A Silent Voice by Yoshitoki Oima
Series: A Silent Voice #1 to #7
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
The first book was first published – 8 Jan 2011
Genres: Manga, Young Adult
LEARNING TO LISTEN
Shoya is a bully. When Shoko, a girl who can’t hear, enters his elementary school class, she becomes their favorite target, and Shoya and his friends goad each other into devising new tortures for her. But the children’s cruelty goes too far. Shoko is forced to leave the school, and Shoya ends up shouldering all the blame. Six years later, the two meet again. Can Shoya make up for his past mistakes, or is it too late?
In this review, I will make a mini review of each book. I will try not getting spoilers in here but after the first book, there might be some minor ones, although if there are that won’t really spoil the plot so these mini-reviews will be more about my feelings towards the book… Only the first one has a bit more information about the plot.
I hope you guys enjoy it. This was a really interesting and surprising manga and it’s quite unique and with a big moral in it!
I really liked the first book. I checked it out on the internet before I bought it and I was liking it, but I don’t know what happened – the book I saw online was missing a lot of pages so when I read it in physical form, I loved it even more!
The story is very unique, it’s about a girl name Shoko Nishimiya and she is deaf. She is trying to live her life normally but wherever she goes, there are bullies. Shoya Ishida is a bully. We see him countless times being an idiot. But afterwards, something very interesting and different happens that I was NOT counting on.
I really liked the characters in this book and how everything is portrayed. Shoko, especially, is such a sweet girl! I loved her and I was really getting angry with all the bullies. It even made my eyes tear a bit.
But the best surprise was how realistic this book was! I don’t wanna say too much here, but I’m sure this book will end up surprising a lot of you! It talks about the consequences of being a bully, not only for the person bullied but for the bully himself! Plus, the art is really nice and gripping!
After the last book, it passed some years where Shoya started to see what he did wrong. He now tries to make up for his past mistakes. He tries to talk with Shoko about what he did and how he is different now – if they can be friends.
We also get two new amazing characters in this book! Shoko’s little sister and Shoya’s new friend. The book turned much more emotional than I was expecting and I am starting to adore Shoya.
It was really sad to see how he felt after that and how his life changed. I also liked to see how positive and uplifting Shoko is with everything. She always has a smile. She is the strongest character ever and I love her!
This book was so emotional! I absolutely loved it. It just gets better and better!
OMG. OMG. OMG. That end!
This was precious! I adored it!
Some characters from when they were in six grade (1st book) appear again in this one. I loved how that helped seeing how much Shoya changed!
The characters keep surprising me and I’m totally gripped! There was a lot more characters in this one and some of them really annoy me which is interesting since the all book is turning incredibly cute and gives it some tension. Even the characters that are stupid seem to somehow still manage to enter my heart…
There’s just so much dimension to these characters and to the topic! I love how the book shows how people can change or stay the same and how sometimes not everything is how it seems!
And that end! It killed me… This was the best end ever! I’m so glad I have the other books already because otherwise, I would have to see it online… There’s no way I would have survived without seeing what happened next!
This was even more emotional! How is it possible?! Now I’m officially tearing up…
I love the Nishimiya sisters so much! They are precious characters and I already want to re-read this all thing again! It just passes so fast, and I don’t want it to end…
This book is the most heartbreaking because, since the beginning, Shoko’s family has been appearing and so we have a glimpse of how it is but we can’t fully understand it. But in this one, we can and my idea of the family was completely wrong… It’s just so sad … The best part is that we can see it through different perspectives… I don’t want to say too much but I hope that that makes you want to read this book. This one is one of my favorites so far for how emotional it is. It’s not as cutesy as the others… It’s more realistic and slightly different since the focus changes.
I continue to adore this characters and the art just makes everything so perfect! This is turning into one of my favorite collections…
This was such a hard book to read… It’s getting way more emotional. This volume was quite a tense one… And with a lot of drama! This is the saddest one yet and my heart is breaking after ending it!
I am totally without words to describe this book.
It was definitely nothing I was expecting… It’s still cute and funny at times, but it’s a lot more realistic and powerful than I ever expected… I never read a manga quite like this but I feel that this is the best manga I’ve read about bullying.
It talks about all the things around it, you know? Not only the usual ways that it affects but the whole snowball effect!
And that end! Holy… I’m crying my heart out with this book! I don’t want the story to end…
HOLY… This is getting intense!! I never thought this would be getting like this when I started the manga! I thought it was going to be cute and well that’s about it. I thought it was going to be cute. But this is so much more!
Such an intense manga about bullying, grieving, regret, change, everything! It has a lot of emotion and the art is extremely expressive! There’s even a part where the writing is not fully there to give the idea of how a person that is deaf “hears” and how they capture the sounds they can with the hearing device. Not gonna lie, it took me some time to understand that, but I finally did and thought it very interesting and unique, so don’t go searching online for what was supposed to be written there, like I did because it’s just as it is. It’s not printing problem.
We don’t have much of Shoya in this book but we get a lot more insight into all the other characters and what they think. It was quite profound and I wasn’t expecting it. Some characters really surprised me, some of them in a bad way actually! Some even really got me angry and not the ones I was expecting…
I love how this manga shows that we shouldn’t do to others what we wouldn’t like to be done to ourselves. How not everything is as it seems and how a person CAN change.
I was expecting a bit more of an emotional end… I mean it was a nice end, it tied everything nice and all but it was not as strong as I was expecting.
Some parts were funny and cute but it was a more soft one? Definitely not an emotional rollercoaster like the previous ones!
I guess I just wanted the perfect cutesie end and I ended up getting a realistic one, which I was not expecting for a manga. It was a bit of a surprise and I don’t know how I feel about it… I hate that it’s over but it did talk about everything and the end was still really sweet, and just how it was supposed to be instead of how it would be in dreamland… I can’t say that I’m completely satisfied but I can’t say I don’t like it either…
I am really confused right now. It’s the perfect realistic end, and it also gives you hope for more, which is adorable and makes you think about what’s going to happen. Normally, these are my favorites, but they always make me feel lost because there’s so much emotion contained in me instead of exploding…
I don’t know how to explain it better but I loved this series with all my heart, it’s unique, it addresses problems that are very common – like bullying – in a surprisingly deep way, it’s terribly emotional, it’s the sweetest thing ever and the friendship in the book is just amazing and realistic! It turned out to be one of my favorite manga series.
It’s a very tiny collection and easy and fast to read. I’m so happy I got them all! (plus look at those adorable covers!) I’m always afraid of buying manga because I’m much more picky about manga than with normal books. I tend to like a lot of book genres but with manga not so much. But this one is truly incredible!
It starts in elementary school and goes all the way till high school graduation, following more or less the same cast of characters. It’s for sure unique and I would 100% recommend it!
Also, make sure you check out the movie-anime! It was adorable and it made me cry so hard!!
Have you read this manga yet? What did you think of it? Let’s discuss in the comments below!
Also, what’s your favorite manga? Recommend some to me in the comments below!