Manga Classics: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare – Review

9781947808041_p0_v3_s550x406Manga Classics: Romeo and Juliet

By William Shakespeare (author), Julien Choy (Artist)

Adapted by: Crystal S. Chan

Genre: Graphic Novel/Classic

Reading Age: Young Adult (12+)

Publication Date: May 15th, 2018

Udon Publishing



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 tremendous cost. This grimly beautiful tale, set in Renaissance Italy, follows Romeo and Juliet from their fateful 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!


My Review:

“O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo!”

So many people have read Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, or at least know several quotes from this timeless classic. But reading the script versus actually seeing it played out in pictures is a whole other thing. While I can’t say that I have read the original Romeo and Juliet, I have perused it, back when my sister was obsessed with Shakespeare and wanted to read everything written by him. So I had the general idea of the plot when I decided that my second foray into the Manga Classics would be Romeo and Juliet.

I am happy to say that this version has made a lot of things clearer! The artwork was lovely, and at points, just downright amusing. The ancient style of speech, while understandable if you read a lot of it, has always been a little tough to understand at points, especially since Shakespeare enjoyed using as many metaphors as he possible could, as well as making his characters say things three times in a row. (Which, no matter how many times you read it, still doesn’t make sense.)

I will say that, while some moments of the story were *ahem* inappropriate, that Romeo and Juliet was at least enjoyable, and clearly showed the folly of youth.

I Rate It: 4 ½ stars


NOTE: I received an ARC copy from the publisher through NetGalley for review purposes only. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


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