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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.

Type
Manga

Related Series
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Associated Names
Истории молодой невесты
Истории невесты
乙嫁物语
乙嫁語り
姊嫁物語
少女新娘物语
เจ้าสาวแห่งทางสายไหม
신부이야기
A Bride's Story
Bride Stories (French)
Opowieść Panny Młodej
Otoyome Gatari
Otoyome Katari
Otoyome-gatari
Pariya-san wa Otoshigoro
Strange Bride Story
The Bride's Stories
Young Bride's Story

Groups Scanlating
Duralumin
IIChan Translation Group
Maigo
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Latest Release(s)
c.36 by Duralumin (41d ago)
c.35 by Duralumin (97d ago)
c.34 by Duralumin (135d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
6 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

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Average: 9.1 / 10.0 (1168 votes)
Bayesian Average: 9.04 / 10.0
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Last Updated
March 27th 2014, 10:18pm PST

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Year
2008

Original Publisher

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

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Yen Press (5 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #72 decreased(-4)
Monthly Pos #39 increased(+1)
3 Month Pos #26 decreased(-1)
6 Month Pos #25 (No change)

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On 4724 reading lists
On 1838 wish lists
On 81 unfinished lists
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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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Detailed and Beautiful   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by himemai
March 21st, 2014, 5:31am
Never read Mori-sensei manga before, this is first time for me.
Artwork:
Simply beautiful and detail. The mangaka draw everything so well, start from character, their clothes, enviroment, everything done so well.

Personality:
I read many shoujo manga, and Amira become's one of my favourite character. She's different. Her personality is very asdfghj ///U v U/// She's cute, strong, can do archery, can do lot of things, smart, polite asdfghjk ///U v U/// Anyway, I love Karluk as well and some other character.

By the way, I'm starting to collect this book as well^^
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Review on packaging   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by HanaTenshiHimeko
September 28th, 2013, 8:39pm
I'll leave the story reviews to everyone else 'cause they basically saying the same thing I have. And for my rating, 10 for story and 10 for artwork.


What I'm going to review is Yen Press and their packaging.

1. Hardcover with coverslip.
Now why is that important? Hardcover gives it a more important, valuable, and collectible feel to it. They don't give me those worn-edges at the corners like with the softcovers. In addition, I don't have to worry about over-bending that it'll leave a mark on the book spine. Hardcover is designed in a way that it'll hold the book firmly and becomes more stable.

And COVERSLIP! I thought they were extincted when June (publisher company) stopped doing it. So useful because when I'm lending to friends, I can slip them out and it stays at my house. I don't want those beautiful covers to become dirty when I get the book back and my friends doesn't mind because they don't want accidentally ruin them either.

I wasn't thinking of buying this series, until I saw those 2 important factors. I IMMEDIATELY placed my order. I felt YenPress did justice to Mori-sensei's work by going the extra mile for those mangas.


2. Translation
Yen Press is growing on me and became one of my favorite publisher, along with Del Rey (which defunct when Kodansha took over, but Kodansha doesn't have the same feel when I read their translation notes, especially with the lack of abundance of pictures because I hate wall of text without pictures). YenPress leave the noise effect alone and put their translation next to them. And this is VERY useful for those who are studying Japanese sound effects. If you compare to Viz and TokyoPop, Viz translate them, but half the time I get confused because I'm reading them outloud and it sounds funny to me or doesn't make sense.

TokyoPop is worse. Ever since they tried to be cheaper, they cut out translating the sound effects, which sometimes is an important part of the story and then the readers ends up getting confused if the character does something in reaction to the sound. And if you wonder why TokyoPop went down, it's because they licensed too many mangas at the same time, half of them were VERY uninterested or so-so, and they stopped being loyal to their reader's interest. Yes, they did introduce several good mangas, but the main factor of releasing too many mangas at the same time that it forced several young people to decide which new release to buy with their allowance. But that's for a different story.

What I'm quite disappointed in YenPress that there's no translator's note at the end. When I read the them, I feel like they are speaking to us one-to-one when they are explaining the culture references or why they decided to translate it that way instead of this way. If you read Del Rey's translation notes, you'll know what I'm talking about.


3. Cost.
Yes, this book cost USA $17.00, it's expensive. But it's because of the following factors: hardcover, good quality paper, and bigger paper size.

There are 3 paper quality: thin, thick, and medium

THIN - If you compare to TokyoPop or Viz Omnibus books (the cheaper version. If you look at Rurouni Kenshin/Inuyasha they did a better job for them), you'll notice their paper quality is VERY thin and flexible. Those terrible thin paper is good for saving shelf-space and lighter weight, but I can see the opposite side of the artwork through the page. And since they are so flimsy, I'm afraid I'll accidentally rip them. You clumsy people out there, you know what how I feel when I accidentally tear the cover of the page when turning them. CLUMSY PEOPLE UNITE!! OTL

THICK - You can refer to Broccoli and June's old works for your reference. Those paper will stay white for years, meaning those paper won't go yellow. But due to the thick paper, it's also heavier. Try carrying 5 of those when you bring them out to lend it to a friend, they get pretty heavy. And due to costing these days, June had switched to a lower paper quality, which is medium.

MEDIUM - This is between thin and thick and it's the best choice that YenPress made. Not too thin, not too thick, just right. It'll go yellow as years go by, but as long I don't accidentally rip any pages, I'm happy.

