In a world split between the Inside and the Outside, those living in both realms are told never to cross over to the other side, lest they be cursed. A young girl named Shiva lives on the other side, in a vacant village with a demonic guardian known only as “Teacher.” Although the two are forbidden to touch, they seem to share a bond that transcends their disparate appearances. But when Shiva leaves Teacher’s care to seek out her grandmother, the secret behind her mysterious living arrangement comes to light.
Source: Seven Seas
This a truly a piece of art. The whole series had a peaceful meloncoly air. The visuals are stunning and so unique for manga, beautiful watercolor-esque panels. The story is charming, despite the calm imagery, the twists and turns of the story keep you invested. This is a truly wonderful series, and with every chapter you delve deeper into the mystery of this black and white world.The deeper you go the more questions will emerge and leave you on the edge of your seat to find out what happens next. I cannot fully describe how wonderful this series is, you will have to read it for yourself.
I just stumbled upon this the other day and oh my. What a lovely world this is. Now I long to be a small little girl in the woods with a monster friend as my companion. The art is so simple it's captivating, I feel the innocence of Shiva's perspective of the world sprawled across the pages. And the way the world is shaded reminds me of her teacher, always watching and never too far behind.
Beautiful story, elegant art. The world-building is enchanting. The loving familial relationship between Shiva and Sensei is heart-warming. It doesn't feel like a manga. It feels more like a fairytale told in children's picture books. And I love that. Definitely recommend this. My absolute favourite out of all the mangas I've read, no complaints.
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