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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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Lovely, but not a series for everyone
The artwork is fantastic. The detail is extraordinary. I am very happy I didn't judge the series by the cover on this page and decided to give it a try. The historical background makes an interesting environment and the traditions of the people are fascinating.
Admittedly, this series is NOT for everyone. It definitely lacks the usual melodrama/fight scenes/hot sex scenes/etc of the usual manga----in other words, if you are a teenager, you are most likely not going to enjoy the series (I myself am 18 and adore this manga series).
It's sweet and enjoyable. It provides a relatively realistic view on people of that specific time and place. Kudos to the author/artist.
Beautiful art, but disapointing female leads.
I wanted to give this manga a try, and so I did.
Sadly, I was so irritated with the lead women characters. It is the annoying strong male, weak female mentality between the main relationships.
Amir is supposed to be 20, but she acts like a 12 year old. Her husband is supposed to be 12, but actually acts like a 20 year old. The 12 year old is already wonderfully mature, understanding, with subtle wisdom, but the 20 year old wife can act very childlike.
Amir is very talented at hunting - skilled with a bow, skilled on a horse, skilled at taking down sorts of animals of all sizes - but then needs the small preteen boy to save her life like the usual damsal in distress. Really??
She is constantly meek, leaps up at any chance to cling to her little husband in every chapter, is panicy, and for however reason is falling in love with him. Additionally, The relationship seems to be perfect and calm from the very start, with immediate attraction and bonding. I was hoping for a little bit more of journey and a learning process between the two, and to see what it was like for an adult bride to deal with such a situation. Sadly, again, this was missing. There is no stress between the two; the only thing that happens is a bad fever and a brief stint of people trying to get Amir back. Then the story takes a turn and focuses on something else.
The Western Anthropologist's love interest is no better. She is meek/timid, eyes casting down, and has a tendency of running off.
Kaoru Mori is great, but the potrayal of these female leads is getting very disapointing. It was like in "Emma" - while I initially enjoyed the story, the character of Emma had a tendency to take off from William (She did this at least a couple times; she sees him, then turns around and runs the other way) blushed every second page, looks down at the ground, faints, surrounds herself in muted melancholy even when others show kindness and friendship to her...and has the tendency to need William to catch her everytime she needs help, gets hurt, whatever.
I'm not sure if Kaoru thinks it is all sweet, cute and romantic, but it isn't appealling, and it's very old fashioned. Maybe I am just strange little minority, or maybe I'm just too old on account that I'm pushing my mid 20's, but I am more drawn to stronger women characters - and more equal, dynamic relationships.
The supporting female characters are oddly the more stronger ones. In the case in this series, I really liked the grandmother, who really is a solid matriach and stands up for what she believed in. I also reasonably liked Amir's friend, the unconventional girl who isn't very good at some of the household chores, and doesn't let go of the chance to beat up on a boy (including her possible betrothed) or open her mouth to tell it like it is.
It's funny in a way, Kaoru Mori makes poor main female roles, but she can actually do a decent job at making the other minor/supporting ladies more developed, tougher, and less one-dimensional.
Overall, the impact of the plot was a bit weak for me, with empty dialogue being apparent or prolonged unnecessary scenes. The parts that are supposed to be a climax felt a bit forced too. Unfortuntely, it felt like work having to read towards the end. There are some solid parts, but not enough to keep me going.
For the record though, the art is absolutely beautiful. So for the eyecandy market, you won't be disapointed (Though I do wonder if it is too beautiful....the characters are all perfectly clean, tidy, clear skinned, attractive, gorgeous attires...it might be a tiny bit too unrealistic, considering they are supposed to be Tribal Nomads travelling and living off amongst harsher lands. Normally these people are quite tough, and it shows from their reality of daily life. But, a minor complaint)
I really wished I could have liked this series, I really do. But it was just a bit more of a miss for me. And I am the type that enjoys realism, and real authentic storylines and dialogue - but in this case there was a lack.
it's laden with history. detail and developement. and my god, the artwork. its detail and work is amazing. you know everything is hand drawn. a feat that is not so common in today's manga. as expected from kaoru mori. I love her characters. they're the ones you actually care for.
You know who's younger than the bride...
-The Bridesgroom, but I guess it's not his story.
I remember reading the first chapter or two(least upto the decision to get the girl back) and quitting because the premise made me unexpectedly uncomfortable, this was like 5 or 6 years ago. Also thought it was kinda boring at the time, and I was looking for darker material too(or a lot optimism and humour, an extreme at either side).
I have and haven't changed since then. I don't understand why my past self had a problem since it's takes place in a different time period, in a different culture ect. I also no longer find it boring. There's a fun that's similar to yotsuba and Suicide Island. Watching people live a simple but complicated life(I love to contradict myself like this apparently) and do things we can't anymore because it's outside our norm to survive. Skinning a rabbit, shooting a deer ect.
The art is quite nice, especially on the clothes(or furniture/items sometimes). The people aren't detailed but the girls are quite cute. Backgrounds tend to be sparse though.
Can't get enough!!
First of all- kudos to Mori Kaoru for this manga; I absolutely love Otoyomegatari. I can find no real fault in the entire manga. The story is great, the historical accuracy is phenomenal, and the ART is simply BREATHTAKING. This manga is a real gem among many shallow stories out there and I think everyone should try it at least once, though it won't satisfy all readers. Honestly, when I first picked this up I was expecting more of a romance between Amira and Karluk, but I was pleasently surprised when I found a more in-depth multi-faceted story about life in nomadic Asia. I still wish there was a tad more romance in it but that's only because I'm mainly a romance manga reader. Otoyomegatari is defintely a good read, and something that I will eagerly wait for chapters for.
this is just simply amazing! the arts not bad, the detail is exquisite, the story is WONDERFUL! (just the way I like it, especially in seinen) absolutely recommend it to people who want to have a good, simple read with beautiful detail.
One of my absolute favorites. Just wallowing in grief that it only has 3 volumes so far, but I've never waited on a manga before I found this.
... Last updated on November 15th, 2011, 12:25am
oh, i rated it more than eight!
which means, it passed the low-end of awesomeness! (don't mind me, i'm talking to myself)
the mangaka bring brilliance once again. i'm just annoyed the eyes gotten bigger and bigger comes new series.
tbh it took sometime before i pick this up, you see I've been disappointed in this historical manga genre so many times that it pissed me of to no end
but dang this is one superb and beautiful manga, beautiful realistic art (probably the best I've seen in a manga so far), deep and well made story and characters..i honestly see no reason for any type of person to not like this piece...really if you have some kinda doubt just ignore it and read it, it truly deserves the high score
Fantastic story, but remember kiddies, it's seinen
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.
I absolutely love the way the art and plot is executed, but NOTHING INTERESTING EVER HAPPENS
4/10 for the effort. If somebody else was writing the story this manga would go a long ways