- Series: A Silent Voice
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Kodansha Comics; Tra edition (May 26, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 163236056X
- ISBN-13: 978-1632360564
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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!
So at first I was a little annoyed that some one the transitions between scenes were abrupt. After a few hours into reading this series, I couldn't put it down! The PACING is PERFECT, the Story is HEARTWARMING. It's one of the few series of anything that I know I will be heartbroken and left feeling empty when the journey is all over.
I don't need to explain what this is about, you can read the description of the item. Weather or not you are into manga or not, I definitely, definite, definitely, whole heatedly think you should give this series a shot.
PS : If you're still unsure, why not watch the upcoming movie adaptation before you decide.
I was mistaken on it's quality. It's story is heart wrenching. Shoya is a complete jerk in most of the volume (I hope it changes since he was 12 for most of the volume and who wasn't at that age? Look at his classmates...), but I am beginning to see his growth... I want to see what happens next for him. I like Shoko. She's very optimistic, but I feel I didn't see much development for her. I hope for more.
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