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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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Status in Country of Origin
14 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (1026 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.83 / 10.0
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LaLa (Hakusensha)

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English Publisher
Viz (14 Volumes - Complete)

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One of my top favorites :D   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by joyfullyme16
September 16th, 2011, 11:09pm
I love this series. What i like most is the emotion desplayed. It's a little cheezy but the emotions are very well written. Pluss the characters are developed awsomely. They are lovable, funny, and well rounded.
I really liked noriko. she is very strong emotionaly. She was always positive and determined to do something usefull. 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.
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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.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
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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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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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.
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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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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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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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It was okay   
Rating: N/A
by Krysic
January 6th, 2011, 12:19pm
I really liked it, but this author has a tendency to drag on parts that are...way too serious. I kinda bored me in some parts, but overall I think it's a pretty good manga. I just wish she'd would make each page make you wanna go MORE MORE, but it was like that for only a few pages. -sigh-
Oh well.
But it was good. I got so bored though I skipped to the ending, and it was a cute ending. I love the characters and Norikos personality, she isn't one of those dumb, oblivious, slutty, female leads that always get raped, I HATE those. Plus the guy is really cute!
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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.
Spoiler (highlight to view)
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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