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Otoyomegatari  
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Description
From Yen Press:

Acclaimed creator Kaoru Mori (Emma, Shirley) brings the nineteenth-century Silk Road to lavish life, chronicling the story of Amir Halgal, a young woman from a nomadic tribe betrothed to a twelve-year-old boy eight years her junior. Coping with cultural differences, blossoming feelings for her new husband, and expectations from both her adoptive and birth families, Amir strives to find her role as she settles into a new life and a new home in a society quick to define that role for her.

Note: Won the 7th annual Manga Taishou Award and in 2012.

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Manga

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Associated Names
乙嫁語り
姊嫁物語
少女新娘物语
เจ้าสาวแห่งทางสายไหม (Thai)
신부이야기 (Korean)
A Bride's Story
Aron morsiamet
Opowieść Panny Młodej (Polish)
The Bride's Stories
Young Bride's Story

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Status in Country of Origin
7 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
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Average: 9.1 / 10.0 (1290 votes)
Bayesian Average: 9.04 / 10.0
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Last Updated
April 24th 2015, 10:47pm PST


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Year
2008

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Serialized In (magazine)
Fellows! (Enterbrain)
Harta (Enterbrain)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Yen Press (6 Volumes - Ongoing)

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Lovely stories   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by DorkFishOK
April 22nd, 2015, 7:50pm
Really, I don't understand AT ALL what the previous review is talking about. THIS IS ABOUT HISTORY OF COURSE THERE WILL BE SAD PARTS. It's cute and there's a cheerfulness to the relationships between families but tragedy is a part of history as much as comedy is. How is that disturbing? I find the kind of history classes they must have taken disturbing if this is what they pull from the manga.

This story is slice of life, it's multiple stories of people woven with their daily thoughts and moments, and it's these moments, these attention to detail (as can be seen through the artwork) that makes this manga so brilliant. Often in historical manga or books they leave out all the fine details and moment to moment lives of regular people in that period, while Otoyomegatari focuses on the lives of normal, everyday people and taking these little details to make them unique and likable. You see at once the differences and similarities between yourself and them through this.

I think it's easy to have this lense and judgement in our modern day society and often history is filtered through that. The things we find uncomfortable were normal, everyday things for the people who lived before us-and it's easy to get caught up in the age gap and other such things we deem "evil" and unacceptable. However, it's important to remember that these things happened, frequently, and if we put ourselves in their shoes, really, and let go of all biases you start to see the amazing stories and people this manga is about. I would say this is very educational, especially from an anthropological as well as historical standpoint. You have to let go of any biases you have to understand that these are CULTURAL and TIME PERIOD differences, normal in any Anthropology or History class. At this point you can probably tell I'm mostly speaking to the comment below me, but I feel it's important to clarify the difference between being offended based on personal biases and disliking something simply because it is not good quality. THIS is an amazing manga, it's quite a lovely experience.
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My apologies to the people of twelfth century Mongolia   
Rating: N/A
by AquarianDemocrat
April 17th, 2015, 10:48pm
(Against the avalanche of positive reviews, I strongly urge you to read this one before picking up this series. Because I regret ever picking it up, and urge anyone in search of anything this manga purports to provide to look elsewhere.)

Otoyomegatari is a manga about life on the Mongolian steppes. As you may have gathered from the tags, or the description, it attempts to be a "cute" upbeat story. There is nothing wrong with that. There is nothing wrong with the premise (well, maybe a little bit -- we'll get to that.) The way the manga is executed however, which may seem innocuous at first, becomes extremely disturbing in later volumes. To explain how and why, we'll need a little more context.

Otoyomegetari has a shifting point of view. It does not just cover one couple, either, or one family, or even one village, but attempts to be a sweeping portrait of different lifestyles across Asia and eastern Europe during this period. The first couple it portrays is a newly arranged marriage in a small village on the Mongolian steppes (arranged marriage may not be a particularly cheerful subject, but they like each other well enough and the respective families that negotiated the marriage are both more or less good people in their own ways, so all in all a pretty cheerful set up.)

(Stick with me, I swear this is going somewhere.)

As was mentioned, you might imagine this is not a particularly gritty portrayal of what small time village life on the Mongolian steppes actually looked like -- and you would be *mostly* right. Disease is virtually not existent, the deaths can be counted on one hand (and only happen to villains anyways.) Everyone is sparkly clean, daily village work is portrayed as a fun collective task.

The problem is that this manga does not contain itself to being a happy go lucky story set in some parallel universe sixteenth century Mongolia where everyone is civilized and there are no problems. Very real problems are introduced, such as war, poverty, slavery, the lack of rights for women (in some chapters they're bought and sold like cattle), polygamy, and other issues.

The problem is there is *no* tonal shift whatsoever. I mean that in the worst possible way you can imagine. All these serious issues show up at various points, but never is there the slightest hint that maybe any of these horrible, horrible events could possibly be wrong. The series, impossibly, keeps its upbeat attitude, and ends up portraying all of these ugly aspects of the medieval world as "fun" and "quirky" aspects of its happy-go-lucky self.

