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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.

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

Type
Manga

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

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Duralumin
IIChan Translation Group
Maigo
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Latest Release(s)
c.41 by Duralumin (21d ago)
c.40 by Duralumin (95d ago)
v.7 c.39 by Duralumin (144d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
6 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

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User Rating
Average: 9.1 / 10.0 (1250 votes)
Bayesian Average: 9.04 / 10.0
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Last Updated
October 31st 2014, 9:22am PST


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Year
2008

Original Publisher

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

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Yen Press (6 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #122 decreased(-39)
Monthly Pos #36 decreased(-2)
3 Month Pos #39 increased(+10)
6 Month Pos #32 decreased(-8)

List Stats
On 5132 reading lists
On 1991 wish lists
On 101 unfinished lists
On 678 custom lists

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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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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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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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Absolutely Beautiful   
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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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Good Lord it's beautiful.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Jandalman
February 17th, 2011, 3:23am
I dunno what made me bump into this series but I'm glad it did. The artwork as many others have said is simply gorgeous, the details on the womens' intricate clothing and the people's faces. Amira has some of the most beautiful eyes I've ever seen in a manga character. Though they're not real you can somehow see the soul behind them. The whole family that Karluk and Amira are part of are so endearing. It reminds me of my own family back home, though mine are not as nomadic we still have a tribal affinity and we watched each other's backs. His grandmother has the same strength of heart and gentleness of my own. The romance between the two main characters is pure and adorable. And as for Mr Smith and the other girl I really do hope they get together in the end. Maybe live as extended family of Karluk's tribe.

A truly wonderful experience to read this manga and I do hope more will come.

... Last updated on February 17th, 2011, 8:05pm
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Refreshing   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Verix
May 30th, 2012, 1:30pm
This manga seriously makes me want to travel all over. Oh well: as for a little review.
This one starts a little slow I found. Like so many times, if you stick with it it becomes wonderful (I was 100% sold by volume 4.. so give it some time). I love Mori Kaoru's work since reading Emma, but this is nothing like it at first glance. As usual for the mangaka everything is drawn superbly well, and the setting and plot draw you into the another world.

The summary coupled with a historical tag makes may put people off (and pull people in all the same, mind you); but all together this is a blissful seinen read. Highly recommended.
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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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