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Tales of Wedding Rings (Kekkon Yubiwa Monogatari) is an ongoing high fantasy adventure/romantic comedy manga written and illustrated by Maybe, creator of Dusk Maiden of Amnesia. It started serialization in 2014, and the following year Crunchyroll began publishing it in English online. Yen Press began releasing English print volumes of the series in February 2018.

For almost as long as he can remember, Sato has been in love with his neighbor and best friend Hime. However, one day Hime announces that she is moving and that they may never be able to see each other again. Sato decides to follow her and admit his feelings to her before he loses the chance forever, but finds a strange portal where she was supposed to be. On the other side, he finds Hime about to get married.

And then a demon attacks the wedding.


Hime uses this chance to kiss Sato instead of the prince she'd originally been betrothed to. The wedding ring she gives Sato grants him immense magical power, which he promptly uses to vanquish the attacking monster. Hime and her caretaker then explain that she was actually a princess from a parallel world living on Earth for her own safety. A prophecy states that the man she marries is destined to become the Ring King, a hero who will vanquish the Abyssal King and save the world.

Things will not be so simple for Sato, however, as he currently only has one-fifth of the Ring King's power. The rest of it lies in another four elemental rings, each of which is held by the female heir to the royal families of four nations. For Sato to gain enough power to save the world, he must marry the other four princesses and earn the rings.


This work contains examples of:

