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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 by NAGABE

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Please note, this is going to be a manga series review!

🌻 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: Violence, graphic injuries, decapitation, impalement, death, talk of sacrifice, attempted sacrifice, abandonment, witch hunt themes, kidnapping, mass murder/democide, trauma/PTSD, grief, loss of a loved one, torture, and more!

After many, many requests… I am finally do a full series review of The Girl from the Other Side! Dearest readers, if you have been with me for a while then you’ve probably seen me mention this series a lot. Whether you have seen me talk about this manga series on my blog or on IG, you know that this series took me by storm. I love this series with my whole heart and soul, I recommend this series to everyone I come in contact with, and honestly, I can’t stop talking about this series. Plus, the eighth volume in this series just released in the U.S. on March 17th, 2020 so I figured now would be the perfect time to gush about this series!

The Girl from the Other Side follows two main characters; Shiva, a young girl in white and Teacher, a humanoid beast in black. Both live in a split world between the Inside and the Outside. Those who live on the Inside are told to never venture to the Outside and should they find themselves on the Outside, hope and pray the curse won’t touch them. Though our two main characters are never allowed to touch, they share a unique bond that keeps them tethered to one another. But when Shiva’s patience has finally ran out, she leaves to find her grandmother. Only in these two realms, you never know who you can truly trust.

For starters, let me say how excited I am that this is being adapted into an anime series! This manga series is very underrated and I wish more readers were picking this series up. To hear that it has been picked up for an anime series, the actual blessings! Secondly, if you’re a fan of the manga series or the anime series, The Ancient Magus Bride then you’re going to fall in love with this manga series. The relationship between Shiva and Teacher have a lot of similarities to Chise and Elias. So let this be the reason why you pick this series up!

Okay, if that didn’t convince you on why you need to pick this series up then let’s talk about the world building. Though the world may be black and white, split into two realms, the way this world is built and how the side characters are all portrayed are anything but black and white. The world is established through an old legend where the God of Light punished the God of Darkness, transforming the God of Darkness into a terrible monster. But the God of Darkness allowed his rage to consume him and turned his punishment into a curse to spread to others. So the God of Light banished the God of Darkness to the Outside, splitting the world into the two realms, the Inside and the Outside. I love a world that’s built off a legend or folklore. It just makes the world even more unique.

Then we have the way all the main and side characters are portrayed in this series. The side characters are all painted in a morally grey light, yet their intentions come off as malicious. As for our main characters, they’re the most morally grey in this series. Their personalities develop as the series continues and we really see how they mirror one another. We all know that I love morally grey characters because they are the type of characters that resemble the most realistic traits of humanity. I think this series does a fantastic job at showing all these different personalities and truly shows how complex thoughts and actions are when there’s no straight forward answer to a problem. I really loved it and I loved the way the character development is shown in this series.

And of course, I would be an absolute fool if I didn’t mention the art style. Each panel is unique and really sets the mood at times. I remember when I first opened the first volume and how quickly the art captured my attention. The tone in which every shade of white, black, and gray sets everything up to be mysterious or leave you wondering what will happen next. I truly could live within the pages of this manga series. They’re so aesthetically pleasing!

The story-line is probably one of my most favorite pieces of this series though. I found it was really easy to get wrapped up in everything happening and wanting to find out more. The author does a really fantastic job on ending each book on a cliffhanger that makes you want to pick the next volume. We also receive little bits of information that make you want to unravel the mystery of how everything will come into play later on. I’m excited for future volumes to come because I have so many questions and I can’t wait to see how everything will paint the big picture for us.

Overall, I truly hope more readers will be picking this series up. Other than myself, I haven’t heard many people talking about this manga series. It completely boggles my mind! This series is such a slow build, slow burn and I love every second of it. I think the story-line is absolutely fantastic and I think if you’re like me, you’d want to obtain the whole series in one go too! There will never be enough words to convey my thoughts and feelings about this series. I truly love it and I can’t wait to see what they do with the anime adaptation! If you’re looking for a series that’s dark fantasy, has a slow build story-line, prophecies, and little pieces slowly unraveling then you definitely need to pick this series up!

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

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

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
🌻 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

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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