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Set in Central Asia in a rural town near the Caspian Sea during the early 19th 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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Associated Names
حكايات العروس
قصة عروس شابة
A Bride's Story
Aron morsiamet
Opowieść Panny Młodej

Groups Scanlating
IIChan Translation Group

Latest Release(s)
c.49 by Duralumin (27d ago)
c.48 by Duralumin (107d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
7 Volumes (Ongoing)

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User Rating
Average: 9.1 / 10.0 (1338 votes)
Bayesian Average: 9.04 / 10.0
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Last Updated
November 27th 2015, 3:12am PST



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

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Yen Press (7 Volumes - Ongoing)

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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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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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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 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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