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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 “prophecy”, orders soldiers to cause democide, aid of his royal majesty
🌻 Mother – Intentions unknown, creator of the Black Children
🌻 The Black Children – Created by “Mother”, 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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The Girl from the Other Side: Siuil, A Run Vol. 6 by NAGABE

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Other creators involved in the making of this manga include: Translating by Adrienne Beck and Lettering by Lys Blakeslee

Content/Trigger Warnings: Death/loss of a loved one, grief, talk of mass murder/democide,talk of abandonment, impalement, possible torture

“We are all capable of searching for and finding souls…but we are not quite sure how to go about getting them back.”

We dive back into the dark and divided world of The Inside and The Outside. We last saw our two main characters going through a lot of emotional and internal struggles. Near the end, Shiva and Teacher have finally stopped their argument to final start discussing about leaving the cottage. We last saw Teacher encounter some strange soldiers that caused great worry and now it seems our two heroes must now find safety in another location. Will the soldiers end up tracking them down? Will we receive more details that surround the history of Shiva or Teacher? And will Teacher finally say “to hell with this” and finally make physical contact with Shiva? Step inside, for some tea is about to get poured in this Volume Six review!

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

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
🌻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
🌻Father or Head Priest of the Church – Orders for constant capture of Shiva, believer of the “prophecy”, orders soldiers to cause democide, aid of his royal majesty
🌻Mother – Intentions unknown, creator of the Black Children
🌻The Black Children – Created by “Mother”, similar to Teacher, wish to obtain Shiva’s soul

“Souls are the very essence of our hearts. It can also be said that they are our emotions.”

Volume six takes place directly after Teacher and Shiva leave the cottage to find their new home. Things have returned to normal, Teacher and Shiva set out to find this new and mysterious home Shiva’s Aunt has told her about. However, we still have these strange soldiers lurking around and danger seems to be lurking around every corner for our two heroes. And of course, it only takes for one thing to go wrong before a snowball effect soon starts taking place.

I say this all the time since starting this series, I love it to pieces. I really do love this with all my heart. This series has definitely made it into my top five manga. And if you haven’t picked this series up yet, then what are you waiting for?! NAGABE brings to life such a unique world that laces history and dark fantasy together to beautifully. Plus, the play of light and dark for the illustrations in this book will set an unforgettable mood. And you better believe I have a playlist in the works!

My Thoughts

What’s interesting about volume six, we no longer get just one panel of the Church from the Inside. We end up with a nine page panel showing us His Majesty and The Holy Father of the Church. These are both the wild cards in this series and I’m loving the dark, ominous vibes that keep coming from them every time we get these glimpses. We don’t know anything about them, what their plans are, all we’re given are these little bread crumbs of; His Majesty seems to be falling ill or being consumed by exhaustion, The Holy Father is basically running the whole army of soldiers, there’s some really dark, shady things happening that no one outside of the Church knows about, and they want to capture Shiva and sacrifice her to obtain her soul. Other than this, we have no idea what the full intentions of the Church truly are. All we know for certain is the Church isn’t as innocent as they’re pretending to be.

On another note, I’m loving the escalation of the relationship between Shiva and Teacher. Their dynamic mirrors a similar dynamic between the characters of The Ancient Magus Bride, but there are some differences. I love it though! Teacher and Shiva haven’t had it easy and they’ve both been fighting a lot of eternal struggles as well. But they’ve reached a point where they’re slowly starting to truly communicate and express their feelings with one another. It’s very obvious that they care about on another deeply, but it’s nice to see them trying to navigate expressing their emotions and thoughts better. Not to mention, the extreme amount of tension Teacher has for wanting to physically comfort Shiva by wanting to hug her nearly broke my heart. I can understand why he doesn’t want to do, but also why he wants to do it so badly. And it just breaks your soul because it’s the purest thing (aside from him loving her enough to protect Shiva from literally everything) Teacher has shown us and it’s horribly painful to watch him struggle. Bouncing off of that, vice versa! Shiva desperately wants to hold Teacher’s hand and give him hugs, but Teacher constantly turns her away or rejects that. It causes her pain just as much as it causes him pain and it’s the most purest thing in this entire series, you will feel like your heart is being crushed!

