The Girl from the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún Vol. 1 by Nagabe

The Girl from the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún Vol. 1

Once upon a time...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 s...

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The Girl from the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún Vol. 1 Reviews

  • Maija

    A heartwarming manga with dark tones, The Girl from the Other Side tells of the daily life of the little human girl Shiva and her caretaker, the monster/Outsider Teacher. The beautiful scratchy black-and-white artwork compliments the quiet story perfectly and is just lovely to look at.

    I was instantly drawn to the two characters and the relationship between them: Teacher cares about her protégé, but can never touch her, or he will spread the Outsider curse and turn the girl into one. Basically, o

    A heartwarming manga with dark tones, The Girl from the Other Side tells of the daily life of the little human girl Shiva and her caretaker, the monster/Outsider Teacher. The beautiful scratchy black-and-white artwork compliments the quiet story perfectly and is just lovely to look at.

    I was instantly drawn to the two characters and the relationship between them: Teacher cares about her protégé, but can never touch her, or he will spread the Outsider curse and turn the girl into one. Basically, ow, my heart. The world is also interesting, with paranoid humans killing their own, afraid of the Outsider curse.

    The blurb is spot on: "A tranquil fairy tale about those human and inhuman."

  • David Schaafsma

    I don’t have deep background in fantasy manga, but this first volume is huge on mood and atmosphere and likeable for all that. It has a touch of darkness in the art that works to complicate the sweet, innocent feeling of some aspects of the story. A young girl named Shiva lives on the “other side,” in a vacated village with a guardian known only as "Teacher". Teacher is sorta humanoid, and sorta creepy, dark, faintly Edward Gorey and Lovecraft. Teacher protects Shiva, helping her differentiate b

    I don’t have deep background in fantasy manga, but this first volume is huge on mood and atmosphere and likeable for all that. It has a touch of darkness in the art that works to complicate the sweet, innocent feeling of some aspects of the story. A young girl named Shiva lives on the “other side,” in a vacated village with a guardian known only as "Teacher". Teacher is sorta humanoid, and sorta creepy, dark, faintly Edward Gorey and Lovecraft. Teacher protects Shiva, helping her differentiate between the Inside and the Outside. Shiva and Teacher are also forbidden to touch, but they are connected in other ways.

    At one point Shiva leaves Teacher’s care to seek out her grandmother, and then we begin to understand just a bit of what is going on, but this is a series, and it is fantasy, possibly dark fantasy, so we have to be patient. There’s some kind of Curse where if an Outsider touches an Insider she becomes a demonic beast. So we have to this to look forward to.

    You get some idea of what is going on with the world-making when Teacher reads a story from the child's book, a story that basically provides exposition for what ‘s going on in a general way, but we are still largely in the dark. . . though this is okay, because this is fantasy and mystery is what we are all about here.

    The subtitle, Siúil a Ruin, is a traditional Irish song, sung from the point of view of a woman lamenting a lover who has embarked on a military career. It is not clear yet what connection this has to the story, but I will just bet it is relevant. I like the song, so hope to gets clearer.

    Siúil, siúil, siúil a rúin

    Siúil go sochair agus siúil go ciúin

    Siúil go doras agus éalaigh liom

    I wish I were on yonder hill

    'Tis there I'd sit and cry my fill

    Till every tear would turn a mill

    Is go dté tú mo mhúirnín slán

    I'll sell my rod, I'll sell my reel

    I'll sell my only spinning wheel

    To buy my lover a sword of steel

    Is go dté tú mo mhúirnín slán

    I wish, I wish, I wish in thee

    I wish I had my heart again

    And they may think I'm not complete

    Is go dté tú mo mhúirnín slán

    Siúil, siúil, siúil a rúin

    Siúil go sochair agus siúil go ciúin

    Siúil go doras agus éalaigh liom

    Is go dté tú mo mhúirnín slán

    I am quite enticed by this tale, and a little worried for Shiva for various reasons. Am I worried Teacher may betray her? Somewhat, yes. We’ll see.

  • Ann (Little Bear) Baratheon

    Our fearless, young Shiva does not just invite but

    that her protector and caretaker, lovingly deemed “Teacher”, has tea with her everyday. In a town and surrounding forest that has been abandoned, there is often not much else for them to do to pass the time - once their chores are done, o

    Our fearless, young Shiva does not just invite but

    that her protector and caretaker, lovingly deemed “Teacher”, has tea with her everyday. In a town and surrounding forest that has been abandoned, there is often not much else for them to do to pass the time - once their chores are done, of course.

