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Otoyomegatari  
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Description
Set in Central Asia in a rural town near the Caspian Sea during the 18th century, the story revolves around a young woman, Amir, who arrives from a distant village across the mountains to marry Karluk, a boy eight years her junior. The story unfolds among details of everyday family and community life. However, the peaceful atmosphere is disturbed when Amir's family demands to take her back to their village.

Note: Won the 7th annual Manga Taishou Award in 2014 and the intergénérations prize at the Angoulême International Comics Festival in 2012.

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Manga

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Associated Names
قصة عروس شابة
乙嫁語り
姊嫁物語
少女新娘物语
เจ้าสาวแห่งทางสายไหม
신부이야기
A Bride's Story
Aron morsiamet
Bride Stories
Opowieść Panny Młodej

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IIChan Translation Group
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Latest Release(s)
c.55 by Duralumin (25d ago)
c.54 by Duralumin (60d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
8 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

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Average: 9.1 / 10.0 (1373 votes)
Bayesian Average: 9.04 / 10.0
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April 24th 2016, 7:52am 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 (7 Volumes - Ongoing)

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Monthly Pos #61 decreased(-16)
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Fantastic story, but remember kiddies, it's seinen   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by philip72
August 12th, 2011, 4:40pm
I was looking at Otomegatari's ratings and was astounded to see about two dozen votes of 4 and under. I couldn't understand it, as I thought even the most reserved raters would give it a 6 for it's amazing art, and solid historical perspective on 19th century Central Asia alone.

Then I read the comments and it all made sense.

Kids, this story is Seinen; that means it's aimed at men of university age or older, not tweens and teens. You're not going to find raging powerups, big swords, unusual villains and (as many) panty shots as shounen. Conversely girls, you won't find the heaps of maudlin drama as you would in shoujo. Instead you'll find an in-depth historical drama, very much rooted in the real world.

So if you're under the age of majority, give Otomegatari a miss; unless you're precocious, you really won't enjoy it right now. Once your testes descend, your face starts growing hair, and you start paying your taxes, pick it up again; I guarantee you'll find it amazing.
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Superb attention to details and authencity   
Rating: N/A
by Ultramarinus
February 5th, 2011, 3:19am
Being a Turk myself, this whole manga felt something that came out of an Anatolian nomadic tribe documentary. The motifs on the carpets, the jewelry, the clothes, you can find those exact ones still widely used throughout the region in rural areas. The attention to details is through and through in both drawings and how many Turkic people still live in Middle Asia steppes. It's a warm story about everyday life, may be compared to Vinland Saga's current farm arc if someone needs an example.

My sincere respects to Kaoru Mori for spending this much effort to prepare a correct portrayal of those people of that time. It's beautiful and it's true. It's also an ultra rare opportunity to be introduced to this rich, mostly unknown culture.

As for the age difference, I think people are bothered only because the male is still a minor by today's norms. People married and still do in certain regions of the world as early as 14-15, we still have folk songs from old times about such couples and how it was considered purely normal. If someone could take care of their living and fulfill roles in a family, they were eligible for marriage. It's pretty much a cultural and historical difference between the old times and today, I think people should be able to accept that much when reading about a foreign land 150 years ago.

As for deeming rabbit hunting cruel.. Well, I guess they didn't have supermarkets back then which had meat chopped and clean so you can dump the cruelty on someone else with a credit card.

... Last updated on February 5th, 2011, 3:21am
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Please Check the Setting Next Time   
Rating: N/A
by blackluna
November 22nd, 2015, 4:17pm
Before I make any comments, I must correct the anachronism of a prior comment:
1. It should be clear from the pocket watch and all things western in the manga that it does not take place in the twelfth or sixteenth centuries but the NINETEENTH. Based on various details found in the manga, I'm guessing the manga takes place mid-century (c. 1860, earlier would make the character of Smith and the female Brit impossible).
2.The story does not take place in Mongolia (East Asia) but in Central Asia in the general region of the Aral and Caspian Seas: from the maps in chapter seventeen and the prior progress of the story, the story begins just East of the Aral Sea BUT not far enough East for Qing Dynasty China to be a significant factor.

The plot is essentially an interconnected episodic, moving from bride to bride, following Amir and then also people connected to her. Using courtship and marriage as a device, Mori has created a story whose primary aim is ETHNOGRAPHIC, and she thus tries to give an objective view of the cultures involved (even Mr.Smith is a linguist and ethnographer). This is also why she avoids the negative aspects of cultures she's glancing over (sure she could talk about the negative aspects of polygamy and of arranged marriages, but for the purpose of the story they are mentioned in passing). I should also mention that the complexity of Amir's story and the second bride's tale definitely reveal issues found in that region, and that in the saccharine feeling of the fourth brides' (Anis and Shirin), the nurse keeps mentioning how fairytale-like and improbable it is. A story cannot address every single thing imaginable: a story has composition just as much as a picture (i.e. there's a need to pick and choose). Inclusion of rape, bride kidnapping, and the like is dramatic and leaves the reader too emotionally involved for Mori's aims.

