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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 (2634d ago)
v.5-6 by Cat Chan Scans (2636d ago)
v.4 c.1 by Mint Scans (2638d 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 (1076 votes)
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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 #143 decreased(-28)
3 Month Pos #113 decreased(-12)
6 Month Pos #95 decreased(-4)

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On 676 reading lists
On 1035 wish lists
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I just want to laugh.   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by Jeshia
December 4th, 2011, 2:32am
Let me start off by saying that the first work of this mangaka that I read was Miriam. So as far as heroines go, I wasn't expecting anything better than Miriam.
Besides that, I wasn't disappointed. Yes, it was ridiculously cheesy and was chock-full of the supernatural cliches, but it was a shoujo cliche done right. The "realistic" aspect of her actually having to learn the language was just amazing, and the way the author had her assimilate to the culture was natural, as if the readers became her and were undergoing the assimilation process as well.
Because it follows the guidelines of the shoujo supernatural, you automatically have the good versus evil. Not particularly surprising. But how the mangaka executes this is clean, not overly crowded with characters, and a intriguing-enough plot.
As for the ending, I thought it was exactly what I would expect from a cliche supernatural story. I wasn't quite expecting anything more than that.

By the way, one of the most annoying things about this manga is that it's incredibly difficult to start in the middle. Because there aren't really any fillers and there are new characters that help propel the plot forward every arc, you will end up very, very confused if you do. So if you have say, 5 hours to spare on a day, take that time and read this through from the beginning to the end. The sappiness will make you laugh as much as I did, or at least make you smile.
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It's a reread-er   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by kichiX
November 17th, 2011, 9:41am
I didn't comment on this series for quite a while after I read it. I didn't really know what I could say.
This is one of those mangas that if you re-read you have to start from the beginning and work your way through to the end. It introduces you to a host of characters (but even so it doesn't get confusing) that all have different roles and are all important to the plot. Not knowing who they are or where their allegence lies would make the whole thing muddled.
Usually I don't re-read things like this. The mangas I "re-read" are the ones that are either short, or have parts in them that I love. In the latter case I skip to those parts and forget the rest. After I finished From Far Away I thought to myself, it's a good read but I won't re-read it. It'll take too much effort. Now I am, and I think that says what I think of this manga.

... Last updated on November 17th, 2011, 9:43am
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One of my faves   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by heynadz
September 20th, 2011, 6:32am
I sobbed at the end.. it was an amazingly emotional manga (in a good way). I love subtle romance stories and non-MarySue female leads. Noriko is cute, charming, and all-around loveable. The romantic relationship between her and Izark just seems realistic.
To be honest, this manga is far better than Fushigi Yuugi and Red River (even though I didn't mind Red River that much).
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One of my top favorites :D   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by joyfullyme16
September 16th, 2011, 11:09pm
I love this series. What i like most is the emotion displayed. It's a little cheesy but the emotions are very well written. Plus the characters are developed awesomely. They are lovable, funny, and well rounded.
I really liked noriko. she is very strong emotionally. She was always positive and determined to do something useful. She was a breath of fresh air and i just loved her and izark together.

The story is also enjoyable. Its exciting and fun. It's not one that requires a lot of thought. Perfect light read where you just want a good story with characters you can root for.

... Last updated on August 9th, 2014, 4:36pm
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Amazing!   
Rating: N/A
by AliceinAmestris
August 23rd, 2011, 7:51pm
This was an wonderful manga! I LOVED it! What I loved about it was basically everything. The artwork was beautiful! The characters where realistic, likable and there growth as individuals was evident. The plot wasn't completly original but it was complex but easy to understand and very gripping. Once I picked it up I couldn't put it down.

As for characters, Noriko was so cute! She was a very strong, independent (in some ways) and though she cried she didn't stay sad for long.
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I loved how she was the one to initiate the first kiss.
I like how when Noriko came to the new land she had to learn there language which I have never seen in a manga.

Izark was very attractive. He wasn't as moppy as I thought he would be. I thought he grew the most as a character from being emotionless and cold to being an open hearted, emotional, and caring man.

It was very cute how Izark needed Noriko and visversa. They grew as characters and felt like real people. The romance was evident but I kind of wanted more kiss scenes but oh well.

I give this manga a big fat 10!
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I LOVED IT   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by leilockheart
July 21st, 2011, 11:47am
If you're looking for a manga that is pure romance, this is certainly not for you.
But if you're looking for something profound and sensible, this manga is strongly recommended. =))
I love the developments in their characters. This will give you pieces of advice on how to deal with life.
Although, I was expecting a better ending for some characters in the story, I was still satisfied.
Great read =)

P.S. this manga reminds me of "LOVE MONSTER"
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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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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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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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loved this; it's a keeper   
Rating: N/A
by Epistasthai
February 25th, 2011, 10:25am
What can I say? I just really liked this one. It's true, the plot has been done before, but the mangaka really develops her characters, which made me want to read more. (and again and again) I liked how Noriko had to figure out the language (most other stories of this type have the character understand the language). But Noriko had to learn the language and the culture. And she didn't do it instantly, either. It took some time. And Izark was such an enigma but at the same time such a nice guy. It is a big plus in that the characters all had some sort of weakness that they had to overcome. Things do not come easily for them. The mangaka manages to bring across some very complicated ideas of life and love in a way that is fresh and very engaging.
after consideration, I'm giving this one a 10 out of 10, because it is such a 'complete' story. Of course the reader will wonder what happens after the story ends, but the mangaka tied up all the story lines giving it a completed feel. There are no loose ends for the reader to deal with.

... Last updated on April 14th, 2011, 8:26am
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