Book Review: A Silent Voice Volume 7

February 11, 2017

A Silent Voice Volume 7 cover

I hope that everyone is having a good weekend, as they find time to relax.

Things have been going fairly well, especially now that I will be able to get the quiet that I need to do what I like or need to do.

As most of you know, I have been covering a series that I got from Amazon, while I wait for the last of the preorders to arrive, and I have finally reached the end of the series.

Today, I will be reviewing the final volume of that series, which is called A Silent Voice Volume 7 by Yoshitoki Oima.

As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.

Shoya has finally regained consciousness, much to the amazement of some, and rushes to find Shoko.

However, when he finally gets back together with his friends, the eight of them must begin thinking about the future and decide what they want to do with the rest of their lives.

I must say, I really liked this book.

From the moment I started reading this book, I did not want to put it down for any reason, even though I have to satisfy the same needs as everyone else.

Even though it might be simple to gain and keep a readers interest in the first few books of a series, being able to maintain the same quality throughout the duration of a series is no easy task, especially considering how many trilogies out there tend to falter in the final book, much like how Allegiant ended up being the worst book in the Divergent series.

Fortunately, Yoshitoki never seemed to falter throughout most of this series, unlike Yoshihiro Togashi with Yu Yu Hakusho, which makes me want to sit down and reread this entire series right now.

This is what I want to see from a series, because it shows that the writer did the work that they were supposed, and that they have the talent and skill to be a great writer, and Yoshitoki does seem to have that talent by the fact that each of the seven books in this series held my attention from beginning to end.

Seriously, if more writers were like this, there would not be as much garbage in the world of fiction as there is, regardless of whether the writer went through traditional means or did everything themselves.

After all, who would not want a story that can literally pull the end and keep their attention throughout the entire ride?

Unfortunately, as I mentioned in my review of the antepenultimate volume, fiction is the product of mankind, and that makes it inherently flawed, so being able to pump out gold over and over again like Yoshitoki has with this series is not really an easily achievable feat, much like how not all of my writing is that great, or even worthy of an award.

Still, that does not mean that Yoshitoki does not deserve praise for what she has done up until now, and I wish her the best of luck with her future works.

I also liked how things were finally resolved in this volume, like they should have.

Now, I have not read or watched every work of fiction out there, but I have noticed that there are series out that do not answer questions brought up earlier in the series and even do not resolve the major conflict presented, and that makes the series as whole worse.

I guess this why the way a story ends is just as important as how it is handled up until the end, otherwise I would not have become disappointed with Agatha Christie's A Pocket Full of Rye, even if I have been singing its praises quite a bit recently.

However, in this volume, that does not happen because Shoya finally makes amends properly and is able to not shut out the world anymore, which came about because he started to get bullied after the situation with Shoko became rather serious.

I had a strong feeling that Soya would be able to grow and overcome the struggles he has had to deal with because of his mistakes, and seeing that happen here, as well as how the eight friends had an even stronger bond made it feel like there was nothing left to be answered in this story.

This is what the final book of a series should do, and because this one did just that, I have to give major props to Yoshitoki, especially considering that there are well-known books out there that do not end as well as this one did.

Keep up the great work, Yoshitoki, because I think you deserve to stand in the spotlight as much as Jun Mochizuki and Hiromi Arakawa do.

Another thing that I liked was how there was quite a bit to laugh about in this volume.

While the series has been mostly serious throughout, and the humor found in here is not that much different than what could be found in the previous volumes, I do not think that a series always needs to end on a serious or sad note.

Here, however, there were quite a few moments where I felt like laughing, such as how Yuzuru jokingly asked if he was attending the festival that their movie premièred at with his girlfriend, who is her sister, and their reactions to the criticism that they received from an industry expert, even if I probably would have felt the same they did if I was in their shoes.

Seeing all of this occur, it helped to bring out the feeling of happiness that I got from seeing that everything had finally been resolved.

If Yoshitoki did not include as many comedic moments as she did, I do not think that I would have felt as satisfied with this series as I do, and that is quite an accomplishment, compared to how many works are out there that give me impression that the creator do not know how to properly incorporate humor, so that it can truly be

Because of this, Yoshitoki has demonstrated that she knows how to balance out the comedy so that it adds to the experience, instead of ruining it, and she deserves a big round of applause.

It was also nice how the events of this volume did not feel like they were tacked on just because there needed to be more content.

As many people should be aware, I tend to have a bad view of series in the world of fiction, and it is not technically unwarranted because how many flow a pattern of started off great and ending terribly, especially because people do not realize that not everything needs a sequel.

Over the past few years though, one of the worst problems with series has been cropping up, regardless of whether the series is present as prose fiction, an animated television show, or magna, and that is that things feel like they are being dragged out.

