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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.
Из другого мира 來自遠方 彼方から 異境奇緣 จอมคนแดนฝัน Dunia Mimpi From Far Away From the Other Side Vùng Đất Xa Xăm
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Words can't express how much I love this manga! I can't believe I never wrote a review about Kanata Kara when I've read it almost 10 times! .First of all, its so timeless, for a manga that is a bit old, the art is beautiful, and the females, especially Noriko, is not overly exaggerated. Secondly, the plot is straight forward, I like the fact that "realness" was added to this manga by the fact that she had to learn their language. Other mangas where characters go back in time, tend to automatically make their mains know the language of where ever they were transported to, which makes no sense. Thirdly, personality means a lot to me when I'm reading manga, and throughout the whole manga, both of the main's personalities were enjoyable. Noriko was neither annoying or whinny and Izark showed that he wasn't just a handsome face who can pretty much do anything, they had their flaws, but thats what made the manga so magnificent! I can read this manga anytime and anywhere, this truly holds a place in my heart. This deserves a 10, I would recommend this manga to anyone
... Last updated on July 28th, 2013, 12:28pm
This was a rather disappointing series for me, I must say. It was recommended highly to me and, seeing all of the wonderful reviews, I decided to read this. I expected something pretty incredible. Although I do not like old-fashioned art that much, I read it anyway. This is a pretty basic shoujo for me. I'm not sure if those who reviewed talking about how 'original' it is really read a lot of shoujo, but to me, this was pretty normal, basic stuff.
Sometimes, I love reading the very basic shoujo cliches. I think the fact I didn't like this art very much played a factor for me. I mean, I've read manga where their only redeeming point is the artwork. I've read so much shoujo that a lot of it is pretty obvious when it comes to cliches. Heck, I kid you not, I even wrote a school paper on shoujo cliches. This manga just didn't have enough lure for me to really enjoy it. As FeyPhantom said, I believe it could be called 'solid.'
Sadly, it wasn't something I could really enjoy.
The female lead is wimpy, weak, and is always crying. She is a Mary Sue ('perfect') character who has everything going for her, including the male lead and the fact that practically everyone she meets on the road becomes an ally. The male lead himself is the usual strong, protective guy. The story itself, falling into a different world, becoming a super important person, needing to save the world or change it somehow, etc. is a somewhat unimaginative storyline.
Don't get me wrong -- I do allow plenty of room for shoujo cliche, having read as much as I have. But I honestly expected more from this series, after all the incredible reviews on it. All in all, I was disappointed in this series. I hate to be the one poor review in the bunch, but this was my honest opinion, as I'm sure everyone else gave theirs. I give it a very hesitant 7 for a rating, and only because I tend to rate things high anyway. This was not a 'bad' series -- simply a very simple, unremarkable one. It is neither bad nor good, I would say, and was a decent read while it lasted, but I would have preferred to read something more worth my time.
... Last updated on July 19th, 2013, 8:50pm
I cant believe I took so long to finally read this manga after saving it in my bookmark! This is a manga that I will DEFINITELY RECOMMEND =D cause its just too damn good. I have read it countless times that I finally decided to buy the series cause I cant stand it reading from my com anymore! And one good thing is this story is completely original no cliche at all I should say!
An absolute favourite
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 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 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
I've lost track on how many times I've read this one...
I highly suggest this manga! Very good plot and character development, it never gets old! It's not the average shoujo that seems to be piling on manga lists, but a true classic (like Immortal Rain and Red River). This type of manga is not easily found and it's old enough to be considered a relic, but this is the type that I absolutely adore! The art is an older style, but that's part of why it's so good. Read this manga! PS: If you love over protective male leads that are dominant but not creepy, this is your manga!
... Last updated on March 14th, 2013, 5:37am
Words Cannot Describe...
... just how amazing this manga is. I nearly cried when it ended because I loved it so much.
Art: Old fashioned, but soooooo impressive and awesome. It added to the rustic, intense feeling of the manga. There were a few pages where it was a little iffy as to what the mangaka was trying to draw
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like in one of the last scenes, when Izark was fighting Keimos and you couldn't tell which guy was Keimos and which was Izark because in one panel it showed Izark cutting a hole in Keimos's barrier and jumping through, but in the next it had the hole by Keimos and Izark far from it
but it was pretty even and clean throughout. She was really consistent but added changes to the characters as the story progressed. From the beginning to the end, I estimate that Noriko was in their world for about two to three years, and it showed in her hair length and the way she carried herself, and in the faces and statures of those around her. All the fight scenes were well done and intense. 10/10
Characters: Gah, where do I begin? All of the characters were great, including the bad guys. I loved how
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at the end, when you think Rachef is going to kill Noriko, he instead says that he just wants to be loved, though he does it a little more violently and round-about than that.