I can not stress enough how disturbing I found this in later volumes. Slavery? Oh so fun. Don't you know all slaves just wanted to help and serve their masters, just like all those adorkable manga maids? War? Haha those silly Russians never learn. Famine and disease? Dohoho, look at how cute these people terrified from dying of incurable diseases are. Polygamy and literal harems? Obviously a consensual joy for all involved.

This is like the evil alternate universe version of Leave It To Beaver. I'm half expecting a chapter about how much of a silly fun fun fest the bubonic plague was.

The mangaka's completely uncritical, un-ironic, and upbeat portrayal of the ugliest aspects of medieval civilization (or lack thereof) is extremely disturbing. Some of the things that happen in this manga are horrifying, and should make you step back and gasp but instead are portrayed happily as part of the most f***ed up sitcom on earth. I wish I could go apologize to all the people who lived through these horrors, 'cause this is just complete disrespect.

If you want a happy, upbeat romance let me give you a few suggestions off the top of my head; Akagami no Shirayukihime (look, its even another medieval-style fantasy), Boku wa Hajikko ga Suki, Shiawase Kissa 3-choume. There's tons more out there. Just do yourself a favor and turn around and go read something else. Anything else. 'Cause this is crap.

(P.S. The fact that anyone called this manga "educational" is a huge joke.)

... Last updated on April 18th, 2015, 12:14pm
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Wow...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by JetGT
February 28th, 2015, 8:48pm
Okay, I admitted. I have not seen a manga that has this much attention to detail. The art is just absolutely stunning and incredibly well drawn. Mori Kaoru is truly an artist, bringing colors to a slice of life story.
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Masterpiece   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by moonmystery
November 18th, 2014, 6:02pm
The art in this manga is simply beautiful... This isn't just a story, it is a piece of art --and an amazing one at that.

Such beauty deserves to be seen, and i would recommend this to anyone, guys and girls alike. The story is grounded in reality, with art that surpasses any that i've previously seen.

This is simply a masterpiece.
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Detail ✿ Beautiful   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by himemai
September 16th, 2014, 8:14am
Never read Mori-sensei manga before, this is first time for me.
About the artwork... It's simply beautiful and detail. The mangaka drew everything so well, start from character, their clothes, enviroment, everything done so well. I feel like I'm not just reading, but also like watching an episodic anime☆ //brickd
Next...I read many shoujo manga, and Amira become's one of my favourite character. She's different. Her personality is very done so well. She's cute, strong, can do archery, can do lot of things, smart and polite ヽ(*´∀`)ノ she's so mature. Anyway, I love Karluk as well and some other character like Pariya, the Twins, etc.
Already read till six and fall more deeply with Amira and Karluk (^///^) Azer as well ☆


◦(..˘ ⌣ ˘..)◦ already collect the physical book

... Last updated on February 5th, 2015, 9:43am
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THE DETAILS   
Rating: N/A
by daliagsa
July 14th, 2014, 6:00pm
Ok this is my first review this manga is amazing it really gives you the feeling they used to have at that time and it pictures the struggles between the couple in a cute way the only thing I can say is amir's name... because in arabic it means prince.
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Life on the plains of Central Asia   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by Ed U. Manga
June 28th, 2014, 6:24am
Painstakingly researched portrayal of different lifestyles in Central Asia during the 19th century. Be it marriage, clan resolutions and territorial disputes or hunting, bread baking and needlework - no matter how mundane they seem, Mori Kaoru depicts them down to the smallest detail. And it is this unerring accuracy that brings her work to life. The atmosphere is so rich that one feels like a member of the settled families or the restless nomads.

Highly educational/ non-instructive: ★★★

... Last updated on January 20th, 2015, 9:42am
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Not just a simple manga   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by hurafloyd
May 14th, 2014, 7:58am
I've been holding out reading this manga almost for a year already and today I decided to take it up. If you already knew about middle eastern cultures then you can already acknowledge the unknown beauty and deepness of the story laid out in this manga. I fell in love with this story since chapter 1 and while reading through out the chapters I realized that I've been reading too much crap lately.

When I came to chapter 13 I, a constant traveler as I've been for the past 8 years, felt an immediate connection of those "fated" encounters you have while travelling (and sometimes we sadly disregard as random). This chapter made me stand up and write this comment for other people to read and recommend this manga as a very rare jewel. I have no doubts that, even if the pace is quite slow from the start for some and no "mission to accomplish" can be ascertained while reading, a sense of "reading pleasure" will get to you.
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Beautiful, unique timeline and region   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by noobzilla
March 30th, 2014, 3:50pm
A middle east historical setting that isn't some magic carpet fantasy is really rare. The detailed art, the intricacies of daily life and culture of the chosen setting is just so beautiful that you want to keep reading.

I never thought a story about the day to day lives and struggles of women in a harsh environment and nomadic life would be as compelling to read as those epic battle mangas.

... Last updated on March 30th, 2014, 7:10pm
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So glad I read it   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by okigen
September 13th, 2013, 6:22pm
I was a bit put off when reading the plot summary about the underage marriage. So glad I did try reading it anyway and soon realized the story was much deeper than that. The art is gorgeous, I don't know how much effort the author had to invest to draw such beautiful outfits for characters.
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