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  • Angst? What Angst?: While a substantial number of villagers are killed by the invading nomads in chapter 31, the story glosses over most of the mourning on the survivors' part, apart from some mentions of funeral arrangements.
  • Awesome Art: And HOW. The art has taken Up to Eleven how much detail can be beautifully drawn on every single thing in manga.
  • Best Known for the Fanservice: Interestingly, inverted. This manga (whose starting premise, a 20-old woman marrying a 12-old boy, made a remarkable chunk of the fandom believe at first it was to be a shotacon fanservice story) is actually much better known for the Costume Porn and the Deliberate Values Dissonance stories.
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  • Esoteric Happy Ending: Everything ends relatively happily, but the characters are still living in an area that's going to be taken over by Tsarist Russia and they, or their descendants, aren't going to fare too well.
  • Les Yay: Anis and her search for a "sister wife", which is basically a best friend. Then she meets Shirin and its played exactly like Love at First Sight, at a bath house no less. Their scenes together have such high amounts of this trope, that Anis and Shirin first come across as closeted lesbians. Then Anis and Shirin have a public sisterhood ceremony where they swear to be friends forever and hold no one more important than each other, which Anis' husband lampshades at one point. After Shirin's husband dies of a stroke, Anis suggests that Shirin marry her husband as a second wife. Threesome Subtext anyone? Kaoru Mori points out in Volume 7's afterword that the customs of khwahar khwandagi (the ceremony, the close bond, going on trips together and even on occasion being buried in the same grave) is basically exactly the same as marriage.
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  • One True Threesome: When Shirin' husband (conveniently) died, Anis arranged her husband and Shirin to wed. Situation becomes rather awkward. Furthermore Husband and Shirin barely know each other but both love Anis. The husband is jealous initially of Shirin' presence but eventually accepts another member in Anis' harem.
  • Ship Sinking: The Pariya and Azel ship gets totally superseded by canon once Umar enters the picture.
  • Ships That Pass in the Night: Pariya and Azel have never even met in-story, but fans have taken to shipping them on the basis that their personalities are similar.
  • The Woobie:
    • Having her whole family try to sell her off (when she was already happily married no less) to be the wife of an abusive rich asshole who beat his last two wives to death adds much woobie-ness to Amir. And then her family, led by her own father, no less, attacks her adopted hometown.
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    • Talas and to some extent Smith, for the entirety of Volume 3.


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