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Once upon a time... In a land far away, there were two kingdoms: the Outside, where twisted beasts roamed that could curse with a touch, and the Inside, where humans lived in safety and peace. The girl and the beast should never have met, but when they do, a quiet fairytale begins. This is a story of two people--one human, one inhuman--who linger in the hazy twilight that s Once upon a time... In a land far away, there were two kingdoms: the Outside, where twisted beasts roamed that could curse with a touch, and the Inside, where humans lived in safety and peace. The girl and the beast should never have met, but when they do, a quiet fairytale begins. This is a story of two people--one human, one inhuman--who linger in the hazy twilight that separates night from day.


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Once upon a time... In a land far away, there were two kingdoms: the Outside, where twisted beasts roamed that could curse with a touch, and the Inside, where humans lived in safety and peace. The girl and the beast should never have met, but when they do, a quiet fairytale begins. This is a story of two people--one human, one inhuman--who linger in the hazy twilight that s Once upon a time... In a land far away, there were two kingdoms: the Outside, where twisted beasts roamed that could curse with a touch, and the Inside, where humans lived in safety and peace. The girl and the beast should never have met, but when they do, a quiet fairytale begins. This is a story of two people--one human, one inhuman--who linger in the hazy twilight that separates night from day.

30 review for The Girl from the Other Side: Siúil, A Rún, Volume 1

  1. 4 out of 5

    Whitney Atkinson

    4.75 ish stars?? this book was such an interesting journey. from the world building to the characters to the drawing style, everything was executed immaculately. i think the story was equal parts grotesque yet lighthearted and sweet, which made it addicting to read. it definitely kept my attention enough to read in one sitting, and i intend to delve into the next volume immediately then request the rest from my library!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dave Schaafsma

    I don’t have deep background in fantasy manga, but this first volume is huge on mood and atmosphere and likeable for all that. It has a touch of darkness in the art that works to complicate the sweet, innocent feeling of some aspects of the story. A young girl named Shiva lives on the “other side,” in a vacated village with a guardian known only as "Teacher". Teacher is sorta humanoid, and sorta creepy, dark, faintly Edward Gorey and Lovecraft. Teacher protects Shiva, helping her differentiate b I don’t have deep background in fantasy manga, but this first volume is huge on mood and atmosphere and likeable for all that. It has a touch of darkness in the art that works to complicate the sweet, innocent feeling of some aspects of the story. A young girl named Shiva lives on the “other side,” in a vacated village with a guardian known only as "Teacher". Teacher is sorta humanoid, and sorta creepy, dark, faintly Edward Gorey and Lovecraft. Teacher protects Shiva, helping her differentiate between the Inside and the Outside. Shiva and Teacher are also forbidden to touch, but they are connected in other ways. At one point Shiva leaves Teacher’s care to seek out her grandmother, and then we begin to understand just a bit of what is going on, but this is a series, and it is fantasy, possibly dark fantasy, so we have to be patient. There’s some kind of Curse where if an Outsider touches an Insider she becomes a demonic beast. So we have to this to look forward to. You get some idea of what is going on with the world-making when Teacher reads a story from the child's book, a story that basically provides exposition for what ‘s going on in a general way, but we are still largely in the dark. . . though this is okay, because this is fantasy and mystery is what we are all about here. The subtitle, Siúil a Ruin, is a traditional Irish song, sung from the point of view of a woman lamenting a lover who has embarked on a military career. It is not clear yet what connection this has to the story, but I will just bet it is relevant. I like the song, so hope to gets clearer. Siúil, siúil, siúil a rúin Siúil go sochair agus siúil go ciúin Siúil go doras agus éalaigh liom I wish I were on yonder hill 'Tis there I'd sit and cry my fill Till every tear would turn a mill Is go dté tú mo mhúirnín slán I'll sell my rod, I'll sell my reel I'll sell my only spinning wheel To buy my lover a sword of steel Is go dté tú mo mhúirnín slán I wish, I wish, I wish in thee I wish I had my heart again And they may think I'm not complete Is go dté tú mo mhúirnín slán Siúil, siúil, siúil a rúin Siúil go sochair agus siúil go ciúin Siúil go doras agus éalaigh liom Is go dté tú mo mhúirnín slán I am quite enticed by this tale, and a little worried for Shiva for various reasons. Am I worried Teacher may betray her? Somewhat, yes. We’ll see.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tina Haigler