For example, Sword Art Online, whose anime I liked better than the original source, started off great and gave me the things that the first installment of the novels never did, but once that wrapped up, the Fairy Dance arc started off and did not have the same excitement, nor did feel necessary, which ended up bringing down the series as a whole and added to the hate that it gets from having the moniker of Twilight for boys.

If the Fairy Dance arc had not existed, Sword Art Online would have been a whole lot more satisfying, even though the flaws would still be present, such as characters not feeling like actual people and Kirito practically never loses a fight, much like how Raildex's Touma Kamijou seems to keep winning fights with one hand, even though he has full use of his body.

Not only is this flaw visible in a series as popular as Sword Art Online, but it is also present in the Divergent series, one of the series that keeps getting touted as the next Hunger Games, which I talk about in my review of Allegiant, the final book in that series.

This is no way to end series, and makes the fans regret that they ever supported such a travesty in the world fiction.

However, while I read this volume, I did not feel like things were being dragged out unnecessarily and that everything I was reading contributed to the outcome of Shoya finally overcoming the past and becoming a better person.

This is the kind of feeling that I should get from the final book in any series, and Yoshitoki, like Jun Mochizuki in Pandora Hearts and Hiromi Arakawa in FMA, delivered.

If series were more like this, I would not feel as disgusted by them as I am.

There were two things that I liked the most about this volume.

First, I liked how Kazuki, one of the people who bullied Shoya, stopped Soya from going after people who did not recognize the time and effort Shoya's friends put into their movie, calling those judges pieces of scum.

Throughout my entire life, I have noticed that people make a big deal about whatever others think of them, like if a boy and girl are dating when they are not or, in the case of the culture of the church I attend, how spiritual or faithful you are, but it should not really matter what others think, unless they are your client or your family, who knows for certain that you have serious problems, such as gambling, alcohol, or drug addiction, and a person cannot be the best that they can be if they keep trying to impress the people that do not matter, or even give in to every demand of family members because of so-called family obligations, will not be as happy as they can be.

In the case of this series, even though Kazuki has not been that nice to Shoya, once the bullying of Shoko got out of hand, it seemed like he was keeping Shoya on the right track by reminding him that it only matters what he and his friends thought of the work that they did, and showed that their relationship, while not entirely back the way it was, was much more friendly than it used to be.

Not only did it seem like Kazuki and Shoya were on better terms, but it helped to show that Shoya had really changed from being the brat that he was in the beginning of the series because he would have definitely agreed with the judge that bad mouthed the movie his friends made if he had not changed, and it helped to improve the quality of the series overall.

The other thing that was quite nice about this volume was that it was never really confirmed if Shoya and Shoko ever did get into a serious relationship.

In many stories or series, the whole thing ends when the male and female lead hook up or get married, which implies that the rest of their lives are spent happily together.

However, that is not how things work in real life, as many of elders can attest to, and this kind of implication has been done to enough times in fiction that I am as tired of it as I am of zombies, vampires that are not that unique, and damsels in distress.

Fortunately, that kind of thing does not seem to occur in this volume, aside from what happens at the very end, which did not come off as the two of them hitting it off, and talking about their plans for the future.

Some people might be disappointed by this because some people consider this a romance story, much like how there are people that think Boku Dake ga Inai Machi is a mystery series, but this series only had elements of romance and that is not enough to be able to call this a romance series, just like how mystery series is automatically a detective or crime fiction series, and I find myself more satisfied with how this ended than I would have been had Yoshitoki confirmed if they started dating or got married.

Not everything needs to be answered for a series to need well, and because Yoshitoki seems to understand this, I feel like she really came into her own, when compared to others in either the manga or prose fiction industry.

I hope that Yoshitoki will continue to decide to go in directions that are not normally taken, but I will not be surprise if any future works from end up being worse than this series because of such a high bar being set.

Outside of those things, I cannot think of anything else that I particularly liked.

Because this was as interesting as the rest of the series and did things that a final volume should, such as resolving any remaining questions and the biggest conflict and not making the series feel like it is being dragged out, and even ended differently from other series like it, this was great read.

Although I liked the book, there are some issues.

However, aside from things that are too minor to talk about, nothing really bothered me too much.

As a result, I will have to say that there is nothing worth mentioning.

Considering that there was quite a bit to like, especially how this book ended the series properly and without feeling dragged out, this was definitely worth reading.

I only recommend this to fans of A Silent Voice, because they are the ones that will be able to enjoy this the most and this is the final book of the series.

If you read this book or the entire series, what do you think of A Silent Voice Volume 7? Please leave a comment and tell everyone why you liked it, hated it, or found it okay, especially if your reasons differ from mine.

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