Also, I haven’t talked about it in my volume five review, but I do want to mention it here as well. Those “special” soldiers are also another wild card. We don’t know how many of them there are, all we truly know is they still work for the Church from the Inside and two of them fought Teacher. That’s about all we know, other than the obvious (them wanting to capture Shiva to take her soul). These guys are insanely persistent and they’re on a whole other level that I wasn’t anticipating seeing in this series. So, we also see a little more of them in this book and just how far they’re willing to go to track down our main characters. I’ll admit, their tactics put me on edge and even made me cringe a little bit.

I also really enjoyed how we received little more bread crumbs about Teacher’s past in this book. I feel like the last two volumes, all we got was background information about Shiva and a little background on her Auntie, but I’m so glad that we finally got a book that gave us some more detail about Teacher. I have been waiting for more details and I’m so glad that the journal and pocket watch are coming into play especially since it’s giving us little bread crumbs about his past. I knew those two pieces held significance, but I was completely blown out of the water the details each item was holding. I wasn’t ready and I definitely don’t think anyone else is going to be ready for these major details either.

“There must be a clue of some sort here. We’re going to find that clue…and then…We’re going to capture the creature.”

And as always, I have to applaud NAGABE for delivering a frightening, chilling, and highly climactic ending. This author has cliff hangers for days because all I want right now is to have the next volume in my hands to know exactly what will happen next. As I said before, all it takes is for one thing to go astray before a whole snowball effect takes place and oh my, did NAGABE deliver on that snowball! I’m not ready, I don’t think other readers are ready, this ending was a brain ninja assaulting the mind with grenades of despair and anticipation. So if you just picked up this volume, get ready for it because it’ll leave you shell shocked.

Overall, this series is fantastic and so addictive. I truly say this all the time, but I love it so much. If you’re a fan of The Ancient Magus Bride or even Wicked Saints, this is definitely a manga series you want to pick up. I’m highly anticipating volume seven to deliver more details, action, and just everything I’ve been loving in this series to appear once again. And as I said before, this has made it’s way into my top five manga series that I have come to love, but this one has completely taken me by storm. It’s just a really amazing series and if you have been thinking about picking this series up, just do it! You won’t regret it and I have no doubts that you’ll become addicted to this dark fantasy!

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Side Note

The cover for the seventh volume in this incredible series has finally been revealed! It’s absolutely stunning and I’m obsessed with the cover! The seventh volume releases August 27th, 2019 and if you’re a fan of this series or if you just became addicted to it, please make sure you pre-order your copy of volume seven and support this very talented author!

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The Girl from the Other Side: Siuil, A Run Vol. 5 by NAGABE

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Other creators involved in the making of this manga include: Translating by Adrienne Beck and Lettering by Lys Blakeslee

Content/Trigger Warnings: Death/loss of a loved one, grief, talk of mass murder/democide, talk of abandonment, impalement

“We lose our voices. We lose our bodies. We lose our duty. Then…when all we once had is gone…our existence ends.”

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

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
🌻 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

This fairy tale begins like a fog does, shrouded in secrets and mysteries. In a land divided of beasts and mortals, The Inside and The Outside, an unlikely paring between a girl of “light” and a creature of “darkness”, they must rely on each other for solstice and survival. Our tale begins with them and their story…

Volume Five picks up right where Volume Four left us, shocked, horrified, and wondering what the hell had happened. In this volume, things have slowed to a different pace. Instead of the author hitting us with large quantities of shock, we’re sent on an emotional roller coaster. Soon we see Teacher and Shiva’s relationship put to the test. Grief, anger, and mystery devour your mind and soul as you dive deeper into this bewildering world once more!

“I will keep her safe, even if I must sacrifice myself to do so.”

I was completely blown out of the water by this volume! True, past volumes have delivered more action or suspense, but the emotional blows delivered in this volume were fantastic! I don’t know about a lot of readers, but I love when a book can hit me right in my feelings and emotions. When a book can do that, I truly believe it makes that book more memorable and stand out more. One of our main characters, Shiva, has definitely been put through the toughest times ever and even more so with this volume. She has suffered from abandonment, heartache, separation, and all of this has come together to effect her in the most startling way! We never truly know just how aware children are when things seem to be falling a part and to watch the author take that concept to not only write about it, but to show the full length of a child’s understanding was mind shattering. The fact that we also see Teacher devolve to child-like reaction was absolutely priceless! Seeing the roles a little reversed for once was a nice breath of fresh air. From all the emotional aspects to how Shiva was handling everything, I loved every minute and appreciate the author tapping into everything that has built up against Shiva to make her respond the way she has.