    This was really good. I believe it's based on a fairy tale, but it was one I wasn't familiar with, so I was intrigued. The mythology was interesting, and I was invested in the characters (at least the two important ones) from the first page. I especially loved the internal struggle of the character that should've been a villain, but managed to hold on to his humanity by caring for this little girl. I instantly loved him after seeing his devotion to her. She is sweet and naïve, and fully trusting This was really good. I believe it's based on a fairy tale, but it was one I wasn't familiar with, so I was intrigued. The mythology was interesting, and I was invested in the characters (at least the two important ones) from the first page. I especially loved the internal struggle of the character that should've been a villain, but managed to hold on to his humanity by caring for this little girl. I instantly loved him after seeing his devotion to her. She is sweet and naïve, and fully trusting of this physically fearsome creature. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes manga, and odd fairy tales. This one ended on a cliff hanger so be prepared to read Vol 2 as well.

  4. 4 out of 5

    The Artisan Geek

    12/7/20 That was both super cute and wholesome. I think this is a manga I could really fall in love with. I just love how much Teacher cares about Shiva an can't wait to see how they will develop as characters in the future :) 11/7/20 Ooh some dark fairy tale manga. Very excited to dive in :) You can find me on Youtube | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Website | The Storygraph 12/7/20 That was both super cute and wholesome. I think this is a manga I could really fall in love with. I just love how much Teacher cares about Shiva an can't wait to see how they will develop as characters in the future :) 11/7/20 Ooh some dark fairy tale manga. Very excited to dive in :) You can find me on Youtube | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Website | The Storygraph

  5. 5 out of 5

    karen

    fulfilling my 2021 goal to read one book each month by an author i have never read despite owning more than one of their books. starting with three stars = room to grow. review to come.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ann (Inky Labyrinth)

