Let not an Outsider touch thee,
Lest thou shalt be cursed forever.
Alternative Titles: Totsukuni no Shoujo, とつくにの少女
Publisher: Comic Garden (Japanese), Translated to English by Seven Seas, Distributed by Macmillan
Genres: Shounen, Fantasy
“A long time ago in a Celtic land, stories were told to children about being wary of those from “The Outside.” If an Outsider, those who are not entirely human, should touch you, you will be cursed to become just like them. But what if you rely on an Outsider to take care of you? Little girl Shiva has somehow come to be the only human in her part of the woods, and an Outsider has taken it upon himself to be her guardian. Is it possible for human and Outsider to coexist? Or is this tale doomed to an unhappy ending?.”
The Girl from the Other Side: Siúil, A Rún is a beautiful yet sad story of a young girl, Shiva, and the mysterious yet caring otherworldly guardian known only as “Teacher” who both live undisturbed in a forlorn forest until the arrival of Shiva’s grandmother and several soldiers. The eerie contrast between Shiva’s white clothes/ hair and the black/dull gray of the “Teacher” and the environment convey a sense of foreboding. The artsyle illustrates a sombre, atmospheric, nostalgic and compassionate fairy-tale that is a must read.
Learn more about Nagabe on their official twitter.