I say this every time I review a volume of this series, but I’m going to keep saying it. The artwork is eerily beautiful! The way the artwork is done just makes it stand out more compared to other manga that I’ve read. In all honesty, I find this art style more appealing than some of the other art styles I’ve seen in manga. The artwork just seems to really set the mood for each book. One of those key moments is when the soldier attacks Teacher in the woods. You truly can feel the ominous intentions radiating off the pages during this whole section. Another example is near the end of the book and the way the hope is radiated. The way NAGABE plays with the light and darkness in each panel and it’s such perfection. I also love the way the light and dark are used to emphasize flashbacks, dreams, or important details stated. I can’t get enough of these illustrations!

As the story-line keeps progressing, I love that the author keeps throwing us bread crumbs about Shiva’s past. We learn so much from just a small handful of panels in this volume. And not just Shiva, but we also learn about The Black Children or The Cursed Ones. They’re just bread crumbs, but they’re slowly painting a bigger picture for the reader and it adds to the mystery that already surrounds this manga. Not to mention, the author brought back items of importance. Back in my review for Volume One, I mentioned how the author seemed to be shining a light on the importance of a book or journal Teacher had. Now in this volume, it seems the author is up to the same thing by shining light on a pocket watch. As the reader, you have no idea what the significance is of the watch or why it’s important, but there’s a chance that watch will come into play sometime later on in the story. The need to know is so great that it’s almost crushing!

And let me just take a moment to tell you about the plot of this series! It’s so simple, but brilliantly powerful! This book really dives deep into the relationship between Shiva and Teacher and I’m here for every second of it. I couldn’t help getting so deeply invested in every moment they fought, when they made up, and even with everyone right on their heels. The suspense is so thick, but it’s so sweet! Not only that, up until this point, Teacher has always been doing what he thinks is right for Shiva and not even bothering with how she feels. That is about to change and yet it happens in a very natural way. He’s not giving a child the power to rule the roost. He’s giving her a chance to take that first step to growing up. It doesn’t mean she’s going to loose her innocence all at once. No, it means she can strengthen him too, when all he feels is despair and worry.

“If you think about sad, gloomy stuff too much…then sad gloomy stuff is gonna happen! So you have to smile and laugh and make all that stuff fly away!”

Overall, I love this manga series and I can’t stop talking about it. Each volume keeps getting better and better. I’m ready for the next volume and all the suspense that is bound to be coming along with it. NAGABE has an incredible way of weaving a story that the reader will get hooked on right off the bat and uses light and darkness to keep them captivated. If you haven’t already checked out The Girl from the Other Side: Siuil, A Run then I highly recommend it and I hope you fall in love with this series like I have! ❤️

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This book was read during my May 2019 Wrap Up!

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The Girl from the Other Side: Siuil, A Run Vol. 4 by NAGABE

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Other creators involved in the making of this manga include: Translating by Adrienne Beck and Lettering by Lys Blakeslee

Content/Trigger Warnings: Talk of abandonment, trauma/possible PTSD

“Even if your head is chopped off…Or if you’re pierced with countless arrows…Nothing works. That is why…Before the curse has run its course…While our loved ones yet hold their pure, human shape…We must, with our own hands…Give them the mercy of death.”

After being kidnapped to the Inside, Shiva ends up being surrounded in flames and chaos. Her Aunt has transformed into a Cured One and the village is going up in smoke. During the madness, Shiva nearly ends up in a sticky situation where she could have lost her life to the soldiers destroying everything. A flock of Cursed Ones come out of nowhere, buying Shiva time to run and escape . Thankfully she ends up coming to where Teacher is waiting and apologizes for his tardiness. Soon the pair end up heading back to the cottage, being tailed by Shiva’s Aunt. After all the madness and destruction, our dynamic duo is finally headed home and long over due for some much recovery time. But…nothing is ever that simple, is it?

