Illustrator: Kuma Chan
Title: Manga Classics Anne of Green Gables
Genre: Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction
Date Published: September 1, 2020
Publisher: Manga Classics
Synopsis: Siblings Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert were planning to adopt an orphaned boy to help out around their farm, Green Gables - instead, they got Anne Shirley. A plucky redheaded girl with a vibrant imagination, Anne turns first Green Gables and then the rest of Prince Edward Island on its ear.
Manga Classics® is proud to be the only authorized manga adaption of Anne of Green Gables by the Heirs of L.M. Montgomery, with a foreword by Kate McDonald Butler - granddaughter of the original author!
This volume presents a faithful recreation of this classic kids novel, from the Lake of Shining Waters to the Dryad's Bubble!
And you know what? I freaking loved it!
The artwork is so wonderful. The characters are just as I hoped they'd be, both detailed in their proper appearances and able to pull off the emotions I knew would come with them. I laughed, a lot. Anne is a lot to take in, and she's such a cheeky little thing. I was so pleased to see how her personality shown through the entirely of this story. I also cried at certain bits. I shan't say, because spoilers. And I'm so glad to say this book did such a successful job keeping up with the original work.
There are missing parts, as is usual for a graphic novel "translation". But, ultimately, it flows in such a way that you'd never know unless you were someone who knew the story by heart. See, my biggest problem with graphic novel translations is it cuts out scenes and becomes choppy or awkward. That doesn't happen in this. I can honestly say that this was the best graphic novel retelling I've read thus far... and I'll be looking into their entirely catalog for my personal library.