hey! so we did look into both the animated series and the manga that you've provided for us and we have to say our answer is still a no! i'll lay it out here with detailed reasons as to why we're saying no despite these other sources.
- the games are the main reason people know about link and the legend of zelda. in the games link seldom says anything besides grunts and action sounds which are simply not enough. because of this, we're left to infer his personality through his actions and by other characters. which falls under our no silent protagonist rule. having played a few of the games myself, i know this is true as well as the wikipedia article about him saying "since link is not usually shown to speak, his personality is mainly determined by his actions or others' comments about him"
. this is the main reason why he is not allowed.
- considering the animated series: while the series is based on the first and second games, they are loosely based. so loosely based that the only main commonalities between the two happen to be items, locations, and some characters. which on this fact, it's a little hard to accept this series as evidence against the silent protagonist rule. sure, there can be the claim that other anime adaptations vary from their original source just as much, but in those cases, the original source also provides more background and personality than it does in this case.
- regarding the mangas: similar to the animated series, while being based on the ocarina of time game, several liberties are taken between the game to manga adaptation. if you look at the actual wikipedia for the manga (edit: and the animated series), it says "non-canon warning: this article or section contains non-canonical information that is not considered to be an official part of the legend of zelda series and should not be considered part of the overall storyline."
. which first, we don't really allow for non-canon things, especially when involving the personality of a character unless they are slight headcanons or deviations. and second, we could not consider any of the mangas to contain canon information despite them being adaptations from the game.
so in the end, we will have to still say no about link. link is a great character, but for all intents and purposes here on heartsigh, he does not fit what we are looking for.
the wikipedia article referenced - here
. refer to sections personality and non-canonical appearances as well as the individual animated series and manga links.