Divided Land
🌻 The InsideWhere all the humans, like you and me, ruled by the King and the Church, patrolled by armed forces
🌻 The OutsideWhere the Cursed Ones exist, abandoned villages, also where Teacher and Shiva exist

Factions
🌻 Humans/MortalsLike you and me, live on the Inside
🌻 Cursed OnesBeast like creatures, plagued with The Curse, feared by mortals, roam the Outside
🌻 The God of LightCreator of happiness and peace
🌻 The God of DarknessTrickster, plays pranks on the God of Light, steals away happiness, cause of The Curse

Volume Four begins the landslide to much needed down time for our main characters, but things aren’t going to be that simple for Teacher. While Shiva slowly begins to readjust to normalcy and forget the events that have recently taken place, Teacher is battling some inner worries, thoughts and feelings all while he tries not to cross a line with Shiva’s Aunt. We begin to see Teacher develop feelings of jealousy, sadness, and somewhere along those feelings lies an undiscovered feeling of deep love and appreciation for Shiva. He also begins questioning if he’s the right person to look after Shiva and if things would have been better if he had never came into the picture.

I think one of my favorite moments was when Shiva’s Aunt wanted to run away with Shiva and Shiva ended up stepping up to defend Teacher. I really loved that the author included Shiva coming off as being this girl who has such strong emotions and is willing to defend the people she loves and cares most about. She was so quick to correct the way her Aunt was talking about Teacher and tell her Aunt that she had everything backwards. I really enjoyed that and it made me realize how much I love Shiva as a character. Even though she comes off as naive sometimes, she’s is very innocent and pure, but she has such a good heart and she always puts it in the right place.

One of the key points I want to point out with this book is the Cursed Ones. In Volume One we’re kind of led to believe that the Cursed Ones are these creatures that have turned mad, plaguing and destroying anything they touch. We were also led to believe that Teacher was the only one who was truly different compared to other Cursed Ones. In the beginning, Teacher may look like a Cursed One, but he was definitely as humanoid as Shiva or the soldiers in the first book of this series. Now that we’re so far in the series and we’ve been encountering more Cursed Ones, they’re almost as human as Teacher, but they still hold some of those traits that were described in the first volume. I find this completely interesting as how from book one all the way to book four the Cursed Ones are almost mirrored with humanity. But I would argue that out of all of the Cursed Ones we encounter in this series, Teacher is the only Cursed One who seems to be holding onto or gaining back his humanity. I find this absolutely fascinating and I’m eager to see how things will develop in the upcoming books!

“Oh. I feel that strange unease again. It wells up within me when I see them together. What could it be…?”

This volume definitely offers the cool down that is most certainly needed especially after Volume Three (which is a very intense book if you have yet to read it yet). We also see a lot of feelings and emotions, secrets, concerns, and so much more addressed in the down time between our main characters and side characters. Everything, from the feelings to the secrets to the comedic relief all flow so beautifully together and so easily too. NEGABE has an incredible writing style and connects everything with their writing. I say this a lot since starting this series, but the writing and world building is so easy to fall into and even more so to fall in love with.

I think one of the best things the author did with this volume was add touches of humor. After everything that has happened in previous volumes and then as well a the implied inner fighting between Teacher and the Aunt as well as Teacher versus himself, those tiny touches of humor are definitely a breath of fresh air. I’ll admit, I didn’t think I was holding my breath all this time until I let out a sigh, followed by a huge laughing session. Even though this is a dark fantasy, I’m glad the author found a way to deliver some comedic relief before things bloom into the rockiness that ends up happening. It’s also a great reminder to make sure you’re breathing when you’re reading this series!

And I say this all the time, when a book ends on a cliffhanger just throw the series book at me! I swear, the addiction of needing to know what happens next is so strong! However, this ending I wasn’t expecting at all. It completely threw me off and blew me out of the water. If you haven’t read this series yet, please check it out!

Overall, (I probably say this every time I post a review for a book of this series) I love this series! Even with this series being a dark fantasies and knowing this author is just getting started, I’m eager to read the next volume. I love the writing style, the artwork, the incredible character development, and just everything this series has to offer. I definitely think this is an underrated sequential art series that isn’t talked about, but I highly recommend looking into this series. And even if you’re not someone who typically reads manga or sequential art styled books, you should definitely consider looking into this series. I’ve already recommended this series to so many fellow readers. If I could talk about this series all day, I would. I’m just absolutely head over heels and I want everyone to know about this amazing story!

“I could never forget. We were together for so long. I still remember it all. We spent so much time together. Wonderful times. You gave me so much joy.”