As ever, Mori's art work is extraordinary and her story telling masterful. The extended use of visuals works perfectly. If you want a harder or more historical view, rather than an ethnographic one, I would look at Wolfsmund, Shut Hell, or Song of the Long March. However, for the aims and scope of the story, Mori is leaving very few gaps. Though I really would appreciate translations of blurbs of her research for this story, that seems to be the only thing lacking.
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Beautiful artwork aside...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by VenusAD
December 10th, 2009, 8:51pm
Because, as everyone has said, it is GORGEOUS. But that all aside, the story itself is fantastic. The relationship between Amira and Karluk is so pure and beautiful in itself. I also like that he isn't just a scared child. He behaves like a man, though his emotions are something he doesn't quite understand yet. Both of them are just so innocent and honest about their affection for each other. It is a strangely beautiful--though altogether unorthodox love story including a healthy showing of familial and community bonds.
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Wonderful Depiction of Central Asia   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by mikako17
July 16th, 2015, 11:07am
I didn't want to review this before I had finished reading the series, but upon seeing AquarianDemocrat's comment I felt like I had to say something.

A few of AquarianDemcrocat's comments make sense if you're looking at this manga through a strictly Western, and modern, sense of ethics/morals and are not willing to keep an open mind about the culture you're reading about. I'm not defending slavery, war, and etc, but Mori is depicting this time, which is 19th century not 12th or 16th, and place as many then would have seen it.

The main point of Otoyomegatari seems to be portraying the culture of the people of 19th Century Central Asia. It is a portrayal that doesn't judge the culture nor does it complicate it by creating problems.

There are issues raised, but they are handled well, the characters are not smiling happily while they defend their homes, nor are they all giggling when they marry, the characters deal with what happens to them and move on. There's no dwelling on lost loves, lost lives, and etc because first of all, realistically, they couldn't and secondly the point of the manga is culture.

I'll admit that there are many happy endings, but that just contributes to helping a reader understand the culture and not judge it. I believe Mori would rather readers try to understand the culture then judge than judge and not try to understand and therefore went this route. And I have to say, she does it beautifully and wonderfully. It is very educational as a previous comment said.

As someone who comes from culture that has bride prices and polygamy who grew up with modern Western values I spent a long time detesting it all before I tried understanding it. And yes, I still have issues with them, especially polygamy in these times, but now that I have learned about my culture I understand it and do not detest it.

So my advice to readers is to give it try, keep an open mind, and just enjoy the lovely art. Also keep in mind that this manga is 19th century, which is 1800's, so not that long ago in our history.
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Context is all   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Delorita
May 7th, 2012, 2:08am
This manga owes part of my soul. It is so refreshing to see a calm, slice of life manga that doesn't have oversized boobs, harem, or skinny, barbie eyed heroines (did anyone notice that little muffin top stomach of hers?! Thumbs up to mangaka!). Some people complained that the heroine is too meek, or mellow, etc but really, take the setting into context. Certain cultures were geared that way, and some still are. Women were to take care of the household, listen to the husband, etc. As much as I uphold gender equality, not every lady needs to be a raging feminist to be happy. I'm glad this manga portrayed that smile
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Absolutely Beautiful   
Rating: N/A
by Allegory
February 23rd, 2010, 6:13am
Without a doubt, this manga has some of the most consistently beautiful artwork I've seen. Every single frame is equally detailed and stunning. The story is also amazing in that it's not hackneyed and overly romanticized. In fact, it's believable. It is also laced with just the right amount of light-hearted moments that neither feel trite nor over the top. My only wish is that I would have started reading this series later, so that I wouldn't have to wait for every chapter. This is the kind of story that makes you want to keep reading.
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wow   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by sighing
June 28th, 2011, 9:55am
that's why I love Seinens. the jokes, even though you usually don't burst out in laughter like in gag mangas, make you harbor a big wide grin, you laugh with your heart and you notice quite happily how well-made the story is told. I love this series, I'm glad I bought the first volume to try it out =)
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Culturally Diversed   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by scarlet2life
June 22nd, 2012, 9:25am
It's very rare to find a refreshing manga like this. The author not only gave us (the readers) a solid story and intricate artwork. It was able to educate readers about a culture. The author was very successful in educating the readers the lifestyle and customs of people that time. Not only that, she was able to capture the richness of the culture. Through her drawings, she was able to give justice in presenting how elaborate and deep the culture. It fascinates me that the author was able to weave the story and customs/practices of the people back then. The author proves that manga isn't only for story and art, it's how you educate the readers as well.
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Must-read   
Rating: N/A
by robbert1210
May 26th, 2011, 5:11pm
This one sure is amazing. I looked against starting this one... but it's actually breathtaking. The art is so well-done, some pages haven't got a single word, yet your mind tells the whole story just by looking at them. I really like how the culture is explained, the way everyday life in that tribe is shown. I didn't see too much romance... but I couldn't care less to be honest. This is a must read.
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