Review: The Nightmare Before Christmas (Manga)

Review: The Nightmare Before Christmas (Manga)Nightmare Before Christmas by Jun Asuka
Released by TokyoPop on 22 November 2016
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 176
Format: Ebook
ISBN: 9781427856715
Source: Netgalley, Received

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Manga publishing pioneer TOKYOPOP brings you a special edition gorgeous hardcover manga based on the classic Halloween masterpiece Disney Tim Burton s Nightmare Before Christmas. A must-have for manga fans, Tim Burton fans, and Halloween fans alike!! Collect this horrifying masterpiece!"

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This has not changed my opinion in any way.

I have been a huge fan of Nightmare Before Christmas for years now, and I try to rewatch the movie either around Halloween or Christmas every year. For years I have also been wanting to pick up a book about the story, either a written book or an illustrated one, so when I saw this manga on Netgalley, I immediately got it onto my tablet.

The NBC manga, of course, tells the story we are all familiar with, of Jack Skellington who, tired of Halloween, wanders off and falls into a world called Christmas Town. He decides to give Santa Claus a break by taking over Christmas that year, but being an inhabitant of Halloween Town, that can only go wrong.

For those of you not familiar with a manga, it’s a Japanese sort of graphic novel, where instead of reading from front to back, left to right – you read the opposite way. Back to front, right to left. I didn’t really find it too difficult after a while, and the book also helps you by giving instructions every five or so pages.

The story was a tiny bit different, some of the lines were changed, and of course, not all the songs were in there completely. They switched up the scenes where Jack was in the human world and then rushed to find Santa Claus (we first saw him saving Santa and Sally and after that, he told Sally what had occurred at the graveyard), but other than that it truthfully follows the movie.

Of course, I loved the story to bits, and the artwork looked amazing too. Manga’s are always in black and white (I believe? Correct me if I’m wrong) which I think fitted this story very well. The only thing I thought was a bit of a shame, was that the art was almost directly copied from the movie. I would have loved it more if the artist had made their own interpretations of the characters. Still, it was amazing, and I enjoyed every second of it.

So if you love Nightmare Before Christmas and manga, or if you want to try out manga for the first time, I suggest you pick up this book. It goes on sale from the 22nd of November this year, and as far as I know it’s available in a nice hardcover edition!

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