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The Girl from the Other Side: Siuil, A Run Vol. 3 by NAGABE

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Other creators involved in the making of this manga include: Translating by Adrienne Beck and Lettering by Lys Blakeslee

Content/Trigger Warnings: Kidnapping, death, violence, mass murder/democide.

“Just wait! I’ll rescue you!”

In this world that’s divided in two; The Inside and The Outside, we find mortals fighting to survive from the Cursed Ones and the Cursed Ones searching for souls. But in this divided world we follow Teacher and Shiva as they struggle to stay together among the chaos erupting around them. We last left Teacher and Shiva coming back from meeting other Outsiders. As they walk the trail on their way home, a voice breaks through the forest and Shiva abandons Teacher to follow it. Teacher is left alone in confusion, calling after Shiva, but Shiva is already gone.

Volume Three hits hard and fast with a whirlwind of emotions and shock. If you haven’t read this series yet then please click away, but if you’ve made it this far then read on! I will keep this as spoiler free as possible (with content as well as images), but it so hard!

As I mentioned, Volume Three delivers a storm of twists and shock. I knew at some point things would escalate, but I never expected things to escalate this quickly. I ended up reading this book in thirty minutes and I have usually take my time when I read these books, but I was in deep. There was a seed so deep of needing to know what will happen next. This might be my favorite book of the series so far!

“Oho! Can’t you guess? I wished with all my heart to be with YOU again.”

Our story begins where Volume Two last left off. Shiva has run off into the forest by herself without Teacher. We soon learn her Aunt (Auntie) has come back to retrieve Shiva. However, everything is not as it seems. Between her Aunt actually attempting to kidnap Shiva, refusing to listen to Teacher, and then the ambush set up by the soldiers, things are not going well for out two main characters. And soon they have been separated in this divided world. Shiva has been taken away under observation and Teacher has been left behind, alone in the Outside. Until things begin to escalate in the greatest and worst way possible.

In Volume Three we get to see a lot more of the Inside. We know it’s walled off from the Outside and that the rest of the humans live there, but what I really loved most was the dirty little secrets we discover. In this volume, two major secrets are revealed to us as the reader. First, we learn what the Inside, more specifically the Church, what they have planned for Shiva and kind of why they needed her so bad. And then the second secret we learn what the King/Church are doing to their own people on the Inside. Not only does this give us more clues as to the big picture this whole series is painting, but we’re slowly learning about Shiva and why she’s, in a sense, special. Also, in this section we also get a lot of Black Death themes and democide. I thought this was so well done. These are two concepts that aren’t used that often in fantasy or dark books. To see the way the author of this book took these two themes to bend them and twist them to their own story, I was in awe.

This is definitely a dark fantasy and it doesn’t shy away from adding some dark elements. And speaking of dark vibes, the amount of Cursed Ones that end up flocking to Teacher is an enormous amount and also alarming. Not only do the dogs and the stranger end up coming back, but we get introduced to these weird birds. Their heads are kind of shaped like a miniature crocodile head (expect for the one with two heads). What’s even more interesting is how all these creatures act once Shiva has been returned to the care of Teacher. And speaking of the Cursed Ones, the newest edition to following Teacher and Shiva is quite interesting especially the behavior. She’s kinda sheepish or ram looking! It’s absolutely fantastic!

I think my most favorite moment in this book was Shiva finally reuniting with Teacher. She so traumatized and so lost in the chaos that once she’s in the presence of Teacher, he’s the one truth that she knows. It was such a beautiful moment and so heart warming. Then the way where she just runs and ends up hugging Teacher, it made me heart melt. It was the sweetest and innocent moment. I wish books did more precious moments like this. It truly warms my heart.

“We can’t steal it back by ourselves either, of course. But… If we all go, perhaps we might succeed.”

Overall, I’m eager for the next volume. Volume Three has left off on some major questions and I need answers! This book is rich in world building and creating a bond so thick between our two main characters. I’m so excited to see what will happen next, to see what will become of the Inside, will Shiva be okay, what will Teacher do to keep Shiva safe, and how and when will the Church retaliate?! So many questions for such an interesting story. I highly recommend this manga series especially if you’re fans of anything dark fantasy related, if you adore The Ancient Magus Bride, and if you like mysteries then this is a series you should definitely check out. The world building is absolutely stunning and the artwork is gorgeous. If you couldn’t tell, I really love this series and I can’t recommend this series enough!

