- Series: A Silent Voice (Book 5)
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Kodansha Comics (January 19, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1632360608
- ISBN-13: 978-1632360601
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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(Contains light spoilers.)
My god, this series!
Shoya’s past is fully revealed in this volume. The friendships he was slowly starting to form with his classmates, and the ones he had with the others, blow up in his face. Old hurts are shouted at each other, betrayals, and blaming. It’s pretty bad. And to say that Shoya handles it badly would be putting it lightly. He doesn’t.
I will say I’m surprised by Satoshi. He didn’t stand out much in the previous book, but he has a pretty strong personality, and he has a contrasting point of view to bullying as Shoya does.
After that, Shoya is left alone, with only Shoko at his side. She’s confused by what happened, but ultimately feels terrible, taking the blame on herself. Shoya is just sulking and being a depressing mope about it.
And all of this leads up to the ending. It’s horrible. It’s a terrible turn of events, and I can’t believe this is where they’re ending it. Ugh.
I need to read the next one immediately.
[More of my reviews are available on my blog, Geeky Reading, to which there's a link on my profile.]
Like most of the earlier volumes, in this one a couple of people get some significant development. The first one is surprising, as Satoshi is fairly new to the story and not much had been done with him. But the first part of this volume shows more of his character.
The middle of this volume is about as difficult to get through as much of the first volume—not a problem with the story itself, understand, but simply because it's not easy stuff to read about. After how Volume 4 ended, with the group of friends gathered to help cheer someone up, it's not easy to see their friendships become strained and frayed.
The other character to get more development is Shoko. I'm not sure if I'm the best to comment on the art work, but I do want to mention the ways her facial expressions are done in these last chapters, as they convey very well how her thoughts and feelings are becoming more and more anguished,how she's understanding and misunderstanding the things that are happening to Shoya and all the others who had been her friends, and how she sees her part in what is driving everyone apart. She herself conveys in her sparse words and her actions at the end the message she's hearing, “Nothing good comes from being around me”.
It's a credit to the storyteller that a story that doesn't rely on action or even romance can be almost overwhelmingly intense. As with the earlier volumes, I recommend this one very highly.
The manga starts off with the film project beginning to pick up steam toward the end of the school year. Shoya, busy wondering what he will do after he graduates, must find a way to balance work and school with his new found friends. This puts a strain on his and Tomohiro's relationship. The hits just keep coming in this volume as Satoshi stirs up old memories that Shoya would rather forget. This forces him to choose between telling his friends what he did to Shoko in the past or hiding it by any means necessary. What will he decide? How will his decision affect the group? Has he actually grown at all through the series?
On a side note, Naoka was great in this volume. She has grown a lot since her earlier appearance and I really hope to see more of her in volume 6.
I can't believe that cliffhanger ending though. We need volume 6 asap! I can't take it. It hurts so much.