    The back story to the adventures of our two main characters is this:

    Long ago, there was a God(des) of Light and a God of Darkness that had created everything.

    The cursed ones are known as the “Outsiders”, and the wall only holds them back for so long…

    Shiva is left alone in a small town overrun with Outsiders, and for some reason unknown to us yet, Teacher takes her under his wing and cares for her like his own child.

    We go through a few regular days in the life of Shiva and Teacher - tea parties and all - until they run into a group of soldiers hunting for Outsiders. Will they run, or will they fight? And are human soldiers really the only enemies to be found near their cottage in the woods?

    I have not read a lot of manga in my days (which adds up to about 10,010). In fact, the only series I've tackled have been

    , which delighted me as a teen; and the first few book of the infamous

    story, but this was one of the most enchanting and magical stories I have ever read, manga or not.

    The art, all done in black and white, is gorgeous and could tell a story with no words at all. The dichotomy of little Shiva in her white dress and rainboots against Teacher in his black suit is symbolism at its best. Teacher, a horned demon who confesses he does not even possess a mouth, shows

    , as well as his careful selection of words. Shiva is absolutely adorable, funny, and never annoying – which is quite easy to do when writing about children, apparently. I know nothing about the author Nagabe, but I am willing to be they have children, or have spent a lot of time around them.

    is an exquisite, richly imagined fairytale, which the perfect amount of light sprinkled in a rather dark story. The concept feels incredibly fresh, even as it is a

    tale at its core. Perhaps it is because there is so much intermingling of the two. The demon, who is supposed to be ruthless and evil, is keeping after an innocent girl - while a band of soldiers, who are supposed to be fighting for the side of Light and Goodness, are bent on killing anyone they come across, without bothering to ask questions.

    Truly the only complaint I have is that it were longer, but thankfully, I can pick up the second volume tomorrow. Waiting for the third, which will not be released until Halloween, will be quite a challenge.

    I’d recommend this to anyone who is a fan of fairly dark yet quirky stories, fairy tales, or fantasy. It is far from traditional Japanese manga, and perhaps the most original story I have had the pleasure of reading this year yet.

  • Annise Blanchard

    Incredibly cute, gothic, story for people of all ages.

  •  The Black Geek

    The first volume of this interesting tale has themes that are already quite predictable: dark versus light, the cursed vs. innocent, human versus beast. The black, horned beast is the nurturing and patient caregiver yet is feared by the human adults. Shiva, the little girl, does not fear the beast and has readily accepted his role as both teacher and protector. Nagabe's art is reminiscent of the style found in the works of J.J. Grandeville and Kiyoshi Hasegawa.

    I will read volume 2 in this series

    The first volume of this interesting tale has themes that are already quite predictable: dark versus light, the cursed vs. innocent, human versus beast. The black, horned beast is the nurturing and patient caregiver yet is feared by the human adults. Shiva, the little girl, does not fear the beast and has readily accepted his role as both teacher and protector. Nagabe's art is reminiscent of the style found in the works of J.J. Grandeville and Kiyoshi Hasegawa.

    I will read volume 2 in this series in order to see if Nagabe leans towards a predictable, linear theme of good versus evil or will he further complicate this narrative with additional plot twists while fully exposing the complexities of the main characters and their motivations (known and hidden).

  • Lexie

    I went into this hoping it would be similar to Ancient Magus's Bride and while the bare bones is somewhat aligned, it's a whole different ball game.

    The Stark artwork here - with the shadows telling more than the actual words at times - set the scene quite well. It's almost a fable at first. A young girl lives with a monster awaiting her Aunt's return at the edge of an abandoned village. The woods are haunted, the monster is under a curse the girl lives mostly in obliviousness.

    The tale grows dark

    I went into this hoping it would be similar to Ancient Magus's Bride and while the bare bones is somewhat aligned, it's a whole different ball game.

    The Stark artwork here - with the shadows telling more than the actual words at times - set the scene quite well. It's almost a fable at first. A young girl lives with a monster awaiting her Aunt's return at the edge of an abandoned village. The woods are haunted, the monster is under a curse the girl lives mostly in obliviousness.

    The tale grows darker as the book goes on however. Deeper. More menancing as others see the girl and decide she's a threat.

    I can't wait to read the next volume.

  • Jessica (HighFantasyFanatic)

    Simple, beautiful art and a interesting concept. Im excited to read more of this story...