“Every single villager became a monster. All because of that girl from Outside.”

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The Girl from the Other Side: Siuil, a Run Vol. 2 by NAGABE

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Other creators involved in the making of this manga include: Translating by Adrienne Beck and Lettering by Lys Blakeslee

Content/Trigger Warning: Violence, decapitation, implication of the elderly being expendable, survival of the fittest themes.

“I neither know nor care what you want, monster. Nor do I care what you intend to do. But I will not allow you to come near this girl.”

In a world that’s divided in two; The Inside and The Outside, we find mortals fighting to survive from the Cursed Ones and the Cursed Ones searching for souls. But in this divided world we follow Teacher and Shiva as they navigate this chaotic world by themselves. In the first volume we left Shiva and Teacher right after Shiva went looking for her Auntie only to be greeted by armed soldiers. That wasn’t all we left the oddly couple to deal with. Just when we thought this pair may have a break to recover from the traumatic events, an unexpected visitor descends upon their cottage. Enter a fantasy realm shrouded with mystery and dark twists in this fairy tale-like setting.

I have to admit, Volume One left off on such an unexpected note. If you haven’t read the first volume or checked out my review for it, stop what you’re doing, go read the first volume and read my review for Volume One! However, if you have read the first volume and even read a few reviews (whether it’s mine or not) then keep reading this review because there’s lots of details for me to spill…once again!

Volume two picks up right where we left our two main characters in Volume One. Shiva had just experienced a terribly traumatic situation and Teacher came to her rescue, protecting her from any possible harm. However, Shiva was struggling to recover from such a highly stressful and horrifying experience. Just when we think our odd pair will get a break to recover from this situation, the unexpected happens and an unwelcome visitor finds themselves in the chambers that belong to a recovering Shiva. To say this guest is highly unwelcome would be an understatement and we get to see first hand just how far Teacher is willing to go to protect the mortal girl after the unimaginable happens. And soon it seems like all of Teacher’s worst fears are beginning to come true!

I loved this volume. Just like the first volume, it’s rich with atmospheric fantasy and dark horror. I mentioned this before in my review of the first volume, but this series reminds me of The Ancient Magus Bride. Even though this book is an increasing sense of foreboding regarding—again, as in the above stories–a vulnerable little girl in peril with some protector to either save her or keep her safe. I enjoy these type of stories so much due to the fact that the girls in these two manga maintain some form of independence and make their own choices. Outside of this, the world building is remarkable. Though we only get bits and pieces of the area that they’re living in, this volume expands on what the first volume delivers to us. In all honesty, it’s freaking gorgeous! They still live in that cottage just outside of the abandoned village near the woods and who would have known there’s a giant lake in the dead center on this forest! The setting is stunning and the artwork is so damn stylish! It makes me want to live where they live!

“Shiva. Shiva. Soul with a name. Who gave your soul back to you? Tell me when next we meet.”

My most favorite thing about this volume is that we learn so much more about the way Teacher and Shiva interact with each other and see how deeply they care for one another. Even though Teacher is this demonic like beast, he deeply cares about Shiva, her well being, and considers her feelings to such a deep and emotional level that it ends up causing Shiva to worry. In response, Shiva wants to make him happy and cheer him up. Even in the beginning when The Outsider and Teacher were fighting, Shiva was genuinely concerned for Teacher’s safety and whether or not he was hurt. Shiva cares so much about Teacher that she doesn’t want him to get sick and even sews up the rip in his jacket. This leads to my favorite moment of Shiva teaching Teacher how to sew. We even get a little section in the back of this manga about Shiva showing and explaining sewing to Teacher. It’s the cutest thing in the world! Not only do we get to see this side to them and see how connected the two of them are to one another, we also see how they individually respond to outside characters. Prime example, when they go to look for the The Outsider that entered their home, we each get a little snippets of both of their point-of-views and then see how the two of them interact. Even as they leave the lake, Teacher doesn’t spare a second thought and begins to leave while as Shiva turns around and waves goodbye to the creatures. I find it fascinating how they’re not only two different “species”, but how their personalities are so different yet mesh so well together!

