Article first published as Manga Review: A Bride’s Story Volume Two by Kaoru Mori on Blogcritics.
A Bride’s Story Volume Two is a manga by Kaoru Mori, and it was published in North America by Yen Press in 2011. I don’t see a rating printed anywhere on this volume, but I would personally recommend A Bride’s Story to manga readers who are 14 or 15 years of age and older.
This volume of A Bride’s Story introduces a new character named Pariya. She’s a young woman who is of marrying age and is having a hard time finding a husband; she has met several prospects and has been refused by all of them. Amir and Pariya strike up a friendship, and Pariya begins to spend time at the household of Amir’s new family.
This volume also sees Amir’s family make a second attempt at taking Amir back home and marrying her off instead to a powerful clan to forge an alliance; unfortunately, this clan is known for its violent tendencies. Quite a bit of the volume focuses on this storyline, and how the people in the village come together in order to keep Amir’s clan from trampling on their village.
This portion of the manga was very exciting, and I had a hard time putting the book down as I read it. There’s a lot more action in this portion of the volume than there had been previously. For this portion of the story, Mori also made sure that dialogue was rather minimal during the action sequences, and I think this worked very well. By not having to slow down to read as much dialogue, the reader could feel the immediacy of the situation as it was playing out in the manga.
The story slows back down again after this, and there’s a couple more characters who get some attention in this volume. Tileke, the younger sister of Amir’s husband, is beginning to work on her cloth preparations. By focusing on this detail, Mori is able to give some more explanation to the reader about the time period and culture that is being depicted in A Bride’s Story. Mr. Smith, the British researcher who has been living with the family, is also focused on near the end of this volume.
Mori’s art in this volume is just as ornate and detailed in Volume Two as it was in Volume One. This art style really makes A Bride’s Story stand out, and it also enhances the reading experience for the reader. Whenever I look at the art in these volumes, it makes me feel as if I’ve been transported to the central Asia in the nineteenth century.
I was just as impressed with the second volume of A Bride’s Story as I was with the first volume, and I’m looking forward to being able to read the next volume in the series.
I wrote this review after reading a copy of A Bride’s Story Volume Two that I checked out through the King County Library System.