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The Girl From the Other Side: Siúil, A Rún Vol. 1 Paperback – January 24, 2017
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"...The Girl from the Other Side is a masterfully told comic." --J. Caleb Mozzocco, School Library Journal: Good Comics for Kids
"One of the most fulfilling aspects of Siúil is this conveyance of comics as language, of words and pictures as unified text. ... It's been a while since I loved a book as unequivocally as I loved The Girl from the Other Side, and I'm eager to see where it goes next." --Zainab Akhtar, Comics & Cola
"...the dread and mystery that permeate The Girl from the Other Side are so remarkable that there seems little point in doubting; it remains poised to continue as one of the most fascinating works of graphic fiction in recent memory." --Austin Price, Unwinnable
About the Author
Nagabe is a manga creator best known for their series The Girl From the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún.
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It definitely grabs your attention and draws you in. But it isn't so in your face with information that you get lost and don't want to continue reading. It has a very light feeling so to say with a serious problem going on. It's cute, sad, and a good read. I will be buying the next volumes as they come out and so should you.
This is a fantastically unique manga, with a slice of life feel within a dystopian setup. It features a cursed monster and a little girl he’s acting as guardian for going about their daily lives amidst more significant and perilous developments building in the background. I found it to be wonderfully told, with atmospheric, stylistic art and just the right pacing. The little touches and details of what’s depicted let this shine, and I already really care about the two leads. In some ways this reminds me a bit of the webcomic Hemlock in feel, although obviously the story and setup are quite different.
So far The Girl from the Other Side builds around a wonderfully simple core concept with an intriguing world and strong emotional context to give its tale depth. This volume ends with a rather big cliffhanger, which makes me even more curious to read what’s next. Great start.
Spoilers - the first vol really does a wonderful job setting up the relationship between Shiva & her teacher. It also lays the groundwork well into the isolated world they're in. I really can't recommend this enough, I can't wait to get the second vol.