A Silent Voice

A Silent Voice

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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?

Read the manga industry insiders voted their favorite of 2014!

“A very powerful story about being different and the consequences of childhood bullying… Read it.” -Anime News Network
“The word heartwarming was made for manga like this.” -Manga Bookshelf

Publisher: New York :, Kodansha Comics,, 2015
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781632360564
Characteristics: 186 pages : chiefly illustrations (some colour) ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: LeCroy, Steven

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KHCPL_Doug Apr 29, 2019

Wow. This volume of the series sets up the action for later--it shows us the two main characters, and how they came to be the people they are in later volumes. In this case, we get to see how easy it is to become a bully--the justifications, the reasons, and the simplicity of it. But also, ramifications when that all goes way, way too far. I appreciated that this volume was about the bully and not the victem, and look forward to reading the next volume to see what happens next.

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skyekilaen
Oct 06, 2018

After-school specials about bullying have nothing on this book. The depth of understanding this author has for the main characters and her skillful writing about them are both outstanding. A Silent Voice follows Shoya, a middle-school boy, who spends his days goofing off and looking for entertainment. He's not particularly smart, interesting, studious, or popular, but he has some friends and a good mother. When a deaf girl named Shoko transfers into his class at school, he sees in the new and different an opportunity for entertainment. With demonstrated impatience from the teacher and growing resentment from classmates who feel Shoko's needs are a burden, Shoya embarks on a long-term group bullying campaign against the girl that includes, among other things, destruction of multiple expensive hearing aids.

When Shoko's family finally publicly complains while removing her from the school, the class turns on Shoya instead. He's made the scapegoat for everyone's participation in Shoko's ostracism, in a turnaround that effectively ruins his school life for the next six years.

Watching Shoya lead the torment of Shoko is painful. It's clear he has absolutely no empathy. It's terrifying. But the giant lie created by the teacher and other students, that Shoya was the only one responsible for hurting her, is even more chilling. No one will take any responsibility for their own actions. Shoya ends up completely socially isolated and even contemplates suicide.

If this was just a book about horrible people doing horrible things to each other, I wouldn't be recommending you start reading this series. It's what happens at the end of this first volume that's important. Shoya meets Shoko again, and feels a spark that he may be able to atone for his behavior. So he tries. By the end of the seven volume series, both of their lives are completely different.

Masterful, important, deeply satisfying.

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milirick
Jul 03, 2018

This award winning series is one of the finest drawn and powerful manga series currently in print. It describes the relationship between pre-teens, one who is hearing impaired and the other who is her tormentor. The story is explained through the tormentor's perspective so there is a clear understanding of his motives and thus he does not become a stock character or a foil for the heroine to easily triumph over. Instead this manga series dives deep into the psyches of children and how seemingly inconsequential events create moments that haunt people for ever. This manga series flips the script on bully stories and makes the bully the chief protagonist and hero of the series. Without giving away too many plot lines and spoilers suffice it to say this series is worth reading regardless if you enjoy manga or not.

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kwsmith
Apr 01, 2018

A sad story about respecting our differences and about the terrible consequences of school yard bullying.

SPPL_Paige Mar 14, 2018

One very meaningful read about bully, love, friendship, and growth. I was deeply moved by the story and the concept it carries in each of the character, especially the main boy. If you read it, be ready to not stop at just volume 1.

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gideonlundin
Mar 04, 2018

The story is great, shows how some people look at social interactions as well as bullying.

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xXKendraXx
Jan 17, 2018

♡♡♡

Scythers May 17, 2017

This series is well worth the read. Best manga I have ever read. It is not your typical Shonen or Shojo, rather it's a slice of life with a purpose. I don't want to give away too much about the story, but I consider this a must-read.

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Nakkid
Mar 18, 2017

A sweet coming-of-age story of a bully getting a taste of his own medicine. Well, I say "sweet," but in reality sometimes it's sad to see the way the deaf girl is bullied. The protagonist's realization of his actions though is nice, and I look forward to reading how he handles his past actions as the manga shows him getting older. Overall, the manga has a good story, believable protagonist, and a good balance of pain and humor to make it interesting.

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Sgt_Darkcore
Dec 20, 2016

it was pretty good itself, and makes you see how it feels to take a taste of your own medicine.
The whole series was so good I read it over three times!

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Jan 17, 2018

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Nakkid
Mar 18, 2017

Coarse Language: A few bad words sprinkled here and there ("piece of shit").

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