Tamahiko Shima is the youngest son of the powerful and wealthy Shima family. Blessed with great fortune since his childhood, he grew up wanting nothing but affection from his oftentimes distant family.
After losing his mother and crippling his dominant arm in an accident, Tamahiko fell into deep despair and is cast aside by his own father for his handicap. Condemned to live isolated in the countryside where he would not bring shame to his family's name, he resigned himself to dying alone—until one day, a young girl named Yuzuki Tachibana appeared on his doorstep, proclaiming that Tamahiko's father sent her to be his bride.
As she takes care of Tamahiko, Yuzuki brings a feeling of springtime into Tamahiko's dreary life, allowing him to gradually heal from the deep emotional scars of his youth. Their lives slowly intertwine as both Tamahiko and Yuzuki taste the fruits of their first love.
I don't really have a plan on writing any reviews. But after seeing this one being almost unnoticed and not getting the attention it deserves I decided to write one. I wanted everyone to know that this manga is one of the greatest hidden gems that was serialized in Jump SQ. This is going to be my very first review, and probably my last so please let me have some of your time and read this.
If you like simple, cute, and pure romance, you'll definitely like this one. No love rivals, ship already sailing at the first few chapters, cute moments between the MC and
the main heroine that will make you grin like an idiot. I tell you this is not your typical shounen romance. This one will bring out your inner fangirl.
The story is simply one of the best stories I've seen and it's not an exaggeration. It's simple yet it really draws you in that you can't stop reading once you've read it. The main focus of the story is, of course, the love story of the MC and the main heroine, as well as the MC's character development. The setting is in Taisho Era Japan, around few years after the World War I. If you're not really familiar with the japanese history, there are explanations along the way so you'll be familiarized about the culture and laws during that time.
The art is good. I can't say anything bad about it. The environment, the scenes, and the characters are well drawn. I admit that the reason why I decided to read this one is because the main heroine at the cover was cute.
Almost all of the characters are likeable. At first you would kinda hate Tamahiko, the main protagonist, because of his gloomy and pessimistic character but as the story progresses, you would understand as to why he's like that and eventually you would come to like him because of his great character development. As for Yuzu, the main heroine, I can say that she's the most likeable character here. I can also say that she's the shining star of this manga. Very cute, cheerful and full of positivity. She's also the reason for the character developments of Tamahiko and the other people around them. For the other characters, as I said, almost all of them are likeable.
Overall, I really enjoyed it. As a fan of romance genre, this one is an instant favorite. I would definitely recommend it for people who loves simple romantic stories. Though sometimes it may caught you off guard with the sudden drama and feels, don't worry cause we all know that there's always a rainbow after the rain.
Now, before I end this review, here are the scores I gave for this manga.
And that's it. I do hope that my review would be found helpful to some. Also, I apologize if there are grammatical errors, for english is not really one of my strongest points. Okay that's all, folks.
*Warning: spoilers for Taishou Otome Otogibanashi in story, plot and character arcs*
Taishou Otome Otogibanashi is one of the sweetest manga I’ve read. The story, while dealing with darker than expected tones about pre-war Japanese society and living with disability just ends up being so cute and sweet that I couldn’t help but have a big dumb grin on my face. The story itself is very engaging, and the plot progression makes it a very easy manga to read through in one day. The resolution of the problem our main characters face in the manga is very satisfying, and the ending just gives you diabetes.
characters are the highlight of the cast, Yuzuki Tachibana and Tamahiko Shima just share the sweetest relationship and interact in ways that can make anyone smile.
This is the type of manga you read to feel happy and fulfilled. You don’t feel like you’ve wasted your time, and your happiness levels go off the charts. Until you realize you’ll never be them.
Then we have Tamako Shima, which is the easiest character to hate in the history of media. Joffrey Baratheon doesn’t have anything on her. Yet her motives are understandable; she is essentially just a daddy's girl seeking the attention she wouldn't normally get because of traditional Japanese society.
The rest of the cast just adds to the sweetness. In that sense, it’s a bit of shame that it doesn’t go much further than that, but in the end they made my grin incessantly so I don’t personally care.
Then we have the source of the diabetes, the art style. Everything is just so clean, cute and detailed. None of that Moe blob garbage; everyone just looks nice, the lines are very fine and the colour pages are to die for. The design of Yuzuki, and her quirks about her hairstyle also leads to some of the sweetest stuff you’ve ever seen. Even better is the quality of the simplified/comic versions of the characters, and also the detail they are still drawn with despite being really far from the frame. It’s all very impressive. Then we also have the screen tones and the flowery backgrounds that are just the cherry on top of the diabetes.
I grinned like an idiot all the way through. I can’t say enough about how much fun I had reading this manga. It makes me genuinely smile, everything is just so sweet and pure. And then that ending just makes you overdose on sugar. The bicycle chapter is the best thing to happen to shoujo and romance.
I loved it and it made my days just that much brighter. 10/10
This is the first time I'll be writing a review here on MAL so please forgive me if it's unappealing. I'll try to keep this review as spoiler-free as possible.
Taishou Otome revolves around a pre-modern Japan setting in the Taishou era estimated during 1912 to 1926. The story follows Shima Tamahiko and how he deals with his depression of being thrown away by his family with the appearance of Yuzuki, whom is his bride to-be purchased by his father. Although it's nothing special, it's a nice change of pace from the modern setting of romance stories so definitely check out if you're a historical
I don't dwell too much on this as I think each artist have their respective unique artstyle, but the art for Taishou Otome for it's characters were okay. Nothing too phenomenal. What caught my interest was the background of places and setting as it's set in pre-modern Japan.
I'll just say this. The MC Tamahiko is nothing new. He's basically a son of a very rich family back in the days. He might come as unlikable during the early chapters but there is plenty of good reasons as to why.
Our heroine, Yuzuki on the other hand is a cheerful and bubbly girl whom is the complete opposite of him. The synergy between these two really shows and it's a complete treat to see how they've grown and matured by the end of the story. The supporting cast are also very likable. Even the 'antagonist' have something reasonable to their actions.
For each chapter, I just have this mixed feelings of turning the pages quickly to get to know what happens next and slowly try to imagine myself in place of the characters if I were to live in the Taishou period myself. I never find myself bored (even after binging more than 2 hours)
Also, this manga is free of unnecessary ecchi scenes, third wheelers, illogical, love rivals, harems, and all of that toxic.
In the end, I highly recommend checking this out just for a change of pace for all of the modern settings manga that are so many nowadays. It's a great and fluffy love story and quite logical with just the amount of drama that makes you care about the characters. A great read!