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Beyond the Beyond (その向こうの向こう側 Sono Mukō no Mukōgawa?) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yoshitomo Watanabe. The story is about Futaba Kudo, a young boy who is pulled into a strange world when he rescues a girl named Kiara, a powerful girl whom many people wish to capture or kill. Futaba pledges to protect Kiara from her pursuers and help her find her missing master. The series first premiered in Japan in the monthly shōnen magazine Comic Blade in 2004 where it ran until February 2008. The individual chapters were collected and published in six tankōbon volumes by Mag Garden.

Tokyopop licensed the series for an English-language release in North America, but cancelled the series after releasing four volumes.

Plot

Sixth grader Futaba Kudo is short for his age with three extremely overprotective older siblings. As he's walking home from school one day, a strange girl named Kiara falls from the sky, calling Futaba her master. While Futaba is trying to figure out what is going on, a woman appears and attempts to kill Kiara. Realizing Futaba is not her master, Kiara flees. Unwilling to just sit and watch while the girl is in danger, Futaba runs with her. At a bridge, Kiara grabs Futaba's cell phone and drops it into the river, opening a mysterious portal. They jump into the portal, escaping the woman arriving in the fantasy-like world Kiara is originally from.

Futaba pledges to help Kiara find her master and protect her, while also searching for a way to return to his own world. They meet Lady Belbel, a rabbit-like magician who hates being called a rabbit. A powerful-magic user who decides to travel with them. Futaba learns that Kiara is called the "Amaranthine", and is much sought after because she has incredible powers that can only be activated by her master. She is not human, but a flower who can communicate with other flowers and plants. Following Kiara's brief mental communication with her true master, the group travels through various towns. Along the way, Futaba makes Kiara a deal: if he helps her find her master, she will send him home when their quest is complete.

They eventually meet Virid Visette Viridian, also known as the "Mad" Prince Virid. The younger of twin princes of the land of Viridian, he was locked away since birth because the land does not need two princes and his mother prefers his older twin. At the age of thirteen, he is to battle his older brother in a duel to the death to determine the winner. his older brother released him from his cell with a message from his mother: "If you find the Amaranthine and bring it to me, you can both live." He finds Futaba and Kiara and attempts to take her, but after fighting with Futaba he responds to Futaba kind nature and instead joins them, wanting to stay at Futaba's side.

Media

Manga

Written by Yoshitomo Watanabe, Beyond the Beyond premiered Monthly Comic Blade in the March 2004 issue.[1] The thirty-fifth, and final, chapter was published in the February 2008 issue. The individual chapters were collected and published in six tankōbon volumes by Mag Garden, with the first volume published in April 2004; the final volume was released in June 2008.[2][3] Each volume was also released in limited edition versions that featured different covers and additional items, such as CDs.[4]

The series was licensed for an English language release in North America by Tokyopop in 2005.[5] The first volume was released in January 2006; as of August 2007, four volumes have been released.[6][7] The fifth English volume was solicited for release in September 2008,[8] but the release was cancelled in July 2008.[9] The series is also being released in English in Singapore by Chuang Yi under the title There, Beyond the Beyond; as of June 2008, it has released four volumes of the series.[10] Tokyopop also released German translations of its first four volumes of the series in Germany.[11]

Volume list

<tr ><th rowspan="2" style="width: 4%;">No.</th><th colspan="2">Japan</th><th colspan="2">North America</th></th></tr><tr style="border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF"><th style="width: 24%;">Release date</th><th style="width: 24%;">ISBN</th><th style="width: 24%;">Release date</th><th style="width: 24%;">ISBN</th></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol1">1</td></td><td> April 10, 2004[12]</td><td>ISBN 4861270383</td><td>June 13, 2006[6]</td><td>ISBN 978-1-59816-371-1</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF;"><td colspan="5">
  • Chapter 1: The Way Back Home to Where You Fell From
  • Chapter 2: A Shortcut for the Long Way
  • Chapter 3: Birds That Won't Fly / Birds That Can't Fly
  • Chapter 4: The House Deep Inside the Forest
  • Chapter 5: Those Who Pick the Flowers

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<tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol2">2</td></td><td> October 9, 2004[13]</td><td>ISBN 4861270839</td><td>October 10, 2006[6]</td><td>ISBN 978-1-59816-372-8</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF;"><td colspan="5">
  • Chapter 6: Temptation
  • Chapter 7: The City That Reflects on the Surface of the Water
  • Chapter 8: Pottage of Lentils
  • Chapter 9: Even If It Is a Little Flower, It Is Still a Flower
  • Chapter 10: What a Little Light Wishes For
  • Chapter 11: After the Dream

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<tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol3">3</td></td><td> July 8, 2005[14]</td><td>ISBN 4861271630</td><td>February 10, 2007[6]</td><td>ISBN 978-1-59816-857-0</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF;"><td colspan="5">
  • Chapter 12: The Me That I Don't Know Is Me
  • Chapter 13: It Is Impossible To Fly
  • Chapter 14: Red Thunder
  • Chapter 15: Wizard's Apprentice
  • Chapter 16: Those Who Drown
  • Chapter 17: In the Mist
  • Chapter 18: Heart-hugging
  • Extra Chapters

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<tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol4">4</td></td><td> October 10, 2005[15]</td><td>ISBN 4861273161</td><td>August 14, 2007[7]</td><td>ISBN 978-1-4278-0452-5</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF;"><td colspan="5">
  • Chapter 19: Tears
  • Chapter 20: The Other Side
  • Chapter 21: Colorful forest
  • Chapter 22: Dream I Had a Long Time Ago
  • Chapter 23: Happy Item
  • Chapter 24: The Wing's Whereabouts
  • Chapter 25: You on the Other Side

</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol5">5</td></td><td> October 10, 2007[16]</td><td>ISBN 4861274389</td><td>Canceled</td><td>ISBN 978-1-4278-1280-3</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol6">6</td></td><td> June 10, 2008[3]</td><td>ISBN 4861275067</td><td>—</td><td>—</td></tr> </table>

Other

A desk-top calendar featuring art work from the series was released in Japan on October 29, 2005.[17]

References

  1. "Beyond the Beyond (manga)". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2009-01-02. 
  2. "Beyond the Beyond Manga Ends in Japan at End of January". Anime News Network. 2008-01-04. Retrieved 2008-04-15. 
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  4. "Search results for Beyond the Beyond". Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved 2008-04-15. 
  5. "New Tokyopop Manga". Anime News Network. 2005-12-16. Retrieved 2008-04-15. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 "Book Catalog: Battlestar Galatica Vol 1–Beyond the Beyond Vol 3". Tokyopop. Retrieved 2009-01-002.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Book Catalog: Beyond the Beyond Vol 4–Blade of Heaven Vol 3". Tokyopop. Retrieved 2009-01-002.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  8. "Beyond the Beyond Volume 5". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2008-04-15. 
  9. "ADV, Tokyopop Discontinue DVD, Print Title". Anime News Network. 2008-07-11. Retrieved 2008-07-11. 
  10. "Available Issues for There, Beyond The Beyond". Chuang Yi. Archived from the original on 2007-12-29. Retrieved 2008-04-15. 
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