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Kanata Kara  
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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.


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Associated Names
Из другого мира
Dunia Mimpi
From Far Away
From the Other Side
Vùng Đất Xa Xăm

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v.7-14 (end) by Cat Chan Scans (3038d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
14 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (1144 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.74 / 10.0
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December 26th 2014, 11:38pm PST



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LaLa (Hakusensha)

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English Publisher
Viz (14 Volumes - Complete)

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Pretty Good   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by P_O_C_K_Y
September 24th, 2012, 6:10pm
A story I had trouble finding any faults in.

The romance was good but not overbearing, the main character was weak but competent, and the story line was pretty interesting. It was consistent, it didn't drag out too long and it wasn't too short. It may be categorized as shoujo, but it's not mushy, drama-filled and annoying. Sometimes the dialogue got a bit boring, but that was only after my third time reading the series.

Overall, it was good. Not great, but you can tell that it's one of those mangas that a lot of other mangakas took ideas from. It was an original and I enjoyed it.

... Last updated on May 14th, 2013, 5:18pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Paragoge
September 16th, 2012, 1:08am
This is easily one of my favorite shoujo mangas. I can't even remember how many times I've reread this, and I'm sure I'm going to reread it again in the future.

What I really loved about this manga is the main character. Noriko is the only female lead so far in all the action/adventure manga that I've read that I loved despite being a powerless heroine. Yes, she can't do anything fighting-wise, but her emotional strength is amazing. It's not that she isn't scared--she is, but she still finds the courage to not give in. She isn't reckless either. She knows she's weak and accepts it, and just does what she can to the best of her abilities. For example, one of my favorite scenes:

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Noriko gets depressed that she can't do anything while the others are fighting to protect her, and a monster tries to use this against her by tempting her with power. She doesn't accept though, because someone told her that she can help by being who she is.
Noriko: Should I worry about powers I don't have? Of course not. I won't get strong if I worry. He said there are things I can do just being who I am... But what? I'm so weak. All I can do now is to run away. So that's what I'll do. Don't worry about something you can't do. Concentrate on getting away.

The fight with the Big Bad ended a little too easily for me, but I guess the focus of this story is the journey to finding the light.

If you like light & fluffy fantasy stories with solid, well-developed characters, and a heartwarming romance, this is the manga to read.

... Last updated on September 16th, 2012, 1:10am
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14 Volumes of This...   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Sphear
August 30th, 2012, 10:22pm
I wasn't exactly reading this for the fantasy, and the awesome action, but I have to give that shoujo mangaka credit for being so creative with her demons and etc.

I loved the couple Noriko & Izark. I found Izark's personality cute, and it wasn't a really 'cliche' one either. Noriko was just...what you'd expect from an optimistic, kind and brave girl in a fantastical world. Sounds sort of Mary Sue-ish, eh? Never the less, the characters were likeable.

The plot...was not that interesting to me. I'll admit I might've skimmed through a chapter or two of Izark and his rival's epic must-not-miss battles. Well, the plot was fine and all- I personally thought the ending was a really good wrap up.

For the most part, characters were cute, the story was okay, and the art was just classical. Overall, I think I enjoyed this manga; but 14 volumes of this fantastical story is way too exhausting for me to re-read.

It certainly is a shoujo type you can't find too often these days, isn't it?

... Last updated on August 30th, 2012, 10:24pm
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Rating: N/A
by nimin2
August 14th, 2012, 2:38pm
First of all, I'd like to say this is my FAVORITE SHOUJO MANGA OF ALL TIME!!!! The large cast of characters wasn't overwhelming (like they so often can be), and each had a nice, different personality that are easy to like. At one point I even found myself liking the villains ^.^ This shoujo is so different from other shoujos. The love isn't too fast or rushed like any other shoujo, it feels more real. Plus, I appreciated the fact that there was more than just the romance to the plot! Kanata Kara has a nice, interesting plot that kept me reading straight through the night (which I regretted later that day -.-). There was some character development, but it didn't overload my brain with all of their stories.

