A Silent Voice by Yoshitoki Ooima - Manga Review
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A Silent Voice Manga Review

A Silent Voice by Yoshitoki Ooima - Manga review by Come Hither BooksA Silent Voice, Volume 1
art & story by Yoshitoki Ooima (2015)

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?

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5 Stars - Highly Recommended

Manga Review

Shoko is an unlikeable protagonist, as teasing and side comments escalate to physical threats and destructive behavior. But where A Silent Voice shines is in showing how easily things can escalate out of control. The teacher’s casual insensitivity, adults’ lack of awareness, and all of the competition and acting out that takes place at that age combine to create a dangerous environment.

A Silent Voice by Yoshitoki Ooima - Manga ReviewA Silent Voice shows the emotional toll of bullying on both victim and aggressor over time. It’s fascinating to see both sides presented so vividly, and I loved the evolution of the artwork as Shoya’s isolation grows. Facial features for classmates become more vague, then blank out into empty outlines, until eventually their faces are X-ed out altogether.

Recommended for:
* Thoughtful exploration of bullying
* Art style that perfectly matches story
* Unforgettable characters
* Complex emotions and relationships

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One thought on “A Silent Voice Manga Review

  1. I’ve noticed that a lot of manga features bullying but it’s interesting to see that it is the main focus for this one. I actually haven’t heard of A Silent Voice probably because it’s new. The art looks really nice though! And complex characters and relationships are the best. I’m going to wait on adding this to the TBR though. There’s so many priority reads I need to get to first!

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