  • Ancient Conspiracy: The elder of the elven city reveals that she was the original wind-ring princess, and that one of the other four, well as all the people that the original Ring King fought with, killed him out of fear; while the elder and the other three princesses each did it for their own personal reason, though the elder implies that the light-ring princess was the only one to show the hero remorse before he died. The rest of the world agreed to destroy all records of his treachery so that they could have their unblemished hero. The Ring King's final act was to place a curse on the rings.
  • Artifact of Doom: Abyssal Knights are people who take up, sometimes unwillingly, a Ring of the Abyssal King.
  • Artificial Human: More like artificial dwarf. The Earth Ring is carried by a replica of the dwarf princess since the entire race went extinct centuries ago. They sent her to Sato's world to keep her secret and safe.
  • Barrier Maiden: The previous elven king and queen turned themselves to stone so that they could use the Wind Ring to forever power an impenetrable wind barrier around the kingdom.
  • Battle Harem: In theory, the princesses use their rings' magic to fight alongside the Ring King. In practice, only Saphir has demonstrated that level of magical proficiency; Granart at least is strong at close-quarters combat, but Hime and Nefritis have basically zero fighting ability, while Amber proves her strength to be in both areas.
  • Best Her to Bed Her: Granart has this as part of her "marriage interviews", as is standard for catfolk princesses. Unlike most princesses, Granart has never gotten anywhere close to being defeated. It got to the point that even foreigners are invited to fight her, with no success. She offers to throw the fight for Sato, but he insists they fight for real. He doesn't actually beat her, but wins her hand by defeating an Abyssal Knight that interrupts their match.
  • Big Brother Instinct: The elf prince is very protective of his younger sister. He tries to have Sato locked up until she reaches maturity in fifty years in order to delay their inevitable marriage.
  • Black Sheep: Prince Marse is treated like this by both his older brother and father due to not only being a child of a concubine but failing to gain the powers of the Ring King for the Empire.
  • Bleached Underpants: Maybe used to be an ero-manga creator and it shows.
  • Chainmail Bikini: The warrior women of the Fire Country, including Princess Granart, fight in extremely revealing clothes.
  • Childhood Marriage Promise: Sato and Hime made one, even though Hime already knew at the time that she would end up in an Arranged Marriage with someone else. When Sato follows her and accidentally interrupts her wedding, she takes the opportunity to marry him instead.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Hime gets upset any time Sato is told to marry the other princesses to obtain their rings. Though she understands the role of the Ring King, she still doesn't like having to share Sato with other women.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: Prince Marse is conflicted over his friendship with Sato and his loyalty to his family and the Empire.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: According to Granart, all of her people are the frontline fighting type with no magic skill; chapter 39, however implies it wasn't always that way.
  • Dark Is Evil: The Abyssal Knight and his demon army. Notable that there is a Light Ring but no matching Dark Ring. The Abyssal Rings are referred to as "dark rings," but they are corruptions of the five elements.
  • Deconstruction: Of the Harem genre. What happens when you give an everyday kid superhuman powers that are dependent on constantly having sex with their many arranged wives? You get a power-hungry, Ax-Crazy rapist. The first Ring King may have saved the world from an overlord with his corrupt power, but he immediately tried to conquer the world afterwards and had to be put down, by his own wives no less, and was effectively rewritten out of history with a false idol. The protagonist manages to avert this by not treating his wives as sex dispensers and as close friends instead.
  • Dirty Old Woman: The elf elder. She rescues Sato from prison, then asks to watch him and Hime have sex. Later she encourages Nefritis to do it while they're all taking a bath, which Hime protests strongly against. She casually remarks that she's had many human lovers but she wants to see how a human from another world would have sex. When Satou later returns to be with Hime and Nefritis in their bedroom, he strongly implies that the elf elder tried to sexually molest him prior and escaped with his chastity barely in tact.
  • The Dreaded: Abyssal Knights. Alabaster, who easily defeated some demons earlier, tells Sato to run from one when they first encounter one. He's told that his power at the time simply isn't enough to defeat one head on.
  • Elemental Powers:
    • The five rings include the Ring of Light, the Ring of Wind, the Ring of Fire, the Ring of Water, and the Ring of Earth.
    • The Abyssal King creates corrupting rings to turn people into his Abyssal Knights. They use the same elemental powers as the Wedding Rings.
  • Hidden Backup Prince: Hime was raised on Earth by her wizard guardian posing as her grandfather, away from the dangers of their kingdom. Unlike other examples, she is aware of her future duty as a Ring princess.
  • Hikikomori: The elf princess, Nefritis, never leaves her room. Her older brother encourages this, thinking if she's too afraid to go outside she'll never leave him.
  • Honor Before Reason: Sato shows this tendency during the Fire Princess arc.
    • He refuses to let Granart throw the match for him, as she doubts he could win even after the training.
    • Done again after the attack by Abyssal forces when he requests another match with the princess despite her truly acknowledging him after he refuses to run away.
    • Done a third time when he admits shortly after their match that the reason he won was because of help given by a voice from the rings. She reveals she already realizes it and that the only reason that such a chance appeared was proof of his perseverance and hard work, which is why she acknowledged him.
  • Interspecies Romance: Sato, the Ring King, gathers quite the variety in his princess harem:
    • His second wife is Nefritis, elven princess of the Wind Kingdom.
    • His third wife is Granart, a warrior Cat Girl and princess of the Fire Country.
    • Nefritis' aunt Sumaragdi fell in love with a human, who turns out to be none other than Alabaster, the man who raised Hime on earth and the party's resident Wizard Classic.
    • Sato's fourth wife is Princess Saphir of the Water Kingdom, who is part dragon.
    • And the fifth and final wife is Amber, an android created by the now-extinct dwarven race to stand in for the dwarven princess.
  • Jumped at the Call: When Sato realizes the girl he is in love with just walked through a portal, he follows her without hesitation. He's a bit more leery about the whole "marry five princesses to save the world from an encroaching evil" thing, but he goes along with it with minimal angst.
  • Little Bit Beastly: The cat people of the Fire Nation have cat ears and tails but otherwise look very human.
