About the manga.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (also known as Zelda no Densetsu: Toki no Ocarina) manga was written and illustrated by Akira Himekawa, a two person team consisting of A. Honda and S. Nagano (who choose not to reveal their real names). The two have been working together since 1991 and have released several Legend of Zelda adaptations which include Majora's Mask, Oracle of Seasons, Oracle of Ages, Four Swords, The Minish Cap, A Link to the Past, Phantom Hourglass, and Twilight Princess. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was first published in Japan in 2000 by Shogakukan and was then published in English by Viz Media in 2008. A legendary edition of the manga, containing both volumes in one book, was released in Japan on March 10, 2016 and was released in North America on November 1, 2016 and features new cover art, color pages, sketches and character designs, and new stories and materials.
The manga more or less follows the same plot as the game but with a few differences. Some information in the manga is added to explain certain points; for example, in the manga Link getting his ears pierced is a traditional rite of Sheikah passage, although this is not included in the game. The manga consists of two volumes in three parts: the Child Saga, chronicling the first half of the story in six chapters, and the Adult Saga, covering the later half of the plot in nine chapters. The manga also includes exclusive two side stories: the Skull Kid and the Mask, and Rouru of the Watarara. However, these side stories (as well as the overall manga rendition of the game) are not considered official canon.
To be honest I don't remember a whole lot on how I discovered the manga The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time or what my thoughts about it even were at the time. That was a crazy long time ago, like back when I had my Legend of Zelda fansite. I don't know if anyone even remembers that site. It is weird though that some things I can remember clearly from longer ago than that, but this manga is not one of those things. Huh. I'm not sure why this is considering Ocarina of Time has been such a huge part of my life. Still, I will try my best and see what I can remember so here goes nothing!
I think I first discovered the manga during the early days of my Legend of Zelda fansite. I don't really remember though how I came across it but it was something that stuck with me for many years after, and even still today. I had scanlations of it on my computer so that I could read it whenever I wanted and when the manga was finally translated into English I bought physical copies of both books when I found them at my first ever convention. Nothing beats having a good book, plus I like having physical copies of books instead of digital. Which is kinda funny though considering everything I do is on the computer. I guess just call me old fashioned in that regard.
Honestly, I love the manga. I think Akira Himekawa did such a great job with it and I feel it stays true to the game while also introducing us to some new things and expand on other things found in the game, even if it is technically not considered canon. If I had one complaint though it would be that I wish it was longer than two volumes as some parts sort of feel rushed––I wish there was more to do with the Water Temple, or even explain how Link met up with Ruto again, because there is no explanation at all. I felt like that whole thing didn't get enough page time. Despite that one beef though I still love everything about this manga and call it my favorite out of all the manga I have (even if that collection is very small, heh). If you love the video game I would recommend checking out this manga if you haven't already.