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Thursday, 25 October 2018

THE GIRL FROM THE OTHER SIDE, Volume 1 by Nagabe

The Girl from the Other Side: Siúil, A Rún, Volume 1 (The Girl from the Other Side, #1)

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a manga my daughter read last week and recommended I read because she thought I might enjoy it. Well, she was right.

Teacher and Shiva live on the Outside. That's where the cursed beasts live. The humans live on the Inside and fear the beasts because they believe they will infect them. But this isn't their story. This is the story of an adorable, innocent child and the beast who's taking care of her.

I loved the art in this book! Usually, I lose interest in black and white illustrated works, but this one was beautiful. Everything about the way this looks adds to the bleak atmosphere of this dark tale. The drawings are so pretty. Shiva is adorable, and although Teacher is supposed to be a scary monster, he looked like a polite gentleman.

The connection between these two characters is so cute. Even though they can't touch, he's still determined to take care of her. And that's a full-time job because that little girl is super cheeky.

This story touches on a lot of dark stuff--discrimination, abandonment, secrets--but it's full of heart. And THAT was my favourite thing about it. How these two characters should have no reason to get along but are actually a tight family.

Oh, and I especially liked how the story starts in the middle of everything, revealing bits and pieces. Enough to get a pretty solid idea of what's going on without being told.

Great story!


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