And those twists and turns! Holy smoke! Okay, okay, I’ll calm down, but when I say some of these little twist come out of nowhere, I felt like I was getting knocked off a horse! Between the details we find out while Teacher is with the other Outside creatures and then that whole ending, I thought my heart was going to stop. These dang volume keep ending on cliffhangers and I’m just going to end up going crazy for not knowing what’s going to happen next! Not only that, but I have so many questions! Where did the Curse come from? Was The Teacher also human before he became a Cursed One? Why The Teacher is unaware of his own origin when the other Cursed Ones seem to be in the know? Will we ever get to see more of that book I talked about in my Volume One review? What will Teacher do when Shiva is no longer with him? And more importantly, will the little girl be alright after she returns to the human society? But also, will Shiva end up abandoning human society to rejoin Teacher?! These are things I need answers to right now!

Most of all, Shiva is just a truly pure and precious gift in this manga series. In volume one she has a very pure and hopefulness that ends up washing over into this volume. She’s just so sweet, innocent, pure, and yes, naive too. But she is absolutely incredible. Even though in the first volume Teacher advises her not to go anywhere, she believes with all her heart that the armed men are good people. Even ion this volume, she doesn’t see Teacher is a negative light after what happens in the beginning of this book. She still genuinely cares about him and takes an interest in him. She doesn’t even give it a second thought when going to find the Outsider who invaded their home. She even refers to the other outside creatures as dogs because of their forms, but she doesn’t see them as a threat or a danger. She has a very beautiful soul when it comes to viewing things and it’s just a wonderful thing to see especially in a dark fantasy read like this manga series. And before I get off this topic, when Shiva describes her Auntie to Teacher and how she hopes one day she can introduce the two of them…my heart nearly went into cardiac arrest because it was the cutest and purest thing I have ever read in a long time! I need more moments like this between her and Teacher. They’re so pure, so light, and so heart-warming!

“She’s soooooooooooo nice Teacher! She’s really, really good at cooking and sewing! She knows EVERYTHING about flowers. Plus, she knows every story! All of them!”

My only true issues I had with this volume was the violence in front of a child and then how near the end of the book, not only were they using an elderly person as bait, but it was also implied that she was expendable. For starters, children seeing fighting/arguing is one thing, but this took it to the next level of nearly over killing the person of conflict and decapitating them. These are things a child should not have to see and I’m surprised it wasn’t addressed at a later time. We get to a point where Shiva goes into a emotional fit literally begging Teacher to stop because she can’t take it anymore. The decapitation was one thing, but then it went to full on over kill. I’m just not a fan of extra unnecessary trauma being inflicted onto a child, even if it was indirectly. I get the over killing was coming from a place of love, care, defense, and wanting to protect Shiva, but I definitely think it did more harm than good. And secondly, I definitely think things could have been worded differently when it came to stating the elderly woman was expendable. I found this was absolutely unnecessary to be added especially when it stated “better her than us”. Wording things by saying, “better her than us” is a lot more forgiving than saying “if things go wrong, think of her as expendable”. It makes you wonder if it’s going to be a common theme in this series of using the elderly as bait. The main reason this is such an issue for me is, not only through literature, but also through gaming and even through history there has been that theme of “survival of the fittest” and while it can make for an interesting read at times, I don’t think it’s necessary to keep enforcing the theme of everyone else who isn’t the fittest is expendable. It’s something that doesn’t sit right with me and it’s one of those things that never will sit right with me. And I most definitely think this one little part could have been reworded better or just removed completely instead of reinforcing that whole cycle of “survival of the fittest”.

Overall, this volume nearly shattered me. It was so good and once again I feel like I need to rush to the book store and get the next volume! The world is so magically built and the characters make you fall in love with them, get attached, and you find yourself rooting for them to pull through all this chaos! With so many questions left unanswered, I’m eager to obtain the next volume! If you don’t mind dark fantasy reads tangled and laced with mystery, heart-warming moments, some horror, and too many damn cliffhangers and questions then you need to pick this series up! I haven’t heard many people talking about this manga series so let me be a first to tell you that this series is worth the read! And if you find yourself planning your spooky October TBR list earlier than you expected, then you better add this one to your list because it’s giving me the chills!

