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The Girl from the Other Side: Siuil A, Run Vol. 8 (The Girl from the Other Side, #8) by NAGABE

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🌻 The Girl from the Other Side Vol. 1 | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌻 The Girl from the Other Side Vol. 2 | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌻 The Girl from the Other Side Vol. 3 | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌻 The Girl from the Other Side Vol. 4 | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌻 The Girl from the Other Side Vol. 5 | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌻 The Girl from the Other Side Vol. 6 | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌻 The Girl from the Other Side Vol. 7 | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Content/Trigger Warnings: Graphic injuries, impalement, talk of democide, grief, starvation, attempted sacrifice, terminal illness

“This time I will surely save you.”

Friends, I love this series with every fiber of my being! These characters, this world, just everything about it makes me melt into a puddle. I have been following these characters since I got my hands on the first volume and to say this isn’t a new favorite would be doing it a disservice. Also, if you haven’t read my full series review yet, please go check it out so you have a better idea about this world and these characters!

Factions

🌻 Humans/Mortals β€“ Like you and me, live on the Inside
🌻 Cursed Ones β€“ Beast like creatures, plagued with The Curse, feared by mortals, roam the Outside
🌻 Humans/Mortals β€“ Like you and me, live on the Inside
🌻 The God of Light β€“ Creator of happiness and peace
🌻 The God of Darkness β€“ Trickster, plays pranks on the God of Light, steals away happiness, cause of The Curse

Characters

🌻 Teacher β€“ Main character, horned Cursed Child, guardian of Shiva, either a scholar or doctor when mortal
🌻 Shiva β€“ Main character, child of Light, protected by the most holy, innocent, companion to Teacher
🌻 Teacher β€“ Main character, horned Cursed Child, guardian of Shiva, either a scholar or doctor when mortal
🌻 Father or Head Priest of the Church β€“ Orders for constant capture of Shiva, believer of the β€œprophecy”, orders soldiers to cause democide, aid of his royal majesty
🌻 Mother β€“ Intentions unknown, creator of the Black Children
🌻 The Black Children β€“ Created by β€œMother”, similar to Teacher, wish to obtain Shiva’s soul

This is the volume where it finally happens, the church final captures Shiva. So the majority of this book we follow her perspective and the things that befall her after Teacher saves her life. In previous volumes, we learn that the church has been trying to capture Shiva because of a prophecy that claims if you sacrifice the child of white from the Outside then the curse will be lifted. However, things don’t go according to plan when things take a turn for the worse during the ceremony.

I have said this so many times, this series is so good at building a story-line and anticipation! Not to mention that this author has a tendency to end their volumes on a cliffhanger. I have never come across a manga series that ends on so many intense cliffhangers. Now, I may be over selling it. However, in all my time reading manga, I have never wanted to acquire a series so fast because of the way the story-line is built and how each volume ends. Each volume is it’s own master piece at painting the bigger picture of the story that’s unfolding and it makes the reader become fully invested.

I really loved that we see a lot of character development in this volume. In past volumes there was character development, but in this volume we really get that sense of what the main characters mean to one another. Teacher makes the ultimate sacrifice to save Shiva, while Shiva realizes how much she wants to stay with Teacher after being captured by the church. We already had a sense of how important each main character was to the other, but this volume has both main characters acknowledge their love for one another, the importance of each other, and how they don’t want to lose one another. This is a very similar character development that you see in the manga series, The Ancient Magus Bride between Elias and Chise. I love these type of character developments and I really enjoy when characters realize the importance of their love interest or their companion/friends.

“You were like the light of a flickering candle flame. Too faint to illuminate the path ahead. You were so small, so slight and fragile. A breath could have extinguished you. And yet… You were all that I needed and more.”

