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A Silent Voice 1 Paperback – May 26, 2015
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It's not difficult to relate to the story of someone being bullied but this story actually takes place from the perspective of someone who is the bully, a non-traditional setup. If you're anything like me, you may have a hard time getting through the story knowing that the main character you're following is the bully in this particular story. While that dichotomy changes a bit as the volume goes on this first volume isn't an easy story to swallow. But the fact that it is so important is what makes it truly shine. The characters are all real and it's not hard to see how many of these people exist in everyday life, even outside of the Japanese culture. The voices of shame of and guilt that resonant after the ignorance and bullying are given light are all too common and when enough becomes too much it really hits home to see how the dynamic of the story changes up.
The art for this particular series is beautiful. In fact, in a day and age where stories like this tend to focus on pretty yet great drawing, this particular series has a bit of grit to it which makes it that much more appealing given the tone of the series.
Since this is only the first volume it's hard to say where the story will go from here in terms of quality. As far as beginning volumes though, this one definitely has lasting impact even without the continued plot. I'll be very interested in reading what comes to follow.
This volume, however, is entirely about everything leading up to the transfer.
That works wonderfully, as we get to see the full extent of his abuse and understand why he does it. The story doesn't skip any details for the sake of an "oooooooo" and I love that. The story also does a great job of showing the effects of bullying and what it looks like without it dragging on a lecture. It is instead displayed rather than described so that the reader understands why the girl transfers and can feel the emotion in the story. I can't say much without spoiling, but know that every character in this series plays a part in the development of the two protagonists. (Technically they're both protagonist, they're antagonist to each other though.)
Art: The art style is different from a lot of other manga I've read, and can sometimes not be that pleasing, but it's good overall.
Characters: I won't lie, so far the only characters worth giving a damn about are Shoya and Shota. This volume is essentially about building them up, so I understand it. Hopefully we get more insight on some of the other side characters, Shoyas mom for example.
Overall: This is a great start and I have already put the next 2 volumes in my cart! Completely recommend it!
A Silent Voice is the translation of the Japanese manga series 聲の形 (romaji: Koe no Katachi). The subject matter involves a deaf student, and some idiosyncrasies used to convey deaf communication translated extremely well to English written text. At some points it is as if you can hear what deaf people experience. You don't need to like manga to appreciate A Silent Voice, but you do need to read the books in order. You can expect romantic tension and strong emotional connections with the characters. The story concerns a protagonist who made some poor decisions as a child (what child doesn't make poor decisions?) that had repercussions, even if he doesn't fully realize their weight.
If you decide to give it a shot, you'll be glad you checked it out, and sad when it's over. If you love manga, or if you've never read manga; if you love emotional moments in movies, or if you want to begin to understand the emotional side of yourself; if you've been bullied, or if you've been the bully: this manga series is for you.
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