    Imagine yourself as a little girl, inviting a well-dressed, polite demon to come to your tea party. Would you be afraid, despite the horned monster being dressed in fancy shoes and a waistcoat? Probably. Our fearless, young Shiva does not just invite but demands that her protector and caretaker, lovingly deemed “Teacher”, has tea with her everyday. In a town and surrounding forest that has been abandoned, there is often not much else for them to do to pass the time - once their chores are done, o Imagine yourself as a little girl, inviting a well-dressed, polite demon to come to your tea party. Would you be afraid, despite the horned monster being dressed in fancy shoes and a waistcoat? Probably. Our fearless, young Shiva does not just invite but demands that her protector and caretaker, lovingly deemed “Teacher”, has tea with her everyday. In a town and surrounding forest that has been abandoned, there is often not much else for them to do to pass the time - once their chores are done, of course. The back story to the adventures of our two main characters is this: Long ago, there was a God(des) of Light and a God of Darkness that had created everything. “Rage drove the God of Darkness mad. He transformed his punishment into a curse and it spread to others. The God of Light […] built a vast, enormous wall to keep his curse from spreading.” The cursed ones are known as the “Outsiders”, and the wall only holds them back for so long… Shiva is left alone in a small town overrun with Outsiders, and for some reason unknown to us yet, Teacher takes her under his wing and cares for her like his own child. We go through a few regular days in the life of Shiva and Teacher - tea parties and all - until they run into a group of soldiers hunting for Outsiders. Will they run, or will they fight? And are human soldiers really the only enemies to be found near their cottage in the woods? I have not read a lot of manga in my days (which adds up to about 10,010). In fact, the only series I've tackled have been Pita-Ten, which delighted me as a teen; and the first few book of the infamous One Piece story, but this was one of the most enchanting and magical stories I have ever read, manga or not. The art, all done in black and white, is gorgeous and could tell a story with no words at all. The dichotomy of little Shiva in her white dress and rainboots against Teacher in his black suit is symbolism at its best. Teacher, a horned demon who confesses he does not even possess a mouth, shows incredible emotion through his eyes, as well as his careful selection of words. Shiva is absolutely adorable, funny, and never annoying – which is quite easy to do when writing about children, apparently. I know nothing about the author Nagabe, but I am willing to be they have children, or have spent a lot of time around them. The Girl From The Other Side is an exquisite, richly imagined fairytale, which the perfect amount of light sprinkled in a rather dark story. The concept feels incredibly fresh, even as it is a “Lightness versus Darkness” tale at its core. Perhaps it is because there is so much intermingling of the two. The demon, who is supposed to be ruthless and evil, is keeping after an innocent girl - while a band of soldiers, who are supposed to be fighting for the side of Light and Goodness, are bent on killing anyone they come across, without bothering to ask questions. Truly the only complaint I have is that it were longer, but thankfully, I can pick up the second volume tomorrow. Waiting for the third, which will not be released until Halloween, will be quite a challenge. I’d recommend this to anyone who is a fan of fairly dark yet quirky stories, fairy tales, or fantasy. It is far from traditional Japanese manga, and perhaps the most original story I have had the pleasure of reading this year yet.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    In fairytale world there is the cursed land, where only monsters dwell, and the uncursed land, where humans live. The girl lives on the other side - the cursed side - somehow untouched by a curse but guarded by a cursed creature. Their quiet lives are disrupted by soldiers hunting the cursed… This was a pretty good first volume but what is it with this weird title - “Siuil, a Run”, with accents over the both “u”s? Is that another language? No character here is called Siuil. Baffling. And that’s In fairytale world there is the cursed land, where only monsters dwell, and the uncursed land, where humans live. The girl lives on the other side - the cursed side - somehow untouched by a curse but guarded by a cursed creature. Their quiet lives are disrupted by soldiers hunting the cursed… This was a pretty good first volume but what is it with this weird title - “Siuil, a Run”, with accents over the both “u”s? Is that another language? No character here is called Siuil. Baffling. And that’s my biggest issue with this book: there’s too much thrown at the reader to accept without explanation. What is this curse and where did it come from? How does it not affect Shiva, the little girl? If Teacher, her satyr-like guardian, is cursed then does that mean he used to be a human? Why are there abandoned towns - can the curse affect buildings too? I don’t need to know everything in the first volume but, considering how little happens here, Nagabe could’ve fleshed out the story concepts a bit more. For the most part we just see Shiva and Teacher doing basic domestic things like preparing meals and chopping firewood. It’s not until the final act, when Shiva ventures out into the woods by herself, that anything exciting happens - and it was a great way to close out the book. Still, the relationship between Shiva and Teacher is very sweet - both are pleasant protagonists to spend time with - and Shiva’s character is exactly how a girl her age behaves/talks (I have a niece her age). Nagabe creates a fraught and enchanting atmosphere of tension and magic, to beguile and keep the reader turning the pages. The art is also very understated but beautiful - besides Shiva’s character design maybe, this book doesn’t look like most manga does. I found it too vague and underwritten to be very satisfying but Nagabe gives the reader enough to enjoy the story of this first volume. A fine all-ages manga that’s kinda like a less scary Pan’s Labyrinth.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mizuki

    Premise: The Girl from the Other Side is a sweet, slightly gloomy but engaging fairy tale about a little girl in white (named Shiva) and a humanoid horned black beast (named Teacher) living in a small cottage among the wood, in a world which is divided as Inside and Outside, Cursed and Uncursed. The people from the Inside fear the Cursed Ones (black and beastly humanoid creatures who wander in the woods) from the Outside, so they protect themselves by surrounding their towns with a great wall to Premise: The Girl from the Other Side is a sweet, slightly gloomy but engaging fairy tale about a little girl in white (named Shiva) and a humanoid horned black beast (named Teacher) living in a small cottage among the wood, in a world which is divided as Inside and Outside, Cursed and Uncursed. The people from the Inside fear the Cursed Ones (black and beastly humanoid creatures who wander in the woods) from the Outside, so they protect themselves by surrounding their towns with a great wall to keep the Cursed Ones and their Curse out. But at the outskirt of this wall, live an oblivious little girl who stays with her Teacher and awaits the return of her 'Auntie'. But when human soldiers start searching the woods, things can become very dangerous for the trusting little girl. This first volume gives such the basic world building and establishment of our two MCs. The world building is refreshing enough but what really intrigued me is the terrific artwork, it has a sweet yet unsettling fairy tale quality in it and in part the beauty of the woods and the abandoned village the MCs live in, is expressed like it's from an impressionist painting. OMG, I'm totally smitten and enchanted.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kerri