Of course, we also see more of the church and His Majesty in this volume. We’ve seen bits and pieces of them in past volumes. Along with scenes of soldiers sent by the church venturing through the Outside, but we never had a volume that fully involves the church. In this volume, we learn that His Majesty is terminally ill with a type of heart condition that keeps becoming worse. We also have this sense that the church is pulling a lot more strings then it lets on. The last scene we have of the priest leaves a dark, ominous feeling that would lead to speculation that something far worse is coming or the possible potential of the church taking matters into their own hands. Either way, this volume has more darker themes than one would expect.

And I have to mention how the author includes these important moments with specific items. Near the end of this book, Shiva interacts with a stranger within the prison she’s being held in. This stranger ends up bringing her the pocket watch that Teacher gave to her. Turns out, Teacher had the pocket watch inscribed to Shiva to show how much he valued her, how important she was, and ultimately gave this pocket watch to her. Now going back to the stranger, we have no idea who this person is or what their true motives are. However, my guess is this person will be revealed in a later volume that shows them helping Shiva escape captivity or secretly be a Cursed One. Either way, I have no doubt that this person is going to be of great importance in volumes to come.

Overall, I absolutely loved this volume. I can find nothing wrong with this series and I truly love it with my very being. I can’t believe we have to wait until August for volume nine to be published in English! However, we have a cover for the volume and it is absolutely stunning! I can’t wait to see what the next volume will hold in this dark fantasy. Seriously, if you haven’t picked this series up yet, let me be the voice that tells you to give this manga series a chance! It’s so good and I recommend it with every ounce of my soul!

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The Girl from the Other Side: Siuil, A Run Vol. 7 by NAGABE

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🌻 The Girl from the Other Side Vol. 1 | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌻 The Girl from the Other Side Vol. 2 | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌻 The Girl from the Other Side Vol. 3 | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌻 The Girl from the Other Side Vol. 4 | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌻 The Girl from the Other Side Vol. 5 | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌻 The Girl from the Other Side Vol. 6 | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Content/Trigger Warnings: Violence, guilt, disembodiment, death/murder

“The plain truth is that one girl’s life can save everyone. Isn’t it hubris to imagine salvation will come without sacrifice?”

Okay friends, if you’ve been here for a hot minute then you know how obsessed I am with this series. And it just keeps getting better and darker! I can honestly say that this might be my favorite volume in this whole series. It was so good and I can’t get over the fact that we’re going to have to wait till 2020 for the next volume. I need it now, in my hands, so I can scream into the void how much I love these characters.

If you’re not familiar with this series yet then here’s the breakdown. Keep in mind, this isn’t a spoiler especially if you’ve made it all the way up to this volume. However, I will do my best to keep this volume as spoiler free as possible.

Divided Land

🌻 The Inside – Where all the humans, like you and me, ruled by the King and the Church, patrolled by armed forces
🌻 The Outside – Where the Cursed Ones exist, abandoned villages, also where Teacher and Shiva exist
🌻 The Inside – Where all the humans, like you and me, ruled by the King and the Church, patrolled by armed forces

Factions

🌻 Humans/Mortals – Like you and me, live on the Inside
🌻 Cursed Ones – Beast like creatures, plagued with The Curse, feared by mortals, roam the Outside
🌻 Humans/Mortals – Like you and me, live on the Inside
🌻 The God of Light – Creator of happiness and peace
🌻 The God of Darkness – Trickster, plays pranks on the God of Light, steals away happiness, cause of The Curse

Characters

🌻 Teacher – Main character, horned Cursed Child, guardian of Shiva, either a scholar or doctor when mortal
🌻 Shiva – Main character, child of Light, protected by the most holy, innocent, companion to Teacher
🌻 Teacher – Main character, horned Cursed Child, guardian of Shiva, either a scholar or doctor when mortal
🌻 Father or Head Priest of the Church – Orders for constant capture of Shiva, believer of the β€œprophecy”, orders soldiers to cause democide, aid of his royal majesty
🌻 Mother – Intentions unknown, creator of the Black Children
🌻 The Black Children – Created by β€œMother”, similar to Teacher, wish to obtain Shiva’s soul

Now that you understand a little more about the book, volume seven picks up where volume six left us. Clutching our pearls and hoping Teacher kicks some series butt. Oh yes, I think we all want Teacher to throw down and pull a moment of “YOU. SHALL. NOT. PASS.” on these corrupted soldiers. It was probably one of the most tense ways to start this graphic novel off and I’m not going to lie, I was choking a little bit. The first chapter of this graphic novel is gut wrenching and may cause the water works to flow. I know I shed one or two tears especially the whole scene we get with Shiva. That first chapter just packs a hard hitting punch to the gut.

