The Girl from the Other Side Review


I’m back with another review! This time I will be talking about ‘The Girl from the Other Side’ by Nagabe! This books is a cute little manga about a girl who loves with a demonic creature in a little house in the woods!

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 girlnamed Shiva lives on the other side, in a vacant village with a demonic guardian known only as ‚ÄúTeacher“.

I bought this books because of the art style, as an aspiring illustrator I’m trying to collect all mangas and graphic novels that inspire me! This one really clicked, it’s just so whimsical and pretty!

One of my favourite things about graphic novels an mangas in general is that they show more than they tell! Each page will have a certain amount of panels on, and sometimes entire pages have no words so the story must be told through the pictures alone! It is usually done during quiet moments of moments where you needs to see every movement, so they are spread out!

The story is very cute as well, the relationship between Teacher and Shiva is just so cute and pure! Teacher is very protective over Shiva, and Shiva is also pretty protective over Teacher! They have a very close bond, and this book shows a part of their journey together, the struggles they face and what they are going to do next!

As with most manga books, this is the sort of book you can sit down and read in one sitting as it is mostly pictures. But it is also the type of book you can read again and again because it’s so lovable!

I have also read the second book in the series, which is just as cute and wholesome as this, and I cannot wait to read the rest of the series! I couldn’t recommend this series enough! Anyone that likes cute art, manga, comic books, wholesome stories and the Ancient Magus Bride will adore this series just as much as I do!!

Do you read any manga? If you do, tell me your favourites!

See you next time!


Did you know I do art too?


I’ve been wanting to start posting something other than book reviews on her for a while now, but I couldn’t really think of anything that was post worthy! But then I realised, I’m an artist… I could literally post my art!!

I have a funny relationship with art, as I didn’t study it at school at all, I did photography instead! Then I applied to do a Art and Design Foundation course, with the intention of mostly doing photography, but for some reason they didn’t let me?? I ended up spending most days drawing still life using charcoals and I HATED it! So I just left! Then I started drawing in my own time, just for me, and I actually began to enjoy it!

That was four years ago, and I am now heading down the path of applying to do an Illustration degree with the hopes of publishing children’s books and having a bit of a ‘brand’!! I am more excited about the future than I have ever been, and I though I would share with you some of my work!

This is one of my most recent paintings! I wanted to recreate the mortal cup tarot card from the Shadowhunter series! I used gouache and ink, and I had to study various screen caps from the show to try and get the colours and patterns as accurate as I could! I still am not sure whether I should cut it out so it is an actual card, or leave it as a painting? Whatever I decide, I am super pleased with how this one turned out!

This drawing is of my tiefling bard DnD character, Antionette Bur! I used only markers to do this one and I have to say, I wasn’t sure I had enough different pinks when I started and got super stressed that her skin and dress was gonna end up the same colour! But it didn’t and now I have a visual of my favourite girl!! I am currently working on some more drawings of DnD characters, so maybe I will make a whole post dedicated to them soon!

This is one of my all time favourite paintings that I have done! I used watercolour with this one, and I was experiment with a technique I saw in an art book by Hikala! The pairing is of Hermione in the Hogwarts Express, that one year when Harry and Ron drove the flying car! I imagine it was probably the last piece and quiet she ever got! I really enjoy working with watercolour in this way, and actually painting a background too!

This is a painting I did of my ‘Witchsona’. She is an Edwardian witch, with the familiar of a goat!! This one has a bit of an experiment to see if I could manage to make watercolours look like a slightly see through fabric! If you look closely at the sleeves, you may see that I tried my best!! I am actually super jealous of this witch, I wish I had that outfit!!

Sabrina!! I love the Netflix show ‘The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ SO much, I watched part two the day it came out! And without giving too much away, in case you haven’t seen it yet, this is from an episode with mandrake plants! It’s such a creative episode and the outfits are some of my favourites!!I cannot wait for part three! Especially now I have seen some of the leaked set photos!!!

Ah Narnia, my first proper fandom! Narnia was my favourite book series when I was a kid, and my favourite movie series too! I practically wanted to be Lucy, I loved how brave she was, how trusting she was, and her outfits!! The outfit I painted is one of my all time favourite movie costumes! I don’t know why exactly, maybe it’s nostalgia? But it is pretty cute! Although I’m not sure I will ever love anything as much as I loved her hair! I wished I had hair like hers, especially in the one scene where she follows Edmund while she’s carrying the candle! I used to watch that scene all the time! Maybe Lucy was my first crush on a girl now that I think about it…. Anyway!! I love this franchise, and I’m pretty pleased with how this painting turned out!!

I want to try and post art like this at least once a month, to keep you updated on my progress but also to keep me motivated in producing new pieces!!

I hope you liked seeing some of my art, and I will see you again soon!!