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The perfect wife?
on July 26, 2011
If you have to ask why this review (and reviews in general to date) have all been five stars, then your missing out on a true manga treasure.
The story: Twenty year old Amir has been sent to marry a boy eight years her junior (Karluk). This she has dutifully done, and these first five chapters dwell largely on how she and her new family are acclimating to this. Chapter four gives us a little insight on, what I'm sure will become, a future trial for the new couple (and their new family) to try and overcome. All in all, the first five chapters might be a bit slow in pace for `throttle jockeys' but the story progresses and is told well.
The artwork: I've long been a fan of series like Oh (Ah) My Goddess for the sole reason that the artwork is so spectacular (other than Fujishimasan can't draw the frontal view of an ear to save his life). A Bride's Story puts most of the other manga that I've lavished so much time (and money) on, on notice. And what notice? The bar has officially been raised. Closeup panels are almost bursting with detail, and even though a bit of that detail slips in some of the `pull back panels' the overall experience is undeniably first rate. Even if the story was terrible (which it isn't) the artwork would carry this title a long way.
The book: I have to enthusiastically agree with another reviewer here and say that Yen Press did real justice to this title by releasing the first volume in a quality hard back. The pages are good stock, and well bound. The wrap around dust cover is very attractive, and overall the book is just a pleasure to dive in to. The total package has left me hoping that the entire run is done in the same way.
The cost: Some others might make a complaint here, but I'm not going to. A $16.99 retail cost might seem a bit high, but with much lower quality paperback manga going for at least $9.99 the extra seven has produced a very high quality product. As of this writing, Amazon is selling A Bride's Story Vol. 1 for $11.55 and the paperback of Oh My Goddess! Vol. 38 for $8.79. For a difference of less than what a Starbuck's coffee costs, I'll take it any day of the week.
If you haven't taken the time to read this rare manga treasure, do. As long as you have realistic expectations about the story itself, you won't be disappointed.