The only reason I didn't give this a full 10 was because of some minor flaws, such as the story dragging a bit in places (and a FAILED mini-love triangle (we all knew he didn't stand a chance against Izark)).
I know the art is old fashioned.... But this is worth it! READ IT!

Ps this is my first review.... Sorry if I messed up or missed anything!
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Excellent characters   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by doushimomo
August 3rd, 2012, 12:17pm
Probably my favorite part of this series is the characters. I love the leads. Noriko is thrust into a very difficult situation in a place where she doesn't even know the language, but she refuses to allow herself to mope or to become a burden. She's clever and spirited and I simply adore her. Also, Izark has a nice, slow character growth arc that feels believable and makes him very real.

The supporting cast is also pretty neat. Not everyone is unrealistically young and pretty. They're as well developed as time allows, and I found myself rooting for them, especially Gaya.

Overall, the tone is extremely optimistic. It's not for everyone, but it's a good series.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Yo!!
July 23rd, 2012, 11:35am
Did I say epic? Actually an understatement.This manga is breathtaking! It is very much like BASARA or actually very different (don't know why I keep comparing them, maybe cause they both started at early 90's) unlike the latter, From Far was is super cliche bigrazz What Basara lacks, this one makes up for it. Art!
Izark x Noriko, love you guys. It's about their journey in the cruel world which is in another dimension. Fantasy shoujo at it's best! It's super cliche and predictable but gripping and intense nonetheless. Noriko will be sent to a parallel world where it is predicted that she is the awakening who will awaken the most powerful being, the sky demon. Izark will be waiting to destroy it but will be surprised to find that the awakening is a helpless teenage girl. So begins their journey together. Their relationship is honest and pure. Great piece of work. Since this was one of the first manga I ever read, I'm extremely partial and attached to it.

The heroin, Noriko is a normal teenage girl with no special powers and mostly relies on Izark unlike Basara where the female lead is a worrier princess wink Basara's plot is mindblowing whereas From Far way is relatively simple. Another manga I'd like to compare it with is the Queen's Knight. Well, it's a recommendation if you liked this series. Trust me, you will.

Strong and handsome Izark, cute and innocent Noriko and fantabulous art is what makes this series epic.

... Last updated on July 23rd, 2012, 11:36am
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Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
by Oriolidae
July 18th, 2012, 10:00am
Indeed, it's a good manga. And I was all for it for seven volumes, and then ... suddenly, in the middle of volume eight, I just didn't want to read any more. It was extremely painful to read just one single chapter.

It's not because the story got especially bad at that point. I just felt that I knew what this ride was gonna be about. I felt utterly exhausted, and I know I should give this a chance... But honestly, after reading so much manga, I'm not that patient with stuff that doesn't do anything for me anymore. Kind of feeling a bit awkward for being almost alone at rating this so low. Maybe fantasy shoujo really isn't my thing, because the same thing happened to me while reading Basara.

Even if I've dropped this in the middle, I can still tell that it's a good fantasy shoujo manga. So I won't drop my rating unreasonably much. It's worth giving a try.

... Last updated on July 18th, 2012, 10:03am
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Can reread it a million times!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by takeva
May 27th, 2012, 3:43am
I've reread this about 5 times already and I will probably reread it again when I find I have nothing else to read! I love this manga and it never gets old. Sure it's super cliche but it's done in such a cute and awesome way. Wish the mangaka would do a sequel of this like she did some of her other works! >_<
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A good adventure romance!   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by CurlyJoe
May 10th, 2012, 6:59pm
For fans of Immortal Rain, InuYasha, and Red River; I highly suggest this one. The main herione is not annoying, but although a little bland she does just fine. Good fantasy elements, and enough angst without going overboard. Yes it can be cheesy, bit is this not of the shoujo genre? It is to be expected.

... Last updated on May 10th, 2012, 7:26pm
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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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