Taisho Otome Otogibanashi

Alt title: Taisho Maiden Fairytale

Vol: 5; Ch: 38
2015 - 2017
4.213 out of 5 from 644 votes
Rank #806
Taisho Otome Otogibanashi

In this story set in the early 1920s, Tamahiko is the son of a wealthy family, but his life is changed forever when an accident cripples his right arm. No longer considered by his father as an heir, he is shuffled off into the country, to live out of sight. The teenage Tamahiko shuts himself in his new home, bitterly thinking of it as the place where he will die. One day, he learns that his father has 'bought' him a bride to take care of him, when the young teen girl named Yuzuki arrives at his door. She comes into his life like an innocent ray of sunshine, and Tamahiko's view of the world and his life starts changing bit-by-bit.

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Taishou Otome Otogibanashi, or Taisho maiden fairy tale is a wonderful, heart warming bitter sweet (mostly sweet as hell, sometimes bitter) tale about the cold, pessimistic Tamahiko and his bubbly, out right literally pure sugar wife Yuzuru that will slowly melts and thaw out his ice cold heart. This this manga, you will follow our main characters through their sweet and adorable daily life. Witness how they expresses their love in cute little ways. Their fateful encounters of many amazing people, including: Tamako (the little sister of Tamahiko), and Ryo (the neighbor girl).In this little manga, with every chapters, the author masterfully crafts the dialogues and the art to blend in and support every emotions the manga is experiencing. This create many wonderful atmospheres in the manga which I really love.This manga successfully crafts the warm and homely feeling, almost nostalgia (similar to listening to a ghibli song). This is also widely supported by the ever growing character introductions and development we can see. Watching many characters' altitude change throughout the manga is very heart-warming to say the least.Finally, I have to extremely commend the author with her choice of setting, which can be overlooked by most people. The setting of the Taishou Era certainly brings out a different set of feelings and atmosphere; archaic in a nostalgic way (Not that I have experienced that era) but beautiful, nonetheless. It also allow the author to explore many cultural aspects that might have been overlooked or non an issue in today's society: like the Japanese's perspective of women, arranged marriages and many historical events, (the pretty dresses and Kimonos are certainly a plus XD ).I cannot stresses enough how underrated this manga is. I hope it receives the attention it deserved soon. I also recommend checking out: "Showa maiden fairy tale" which is a sequel to this book with some recurring casts and pretty similar themes explored in completely different ways, albeit still masterfully.Tl;dr It is very very heart warming and sweet manga which also explore many cultural aspects of Taisho era Japan where ALL casts are likeable (minus a few). PLEASE GO READ.

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