All the characters were well-developed by the end, especially Noriko and Izark. Normally you don't see many changes in the main characters in mangas like this, but Noriko and Izark underwent many trials and grew from them instead of acting like they never happened. All the side characters existed for a purpose and had their own stories, but it never got confusing for me. 10/10 for everyone, including the bad guys and the nameless characters.
Story: This manga left a very deep impression on me. For example, the whole bit about
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choosing between light and dark and having no set destiny.
This entire story was deep and meaningful, but still very intriguing and worth the length. I've seen some people complaining about how long it is, which is understandable, but every single one of the 14 volumes was worth reading and rarely was any of it boring. I don't feel that this is a waste of time in the least, long or no. I love love LOVE "From Far Away." <3 At the end, everything was resolved, in this world and in theirs
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but I can't help but wish that it had shown Noriko pregnant in one of the last panels. I thought it would have because for quite a while it didn't show from her chest down, but no, she wasn't preggers. Also, you just know that Noriko and Izark will stay together forever, it just could have had a teensy bit of closure. The rest of the plot was well finished, though, and the implication that they get married in the Noriko's Diary thing at the very end was all the confirmation I needed.
Oh, and it was great how Noriko had to LEARN their language instead of just knowing it upon entering their world. You don't see that often, and it just made the story perfect and maybe a tad realistic, like how Noriko grew stronger after the first few volumes both physically and emotionally. You don't see her crying much unless something happens to Izark, which was awesome. (IZARK AND NORIKO'S LOVE STORY IS SO CUTE, but I liked how it wasn't the entire focus of the plot. There were also politics, war, and the whole Awakening/Sky Demon thing to round out the story.) I also love how the story makes a complete circle in all their travels and you meet characters in the epilogue that you met in the very first volume. It was really great. 10/10, absolutely. This is one of the of the best resolved and written mangas I've ever read, and I've read A LOT of manga.
All in all, this manga is a must-read. I loved it so much that I literally hugged my computer after finishing it just so I could express that emotion. You will not regret reading this manga, I promise you. I don't, and I never will. I have a feeling that I will be rereading this manga many times in my life, that's how much I adored it. Please, give it a chance. The first volume is a little meh, but after Noriko learns their language and some villains start getting introduced, it gets much better. I love this manga, and you most likely will, too.
An Amazing Surprise
At first, I thought it was just another silly fantasy where some fluff girl ends up in another world and instantly falls in love with some handsome warrior--which isn't necessarily bad, but boring--and it actually seemed to start out that way, and with a slightly outdated looking art style to boot. But that was me being prejudiced about older manga and typical shoujo heroines, and boy did this one show me. IT'S BEAUTIFUL. In many ways. The art does start out in an older style but the quality of the drawings and impressions of movement and perspective and variety of characters is outstanding (and that's coming from a picky art major). The romance and main characters seem typical at first but the way their personalities are carried out in story feels fresh and genuine and sweet (I love Izark!! And Noriko really grows on you. She reminds me of Tohru from Fruits Basket) And it's not just the romance. There's great action, mystery, the fantasy world is well thought out and has its own geography and politics (but doesn't get bogged down by it) and the huge amount of characters don't get confusing because the author did such a great job of distinguishing them and giving them all unique and loveable personalities (you even kind of feel for the bad guys, even those you hate for being the jerks they are). She also didn't fall into the common trap of making all the good characters look beautiful. People of all faces can be good guys.
It was sweet, scary, suspenseful, fun, and all around AWESOME. It's got all the things I love in the perfect combination. I really want to own this series now. XD
Awesome shit. This is too awesome! It's so awesome that I don't even know what to say! The characters are superb, the storyline is awesome, the art...well okay, the art was just decent but, nevertheless, it can never stop me from reading this awesome piece of work! Noriko is definitely not your typical shoujo girl, she's pretty strong and adding her with Izark and the story makes the story seems very perfect!! You should really read this! It doesn't matter if you aren't a fan of Sci-Fi, just read this because of the storyline!! Who cares about genres when there's a good storyline right in front of your eyes?!
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.
the story is great, the characters are great, and the character growth is just amazing. normally, in a fantasy story the main girl has something special or develops/gains some special power but in this one she doesnt, and it feels refreshing to read it it is a MUST READ