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!- mangafox
and apparently in 2004, this manga won the 35th annual Seiun Award for best science fiction comic. well done it!
From Far Away… what a manga. Seriously one of my favorites. Its long but fulfilling, with a really nice plot and EXCELLENT characters, all beautifully developed. Its really as if each side character could be developed into a main, they are all so well thought out, with no nonsensical backgrounds and random outbursts, they really make this a quality manga.
Usually, I hate the “healing heroine” type fantasy shoujo manga protagonist, but Noriko’s personality was so cute and determined not to be the character type I hate, that I liked her a lot. The male love intrest and tortured soul no. 1, Izark is a bis hie, but I forgot that a lot during the manga until I compared him to the other male characters. Then I realized that in comparison, sometimes he was practically a god.
PLUS The evil mastermind behind all the evil evilness was plausible, with a little heart string backstory to give that extra kick of feel good on an already pretty healthy story.
In fact, in comments from other people, they practically only complained of an open ending.And I don’t even see where they are coming from on this one. This was conclusive, with an absolute feeling they’ll settle down and have cute babies once they’ve finished traveling round doing shiz.
The art style wasn’t my favorite, but worked well with the storyline, and the mangaka utilized her skills for some really nice looking scenes.
So, overall, for a happy feel good satisfied fantasy manga, 6/5. awesomeness.
Although Noriko really didn’t look eighteen. That’s all.