (of course) or the dialogues, but for the drawing style. While loving the Shakespearean opera, the drawings didn't win me over, although som 4-*/4=* As soon as I saw the Manga Classics version of Romeo and Juliet, I immediately thought that it should have been mine: Romeo and Juliet was my first Shakespeare when I was a very young girl and, for this reason, I am particularly bound to this book. To date, this is my third 'Manga Classics' and also the least favourite one - I think, not for the story (of course) or the dialogues, but for the drawing style. While loving the Shakespearean opera, the drawings didn't win me over, although some of them are pretty nice, but in general they gave me a feeling of "sketching", the outline of an idea that could have been better improved. Nevertheless, this adaptation is still cute and enjoyable and Shakespeare is always Shakespeare ♥. Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    DeAnne

    I received a copy of this through NetGalley from Udon Entertainment. I thoroughly enjoyed this reimagining of Romeo and Juliet. The imagery in the manga was amazing in that it helped to show the meanings of the dialogue, which understandably can be hard to decipher given Shakespeare's text. I feel this makes this play more accessible to an audience which may not have had access or the desire to read it. The art style captures the different characters and their manners perfectly, which further all I received a copy of this through NetGalley from Udon Entertainment. I thoroughly enjoyed this reimagining of Romeo and Juliet. The imagery in the manga was amazing in that it helped to show the meanings of the dialogue, which understandably can be hard to decipher given Shakespeare's text. I feel this makes this play more accessible to an audience which may not have had access or the desire to read it. The art style captures the different characters and their manners perfectly, which further allows the reader to understand who these people are and their roles in the story.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Diane Hernandez

    “For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo.” Shakespeare’s words are the best part of his plays. However, I look to Manga Classics to shorten classic literature to manageable lengths. By including the entire play using Shakespeare’s original words, this book is just as difficult to read as the original. Recommended for students who have to read the original anyway and would prefer to do it with really beautiful pictures. If you are a cheater like me, look to the Cliff No “For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo.” Shakespeare’s words are the best part of his plays. However, I look to Manga Classics to shorten classic literature to manageable lengths. By including the entire play using Shakespeare’s original words, this book is just as difficult to read as the original. Recommended for students who have to read the original anyway and would prefer to do it with really beautiful pictures. If you are a cheater like me, look to the Cliff Notes version. 3 stars! Thanks to Udon Entertainment and NetGalley for an advanced copy.

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