    This was my first time reading manga, and I was very pleased with it! It only took a few minutes to adjust to reading right to left*. I was drawn to this particular one by the intriguing cover, which is a bit spooky but also quite warm and inviting. The story was strange and beautiful, with some lovely artwork. I was quite sad to finish it, especially knowing I will have a bit of a wait before I can order the next volumes. It ends on a rather tense moment, and I so wanted to go straight onto th This was my first time reading manga, and I was very pleased with it! It only took a few minutes to adjust to reading right to left*. I was drawn to this particular one by the intriguing cover, which is a bit spooky but also quite warm and inviting. The story was strange and beautiful, with some lovely artwork. I was quite sad to finish it, especially knowing I will have a bit of a wait before I can order the next volumes. It ends on a rather tense moment, and I so wanted to go straight onto the next one! I will be reading the rest when I can, and perhaps venturing a little more into a previously unexplored area of books! *There was also a helpful diagram at the back of the book, which I referred to a few times.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Calista

    This is an interesting story that is just getting interesting. We barely know anything. We know there are humans and inhumans and if a human touches an inhuman, they will become inhuman. This little girl lives with teacher and he raises her. The girls mother died, we think, but the girl thinks she is coming. The girl goes out searching, this little child and sees some men from a village. They try and kill her because she is an outsider and must be cursed. We are left with a huge cliff hanger at This is an interesting story that is just getting interesting. We barely know anything. We know there are humans and inhumans and if a human touches an inhuman, they will become inhuman. This little girl lives with teacher and he raises her. The girls mother died, we think, but the girl thinks she is coming. The girl goes out searching, this little child and sees some men from a village. They try and kill her because she is an outsider and must be cursed. We are left with a huge cliff hanger at the end. Le sigh. The artwork is black and white and it's a manga so the story is read backwards which is so annoying. I keep wanting to read the correct way. It was a good story and it has potential to grown and be really interesting. I plan on giving the 2nd volume a try. It has a great tone and mood set for the read. There is the lightness of the girl and a moody tone of the world in general. It was good.

  11. 5 out of 5

    ~Jo~

    This was such a good read, I just didn't want it to end, but since then, I've discovered that this beautiful book, is part of a series. It takes rather a lot of skill to make a story seem so dark, but incredibly cute, at the same time. I love the characters so far, and the relationship between the little girl and "teacher" is wonderful. Despite the fact teacher has a tall and somewhat slender form, that literally towers over the little girl, she seems to have no fear of him. She demands that they This was such a good read, I just didn't want it to end, but since then, I've discovered that this beautiful book, is part of a series. It takes rather a lot of skill to make a story seem so dark, but incredibly cute, at the same time. I love the characters so far, and the relationship between the little girl and "teacher" is wonderful. Despite the fact teacher has a tall and somewhat slender form, that literally towers over the little girl, she seems to have no fear of him. She demands that they have tea parties together, even. The black and white illustrations are gorgeous, and they really fit in well with the story. It is obvious such care has been taken here. I devoured this book rather quickly, so I thought I'd take advantage of that spare time, and order the next book in the series! I will probably come back to this again, at some point.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Patricija - aparecium_libri

    This is by so far, one of my favorite mangas. It was gripping, the characters interesting, and it wasn't overwhelming. I loved the plot, and how strong it was, created in this simplistic design with black and white. Recommend. This is by so far, one of my favorite mangas. It was gripping, the characters interesting, and it wasn't overwhelming. I loved the plot, and how strong it was, created in this simplistic design with black and white. Recommend.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Neil R. Coulter

    I picked this up at the library yesterday on a whim, simply because the cover looked intriguing. I'm glad I did. It's a fantastic first part of a story. What I like about it especially is its slow, meticulous way of revealing information. The book seems to begin in the middle of a story. The author doesn't give quick, easy answers, but instead invites the reader to join the story and follow along. I always like it when a book has confidence in the reader's ability to understand and to share in t I picked this up at the library yesterday on a whim, simply because the cover looked intriguing. I'm glad I did. It's a fantastic first part of a story. What I like about it especially is its slow, meticulous way of revealing information. The book seems to begin in the middle of a story. The author doesn't give quick, easy answers, but instead invites the reader to join the story and follow along. I always like it when a book has confidence in the reader's ability to understand and to share in the imagination of the storytelling. The illustrations are calm, minimal, and atmospheric. They convey a sense of comfort, nostalgia, and compassion, but also a foreboding. There are elements here that remind me of some aspects of Pan's Labyrinth. All of it feels very much like a classic fairy tale, yet it isn't exactly a version of any specific fairy tale. I can't wait to read the rest of the series--though in a way, I'll be sad to have all the questions answered. It's rather pleasant to read a story that isn't yet fully explained. I like the mystery.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Maija

