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A Silent Voice, Vol. 1

(A Silent Voice #1)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  16,584 ratings  ·  896 reviews
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
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Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 26th 2015 by Kodansha Comics (first published January 8th 2011)
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Purple Penguin We....we don't magically get our hearing back. But I like your hopeful spirit. >.<

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maram ☂︎
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel
UPDATE: 30/05/2017
7 AM: I'm giving the film 5 stars because my heart. hurts. Many thanks to Halima and Tweebs for the recommendation 😭

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This was a really quick read but I just couldn't like any of the characters.
A Silent Voice tackles the important issue of bullying in educational institutions. We have a 6th grader, deaf girl (Shoko) that was forced to transfer schools because the kids thought she was "alien". Shoko was mostly bullied (verbally and physically) by a 6th grade "daredevil"
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Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
Oct 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ by: Kat Stark


What you won't find in this review : This is the first manga I've ever read I know, I'm such a weirdo, therefore :
✘ I definitely cannot compare it to other existing mangas.
✘ I have no freaking clue if the art is better/worst than it is elsewhere. I liked it : here's the only thing I can say about it.
✘ I cannot point if other stories deal with these issues in a different/better way.

► If what you are looking for is an enlightened review which analyses this book from a knowledgeable point of view, you will might be disa
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amy ☂︎
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, 2018
how do you review something that touches your soul so deeply???

A Silent Voice tells the story of a boy who relentlessly bullies the deaf girl in his class until he ends up being the victim of bullying himself and starts to realize the impact of his actions.

i originally read this last year and kind of for
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Emma
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
This one was a little heavy since it's the backstory, but I'm super excited to continue!!
Seth T.
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Review of A Silent Voice / Koe No Katachi by Yoshitoki Oima
[Welcome to the jungle]

I was not a bully. I mean, not really. Probably. There was that one neighbourhood kid in elementary school who I could be quietly mean to while other kids took care of the actual bullying. He was kind of a jerk and he stole stuff from me and I did pee on his bike once. And there was that one kid in high school who was definitely bullied (not by me!) and who I drew an unflattering comic of. He was also pretty much a jerk, but by then I could understand why, so I felt more complicit
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Iryna *Book and Sword*
3.5/5stars

*Read for the #moremangaplease book club hosted by Ashleyoutpaged.

The praise for this manga says "heartwarming". They must be talking about later volumes, because Volume 1 was as far from heartwarming as North Pole.

Bullying and disabilities is a theme for this manga, and it gets pretty heavy. Literally everybody in this story is a GIANT ASSHOLE. Kids, teachers, even parents, even Nishimiya's mother. Everyone, except Nishimiya herself. She's an angel. A poor, poor angel. My heart broke so many times for
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linda ❃ (flourishreader)
First Re-read for THE MORE MANGA BOOK CLUB hosted by Ashley (@ashleyoutpaged) for the month of February

A heart-breaking story about a bully who changes, a girl who smiles but should get angry and a first friendship. ♡ The art style is amazing and the characters realistic.
Sanaa
Feb 17, 2016 rated it liked it
[3.5 Stars] This was a good start, but I admit I have a hint of trouble loving the main character.
Anne
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
My very first manga! And it was awesome(I just love Nishimiya, the heroine), a little weird to read though but I'm on project: "Expand Your Horizons" and i'm trying all things new soo... Vol. 2

Lauren
Feb 16, 2019 rated it liked it
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Kate
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
4/5stars

I get the hype and I’m totally hooked
Phoenix2
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: manga readers shoujo lovers
Shelves: manga-manhwa
What was I doing this whole time??!! This manga is sooooooo good I can't stop reading it!! Usually, I don't got for mangas that aren't shoujo, but I pikced this one because of the upcoming movie. The theme is very thrilling and interesting, as it deals with bullying and being different. The characters are represented with all their flaws, and not as those perfect creatures the shoujo manga usually include in their stories. The guy goes from the bully to the victim to someone who changes complete ...more
First Second Books
This graphic novel series takes on a subject that's big in the educational community in the US today: bullying.

The protagonist of our graphic novel is a former bully who wants to make amends with the girl he bullied in middle school -- a situation exacerbated because he was insecure and she was deaf. It's a really interesting and sensitive examination of both sides of the bullying conflict, with a lot of interesting guest characters who get involved in the situation.

Also, the former
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Mir
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: school, realism, graphic
The blurb is fairly accurate, but I guess must look ahead to further volumes. Although we do know that the two are about to meet again after six year, 98% of this volume is Shoya bullying Shoko* and also getting in trouble in other ways. Or rather, causing trouble. If there is any explanation for his misbehavior I guess it is that his mother is lax -- otherwise she seemed pretty kind and although maybe we're supposed to think it is a "bad" home because there's no father and the sister dates a lo ...more
✶Rachelle✶
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
My first ever manga! I chose this one because 1) I was bullied as a kid, and 2) I am hearing impaired. So yeah, I can relate.

Also there is a movie?? But I can’t find it in the US 😭
Jerry
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
"If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you." -- Proverbs 25:21-22 (NIV)

Quite a bit of entertainment I consume has an us-versus-them mentality. Even the Disney movies I grew up on showed characters rejoicing--and nobody mourning--over the death of the villain.