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The Girl from the Other Side: Siuil, a Run by NAGABE

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Other creators involved in the making of this manga include: Translating by Adrienne Beck and Lettering by Lys Blakeslee

Content/Trigger Warning: Death, talk of sacrifice, minor violence, minor witch hunt themes, talk of abandonment.

“Once upon a time there lived a God of Light and a God of Darkness. The God of Light gave happiness and prosperity to all her peoples. But the God of Darkness liked to come and steal that happiness away, playing tricks on everyone.”

The Girl from the Other Side is a sweet, sometimes gloomy, but engaging fairytale. We follow our two main characters, a little girl in all white called Shiva and a humanoid horned beast in all black called Teacher. They live together is a small cottage in the woods, in an abandoned town in The Outside, in a world that’s been divided into two. A world where it has been divided into Light and Dark, Good and Evil. We have the Light side or The Inside which is made up of the humans or the people of the God of Light and then we have the Dark side or The Outside where you have the cursed, people turned into crazy beasts who hunt mortals, bring death and destruction.

I adored this first volume to the series! It truly does set things up for volume two (which I’m super eager to get and will hopefully be acquiring soon!). As I mentioned previously, we have two different parts of this world. We have the Light side or The Inside and then we have the Dark side or The Outside. The people of the Inside fear the Cursed Ones (otherwise known as the creatures of the Outside). So they end up surrounding their towns (their major cities and not villages) with these great walls to keep the Cursed Ones and their curse out. They even have a type of militia that is ordered by their kind to protect the people and destroy anything the curse has touched (even if that means people within their own walls).

As we quickly discover, even though these major cities have these giant walls to protect the people within and condemn anything on the outside to the world they made, but we learn that on the outskirts of one of these city walls, there’s an abandoned village with a cottage that houses an oblivious little girl (Shiva) and her “guardian”, Teacher. We learn that Shiva is eagerly awaiting the return of her “Auntie” and we also learn bits of the responsibility Teacher has put on his shoulders by taking on the task of looking after Shiva. To say things are hard would be an understatement. When a mysterious cursed one shows up, followed by dead bodies, and soldiers scouting the woods…things can become quite challenging for the oddly cute pair!

“Rage drove the God of Darkness mad. He transformed his punishment into a curse and spread it to others.”

This is probably one of my most favorite volumes to any manga series that I’ve read. This first volume gives such basic world building and establishment two our main characters. The world building is refreshing enough, but what really intrigued me about this manga was the beautifully aesthetic artwork! It was really sweet fairy tale quality in it. Not to mention the beauty the woods and the abandon village where out main characters lives, it’s from an impressionist painting. It gives similar vibes to The Ancient Magus Bride and I just swoon over tales like these. These type of manga, you can’t help falling in love with them, the characters, the world, and everything happening within it. If I could live within the pages of this manga, I would never want to leave. The swooning hype is real.

One thing I do want to point out is the extension of the title of this book. It raises some questions because no connection is really established within this volume and I haven’t read the rest of the series yet. 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

And let me just say this, my frustration and level of anticipation is at an all high with this volume and here’s why. For starters, what else is in that little book Teacher has?! I have to know! For some reason, authors do this thing where they’ll introduce an object and there’s no further detail about it in the rest of the book. This happened with ACOFAS by Sarah J. Maas (and if you read this book then you know the exact object I’m talking about because it bothers you too!) and now it’s happening with this book where we get introduced to this journal Teacher reads from and then it gets cut off! I have a mighty need to know more details from this journal/book and the significance it has to how this fairy tale unfolds! Then we have that ending! I’m not going to get into any details, but that ending was really intense and shocking. I wasn’t even expecting something like that to even happen. I knew this book was going to set the scene for volume two, but I was never expecting a twist of an ending. The way it’s delivered after a traumatic event, that was a really nice touch and it makes the reader eager to get the next volume (I know I’m eager for the next volume!).

“If even a bit of the curse clings to you… You’ll be transformed into a hideous creature.”

Overall, I adored this first volume of this series very much! There’s great potential for this manga series and I’m eagerly anticipating this fairy tale to unfold soon! There’s also a chance that this manga series can take a turn for the dark, creepy, and possible more content warnings for in the future so if you do find yourself picking this manga series up then definitely keep that in mind. This is also a really easy world to fall in love with so don’t be surprised if you end up like me who’s investing in the whole series! Also, this would make for a great read during the fall season! Perfect for chills!

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