Title The Girl from the Other Side Vol. 1
Genre Manga, Fantasy
Page Length 180
Publication Date 24 Jan 2017
Publisher Seven Seas
Read Date 18-19 Aug 2017
Rating 5.074482 stars – Recommended
In a land far away, there were two kingdoms: the Outside, where twisted beasts roamed that could curse with a touch, and the Inside, where humans lived in safety and peace. The girl and the beast should never have met, but when they do, a quiet fairytale begins.
“This is a story of two people – one human, one inhuman – who linger in the hazy twilight that separates night from day.”
Need we say more? Just a little. This is a delightful, dark, and emotive fairy tale. ‘Teacher’ is an Outsider. Outsiders are people that have a curse that makes them become demon-like. They spread the curse through touch. Outsiders are kept outside of towns/villages and therefore live in the Outside. It all makes sense! Teacher lives in the Outside with a small non-cursed (Insider) girl called Shiva that they care for and look after.
I love both Shiva and Teacher so much. The relationship between them is very tender, caring and wonderful. Most of the book is centred on the two, and because they survive in the Outside, the story feels very intimate and introverted. Not an awful lot happens in this first book, but I was never bored with the story. Because the characters are so likable I was happy to just spend time with them at their home. There was one point where Teacher performs a simple act of kindness (the baking of the apple pie) that was so heartwarming that I literally looked up from the book and exclaimed “Awwww, that’s so sweet” to an empty room.
That ending though!! I picked up book 2 at the bookstore but decided to wait and see if I liked book 1 before buying it. I now wish I had bought book 2. I can’t even…
Anyway, I’m off to drink tea and bake a pie. Peace and Love.