[Manga Mondays] Otoyomegatari


Just an anime-loving social worker. I've been watching anime for almost 20 years, and I read manga as well. I've been to Japan twice and would live there in a heartbeat if I could.

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  1. Yumina says:

    I personally think aside from the nudity, it’s probably the theme that makes this manga considered a seinen and is published in a seinen magazine. The age gap is problematic for some readers since in most countries, you cannot marry a 12 yo whether they are boys or girls. Not to mention other cultural aspects that happen here and there regarding other couples, which I will not spoil ^^ So yeah, I personally think you need to have an open-minded mindset and maturity to be able to see the true beauty of this manga. Some readers do not have this requirement, unfortunately, and I often read them contemning the manga, and that truly makes me sad. That’s why I’m so happy you write about it here :)

    Oh, while I’m at it, can I recommend a manga? It’s called The Ancient Magus’ Bride (Mahoutsukai no Yome in Japan), and I believe it’d have an OVA coming this summer (you can already see the preview in kissa*ime). It’s a little bit… dark here and there, but it also has its fluffy moments. Unlike Otoyomegatari, it’s considered a shounen (which baffles me to no end), but like Otoyomegatari, readers need to have a certain level of maturity to fully grasp its beauty.

    (PS: “Their union is unique in that Amir is twenty, but Karluk is eight years older than she is.” I think you probably mean ‘younger’? ^^ )

    • Vantage says:

      Mahoutsukai no Yome is considered a shounen?! I’ve only read the first 10 or so chapters (a long time ago) but that doesn’t sound right to me either. I was surprised the announcement was only an OVA, I was expecting a full-length TV series. Maybe they’re testing the waters first.

      • Yumina says:

        We’re not the only two people confused with its demographic, my friend, but it is published in a shounen magazine in Japan (and still ongoing), so yeah, it is. I got no shounen vibe when I read the manga either, but perhaps the magazine acts as a bridge between shounen and seinen or something (they also publish Shimoneta and Peace Maker Kurogane after all).
        Regarding the OVA, I also agree with you in testing-the-waters part, with this economy condition and such. I just hope they don’t cram too much in a single OVA.

    • Nikolita says:

      *facepalm* I did proofread the post about a dozen times, I swear. Ack. Thanks for pointing that out, I’ll go fix it now.

      Otoyomegatari still strikes me as more of a josei rather than a seinen manga, for the reasons you listed. xD Oh well.

      Thank you so much for your recommendation! I’ll have to go take a look. :)

      • Yumina says:

        You’re welcome ^^
        Ack, so you were talking about josei and seinen. I thought you talked about comparing it with shoujo/shounen, my bad ^^;
        And yeah, when you mentioned it, it DOES have josei vibe. Sigh. Japanese demographic sure is confusing -_-

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