    A heartwarming manga with dark tones, The Girl from the Other Side tells of the daily life of the little human girl Shiva and her caretaker, the monster/Outsider Teacher. The beautiful scratchy black-and-white artwork compliments the quiet story perfectly and is just lovely to look at. I was instantly drawn to the two characters and the relationship between them: Teacher cares about her protégé, but can never touch her, or he will spread the Outsider curse and turn the girl into one. Basically, o A heartwarming manga with dark tones, The Girl from the Other Side tells of the daily life of the little human girl Shiva and her caretaker, the monster/Outsider Teacher. The beautiful scratchy black-and-white artwork compliments the quiet story perfectly and is just lovely to look at. I was instantly drawn to the two characters and the relationship between them: Teacher cares about her protégé, but can never touch her, or he will spread the Outsider curse and turn the girl into one. Basically, ow, my heart. The world is also interesting, with paranoid humans killing their own, afraid of the Outsider curse. The blurb is spot on: "A tranquil fairy tale about those human and inhuman."

  15. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    For an eerie fantasy manga that features as protagonists a sweet little girl and a mysterious “Teacher” as her guardian, with loads of cute moments between them, this can get dark and twisty unexpectedly quick! I love, love, love the art style and the attention to detail that goes even into the smallest of panels. This will be one of my favourite manga series in 2018, that's for sure! For an eerie fantasy manga that features as protagonists a sweet little girl and a mysterious “Teacher” as her guardian, with loads of cute moments between them, this can get dark and twisty unexpectedly quick! I love, love, love the art style and the attention to detail that goes even into the smallest of panels. This will be one of my favourite manga series in 2018, that's for sure!

  16. 5 out of 5

    The Black Geek

    The first volume of this interesting tale has themes that are already quite predictable: dark versus light, the cursed vs. innocent, human versus beast. The black, horned beast is the nurturing and patient caregiver yet is feared by the human adults. Shiva, the little girl, does not fear the beast and has readily accepted his role as both teacher and protector. Nagabe's art is reminiscent of the style found in the works of J.J. Grandeville and Kiyoshi Hasegawa. I will read volume 2 in this series The first volume of this interesting tale has themes that are already quite predictable: dark versus light, the cursed vs. innocent, human versus beast. The black, horned beast is the nurturing and patient caregiver yet is feared by the human adults. Shiva, the little girl, does not fear the beast and has readily accepted his role as both teacher and protector. Nagabe's art is reminiscent of the style found in the works of J.J. Grandeville and Kiyoshi Hasegawa. I will read volume 2 in this series in order to see if Nagabe leans towards a predictable, linear theme of good versus evil, or will he further complicate this narrative with additional plot twists while fully exposing the complexities of the main characters and their motivations (known and hidden)?

