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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.


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  • Ancient Conspiracy: The elder of the elven city of Romca not only reveals herself to have been the first ring princess, and that the first king was a victim of his own making whose last act was to place a curse on the rings when the princesses killed him.
  • Artifact of Doom: Abyssal Knights are persons who take up, sometimes unwillingly, the 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 at some point after sending it to Sato's world.
  • Barrier Maiden: All of the wives can increase the rings' power by supporting the Ring King.
  • 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.
  • Best Her to Bed Her: Granart has this as part of her "marriage interviews". She apparently has many "interviewees" but none have impressed her. Sato changes that in chapter fifteen, however.
  • Big Brother Instinct: The Elf Prince is very protective of his younger sister, and 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.
  • 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: Starting to sound averted. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. So far, one is wind-oriented and another fire-oriented.
  • Hidden Backup Prince: Hime is 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.
  • Honor Before Reason: Sato shows this tendency during the Fire Princess Arc
    • He refuses to take the Fire Princess' offer of her taking a fall in their next match, so she can go with 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 and decides to help her defeat them instead.
    • 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, but 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, our Ring King, is gathering quite the variety in his princess harem:
    • His 2nd wife is Nefritis, elven princess of the Wind Kingdom.
    • As of chapter 16, he's won the heart of 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 4th wife is Princess Saphir of the Water Kingdom, who is part dragon.
    • And the 5th 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: Sato does this when he realizes the portal Hime and her grandfather traveled through was about to close, and jumps in to chase after her.
  • Little Bit Beastly: The cat people of the Fire Nation have cat ears and tails but otherwise look very human.
  • 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: Hime, her name in Japan, really is a princess.
  • 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 so giving up the title has caused him problems romantically and socially with his family, but he is still genuinely supportive and appreciative of Hime and Sato being wedded.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Abyss 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 as 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 kicking him easily and shows jealousy towards Sato for his able to use magic. This allows the Demon 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.
  • 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:
  • 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 but it was thwarted thanks to Sato.
  • 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: Seems to be shaping up this way for the other four princesses, as Sato and Hime are the main couple in love. Though he may bond with the others, neither he or she wants to cheat or to be cheated on.
  • Trapped in Another World: Sato doesn't seem to mind since he's with the girl he loves.
  • Victorious Childhood Friend: Sato and Hime win in the first chapter. 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 ring which is supposed to be enough to defeat the Abyssal King according to legend, 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's been making moves about resuming their old relationship— and being a little creepy about it, too. Disturbingly, we haven't seen Alabaster (or Sumaragdi) since that scene. He reappears later, 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


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