Shit I’m Excited About: Koe No Katachi(A Silent Voice) not a review

Note:At the time of writing I have only read the first two volumes of this series.

So a Couple of days ago I heard about the manga, soon to be movie “Koe No Katachi” or in English: “A Silent Voice” it’s a manga, which In no uncertain terms I’ve fallen in love with. Its message about the effects of bullying and its narrative about the journey to forgiveness, both of others and ones own self. further cementing silent-voice-visual.jpgthe compelling and engrossing story of “A Silent Voice”.

The story features around the two main characters Shoya Ishida a former trouble-maker and bully, turned social outcast, and Shoko Nishimiya a deaf girl, who 5 years prior to the story  was the victim of Shoya’s Bullying to the point of having to leave the school they were in together. The story is primarily about Shoya’s attempt to atone and seek redemption for how he treated Shoko in the past, after learning that she had been doing things like removing hateful graffiti from his desk or returning shoes that his former friends had left. The story also shows Shoya’s own journey to find something worth living for and re-learning to trust people after isolating himself after becoming ostracized and being made the scapegoat for the other members of his classes mistreatment of Shoko.

So in terms of setting it doesn’t take the typical fantastical or dramatic setting that a lot of shōnen manga take. It keeps its roots in a simple and realistic setting that could be any small town and this allows for the characters and their growth to take center stage as opposed to a grandiose setting requiring a lot of lore or exposition for the story to make sense.

The art for the manga is heavily centered around the characters as well  taking an approach that is more in line with Tite Kubo’s(Author of Bleach) philosophy of using a minimalist feel to the backgrounds to allow for the characters dialogue and actions to speak , which in a character-centric crossesstory like this only makes sense. however that doesn’t translate to a lack of detail and expressiveness its quite the contrary the art style, it’s quite the contrary in fact.  Details like having Shoya surrounded by characters with “x”‘s over their faces to his isolation, loneliness and distrust for those around him, and  a panel where Shoko angrily uses sign language at her sister who holds a grudge against Shoya for his past bullying
of her sister. Panels like these are great example of allowing the characters to speak and express their emotions without words

overall I really recommend this story to people
angry signs.pngwho are wanting to dip their toes in the ocean that is anime and manga and full on fans of the medium. The story and is simple and pacing works well enough for new fans, but the storyand charicter development has enough depth and nuance that more seasoned fans wont be left wanting.

So check it out get it from your local book store, amazon or whatever there’s also the option to read the series online though crunchyroll and other site for reading manga. there’s also a movie coming out (trailer down bellow) which has been produced by the renowned kyoto animation studio so keep an eye out at your local cinema that screens international films for me its the “Glasgow Film Theater” if you’re not near Glasgow,  it’s somewhere else.

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Life, The Universe, Manga and Real Life

The Introduction

I’m Back

Look at me talking to the imaginary audience I have. It’s as if I think 12553083_943866219024578_7531712412368646981_nI can stop doing this for a month or two(2-5 years in internet time) and think anyone still reads this. Now that is comical. Self-berating aside, I’ve been meaning to get back into doing this for a while. The problem with this is, that I always found  a reason  excuse not to put finger to key, be it work, be it always finding something better to do or just a lack of motivation. Because of this I fell into a cycle of start typing something and give up because I really didn’t feel like what I said mattered, or looking at it on screen it wasn’t a good idea so I abandoned it and said i’ll come back to it later…..

But later doesn’t come and its however many weeks later and  I’ve decided to retry this thing from square one and hope I don’t fuck it up again.

The Point

All narcissism and pretending people care aside though…

I’ve decided to try to make “Overdriver” more a reflection of myself and the things I’m passionate about that aren’t just music. So from that you can expect more personal shit, some stuff related to manga and anime (we got a really good summer season going on right now so there’s a wealth of material there), videogame, some of my own original music, cool shit I saw and maybe the podcast will come back but Overdriver is back with the goal of making it to new year.

So fuck it here goes. Player One is pressing start……