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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 (2544d ago)
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v.4 c.1 by Mint Scans (2548d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
14 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
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Kanata Kara by ForteAtrox

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Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (1053 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.83 / 10.0
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Last Updated
April 20th 2014, 7:03pm PST

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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)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #163 decreased(-17)
Monthly Pos #114 decreased(-14)
3 Month Pos #96 decreased(-2)
6 Month Pos #92 increased(+1)

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On 662 reading lists
On 1024 wish lists
On 2476 completed lists
On 99 unfinished lists
On 465 custom lists

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Cute   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by moonmystery
June 10th, 2014, 1:55pm
There were some aspects of this manga that I really really loved--such as the idea that the girl actually has to learn the language when she gets sent to another world. (this small but important aspect is often ignored in other manga of the same genre&setting)

However, the story felt a bit too cheesy and cliche for me, especially when it came to the villains... The girl, while it is totally understandable that she would be lost and lonely, and would thus need a friend/companion... I just couldn't take her journey with the dude as seriously because I've seen the same thing happen so many other times.

Overall, though, this manga is nice and comes to a definite conclusion--thank god. I can see a happy ending for the both of them, and I truly appreciate that! (who doesn't love a happy ending?!) This manga is not among the top of my list, but I'm still glad to have read it.

... Last updated on June 10th, 2014, 1:57pm
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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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Not worth it   
Rating: N/A
by Paraph
August 1st, 2013, 6:09pm
Dialogue, plot, and characterization is flat and oversimplified. I honestly thought this would, at the very least, be a simple pleasure since at the beginning the heroine does not have powers and still manages to be useful, but my expectation that this would continue was shattered. ultimately the conflicts are boring and the solutions are cliche. I mean, solving everything with empathy and tears for the enemy is a cliche.

... Last updated on October 11th, 2013, 7:51pm
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:D   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Cherelle Ashlee
July 28th, 2013, 12:25pm
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
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Unremarkable   
Rating: N/A
by distraughthallelujah
July 19th, 2013, 8:40pm
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
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DAMN GREAT   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by japcraze
June 23rd, 2013, 8:42pm
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!
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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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I've lost track on how many times I've read this one...   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by alex3510
March 13th, 2013, 5:26pm
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
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Words Cannot Describe...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Imsexyandiknowit328
February 23rd, 2013, 7:18pm
... 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. smile
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