Well, this is a breath of fresh air. Instead of fighting back against Shoya for bull
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David Schaafsma
Oct 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Manga about A Shoya, a boy bully in an elementary school who bullies new student Shoko, who also happens to be deaf. So you hate him all through this first volume, he's a complete jerk, though you know this will not continue, of course. Shoko is also aggravatingly passive about his and others' bullying. Doesn't seem angry, nor humiliated, so thus not quite real. So disappointing. But this is just the first volume, so you can see where this is going. Another book for young people about deaf kids ...more
Matthew
I discover this beauty through scrolling down on my Facebook and encountering a video that talked about how they are turning this anime into a film and how it is one of the highest critically acclaimed Manga series. I have not touch a manga in months and wanted to invest myself in a brand new series after Dragon Ball Z. Whenever I find myself stuck in a reading slump or want to read something quick and get the sense of accomplishment from finishing a book I tend to read mangas between books. ...more
KalynAbridged
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was the first manga I have read and I love it so much, I read it so quickly. I loved how bullying was handled in this book, it was unique and unlike other bullying stories I have heard. I can’t wait to continue!
Romane
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, manga
This is my review for the whole manga series.

I've been a massive fan of this manga since I discovered it last April 8, 2014. I was only able to read the first two volumes back then because it was still ongoing that time. I don't want to read it piece by piece because I'm a wee bit of an impatient person. So, when all of the volumes are complete, I took that as my cue to re-read the series again.

The story revolves around Nishimiya Shouko, an elementary school student who has impaired hearing. She's a
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Kaja (red panda) *:・゚✧
THIS HURT SO INCREDIBLY MUCH??? Like, I have no idea how any amount of heartwarming can balance the amount of hurt that was this entire volume, but ohmygod, such a brilliant manga.
James DeSantis
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is so cute, and so sad, and I feel emotional now.

So the story starts off fairly simple. Shoya is our main character here, and to be frank, he's a asshole. He's a kid but he's truly a little bully who gets worse and worse as his "friends" cheer him on the more he abuses and hurts Shoko, the other main character of this series. Shoko is deaf and so she's trying her best to be a normal kid but with the disability plus the bullying that's becoming near impossible. But what happens when Shoya b
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Ellen
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm not really into Manga. Usually I only make it about 3 volumes before I decide I'm done. Luckily, this series is only 7 volumes total, so I think I can finish it, and if it stays up to the level this first volume is, I will definitely finish. It starts out a little slow, and the pacing is a bit clunky, but by the end I was feeling all over the place. Something I didn't think would happen in a Manga. Actual tears were coming out of my eyes! It's cute, but also THE FEELS!

2018 challe
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Caroline
I was really looking forward to starting this series. It deals with the bullying of a deaf main character in middle school and is seen from the point of view of the bully. I know that after this first volume we see them as older characters meeting up again and he tries to make amends and stuff like that so I'm really interested to keep going with the series, but this volume wasn't my favourite thing ever.

It was kind of hard to read because of how harsh the bullying was and I felt so bad for Sho
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Neil R. Coulter
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I first heard about this story this week when I saw that cinemas are showing the film version at the end of the month. The trailer and reviews intrigued me, and so I was interested to read the manga to get a feel for the story. This first volume is quite heart-rending. It's hard to live through Shoya's perspective, because his choices seem so cruel and illogical. We don't get quite enough of his background to understand what's motivating him in his bullying of Shoko, the new girl at school, who ...more
Filipa
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've been wanting to read this manga for so long, since the moment I heard it featured a deaf character.

Volume 1 gives us the background for what I expect we'll be having in the next volumes.
In A Silent Voice, Vol.1 we get the story of a bully, Shoya, the deaf girl he decides to bully, Shoko, and all the aftermath from their conflicts.

Apart from Shoko, all the characters are just so distasteful. So mean, so wrong. In such a huge class of students, there wasn't a single person who could te
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Lauryn
Apr 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm kinda indifferent to this manga. Not completely sure how to rate it.
Summer
4 Stars, Completed* April 11, 2017

*Review based on the entire series (Volumes 1-7)

A series about bullying told in the perspective of a bully?

As the premise suggests, A Silent Voice tackles heavy topics related to growing up and maturing. It features a cast that is at first glance easy to hate, but as the plot unfolds these unlikable characters prove that they have redeemable qualities. And most importantly for a series like this, in many ways the story is realistic and hone
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Maria (Big City Bookworm)


I decided to read A Silent Voice on a whim when I noticed it was on sale via comixology! I've been on a manga kick lately and I've been trying to find new series to enjoy. It's been a little tough, especially because I'm still trying to figure out what genre I most enjoy in manga format. I had been exploring with a few different genres when I came across A Silent Voice. It seemed like a cute manga that was maybe intended for a slightly younger teen audience which is a genre that I hadn't read in
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Yon Nyan (BiblioNyan)
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga-shōnen
While I can see how this would be infuriating and frustrating for some readers, I found it intense and highly thought-provoking. It's so different from many subjects I've read lately in literature, not just manga, and I think more books should focus on an uncomfortable topic such as the ones explored in this series.

The exploration and examination of a disability, such as being deaf, is not easy to accomplish. There are two sides to every situation, and sometimes being too afraid to stand up aga
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