Connecting the beautiful culture of Turkic people to Mori Kaoru's Otoyomegatari.
myszata said: Hi, I'm just writing to you to say thank you! I'm doing research on Otoyomonogatari and I want to present it on manga covention. Your blog is very helpful, so can I link my presentation to it and make that kind of reference? :) Once again, thank you so much!
Absolutely! I am glad it is helpful. Let me know if you need help with any particular topic. I need to write some new pieces. Also, which convention? I’d love to know.
Thank you for asking. :D@2 months ago with 1 note
New Otoyomegatari chapter is out! http://www.mangareader.net/otoyomegatari/37@3 months ago with 8 notes
Pixiv contributor Milk (牛乳) has drawn Animal Crossing: New Leaf clothes for Amira, Talas and Layla/Leyli!
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She has does a marvelous job, so it would be nice if you left a note on Pixiv or on her twitter if you do use one of her designs!
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Once again, Deb Aoki’s come through with another interview from the Salon du livre in Paris that proves that Kaoru Mori is the cutest mangaka alive.
Article and image credits goes to Manga-Sanctuary.com
You can find Kaoru Mori’s work in English! Bride Stories is taken care of by the lovely Yen Press, and Emma was put out by DelRey before they shut down, if you scour internet used book stores. In French her publisher is Éditions Ki-oon.
Translation under the cut!
Introducing a new type of post! Sometimes, like with Talas’ bridal garb, I am able to find an exact match. Sometimes, not so much! In this case, for Anis, we only have one chapter of information to go on, so theories may be contradicted or confirmed as the story progresses. Anyhow, here goes.
Hypothesis 1 - Anis is a Persian living in Persia
1 - Persia is on the way
We know that Mr Smith is travelling from the coast of the Aral Sea to Ankara, Turkey. Persia during the Qajar dynasty included territory south and southwest of the Aral Sea, and Mr Smith would have to travel through it to get to Ankara.
2 - Persian garb
Though her clothes are not an exact match for the previously posted image, it is possible that Ms Kaoru Mori took artistic liberties, making it more form-fitting to emphasize Anis’ waifishness.
3 - Persian cat
Ms Kaoru Mori made a point of including a scene with a Persian cat, somehow I doubt that’s accidental.
4 - Persian garden
Additionally, Rumi and Hafez are two famous Persian poets. Quoting Hafez particularly used to be common in Persia, and may be the source of the poem Anis’ husband says at the end. I did a quick search but didn’t find anything yet. I imagine a poem that started in Persian, was translated to Japanese and then back into English might be a little difficult to identify.
Hypothesis 2 - A pattern of brides
It seems Ms Kaoru Mori is developing a pattern of bride stories. First, we have Amira, who has a fairly happy marriage, if not a unique one.
Then we meet Talas, who came from an incredibly wealthy family (her sa’wkele headdress would have cost a fortune), but misfortune seems to be her constant companion. We never know the names or faces of her husbands. As a woman of wealth, she would have married into an equally wealthy family, but sheep that represented that wealth are gone. She is lonely, and unhappy.
After that, we meet Layla and Leyli, who again are distinct, but are set up for a happy marriage. I’ve just read about marriage customs in northern India, and bride prices could be negotiated to be lower if there were sisters marrying brothers. Money is indicated to be somewhat of an issue, so we know that the twins and their husbands are not especially wealthy.
Then we have Anis, who lives in a huge mansion (apparently without many servants?), she is supposed to have the perfect life for a woman of that time and country. She is the only wife, she has born her nameless, faceless husband a son, she lives in luxury and idleness, and yet she is clearly very lonely and unhappy.
Both Talas and Anis live in isolation. Talas had the empty steppes to emphasize her isolation, and Anis has the vast and stark hallways of her home to emphasize hers. In truth, Every inch of the house should be covered in decoration. But that would be difficult to depict in black and white, and contradict the message of loneliness.
After Anis, there will probably be a story about Pariya’s wedding. We’ve been introduced to her possible fiancé, so we already know he won’t be nameless and faceless.
Just very interesting to me. A subtle message that wealth does not guarantee happiness, but rather a “bride’s heart” for her groom.@7 months ago with 27 notes