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Set in Central Asia in a rural town near the Caspian Sea during the 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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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.
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.
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.
Life on the plains of Central Asia
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
Not just a simple manga
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.
Beautiful, unique timeline and region
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.
A little note to the SJW rant from Aquarian whatever: Do not judge this setting with western values. The problem with SJWs like this is that they preach tolerance, yet they try to impose their cultural and moral values onto others. The only one who hasn't considered cultural and historical content is that SJW reviewer. Ignore her, and read this manga.
... Last updated on April 25th, 2017, 1:23pm
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.
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!
Way Beyond the Usual Manga
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
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.