Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Manga Review: A Silent Voice, Volume 6, by Yoshitoki Oima

Rating (Out of 5): ~4.5
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Release Date: April 19, 2016
Volumes: 7.
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 5. 7.

Goodreads Synopsis:


Time stands still for both Shoya and Shoko. Triggered by past traumas, Shoya coldly attacked his friends and burnt the bridges he first set out to rebuild. Shoko feels a deep responsibility for this disaster and attempts to pay for it by taking her own life. Meanwhile, each of their friends finally show their true colors. After everything has fallen apart, how will they mend their hearts and put the pieces back together?


I am so completely and utterly impressed with this volume. It was gorgeous. Depressing and horrible and intense. And gorgeous.
Shoya tries saving Shoko, and only ends up hurting himself. And this means that the other characters get a little more focus in this volume. We get a chapter for each classmate, and some are quite insightful. I don’t particularly care for most of their inner voices anymore, but it was helpful to read. Shoko’s chapters were particularly hard to read, because it’s hard to see her struggling. I so badly want to see her happy. I also like Yuzuru’s a lot, too, because I like her as a character and a friend to Shoko.
This volume hurt to read. It was painful. But it was also so needed and worthwhile and so well done. There are some very bad parts, and some very thoughtful ones. This was needed.
I need the next volume immediately. I need to see how this series ends oh my god.

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