  17. 4 out of 5

    The Nerd Daily

    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Ankara C Published by Seven Seas Entertainment, The Girl from the Other Side – Siúl a Rún by Nagabe is an ongoing series whose first volume was originally published back in 2015. However, it did not hit the international market until late 2017, when its popularity skyrocketed worldwide. At the moment, it has not been determined yet when the series will come to an end, but it is still going strong with its 7th volume translated into English, and t Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Ankara C Published by Seven Seas Entertainment, The Girl from the Other Side – Siúl a Rún by Nagabe is an ongoing series whose first volume was originally published back in 2015. However, it did not hit the international market until late 2017, when its popularity skyrocketed worldwide. At the moment, it has not been determined yet when the series will come to an end, but it is still going strong with its 7th volume translated into English, and there are still two more to be soon published in the international market. For the time being, and to pique your interest, here is our review on the first volume of the series. And do not fear, it is completely spoiler free, so that you can dive head first into Nagabe’s deliciously dark, fantasy world! In a faraway land, a blonde, little girl lives with a demon in the middle of the forest. Known to her as Teacher, the dark horned figure that protects the child was subjected to a curse, which started to devastate population as a result of a war between two gods. The White God, angry at the destructive power of the Black God, decided to banish the latter, building a wall between them and thus dividing the world into two realms. The Inside is a kingdom protected by light, while the Outside was left for the monsters created by darkness to roam free. Shiva – the little girl — and her dark companion live in The Outside, scavenging for whatever food and supplies those who fled from that side of the world left behind. But what is a little girl doing alone in a cursed place? Why is the Doctor, a cursed monster, trying so hard to protect the wellbeing of a mere child? And who are the real monsters in this story: The people who inhabit the light or the darkness? Heavily influenced by traditional folktales, The Girl from the Other Side is a gripping narration full of evocative images and sensations. When you first step into the story, an immediate feeling of nostalgia shakes you to the core. Who hasn’t wanted to go back to the time when we all enjoyed fairytales? Nagabe’s narration gives the reader the haunting, fantastic impression that is usually attributed to stories catering to children. Nonetheless, the author takes a further step and goes back to that medieval, European fairytale we all know and love: dark, twisted, and eerie. Set in a fantasy world with no clear timeframe, the tale takes place in what appears to be a medieval village, but there is a twist to it: Nagabe also imbues the setting with a strong post-apocalyptic undertone, most likely due to the fact that the first contact the reader has with the story takes place in the Outside, where every human setting has been left to decay in its reigning darkness. At the same time, plenty of binary oppositions drive the overall development of the volume, as it typically does, not only in traditional narratives, but also in practically every single one of our traditional religions. In a previews interview, Nagabe has revealed that the driving force of The Girl from the Other Side is “gentleness”[1], but it is rather obvious that the opposition of light and darkness is a central piece of the tale too. At the same time, paying attention to good and evil, as well as innocence and cruelty, is also very much essential to understand the narration and the extent to which said gentleness can be represented. All these contrasting elements lead to the convergence of suffocating, crude moments and heartwarming scenes, intertwining in an engrossing dance of antagonising feelings. To sum up, Nagabe creates a rather colourful palette of shades of grey, resulting in the addition of another layer of meaning and intention to those typical fairytales the story takes after. Not surprisingly, that rich variety of shades of grey can also be applied to the illustrations, which rely strongly on the opposition of black and white. Said contrast is taken to such a point that certain panels are almost completely black, especially when the author wants to highlight the gloomiest and most sinister facets of his universe. On the contrary, the most innocent and adorable exchanges between Shiva and the Teacher are mostly white. A brilliant use of polarisation, but also a rather risky decision, as certain panels are so dark that they can be hard to interpret. Continuing with the illustration, and despite the small downside of saturated contrasts, the volume is fairly easy to read, even to those who are not particularly familiarised with the characteristic structure of manga. In terms of its written body, and in addition to said structural simplicity, the text and illustrations are exquisitely balanced, making The Girl from the Other Side a quick, but utterly absorbing read. While the panels are straightforwardly organised and easy to follow so that the reader does not get lost, unfortunately, that is not always the case for the written content itself. If you are looking for a work that reveals every piece of information soon after the beginning of the story, this might not be the right series for you. Only one or two small yet central pieces of information are given to the reader in this initial tome, so expect to be left in a fairly intrigued, but confused state when you finish it. Overall, The Girl from the Other Side is a haunting fairytale, with a gripping plot, complex characters and a dark, suffocating atmosphere. Bearing in mind that this is only the first of nine volumes —at least for the moment—, the volume might appear to be a little lacking in terms of content and plot. Fear not, dear reader, because this is what I would call a slowburn read: it will sneak into your heart and leave you waiting for more. There are still so many questions to be answered that you will not be able to stop yourself from buying the rest of the published tomes.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    The Girl from the Other Side is such a quiet book. The mood on the page is very soft and unhurried with a slight shade or potential for creepiness. But there is still so much I don’t know! So much that I don’t even know what to say here. Color me curious that’s for sure. This “tranquil fairy tale” tells the story of a sweet friendship between a beast and a lonely little girl (Shiva) in a world of darkness & light, curses, and monsters. Shiva appears to be a village's lone survivor of a curse and The Girl from the Other Side is such a quiet book. The mood on the page is very soft and unhurried with a slight shade or potential for creepiness. But there is still so much I don’t know! So much that I don’t even know what to say here. Color me curious that’s for sure. This “tranquil fairy tale” tells the story of a sweet friendship between a beast and a lonely little girl (Shiva) in a world of darkness & light, curses, and monsters. Shiva appears to be a village's lone survivor of a curse and the beast is the only one willing to take care of her. This mysterious curse travels through touch, so the beast and the girl can never touch, which comes up in sweet and sad ways along the way. Not much happens here besides naps and tea parties and wood chopping, but somehow I’m captivated by the story and the artwork. The black & white pages pulled me in at first sight. Is Shiva as cute and innocent as she appears? Is the beast good or evil? I have a feeling nothing is as it appears. I’ll keep you posted. I just picked up book 2 at lunch. I have to know more!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    Shiva is adorable, Teacher is lovable... Story and art are brilliant!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Justine

