Sunday, July 27, 2014

Manga Review: Koe no Katachi

Sorry for being late with this week's review.  This time I'll be talking about Koe no Katachi, which translates to A Silent Voice. The story follows a high school boy named Shouya
as he attempts to make up for the mistakes of his childhood.
  The story begins with a new girl transferring into Shouya's third grade class, Shouko Nishimiya, who has impaired hearing.  Her difficulties make her unpopular among her classmates and excessive bullying begins.  When the school becomes involved and Shouya is sold out as the ringleader while Shouko transfers.  The story picks up when Shouya sees Shouko at the trains station and decides that the only way he can live with himself is to make up for what he did to her.

 The most distinctive part of this series is the involvement of a hearing impaired character which put the initial publication of the series in question.  In order to address concerns over the portrayal of Shouko, the Japanese Federation of the Deaf is overseeing the series.  It is unclear exactly what this entails but I found it distinctive of the series.

Overall the series is very well written and has some very touching moments.  I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys slow paced and tearful romances.  The only warning is that the story is about bullying which can be a touchy subject for some people.  This is currently one of my favorite series and I hope you all enjoy it.

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