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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

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Duralumin
IIChan Translation Group
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Latest Release(s)
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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 (1169 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 1838 wish lists
On 81 unfinished lists
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awesome   
Rating: N/A
by ferreroman
April 22nd, 2011, 10:28pm
genius , it feels like this guy really made something an humanly (for a mangaka since they work is really like fulltime...) , is not the best manga i've read but well but its one of the best , thats clear if anyone who can rate this manga less than 10 is not worth putting attention, no one can draw and put so much dedication on everything its like millions of hours of research and i am glad that i read this,if you are looking for something good, this will get you amazed in the whole sence of the word ,the plot is great, really a masterpiece, I know my english is really bad but that doesn't make me stupid ok, btw this will teach alot about something most people dont seem to understand which is understanding each other, and another thing is that i would love if somebody could tell me where i can research this kind of tribe.

... Last updated on April 22nd, 2011, 10:40pm
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Gorgeous   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by kidwith69
February 19th, 2011, 4:47am
The art is detailed on every level. The plot is intriguing. The characters interaction is so well done. The age gap yet loving relationship between the female lead and her husband is one of the most interesting themes of the manga.
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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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Superb attention to details and authencity   
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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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Loved it   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by enaikelt
January 22nd, 2011, 10:07am
I was a little hesitant at first, and always put it off. It's true that the art is stunning and the author has really done her research, but it was the story that I liked. Otoyomegatari has a very simple, slice of life story, simple romances, no wangst. It makes for a very relaxing read, and the characters really grow on you. If you liked stories like Dear Mine, you would like this.
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khm   
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by Romashk
January 5th, 2011, 1:20pm
Wow, ancient huh?. This is around the same time frame when Emma and Shirley lived. If the researcher guy ever goes home in one piece, he'll probably meet one of those two characters. And some people don't get that 13/15 is like an independent adult for the people with that, or similar, customs(then and now). Would you be as surprised, if he was 18 and she was 26?
I am rather thankful, to the author, for not glorifying(too much) the harsh living conditions and environment of that time. Plus she added some things for cultural contrast(the glasses, single shot rifle etc) and chose an interesting time for the backdrop, just like she did with "Emma".

Anyway. This is NOT a one person super hero action kind of manga. It has some romance and adventure, but it's mostly a calm shoujo manga with occasional exciting situations.
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Beautiful detailed art, dull story   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by niteangel
December 22nd, 2010, 8:31pm
Very beautiful, well-drawn with high attention to detail, which is clear from the very first breathtaking panel in the intricate patterns of textiles, ornaments, and clothing. Some panels, can be works of art on their own.

True to its "slice of life" and "historical" label, Otoyome-gatari is basically about the day-to-day lives of these people in a village of some ancient middle-eastern territory. I'm not well-versed in the history of that time, but as far as I can tell, it's not based on a major historical conflict. I mean, the historical aspect doesn't add anything interesting besides the clothing, textile, architecture, etc. nothing to the plot. They're hunting rabbits and that's the plot of an entire chapter. And nothing else happens. It's as interesting as buying a whopper from Burger King. And there's a spot where there's some conflict, but you're just kind of like "are you serious?" and it feels really cardboard-y.

I was hoping for character and story, but it's lacking. It's dull. The main female character is portrayed as a one-dimensional, perfect, slightly vapid, being. The romance is between a 20 year old woman and a 12 year old boy who hasn't even gone through puberty, which I didn't even realize until like a couple chapters in, because she alternates between acting like she's 12 herself or his mother. It's just so boring. I read up to Ch.10, then got too bored to continue.

It's a good series to appreciate the art, or learn how to draw, and maybe get a sense for that place and time period, but not for entertainment. Should take a look, but don't expect anything out of the story. Once you read the first chapter or so, you've read the whole thing.

Also, just a note, some nudity, but nothing sexual.

... Last updated on December 22nd, 2010, 10:41pm
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Beautiful and Enticing   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by MangaGhost
December 11th, 2010, 2:25pm
The art is simply beautiful. A real talent. The story is unique in that it gives us a glimpse into the richness of a different culture. The dialogue and narration are also well done (great job on the translating!). Nice transitions from panel to panel. I believe the backdrop occurs during the Crimean War in the 1850s, as the last chapter I read mentioned conflict between the British and the Russians. The series has only just gotten started, but I'm really interested in seeing where its going.

If you are a shonen junkie and all you know are high action series like Bleach or Dragon Ball with its numerous power-ups then this series is probably not for you. I like some Shonen too, but this is not one of those series. If you don't mind a slower pace and a historical setting then definitely give this series a try.
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Wonderful and subtle   
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by spikebaby
December 5th, 2010, 9:00pm
Though it can be exciting and dramatic when it wants to be, Otoyomegatari mostly succeeds because of it's mono no aware technique which Kaoru Mori is a master at, plus it's well written and realistic characters. The art is crazy detailed and always beautiful and distinctive. It's a masterpiece.
The comedy and drama are subdued and while it does seem slice of life it has a great plot as well and all in all is a fantastic manga you must read. Being up to date in
scanlations would probably show you that it's not boring and slowpaced, or meh. It's quite outstanding.

... Last updated on December 5th, 2010, 9:01pm
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I love this one   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by Kei_Kurono
August 17th, 2010, 5:30pm
I love this story. Kaoru Mori most be a true autentical genius, 'cuz her art and plots are very interesting. When I saw a time ago how she draw an Amira ridding sketch I told myself "that is when i saw and art masterpiece". I recomend very much this.
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