    A super speedy, but absolutely wonderful read! This is the perfect balance of dark and light that makes for the best kind of monstrous fairytale. I can't wait to read more! A super speedy, but absolutely wonderful read! This is the perfect balance of dark and light that makes for the best kind of monstrous fairytale. I can't wait to read more!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    First time reading this I only gave it a 3, second time around I found it more charming somehow.

  22. 4 out of 5

    The Midnightdove Mulanah

    AHHHHHHHH, WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO ME? How can it be so dark and creepy and CUTE at the same time??. Absolutely loved it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    tay (taylor reads)

    aw that was surprisingly wholesome <3

  24. 4 out of 5

    Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer

    Check out more manga and graphic novel reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... A quiet fairy tale begins in a land distant and hazy where there are two kingdoms. The Inside is where humans cower worried the twisted beasts of the Outside will come a curse them with a touch. A young girl named Shiva lives on the other side, in a vacant village with a demonic guardian known only as “Teacher.” And so starts our tale... a little girl comes to rely on an inhuman beast... I saw this first in an email from Check out more manga and graphic novel reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... A quiet fairy tale begins in a land distant and hazy where there are two kingdoms. The Inside is where humans cower worried the twisted beasts of the Outside will come a curse them with a touch. A young girl named Shiva lives on the other side, in a vacant village with a demonic guardian known only as “Teacher.” And so starts our tale... a little girl comes to rely on an inhuman beast... I saw this first in an email from Seven Seas, the publisher of the The Ancient Magus' Bride series which is hands down my favorite seinen manga ever. I knew I HAD TO READ IT! I have no idea if its girls or boys manga and really it doesn't matter a bit! The art is so unique, right from the cover. I love how her face is the only color... I knew right away this world was going to mess me up! In such a world where two such opposites are friends... life would play fast and loose with their lives and much heartache would probably ensure! I found the interior art even more gorgeous... There are frames that are so dark the details are screened in grey. Then they are contrasted with the frames with Shiva so purely white! It creates this atmosphere of tension that is perfect for this peaceful pair. The story is quiet just like the premise says... These two are living together and taking it day by day. She has to eat and he doesn't... Slowly chapter by chapter we come to understand why these two are together and just what dire straights Shiva is in. It's the most gorgeous of writing... tense and lean with nothing extra, just the perfect amount of information and a stunning use of the art to show the story rather than just being a vehicle to tell the story. With such a quiet and lean narrative it must have been boring, right?! Actually it was the exact opposite!! I have not flown through a volume as quick as this in a long while (it was actually a webtoon!) and I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. The art is so ominous with its contrast that you know Shiva with her pure innocence is bound to tip the balance and cause everything to tangle into a mess! Those chapter endings sure spurred me on with each twist... What clinches how great this manga is, is the relationship between Shiva and Teacher. She is the perfect age... you believe in her innocence and her trust. Without knowing his reasons for being at her side you understand that Teacher sees that purity in her even if she is human. Motivation is so important and you just get it. And that ending! GAAAAHHHH! Who would have thought that such a quiet little story would pack such a punch to the gut?! The Girl from the Other Side: Siúil, A Rún is just that... a special manga series that will totally rip you up with its atmospheric art, its powerful relationship between a little girl and a beast and the twisty unveiling of a story fraught with tension that could blow at any moment! I highly recommend giving Shiva and Teacher a chance to suck you into their world full of light and dark... ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Authenticity ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Tension ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Plot ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Art ______________________ You can find this review and many others on my book blog @ Perspective of a Writer. See my manga and graphic novel reviews in a special feature called Saturday Morning Cartoons...

