Manga Discussion: A Silent Voice

a-silent-voiceBeing handicapped in some way is already disadvantageous and bad on its own; being picked on and bullied for it is even worse, but being betrayed by everyone around you and watching everyone turn their back to you as you rapidly become the victim can be just as damaging. A Silent Voice does a near perfect job of demonstrating and presenting these situations and the aftermath of them, showing a fantastic story of how your mindset can greatly change the way you see the world, and in turn, change the way the world sees you. This is certainly a series that has been talked about with a little bit higher frequency recently, especially with the release of the film adaptation, and while I haven’t seen the film, it is something that has me incredibly excited. I can say that this series is one I enjoyed reading to such a significant degree that I ended up finishing the entire 7 volume, 64 chapter series in 1 sitting, starting at around 10 at night, and reading it through till around 4 in the morning; if that doesn’t show you how much pull this series has, I’m not sure how else to put it. If you’ve never heard about this series, here’s a brief description of what the story is: the narrative primarily follows the life and interactions of Shouya Ishida, a former bully of Shouko Nishimiya, and young deaf girl who feels little confidence in herself. Do to certain events, Shouya’s outlook on things shifts radically, and he sets his sights on something he feels he should have done a long time ago, hating himself for being as blind as he was. This is a series I would recommend to anyone, and is one of a few series I would consider to be a must-read. The 1st volume alone is incredibly powerful and the series only gets better from there. There’s only one thing about that series that left me slightly disappointed, but hopefully the film can fix that small issue I have, and if you’ve read the series through to completion, my issue with it is most likely the one that came to you mind first, but please, no spoilers in the comments. This series is not only strong, but powerful as well and I would love to read/watch more stories similar to this one, I give it a:

10 out of 10.

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