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Kanata Kara  
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Description
Walking home from school one day, Noriko is innocently caught up in a terrorist bombing. Rather than being blown to bits, she finds herself transported to another world; a world in which darkness seems on the rise, as its powers desperately search for a being known as the Awakening whom it is said will awaken the Sky Demon. She finds this new world to be dangerous and overwhelming, and Noriko has little choice but to throw her lot in with the mysteriously powerful man she encounters upon her arrival. The enigma of this world and her role in it will gradually unfold, but first things first: Noriko must learn their language!

In 2004, this manga won the 35th annual Seiun Award for best science fiction comic.

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Manga

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Associated Names
Из другого мира
來自遠方
彼方から
異境奇緣
Dunia Mimpi
From Far Away
From the Other Side
Vùng Đất Xa Xăm

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Latest Release(s)
v.7-14 (end) by Cat Chan Scans (2607d ago)
v.5-6 by Cat Chan Scans (2609d ago)
v.4 c.1 by Mint Scans (2611d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
14 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

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Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (1071 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.84 / 10.0
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Year
1991

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Serialized In (magazine)
LaLa (Hakusensha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Viz (14 Volumes - Complete)

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Monthly Pos #113 (No change)
3 Month Pos #104 decreased(-11)
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Wahhhh!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by VintageTeaCup
June 3rd, 2011, 7:08pm
I'm so sad to see it end, and it was so good. But I appreciate that it didn't become a bitch by just going on and on forever and never coming to a real ending. This one is a ten for me because I love the very Daughter Of The Nile-girl-traveling-to-another-world aspect of the book. At the same time it made NONE of the mistakes that DOTN made. It didn't take forever with the intro and got straight to the good part. Plus it was so much more realistic, such as how Noriko can't understand their language and has to learn it (those chapters where adorable!), unlike Carol who can magically speak ancient Egyptian or like Yuri in Red River who learns the language after kissing a dude (seriously what is up with that?!). Plus the romance develops at a good pace and isn't entirely unrealistic where the girl goes, "I hate you... oh now you saved me so now I love you" (LAME). This one more realistically portrays how a romance would work out (granted the process is a bit sped up, but they're together 24/7 and they have a telepathic connection, so it's ok).
I found the ending a little anticlimactic since it was sort of not what I was expecting based off of what a friend told me (but in such a way as to be totally excited with me but at the same time to not spoil the ending. Plus she read it almost a year ago so that probably didn't help). If she hadn't said anything then I would have totally 100% predicted the ending. The symbolism and greater-meaning-for-the-world-ly-ness of it kind of reminds me of what a lot of other animes do such as Evangelion, Sailor Moon, Pretear, Mnemosyne, just to name a few. Still it fits, it gets its point across, even to the American audience which thinks that half of the Final Fantasy games are too hard, and it ties up all the loose ends. ALL OF THEM! Plus you don't feel bad about the fact that her parents think she died in a terrorist bombing and that she has a picture of herself with a black ribbon on her desk, unlike some other series which shall not be mentioned which rush the ending and don't tie up half their loose ends. This way you don't stay up until all hours of the night wondering what happens to the other characters but you can still imagine funny fan fics (or serious fan fics, whatever floats your boat).
Just a few more points about why I like this manga and then I'm done, I promise. wink 1. there's an actual continuous plot and not just a compilation of getting kidnapped, getting into a fight and then making up at the last minute to defeat the bad guy, or any of that other overused dribble that comes out of manga-kasí asses, 2. Everything that happens in the story, and all the main characters that you meet have an actual role in the story, no I'm-going-to-help-you-discover-yourself-then-never-see-you-again-ever, 3. The female lead is helpless, but she's not a wimp. She knows her limitations and doesn't do ridiculously stupid things. I think that's it. Yep that's it (if it's not YOU'LL KNOW).
This was just an all-around great manga, a joy to read. It has just the right mix of pulsing I-need-to-read-more and light hearted funniness that just makes you smile and happy to be human. Plus it leaves the reader better for the wear. After reading this, I want to go out and be a better person (whether I actually will or not is another matter, but I WANT to, and that's the first step right ... right?)
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... Last updated on June 3rd, 2011, 7:15pm
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Great little fantasy series   
Rating: N/A
by pageboy13
March 27th, 2012, 3:12pm
Kanata Kara is easily one of my favorite shoujo series. Good romance, well-developed characters, nice pacing and a very believable.

As other people have mentioned it is not the MOST original manga, containing a number of so-called cliche aspects to it's romance and plot. However, I personally do not mind cliches, and if you're reading shoujo, chances are you already know what to expect.

Cliche or not, the series, for what it is, is very well done. I like the art style, very classic 90's shoujo fastasy, but the manga-ka has demonstrated a mastery of it, and i like the variety present in the abundant character designs.

One of the other aspects of this manga that i truly appreciate is the lack of heavy-handed irrational heroism, that is, no doing good for good's sake. From the beginning, when we see the heroine arrive in a strange place and cope with language and culture barriers, you can clearly understand that the motivations behind all the characters actions are very rooted in survival and basic human nature, thus everyone, even many of the antagonists, are believable.

