Really didn’t expect Yoshitoki Oima to blow my mind on this one, but she did. In all the best ways, this story is so prevalent over issues of bullying people with disabilities. Let me give you the low-down.
A Silent Voice Vol. 1 (Kodansha Comics)
He bullies her to get a reaction and keeps doing it when she gives him none. Instead, she gives an apology or a polite gesture and that aggravates him to no end. The tables get turned around, trust me on this, and it’s just a wonderful story to read. I loved the themes, the characters, and the art. The artwork is really simple, but some areas provide more detail than others. I’m okay with it, it’s a very typical slice-of-life style.
I think that what this does such a great job at is incorporating realistic characters in a school setting along with common themes like bullying. That may sound like something we’ve all read before, but I don’t know…this one is different. This one packs a punch, because even though Shoya is a little s--t, I still like him. I still hope for him to change and I want to be there to witness it. And now after all the elementary school flashbacks, we see him at the end of high school in the last few pages, so I’m wondering where it’s going now.
Great manga focused on a troublemaking kid getting through the highs and lows of elementary school. There’s friendship, school events, fights, and all that good stuff. Really loved everything overall.