  • Living Ark: Robot Girl Amber serves as this trope for the Dwarven Race. There used to be five races: human, elf, catfolk (Cat Girl), dragonkin (lizard hybrid), and dwarf. In addition, there's a prophecy that the princess of each race would someday have to marry the hero would become the Ring King. The problem is that the dwarves died out ages ago, but they thought ahead and built Amber who could "sleep" until the hero arrived and take the place of the dwarf princess. Amber isn't a dwarf (nor does she look like one), but does have their accumulated knowledge and mentions that she has dwarf DNA within her to be able to give birth to dwarf babies (or rather dwarf hybrids).
  • Marry Them All: Sato must marry five princesses, making this enforced. However, Sato hasn't actually had sex with any of them, and everyone acknowledges that Hime is the one he really loves. With the revelation that the original Ring King was corrupted by having five wives and they killed him for it, there's a real possibility that it may be defied in the end, with Sato winding up with only Hime.
  • Meaningful Name: Krystal, Princess of Light, is named Hime in Japan.
  • Missed the Call:
    • Prince Marse was chosen to be the Ring King, but Hime instead chose Sato. Interestingly, Marse didn't want to be the Ring King and is happy that someone who genuinely loves and knows Hime has taken the role instead.
    • It is revealed that he made a promise to marry one of the Water Kingdom's princesses. Giving up the title has caused him problems romantically with her and socially with his family, but he is still genuinely supportive and appreciative of Hime and Sato.
  • Nice Guy: Both Marse and Sato.
    • Marse isn't a jealous rival who covets the crown or the position Sato is in. He acts sportingly to the young man who crosses dimensions to be with the girl he loves.
    • Sato, despite truly loving Hime, seeks to treat each girl fairly and with the respect they deserve. He doesn't want to take their feelings or positions for granted.
  • Older Than They Look:
    • The elves age slower than humans to reach full adulthood, and don't age from then on, much like classic fantasy i.e. Tolkien-style elves. Nephrites in particular is fifty-four.
    • Amber, as an Artificial Human designed by the dwarves to wait for the next Ring King, is roughly a thousand years old, but still looks the same age as everyone else.
  • Parental Substitute:
    • Alabaster is a grandparent substitute for Hime.
    • Nefritis mentions how Krystal and Sato sometimes feel like this to her, what with helping her come out of her shell and adapt to this big new world. Krystal doesn't like this comparison, especially since Nefritis is in her fifties.
  • Pointy Ears: Nefritis takes pride in her pointy ears.
  • The Resenter:
    • One knight who fails the "marriage interviews" is seen grumbling about the princess defeating him easily and shows jealousy towards Sato for being able to use magic. This allows the Abyssal King's agents to corrupt him with one of the Dark Rings, turning him into a monster.
    • Ironically, Sato refuses to use the rings as this would be relying on his wives. Instead he wishes to prove his worth as their husband by fighting with his own strength. Despite this, a voice from the rings helps him during his marriage interview but assures him that the help is not the power of the rings.
  • The Reveal:
    • Alabaster, the old man who raised Hime, is the former lover of the elf princess Sumaragdi. She didn't recognize him when they met because of how much he aged, though she finally does after they've left and she overhears two elves talking about them and revealing the sage's name which prompts her to realize who he is.
    • The first Ring King didn't "disappear," his wives killed him when it became clear he was mad with power and about to become a conqueror as bad as the Abyssal King. The kingdoms helped them cover this up.
  • Ring on a Necklace: Nokana wears a pair of wedding rings on a necklace. She's actually a princess from a parallel world and the rings are magical, intended for her and her husband when she gets married.
  • Samus Is a Girl: The first Abyssal Knight is the former bearer of the Elven Ring of Wind, Sumaragdi. After being forced to abandon the human man she loved, the Abyssal King tricked her into putting on an evil ring that possessed her.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Has many to The Lord of the Rings, starting from the title itself as LOTR was translated into Japanese as "Yubiwa Monogatari", "The Tale of the Ring(s)".
    • In Chapter 27, the group, stuck in our world, eats at a restaurant called "Joestar's".
  • Shown Their Work: The author draws large breasts rather realistically. Whereas most fanservice series would have a woman's breasts be plump and upright even without a bra, here they're drawn more like what they would be in real life without support: less round and more baggy.
  • Spanner in the Works: The Empire originally planned to gain the power of the Ring King using Prince Marse and later conquer the other kingdoms. They were thwarted thanks to Sato getting the power instead. Interestingly, the Emperor didn't particularly care about the rings; he just thought if there was a power like that, it was better to be under his control. He's mostly insulted that Marse didn't fight harder for it.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Some names are inevitably rendered differently in the scanlations and official translation, like Hime's true name - Crystal in the former, Krystal in the latter.
  • Supporting Harem: Sato explicitly and repeatedly tells everyone that Krystal is his number one priority, and she absolutely loves him back. The other princesses pretty much tell them to just go ahead and have sex so that the rest of them can have their turns.
  • Trapped in Another World: Sato follows a girl through a portal to another world, leaving behind everything he ever knew. He assures Krystal that summer break just started and he locked the house before he left, so everything is fine. It's clear that he's mostly just happy to be with Krystal. It later gets averted when the Abyssal King awakens.
  • Victorious Childhood Friend: Sato and Hime win in the first chapter, when Hime dodges an Arranged Marriage by marrying Sato instead. Later played with as Hime needs to share him with four other girls.
  • Villain Forgot to Level Grind: Averted. Even after Sato unlocks the full power of the Rings which are supposed to be enough to defeat the Abyssal King, he is still only able to injure the Abyssal King. The protagonists realize that the Abyssal King has become stronger than he was in the past, which means they have to become stronger too.
  • Warrior Princess: Granart, Princess of the Fire Country, is a trained warrior. She will only wed a man who can best her in combat.
  • Wham Episode: In Chapter 26, the Abyssal King awakens much earlier than expected, forcing Alabaster to teleport Sato and his wives back to Earth to prevent the rings falling into the Abyssal King's hands.
  • Wizard Classic: Hime's "grandfather" Alabaster is actually one, and he's her constant guardian who accompanies their growing party.
  • Yandere: After Sumaragdi found out who Sage Alabaster was, she began making moves to resume their old relationship—and being a little creepy about it, too. Alabaster disappears for several chapters, and when he reappears, he is alive but exhausted and shaken. It's strongly implied that Sumeragdi spent most of that time making love to him.

Alternative Title(s): Kekkon Yubiwa Monogatari, Wedding Ring Story