  • Ozan

    There are two worlds, the inside, where the humans live and the outside, where monsters called outsiders live, it's belived that outsiders can curse you with just one single touch. In our fairytale for a more mature audiance, there are humans who are in fear and as a result of this, they do monstrous things and there is a monster called teacher who is gentle and nice. There is this stark contrast the humans are monstrous and the monster is very gentle and good. There was an abondened town becaus

    There are two worlds, the inside, where the humans live and the outside, where monsters called outsiders live, it's belived that outsiders can curse you with just one single touch. In our fairytale for a more mature audiance, there are humans who are in fear and as a result of this, they do monstrous things and there is a monster called teacher who is gentle and nice. There is this stark contrast the humans are monstrous and the monster is very gentle and good. There was an abondened town because of the outsider invation where Teacher found a little girl who was left behind and Teacher started to take care of the little girl called Shiva. The story revolves around the father doughter relationship between them.

    I don't want to give spoilers but the human soldiers' chase of the little girl shiva in the forest to kill her just broke my heart, shiva is bearly 7 years old at most... Poor little girl. A good example of how fear can make humans act in really really monstrous ways... And i don't think this fear is even for right reasons. I don't think that everything that told about ousiders are true.

  • Mangrii

    4,25 / 5

    En este primer volumen de La pequeña forastera: Siúil, a Rún conoceremos a Shiva y el Doctor. La primera es una joven niña humana que espera el regreso de su tía. El segundo, una bestia que pertenece a un mundo oscuro y maldito. Ambos conviven en un páramo del Exterior, donde habitan seres oscuros que pueden maldecirte con solo tocarte. Un primer volumen que nos introduce en el misterioso mundo de fábula que ha construido Nagabe, un joven mangaka con su primera publicación internacional.

    4,25 / 5

    En este primer volumen de La pequeña forastera: Siúil, a Rún conoceremos a Shiva y el Doctor. La primera es una joven niña humana que espera el regreso de su tía. El segundo, una bestia que pertenece a un mundo oscuro y maldito. Ambos conviven en un páramo del Exterior, donde habitan seres oscuros que pueden maldecirte con solo tocarte. Un primer volumen que nos introduce en el misterioso mundo de fábula que ha construido Nagabe, un joven mangaka con su primera publicación internacional.

    Un prologo para una historia de 4 volúmenes que sabe jugar muy bien con la intriga, soltando perlas de información de forma pausada. Una narración amable y tierna pero con un trasfondo misterioso que nos hace andar en cada viñeta esperando algo más. Poco se va desvelando en este primer volumen, pero el potente cliffhanger final deja al lector con unas ganas inmensas de ponerse a leer de inmediato el segundo volumen.

    Si algo hay que destacar del volumen es el dibujo y diseños de Nagabe. Crea atmósferas inquietantes tan solo jugando con la dualidad de blancos y negros. Ademas el diseño de personajes es de lo más interesante, con una Shiva dulce y amable y esa bestia que en realidad no lo es tanto. Tengo ganas de descubrir que rumbo toma Nagabe en su historia.

    Reseña más extensa en El peso del aire:

  • Alexandra

    i randomly came across this book while doing some online book shopping. had never heard of it before, nor do i know what tale it is based off of (because i feel like it's based off something?) but nonetheless, i decided to get it and see what it was all about and thank goodness i bought the first 3 volumes because i would have been SO PISSED to leave off at that cliffhanger and then have to wait a few days to find out what's going to happen

    the girl from the other side is about an adorable littl

    i randomly came across this book while doing some online book shopping. had never heard of it before, nor do i know what tale it is based off of (because i feel like it's based off something?) but nonetheless, i decided to get it and see what it was all about and thank goodness i bought the first 3 volumes because i would have been SO PISSED to leave off at that cliffhanger and then have to wait a few days to find out what's going to happen

    the girl from the other side is about an adorable little girl who lives in a cottage in the woods with a strange looking "Outsider" called Teacher. he looks extremely scary and slender man-esque with his tall and skinny form that towers over Shiva 👧🏻💕

    she isn't afraid of him at all though, and he's incredibly gentle and kind with her. this actually kind of reminds me of beauty and the beast a little bit. except they are not lovers, as Shiva is a small child, and Teacher can't even lay a hand on her at all, lest she become cursed.

    i read this in like a half hour, it's so good that i couldn't stop. the illustrations are in black and white but they are very intricate and beautiful. Teacher is adorable in his own way. my favorite drawing is the one of his face when Shiva puts the flower crown on him 😊💐🦅 because he reminds me of a disgruntled crow 🙊💙

    and this is irrelevant to how much i enjoyed the story but i must mention that i bought this new and the pages smell like newspaper pages, with a hint of deli pickles and i can't stop smelling the pages seriously send help 🙈📰🥒

    can't wait to get to the next volume. if only all manga was this good..

    this is right up my alley


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