What I wasn’t expecting from this book was Teacher going into a “two personality” situation or I guess it would be a Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde situation. All of the volumes in this series so far have been building up to this point. We know how much Teacher cares about Shiva, but his love is so thick and deep that he is emotionally tearing himself apart. And in this one scene, we get a double conversation he’s having with himself or his inner self and you know he’s at that ledge of debating how far is he willing to go to protect Shiva. I think it’s brilliant that we’re seeing him show so much emotion and really pushing that line of staying within one’s own values and principles vs. doing whatever it takes. It was beautifully done and I loved how the only thing that brought him out of his own conversation was scooting a cooking pot across the floor. It was so well done and I loved watching him fight himself.

“I will become as monstrous as I must.”

Through this entire series, I have always loved and stood by the relationship Teacher and Shiva have and I still stand by it. That entire ending, I don’t think I’ve loved an ending more with a book, with a series, in general. Nagabe does an incredible job of showing the blurred lines of right and wrong, doing enough and going too far. Even more so when you’re at a crossroad in life and you have to make an insanely hard choice. This ending was such a mix of emotions by Teacher and honestly, a book has never made me reevaluate my own morals and how far I would go for the ones I love and care about. Not to mention, I loved how Nagabe painted Teacher in a light of being the most human he has ever been in this whole series. It’s just wave of emotions and I just loved it. It flowed beautifully and ended in the most cliffhanger way possible.

Overall, I refuse to go into any more detail about this book because the best way to go into this series is to not know a lot about it. I will say this, when you start volume one and get to volume seven, it’s a slow build of this series becoming darker and darker. Not to mention the stakes become higher and higher. It’s so well done and I have never been this addicted to a graphic novel series the way I am with this series. I can’t recommend this series enough and if you have been debating this series, just buy the first two volumes. You won’t regret it, trust me. Plus, it’s never too early to start building a dark, spooky TBR!

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Save Me (The Most Beautiful Moment in Life o) by BigHit Entertainment

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Content/Trigger Warnings: Alcoholism, overdosing, suicide, trauma/PTSD depiction, violence, death, murder, abuse, depiction of depression, grief depiction, forced hospitalization/institutionalization, abandonment, loss of a loved one

“I could never save all of them on my own.”

Save Me (The Most Beautiful Moment in Life 0) is a graphic work story that’s takes a dive into the BTS’s BU (Bangtan Universe), which is a universe where BTS was never formed, even though all of them went to the same school together and they all became really close and good friends with one another. Yet, our story begins where all seven members are split from one another and haven’t talked to one another in quite a long time. You can find and read this comic for free HERE!

On a quick side tangent, if you’ve never seen the music videos I NEED U, RUN, Epilogue: Young Forever, then I definitely recommend watching and listening to these before or after reading this comic. The contents of this comic will come to life before your eyes in all three of these videos. So make sure you watch them in order. And personally, I think these are the most important videos you can watch before diving into this comic. And even though I have listed a lot of the trigger and content warnings above, please keep in mind that this story is very dark, has some graphic content, and can impact you mental health. So please practice self care and make sure you’re in the right head space when reading this webcomic!