Lastly, paper size. If you compare to Viz/TokyoPop, the paper is about 5" x 7.5". That is typically the standard size for English translated mangas. This series' paper size is about 6" x 8.25 (6" x 8.5" if you count the hardcover size). And if you notice, YenPress release most of their mangas in that size. It's very convenient because sometimes I find myself squinting when I read Viz/Tokyopop mangas because they are squishing everything in one word bubble.


So I hoped you all learn something from this review. The reason why I decided to do a packaging review because some people don't understand why some YenPress books cost so much. Well now you know. YenPress book comes in hardcover/softcover and different sizes, make sure to check with them before buying them. Their website have the full package details (except hardcover/softcover), so make sure to check with them and ask questions. They are on facebook also. YenPress is probably one of the few that is willing to listen to their fans and make sure the products are good quality before it start breaking into people's pocket. Which is why I go to amazon and oreorder them. smile

... Last updated on September 28th, 2013, 10:23pm
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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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Amazing   
Rating: N/A
by greatyu
July 5th, 2013, 7:55am
Actually child marriages are quiet frequent in Eastern and Asian countries, i wondered how couples get along like that. SO this manga is the answer to all your questions about eastern cultures and lifestyles. Artwork is definetly what you call equsite.
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Great story   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by jfaerr
July 1st, 2013, 2:31pm
This series is really quite excellent. It is clear that the subject matter has been well researched by the mangaka.

The story and the characters are all very well conceived. I look forward to seeing how the young husband grows.

Now if only the releases came out faster!
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Way Beyond the Usual Manga   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by cecropiamoth
June 30th, 2013, 9:16am
I'm reading this only in the US book format because I want to keep the books to look at again some day. The reasons for that are multiple:

1. Lovable, brave main female character (the "bride") makes you root for her from the outset.

2. For male readers, the bride also grabs and holds your attention early just because she's so beautiful! Hers is a style of beauty that conveys a feeling of richness and consummate femininity. The way she's drawn is not just a case of big tits provided for ecchi purposes. It's more like the mangaka in drawing her is hearkening back to a style of female beauty that was popular before skinny became the norm in visual media. Think Marilyn Monroe, or Nana in "Nana to Kaora". I would bet anything that even today this is the look that most men love.

3. Life in a time and place unknown to most of us described and presented in well-researched detail, and through ancillary characters whom it's possible to like because, as different as the way they live is, their hearts and feelings are the familiar human ones.

4. Unbelievably good and detailed art that is far beyond manga-standard. I found myself lingering on page after page just to see the details.

5. An unconventional love affair that, for some reason, seems perfectly normal from the outset of the story. Perhaps that's because the excellent art makes you feel immersed in that amazing foreign culture from the outset, and the marriage at the heart of the tale is perfectly normal in that culture. How will this odd relationship play out over time? The question is inescapable, and it makes this reader, at least, look forward to many future volumes.

6. Conflict / war looming in the future. I also long for more volumes to discover how this comes out, and above all in hopes of seeing the bride and groom, and the warm, hard-working extended family that she's joined, survive.

... Last updated on June 30th, 2013, 9:30am
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EPIC   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Alice0205
March 22nd, 2013, 10:42am
This is so amazing. No really. I'm so happy that I happen to pass by this one and have it a go.
Thanks to this manga I have been able to take notice of other people's culture and how people interact with each other in other countries. I've got to admit it is very refreshing but awkward. I kept wondering if there are really such groups of people here in this world since all I see is chaos, selfishness, corruptions, the list just go by.

I am really hoping that this would come out in my country soon. I mean really. I've been searching a copy of this almost everywhere and anywhere (except the internet). I even went to some pretty far places where I could exclusively ask them to order it for me but alas. I really want a copy of this book.
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i was hesitant but wow!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by ScytheMaster14
March 17th, 2013, 7:01pm
i kept on seeing this recommended everywhere,and i was turned off by the description a bit, but i finally gave in and i am so happy i did! this has easily made it into my top ten. the art is GORGEOUS every single detail is just incredible and i love how it shows a different country and culture. normally you'd think a manga wouldn't be good for that but it does it extremely well. and i dont enjoy younger older relationships like this usually, but you can feel their love for each other, it isn't in your face cause they realize one of them is young but you can see it growing and it is so sweet at times, even when there isn't any dialogue, it just makes you smile at how sweet it is. and it doesn't just go into one relationship exclusively, it branches off into other full-fledged stories, but they all connect somehow through the characters. and to be honest my favorite character is the researcher, he makes me laugh almost every time he's in a panel and im so happy he got his own story.it is an amazing slice-of-life romance that takes place in a really uncommon setting, and if you haven't read it yet, do it now.
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Gorgeous but not everyone's flavor of manga   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by flowinmyboat
November 20th, 2012, 7:53pm
I brushed this series off for a while since it seemed slow but, to be honest, that's part of it's charm. It's a manga that draws the reader into the story with it's everyday pace. The art is so detailed and beautiful you can stare at one page in awe for a while. The only complaint I can think of is the lack of back story. Maybe I skipped a chapter but I am still confused about the Anthropologist's situation and the reason Amira was married off to this particular boy. They've clearly explained there are a handful of tribes near Amira's native village yet they chose a boy on the other side of the mountains.

That being said, this isn't a manga that will hold the attention of most readers. It's pretty slow and the comedy is light.
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