A Silent Voice Volumes 1-2 by Yoshitoki Oima

“Shoya is a bully. When Shoko, a girl who can’t hear, ent23128387ers 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?” -Goodreads

I’m very excited to read the rest of this series. I saw it as a recommendation on Goodreads after reading Your Lie in April, so I requested it through the library.

The art style is kind of fascinating to me, as it looks like a blend of shojo and shonen. Our main character, Shoya, definitely has more angles and sharpness to him. Much like his personality. Shoko is very soft and pretty, again reminiscent of her personality. I wasn’t sure how I liked it at first, but the art’s really grown on me.

What got me was that Shoko was so passive towards her bully. She just took it with a grain of salt and moved on. Not surprisingly, she becomes angry, finally, and ends up in a physical fight with Shoya. It actually took me off-guard to see such a sweet character, who is female no less, beat the crap out of another person. It was kind of awesome.

Shoya ends up being the bullied one and eventually Shoko leaves the school after their fight. He’s tormented relentlessly and finally comes to understand exactly what he’s done. They run into each other six years later and I adored that Shoko was her usual self. She accepts Shoya and his apology and wants to become friends.

There’s a strong message about the power of forgiveness and being a kind person here. I really enjoyed what I’ve read so far and I can’t wait to get my hands on the rest.

4 out of 5 cats.



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