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Lanz

    This was a beautifully simplistic dark fairy-tale surrounding a little girl who befriends a demon. A particularly well dressed, good mannered demon. “In a land far away, there were two kingdoms: the Outside, where twisted beasts roamed that could curse with a touch, and the Inside, where humans lived in safety and peace. The girl and the beast should never have met, but when they do, a quiet fairytale begins. This is a story of two people--one human, one inhuman--who linger in the hazy twilight th This was a beautifully simplistic dark fairy-tale surrounding a little girl who befriends a demon. A particularly well dressed, good mannered demon. “In a land far away, there were two kingdoms: the Outside, where twisted beasts roamed that could curse with a touch, and the Inside, where humans lived in safety and peace. The girl and the beast should never have met, but when they do, a quiet fairytale begins. This is a story of two people--one human, one inhuman--who linger in the hazy twilight that separates night from day.” The art style throughout this manga held a lovely atmosphere, the world building was executed wonderfully. The story remains pure and light despite the lingering sense of dread that comes with a dark fairy-tale. Shiva, the little girl we follow, was amazingly drawn out. The innocence of childhood was captured perfectly through her character. I came to love both her and our friendly demon easily. This was definitely a great start to this series and I will be looking forward to the rest.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Morgan Long

    3.5! Very cozy but also kind of creepy...I think I just need to get used to the dark element of graphic novels. I'm happy I read it (and the second volume). 3.5! Very cozy but also kind of creepy...I think I just need to get used to the dark element of graphic novels. I'm happy I read it (and the second volume).

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ozan

    There were two worlds, the inside, where the humans lived and the outside, where monsters called outsiders lived, it was belived that outsiders could curse you with just one single touch. In our fairytale for a more mature audiance, there were humans who were in fear and as a result of this, they did monstrous things and there was a monster called teacher who was gentle and nice. There was this stark contrast the humans was monstrous and the monster was very gentle and good. There was an abonden There were two worlds, the inside, where the humans lived and the outside, where monsters called outsiders lived, it was belived that outsiders could curse you with just one single touch. In our fairytale for a more mature audiance, there were humans who were in fear and as a result of this, they did monstrous things and there was a monster called teacher who was gentle and nice. There was this stark contrast the humans was monstrous and the monster was very gentle and good. There was an abondened town because of the outsider invation where Teacher found a little girl who was left behind and Teacher started to take care of the little girl called Shiva. The story revolved around the father doughter relationship between them. I don't want to give spoilers but the human soldiers' chase of the little girl shiva in the forest to kill her just broke my heart, shiva was bearly 7 years old at most... Poor little girl. A good example of how fear could make humans act in really really monstrous way... And i don't think this fear was even for right reasons. I don't think that everything that told about ousiders were true in the story.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Victoria ♡

    Such an intriguing first volume! The story is pretty unique and the art style is beautiful, can't wait to read more! Such an intriguing first volume! The story is pretty unique and the art style is beautiful, can't wait to read more!

  29. 4 out of 5

    julia ♥

    Very pretty... and very weird.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bogi Takács

    The first impulse borrow from the manga shelves of my library in a while where I want to read more volumes after the first. So you'll probably see more from me about this series soon. (I really like manga, but I feel like what is popular enough in the US to get acquired by a general public library is not necessarily what I want to read. In Austria I found it easier to find reading.) This is a slow, melancholy story about a deserted town overtaken by some kind of infection where people turn into l The first impulse borrow from the manga shelves of my library in a while where I want to read more volumes after the first. So you'll probably see more from me about this series soon. (I really like manga, but I feel like what is popular enough in the US to get acquired by a general public library is not necessarily what I want to read. In Austria I found it easier to find reading.) This is a slow, melancholy story about a deserted town overtaken by some kind of infection where people turn into large, dark monsters - and a little girl left in the deserted area who ends up living together with a monster, who cannot touch her for fear of the infection. I feel this is going to be an exploration about fear of the Other and racialization, the book seems to be leaning that way with its metaphors and how the soldiers from the inhabited area are very isolationist and have an iconography focused on white, bright, lightness... while the monster is black and a very positive character who is nonetheless hated by the soldiers. My library has the first 6 volumes, and I'll definitely pick up the rest next time around. I feel this can both go really well or be an exercise in frustration for me; I'm hoping for the former. _____ Source of the book: Lawrence Public Library

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