The romance is exceptionally charming, and the author has a very keen sense of the subtlety in expressions and gestures for her characters. The act of falling in love never breaks with the character's individual personality and development, as happens often with shoujo where a character suddenly takes on the personality of someone else the moment they fall in love, or fall in love too quickly.

Finally, although some accuse the manga of being to political, i find there is just enough to give it substance, so that the romance has something to stand on. At the very least, at no point does that manga drag, so there seems to be a good balance with the pacing.

The only thing i was wholly disappointed by was the ending, not for how it ended, but the fact that i had no more to read!

... Last updated on March 27th, 2012, 3:13pm
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Amazing shoujo? You betcha.   
Rating: 9.6 / 10.0
by Saons
February 15th, 2011, 1:40pm
There's so much to say about what makes this manga great I've got to divide it up into sections.

The Art-
Personally, I love the art. And I really respect manga artists who "update" their style to make it more modern. The author has some really old works, but you can plainly see improvements in the style. It's not blocky or crude, it's detailed and inventive. The clothes, the monsters, the PEOPLE (which I emphasize, because they all are so unique), the backgrounds; there's just so much effort put into this manga.
(Though I do admit...Izark's semi-mullet's kind of...UGH)

The Characters-
Izark is a somewhat typical gary-stu, I do admit. But I love that we get to look into the mind of someone who fears a future laid out for them. He's physically strong and seemingly all around perfect, but he's not. He has his flaws too, and though there's less of them, his insecurities and imperfections make him more human. Noriko is just like most people have already said, she's weak and "just an ordinary girl", but she's strong-willed and tries her best in everything. I often try to picture myself in her situations, what could I do different? I might be slightly physically stronger, but it wouldn't help much. I doubt I could run away much faster, or use a sword any better -- she's from a modern world where fencing is a sport, not something most people have to learn.
The side characters are a lot of fun too, even if you don't become as attached. The story isn't about them, it's about Noriko and Izark. While often side characters help to improve the main characters, in this case they pretty much support them. It would be interesting to see if they were more important, but I'm fine with the way the story is.
The antagonists in general, are just psychotic individuals. There isn't much rhyme or reason to why they do things, and they aren't really explained. I kind of like it that way, that we don't know what makes a person insane.

The Story-
One thing I really enjoy is the language barrier in the beginning. A lot of stories don't attempt it, because it's tough to make it work. More often one of the protagonists can *somehow* speak the same language (ie Red River, where he just kisses her and she understands the language... yeah, good job getting out of that one). The author did a great job here, and it works perfectly. There isn't too much story spent when she can't speak the language, and later on we still see some of her language mix-ups.
I think, after that, as most people have said, the story isn't all that unique. It's predictable and a little cliche, but what I've learned throughout my years is that it's not necessarily how different a story is that makes it great, but how it was written and portrayed to the readers. And in that fashion, it was done excellently. Compare this shoujo to most other shoujos. Love triangles being a major plot point? Not in this one. Jealousy and mistrust between the couple? Not really. Maybe some people like all that excess drama, but I'm sick and tired of it. It's nice seeing a couple that just loves each other, with no doubts or worries.
The ending, in the back of my mind, always felt a little weak. I wished it were drawn out just a little bit longer to explain things better, but, it was also beautiful in its own way. And it was a little different, so I accept it even if I feel it lacks a little.
In the end, this fictional story was well told and is one of the best manga's I've ever read, and I hope that others can thoroughly enjoy it as well.

Hehe....long comment sorry. TL;DR it's a good read smile

... Last updated on February 15th, 2011, 1:42pm
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Great and lovable   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by fallen_angel93
December 21st, 2010, 3:24am
I love this manga because:
- I'm a sucker for world-travel or time-travel manga with romance in the other dimension/world
- I like to be proved wrong when it comes to characters. I thought Noriko was your typical, annoying, weak-hearted, shy and boring character. But, as I said, I was proved wrong! She was strong, mentally and physically. I loved how she had powers and the characteristics I first thought she had, turned out to her simply being pure. I really loved that.
- I loved Izark, he was like... an angel, or something like that.
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funny, because he turned out to be sky demon, haha
My dream prince. He was stubborn and strong, but he wasn't selfish. The best part is, you knew that right from the start, because he was sweet from the beginning on.
- I liked the language barrier, because that's what'd really happen! You can't just come somewhere and speak the language, it's just not realistic. It also showed us Noriko was a smart character ( I love intelligent female characters), who really tried and could learn their language.

That's about it, it's just a great manga. Also, about the romance in this manga, it's not slowpaced, but it's not fast either. It's like a river, with water flowing on it's own (what kind of poetic bullshit is this?). What I'm trying to say is, there's not much dramarama or anything around the romance it just happens.
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Solid   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by FeyPhantom
October 25th, 2012, 11:01pm
I would say this was a very solid manga, through and through. It had a decent plot, decent characters and always headed in the direction it needed to in order to get to the end.

