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Published July 2nd 2018
Shiva finds herself torn between the Outside and the Inside
After the first volume ended on a cliffhanger, Nagabe's dark fairy tale manga The Girl from the Other Side picks up in volume two at an exciting pace. The first book ended with Shiva being attacked by an Outsider in her bedroom. In the opening pages of book two, she is rescued by Teacher but not before the Outsider does the unthinkable and touches her bare skin.
Teacher is horrified to find an Outsider in her room and heartbroken when he discovers that she was touched by him. He thinks he has failed her as her guardian and the thought of watching her turn into someone like him feels him with an overwhelming sense of sadness. Determined to help her, Teacher vows to try and find a way to break the curse before it consumes her completely.
Volume two of the Girl from the Other Side was just as delightful and riveting as the first volume. The thing that I really like about this series is Shiva and Teacher's parent and child relationship. Teacher is honest with Shiva that she might have been cursed and there is a scene where he is open with his grief and puts his head in his hands and a long silence hangs between them. Shiva is saddened by the news but is also worried about Teacher because she can sense that he is bothered by it.
Teacher spends most of the book wondering how truthful he should be with Shiva about her situation. He is constantly questioning his fitness as a parent and whether he is making the right decisions. One scene that stood out to me had Teacher seated at a desk in a darkened room with a single candle burning. Teacher wonders out loud how honest he should be with Shiva. He gets frustrated and stands up and in the light of the candle his shadow rises above him like a demonic monster.
It really highlighted his otherness compared to Shiva.
One negative thing that I can say about volume two of the Girl from the Other Side is that the plot moved slowly and that it left me with more unanswered questions than answered ones. I am eager to read the next two volumes in the series so I can find out what happens to Shiva and her beloved Teacher.