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From Far Away (Japanese name Kanata Kara) is a shoujo manga by Kyoko Hikawa, which ran in LaLa from 1993 to 2003.

The story is about an Ordinary High-School Student named Noriko, who is whisked into a magical world filled with dragons, deerlike horses and a world populace in fear of a being called the Awakening. The Awakening is foretold to awaken a destructive being known as the Sky Demon. All of the nations of this world are racing to find the Awakening and to use its powers to control the Sky Demon.

Noriko, shortly after falling into this world, is quickly found by a man named Izark, who, initially against his wishes, takes up arms to protect the young girl. The story takes off from there, focusing on Noriko's troubles of learning about this dangerous world, its language and why her unwilling protector really doesn't like being around people.

From Far Away contains examples of:

  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Whilst Noriko is kidnapped by the Mooks of Lord Silent Mask, she takes a looksie into Izark's mind when he's trying to rescue her (sic) "What is this feeling? Such a swirl of emotions! Sorrow... Anxiety... Anger... Hatred... Irritation.."
  • Barrier Warrior: With a few moonstones, Noriko graduates into this in the final battle.
  • Big Bad: Rachef. He's actually just The Dragon to The Source of Evil.
  • Body Horror: The elder Brunei brother's gruesome demise.
  • Bridal Carry: Izark's preferred way of carrying people, especially Noriko.
  • Chaste Hero: Izark, who, as far as we can see, has no interest in anyone other than Noriko.
  • Chastity Couple: The farthest Noriko and Izark have gone (onscreen at least) is kissing, of which the number of times you can count on one hand, and despite the various amounts of alone time they have had. Could be justified with the fact that they were basically on the run for 90% of the series. Having Noriko pregnant could cause a lot of complications. Izark is also evidently new to the whole relationship thing.
  • Cool Old Lady: Gaya il Baska, Izark's mentor and first friend as well as being the one female warrior in the series.
  • Damsel out of Distress: Noriko may lack physical prowess due to being an Ordinary Highschool Student and a non-athletic one at that, but she's a quick thinker, savvy enough to know that she has to learn the language of the world she was thrown in, and when in distress, proceeds to try her best to escape, or at least make everyone feel she's still willing to fight her way out. At least twice she escaped on her own out of really dangerous situations.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Izark. Being told from birth that you're going to be The Antichrist and treated accordingly by your own family surely counts. Rachef had a pretty troubled youth as well.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Izark, who's prophesied to be the Darkness, is actually a pretty nice guy as long as he doesn't transform into the Sky Demon. He ultimately learns to control that power, summon it without losing his mind, and augment it with the power of Light.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Barago. Immediately after being defeated by Izark, he goes from villain's henchman to loyal friend.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Izark is a genderbent example. From all that glaring to teasing and laughing at (and with) Noriko, he comes a long way.
  • Dragons Are Dinosaurs: Even though they look like the typical wyvern, there is a species of flying creatures called winged dinosaurs.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The Source of Evil. Keimos as well, after being influenced by the Source of Evil's malicious power. There's also Mokunen, an amalgamation of hatred and negative energy who served as mid-boss.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Rachef was visibly upset when Goriya was killed, and in the ending, specifically sought out Goriya's soul to accompany him on his journey of redemption.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Agol, Barago, and Doros all start out working for various antagonists, but end up joining the heroes.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: The main cast of protagonists.
  • Freudian Excuse: Rachef has some serious mommy issues and so does Izark...
  • Guardian Entity: Irk and the spirits of the White Wood who guard Noriko and Izark, and by extension their allies. They're also useful for information gathering and setting up protective barriers.
  • I Should Write a Book About This: Noriko sends a couple of diaries of her travels to her family on Earth, and encourages her fantasy novelist father to write a book based on them, which is implied to be the manga that the audience is reading.
  • Lady and Knight: Noriko and Izark are a classic Bright Lady and White Knight couple, complete with a loyalty oath. The twist being that Noriko is not a noble or royalty, and Izark's power would suit a Dark Knight better until the final moments of the manga.
  • Love Redeems: Noriko's love for Izark, definitely, but also RACHEF, redeemed by both Noriko and Izark, showing him he was always loved. This starts him and Goriya on a long road to redemption in the afterlife.
  • Mama Bear: Gaya's friendship with Izark starts out because of her protective instincts.
  • Manly Tears: Izark when looking at Noriko, who has been hurt after trying to teleport a long distance by herself to escape Rachef.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Doros the chimos breeder originally works for the bad guys, who mistreat him and kill almost all of his chimos. As a result, he listens to Noriko's entreaties and defects to the heroes, who treat him and his fuzzy teleporting pets much better.
  • Mystical White Hair: Irktule. He's a magic tree spirit.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: When Tazasheena brings the Chimos into the room where Noriko is being held captive, thus giving the girl the means to escape from a place where not even telepathy with Izark can reach her.
  • Official Couple: Banadam didn't stand a chance.
  • One-Winged Angel:
  • Overly-Long Gag: The whole Noriko-is-a-princess ruse exasperates said fake princess.
  • Plucky Girl: Noriko doesn't let space displacement into a strange world get her down.
  • Power of Love: Any time Izark turns into the Sky Demon Noriko is always able to change him back through this method. Also earlier, when the two gain a telepathic connection with each other. Heck, the series runs on a combination of this and the Power of Friendship.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Two mercenaries(Izark and Agol), a former gladiator(Barago), a former master swordswoman(Garya), a nobleman and his two sons, their bodyguard(Banadam), a Blind Seer (Gina), and an "island girl" (Noriko).
  • The Rival: Keimos Lee Goda. His quest to defeat Izark basically drives him mad. In the end, what finally lets Izark defeat him is for him to acknowledge Keimos as his strongest foe ever as he kills him, allowing him to accept his fate and die in peace.
  • Shirtless Scene: Izark gets several, thanks to Clothing Damage. Here's one of particular note.
  • Those Two Guys: Duke Jeida's sons, Rontarna and Koriki, whose names we don't really get to find out until Volume 6.
  • Trapped in Another World: Noriko is sent to a magical world via a tiny bomb that explodes right in front of her.
  • Translation Convention: Done with talk bubbles. Noriko's would be in a double outline, whereas everyone else had normal bubbles. The exact opposite applied when Noriko first fell into the alt world.
  • True Companions: The main cast. Duke Jeida also seems to be trying to build this dynamic with the good leaders of other nations.
  • Say My Name: Noriko's constant calling of Izark. It's the first "word" she learns in the new world she's been thrown into.
  • Seers: Miss Zena and blind girl Geena Haas on the protagonist side. Gorya and Tazasheena on the antagonist side.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: Waaay over on the idealistic side. For instance, mundane love can reverse demonic transformations. It doesn't come across as being hammy, surprisingly enough.
  • Walking the Earth: All the good guys are doing this.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: Every nation that Noriko and Izark have stopped by in gets to tie up loose ends with the help of the same band of protagonists. The lesser antagonists who have survived up to this point get what's coming to them, too. Even the family and friends that Noriko leaves behind in the real world get their own montage.