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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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Latest Release(s)
v.7-14 (end) by Cat Chan Scans over 10 years ago
v.5-6 by Cat Chan Scans over 10 years ago
v.4 c.1 by Mint Scans over 10 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
14 Volumes (Complete)

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Kanata Kara by Kamelot


User Rating
Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (1243 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.74 / 10.0
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Last Updated
August 20th 2017, 10:42am PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
LaLa (Hakusensha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (14 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #190 increased(+5)
Monthly Pos #180 decreased(-11)
3 Month Pos #127 decreased(-23)
6 Month Pos #105 increased(+4)
Year Pos #98 decreased(-12)

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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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Uh...kinda super cheesy and cliché   
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
by sirenxsoul
March 5th, 2012, 1:50pm
It's okay. It's just so cheesy and positive to the extent of making the story a bit unrealistic, in my opinion. All about Light vs. Dark. It's really predictable at some times too...

...Maybe it's just cause I'm a bit of a realist/pessimist.
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Nice, but not great...   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Tatania
January 2nd, 2012, 10:09am
This manga is extremely cute, light and fluffy and I can understand why it is so loved! I enjoyed leisurely reading each page, and though I did not find it an extremely amazing story that is a must read, I did enjoy the story even if it was a bit overdone.

Plot- Save the world… in a down toned kind of way. Noriko is whisked suddenly away (in a very strange turn of events… terrorists? Huh?) to a different world, and there she will discover that she is the fabled Awakening who will arouse the fearsome Sky Demon who is said to hold great evil that could destroy the world. Well, the plot does deepen more than just Noriko’s struggle, we are introduced to the world and its struggles. Corruption is EVERYWHERE and Noriko is quickly, through her own gentle spirit and desire to help others, caught up in many people’s troubles. The plot is well paced out and the many weaving thread of story entwine nicely into an enjoyable story. However the plot is a little cheesy are times, a bit overdramatic and drawing out a little chuckle at times and sometimes it seems that some random stuff happens. While these random events fit into the plot and add to the story they could have been fit in better and hinted at more, instead of appearing suddenly. The plot is still very nice and though not very original it still manages to please.

Characters- Noriko and Izark are just too cute! Pretty typical characters they still manage to hold their own charms and one can’t help but love them and root for them! There is quite an ensemble of characters, not to many to confuse but just enough to make the world lifelike and realistic with its many inhabitants. The villains can be called villains, the heroes or just that. There are really no inward struggles between characters except for the Awakening and the Sky Demon who have ‘an evil within’. Everything is pretty clean cut but perhaps that’s what makes the characters so fresh and enjoyable, there are no real complications, everyone is working to help each other and that’s quite refreshing to see.

Art- The art is… old, very shoujo at times (sparkles and big eyes and tears) and while I did not consider the most beautiful art it was not that bad either, it told the story well enough and it was quite good.

Other- This story is cheesy, as I said before, especially the ending.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Finding the light within you? Yeah, I’ve heard that before, even that’s cliché. Of course they got to fight together in the end... and of course everything just goes so well after that evil is gone. Though cheesy as well I did like the addition of Noriko being able to send her family something… I guess… I’m just surprised she didn’t think of her family more often.
Anyway! Overall I enjoyed the story, but did not find it anything special; nothing really stood out and made this manga special. Do I recommend it? I’m not quite sure; it if intrigues out then yes read it, if the premise doesn’t really appeal to you then you’re probably shouldn’t waste your time on reading it and find something more appealing.

8/10- Was Good
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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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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.
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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