Jin is our main star of this webcomic because he has the ability to travel back in time and hoping he can change everyone’s fate, set things right. Jin loses touch with all of his friends after he travels to go study abroad. Now he’s back and he can’t help thinking about all his friends and what happened to them, but that’s not the only thing. Jin keeps having this strange dream that keeps haunting him, with all of his dear friends at the bottom of the ocean. Now, he’s waking up everyday on April 11th, trying his best to remember what’s been reoccurring and trying to find the best way to save all six of his friends from the tragic fates that await them.

🌻 Seokjin (석진)Wakes up, missing his six best friends and wondering how their lives have turned out, when he slowly finds out the terrible and tragic things that have been happening to all of them. He may have the power to go back in time, but he’s going to need all six of his friends to help keep one another safe.

🌻 Namjoon (남쀀)Works at a gas station, but is being detained for assaulting a driver.

🌻 Yoongi (윀기)Is trying to commit suicide after his mother died in a fire.

🌻 Hoseok (ν˜Έμ„)Abandoned by his his mother for a very long time now and is now hospitalized with a diagnosis of Munchausen syndrome.

🌻 Jimin (지민)Also living at the same hospital with Hoseok, feeling abandoned by his family, and suffering from very serious depression and suicidal thoughts.

🌻 Taehyung (νƒœν˜•)Is being jailed by the police after murdering his father, who was abusing him and his sister.

🌻 Jungkook (μ •κ΅­)Looks like he’s attempting suicide by walking into traffic.

Everything about this webcomic is absolutely beautiful, heartbreaking, and something I didn’t know I needed in my life until I had finished reading. If you want art work that flows beautifully together and captures the eye, then this is comic you’re not going to want to miss! Not to mention, this story was crafted so well and even though I’m not a big fan of the “Groundhogs Day” storyline, I was fully invested in the storyline and what all seven boys were going through. This has probably been one of the most captivating graphic comics I have read all year (and I’ve read a good chunk of graphic novels this year)!

And can I just take a moment to say that this comic will shatter you to pieces in the best way?! This is such a hard webcomic to read in one of the best possibly ways. ARMY loves BTS with their hearts and souls, that reading these dark themed, alternative timelines is so challenging. But BTS is so aware of the platform, the power, and how much of a difference they can truly make, I think they’re doing incredible work by shining light onto really hard topics and bringing some strong awareness.

I think this was such a hard comic to read, not only because of the hard topics, but I can’t imagine a world without BTS. I don’t want to know it and I don’t even want to think of it. BTS is just a bright beacon of light in a world that’s on fire. They bring so many people together and spreading so much positive energy all over the world. Thinking about the many generations that are just discovering BTS and the message they’re spreading, it’s a lifetime of happiness and love that can’t be measured. BTS is a blessing to the world and I’m forever grateful that I get to live in the time where I can experience it all, watch it bloom, and make a difference to so many lives.

And the true heart of this story? Friendship, unconditional love, and what it means to find that and what you’d be willing to do to preserve that. The answer? It’s anything. BTS has such an unconditional love for one another and they value their friendship more than anything and that always shines through in everything they do. I have no doubt that they wouldn’t move mountains for one another. To find a friendship and a love like this is a once in a lifetime kind of deal and doing anything for that love and friendship…it’s everything!

Overall, I couldn’t have asked for a more breathtaking comic to come into my life. This webcomic means so, so much to me and has touched my heart in all the soft spots. I fell in love with BTS back in early spring, right after a bad car accident, and my co-worker had introduced them to me. I always loved K-Pop, but I have a special place in my heart for BTS and what they have done for me since their music came into my life. I’m so eternally grateful for the amazing content BTS (and BigHit) gives us, and this webcomic was just one of the many pieces that have touched a soft spot in my heart. This alternative universe story, it’s heart-wrenching and soul shattering, as it is. I will probably forever scream into the void my recommendation of this story especially to anyone who loves BTS or is a BTS fan. And as always, I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to be in the right head space while reading this story and to use caution because of the dark materials and all the content/trigger warnings.

“Each and every one of you makes me want to give it all up… And when I think I can’t possibly fall any lower, you pull me back on my feet.”

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