Koe no Katachi (A Silenct Voice): Are You A Bully? Or Being Bullied? The Path Shoya chooses…

Bullying, Disability and Life

I hated her.

This is the beginning of Koe no Katachi(A Silence Voice.)

Shoya Ishida is very cheerful, fun and adventurous.

Shoko Nishimiya is a heroin, who is a deaf transfer student.

Their encounter changes the classroom, school, and even Shoya’s life.

 

Shoya bullies Shoko, and she is forced to transfer again. However, Shoya becomes the target of bullying from his classmates.

He keeps his isolation throughout middle school and high school.

When he meets Shoko to apologize, he has already made up his mind to die after that.

 

However, Shoya choses not to die. Instead, he devotes himself to Shoko to make up for what he did in the past. What’s going to happen between Shoko and Shoya?

Yukie Takamura is going to introduce, Koe no Katachi(A Silent Voice).

Whether you watched the movie or not, check this out!

Koe no Katachi (A Silenct Voice)

  • Author: Yoshitoki Oima 
  • Publisher:Kodansha Comics
  • Published on:May 26, 2015

1st Volume Depicts Bullying

-How did you find this manga?

Yurie
One of my friends recommended it to me. I thought it would be a romance manga by the cover at a glance.

-What did you think after you read this manga?

Yurie
Shoko’s strength in the first volume was inspiring. The main character, Shoya, and his friends bully Shoko, a deaf transfer student. Though it’s very cruel, Shoko never gets mad.

-What’s going to happen after the bullying?

Yurie
 Shoko transfers to another school again. After her transfer, Shoya becomes the target of bullying. He isolates himself more and more from his classmates. The depiction is very real in this manga, and you will feel almost uncomfortable after you read the first volume.

The True Attraction of A Silent Voice Starts From the 2nd Volume

-The first volume sounds very heavy. I wouldn’t be surprised if some people stop reading it after the first volume.

 

Yurie
Certainly. I think many readers give up reading after all the bullying scenes in the first volume, but the second volume of this manga is very attractive and interesting. I hope you get through the first one!

 

-Why did you decide to keep reading?

Yurie
At the end of the 1st volume, there was a scene in which Shoko and Shoya meet each other again in high school. I was curious what was going to happen.
Yurie
Also, this manga ends after the 7th volume, so I thought I could binge-read it at once.

-It certainly is a good amount of reading. Please leave a few words for the readers.

Yurie
Sure! Shoko is a very kind person, even after the bullying in the 1st volume. Because of Shoko’s kindness, Shoya comes out of his shell gradually.
Yurie
He kept his isolation before, but the rencounter with Shoko made him change his surroundings. Something will happen at the end, but I don’t want to spoil too much!

Thank you, Yukie! A Silent Voice, is kind of scary to read after all, but why don’t you give it a try, or you can watch the movie first! 

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  • Name: Yukie Takamura
  • Date of Birth: December 21st, 1995
  • Birthplace: Utsunomiya, Tochigi
  • Job: Tokyo Metropolitan University
  • Awards: Miss TMU 2016 Finalist
  • Hobby: I like collecting books!
  • Twitter: @tba2016_ms_no2

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