With that said, the author played it a little safe. I think there were many chances the author could have taken to break out of the story's comfort zone and go for gold and make this a truly remarkable work. Instead, she opted to keep the characters from growing too much and letting them bring the story to a whole new level. An example of this would be:
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that Izark would only go into his full-on sky demon mode at the very last battle, by which time he was already being affected by the world of light instead of having him fully cut-loose earlier on to a point where just seeing Noriko wouldn't be enough to bring him back. The sky demon was foreseen as a terrifying force but we never saw him attack anyone he wasn't already fighting (in other words, he never fully lost control to the point he attacked people he didn't want to). Lacking something like this is what makes me say the author 'played it safe' because he only ever had to feel guilty about what he was from birth and nothing more (minus the mother bit which was never fully explained to my knowledge of whether he'd just injured her or killed her).


I can't fully call this 'epic' because, while all the elements of an epic manga were there, it was lacking the awe-inspiring emotion I feel should be in an epic story. As I described the story to my sister, "it flat-lined." It didn't draw emotions from me like it should. I never felt nervous or worried for the main characters in a tough situation. I never felt excited or giddy when their relationship grew closer. I felt neither happy nor sad when the story finished. It started, progressed, ended and that was it. Also, the author never went for the extreme and instead pulled back when she got even a little close to the edge. I would have liked to see her dive head first off the cliff even once. To me, that kind of attempt (if successful) is what helps to make a story epic.

Now, I rated it fairly high because there were many elements I liked about the story, and like I described it - it was solid. The only thing I feel that is missing is the author taking chances and going a step further with the story to create an emotional draw for the reader. She told the story on the surface, but she didn't pull me in and that's the only disappointment I have... That, and maybe that Izark didn't try to learn a little Japanese. Would've been nice to see him study Noriko's language too.
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WOW!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by dreamit.
June 15th, 2011, 12:21am
Well.. i never really planned on reading this manga because i'm really picky when it comes to art but the art for this manga wasn't that old and improved quite a bit in the later volumes. First of all, the story was AMAZING as in one of the best i've read! I mean, it's pretty obvious how good this manga is just by the ratings but wow.. I'm so glad i decided to read it! The characters in this manga are absolutely captivating and strong. You can really see the character development throughout each volume as every character becomes stronger not only physically but also emotionally as well as spiritually. YES there is romance and YES a lot of it (most adventure/action manga's don't have enough right). Although sometimes it would be a bit cliche in my perspective but nevertheless, all 14 volumes were filled with so much adventure, emotions, actions and well.. you'll never get bored and it leaves you wanting more. The ending was very well done also but i won't comment too much on that since i wouldn't wanna spoil it bigrazz.
I'm kinda sad it's over but this is definitely an unforgettable manga.
10/10!
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This manga is AWESOME. For real.   
Rating: 9.7 / 10.0
by milkgreentea
January 30th, 2014, 7:45pm
Some may say this story is typical or cliched, but the storytelling itself is superb. There's character development and some awesome themes - just because they're ones that have been explored by other authors doesn't mean that a story can't have the same ones. In fact, if the author brings a deeper insight into it, that's what makes a story really stand out. What kept the story really going was its terrific plot. Some may call it typical, but it is how the author weaves the story out for the reader that captures their attention and interest. Though the art or the predicted results are also important elements in a story, what makes a story worth reading is through the way it is told. Again, these are opinions from different people and it may not be to everyone's liking - but why not give it a try?

... Last updated on January 31st, 2014, 3:59pm
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SUPRISINGLY GREAT!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by wallyakazukin
September 8th, 2013, 12:58am
When I see the cover, I think I will just read this for time waster. BUT! It's really a great story, great romance, and surprisingly have a very interesting plot. It's seems real, when noriko have to learn their language first (most of fantasy story have only ONE language, somehow the hero just be able to speak as others), and then Izark was not a super hero who able to do everything (I like how he become weak sometimes and feels all burdened by noriko). And I also like noriko character, she is not an annoying crybaby girl. indeed she a crybaby, but she always do her best and thinking positive. These two character combination and those awesome plot really addictive!
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An absolute favourite   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Autumn26
March 26th, 2013, 9:03pm
Honestly, this has to be my all-time favourite manga. It just had the perfect mix of fantasy, action, romance, and adventure it literally got me hooked from the very first pages. I love how the story not only revolved around the romantic relationship between the leads, but the other characters and events of the world as well. The plot was a lot more complex compared to other shoujos. Loved the art and the author just did such an amazing job with the characters. You just can't help but love them all biggrin Not only Izark and Noriko, but everyone else along the journey as well. I really connected with them and cared for all of them. The story just literally took me to another world and now I feel really sad that it ended sad But the ending was satisfying just as much as the rest of the series. Overall, it was super sweet, exciting, original, and totally awesome! DON'T MISS THIS ONE! I will definitely be reading it again!!

... Last updated on March 26th, 2013, 9:13pm
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Amazing   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by prsn828
May 7th, 2011, 9:29pm
This is the most amazing and enjoyable manga I have ever read. It has a perfect blend of action, romance, and a dynamic plot, that really sucked me in. It is unique, and once I started reading it, I could not put it down. I read the whole thing in two sittings, and I am so glad to have picked it up. This is a must-read for anyone who can appreciate a good manga!
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