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10 Books/Manga Like A Silent Voice

A Silent Voice is a beautiful manga series written and illustrated by Yoshitoki Oima. It tackles topics such as maturation, forgiveness, and redemption in authentic and remarkable ways. It follows a young boy named Shouya Ishida who bullies his classmate Shouko Nishimiya because she’s deaf.

This results in Shouko transferring schools and Shouya experiencing ridicule for his actions. To make amends for his past mistakes, Shouya promises to find Shouko and apologize for being a huge jerk to her. What starts off as an act of kindness leads to something heartfelt and impactful.

If you’re in the mood for more emotionally driven or slice-of-life-themed books/manga that offer a similar vibe, fear not! We’ve gathered together 10 books/manga to check out when you’ve caught up with A Silent Voice. Of course, if you feel we’ve missed any of your favorites, do comment below and let us know!

To Your Eternity – Yoshitoki Oima

Similarities – Author, Drama, Psychological

After Yoshitoki Oima published A Silent Voice, she went on to work on another emotional tale. Enter To Your Eternity, is a poignant narrative of self-discovery, personal growth, and an exploration of complex relationships much like A Silent Voice. Both stories exhibit the power of emotional connections and will likely leave you hooked by their characters’ respective quests. 

To Your Eternity follows Fushi, an immortal being from space as they encounter and form deep relationships with various living organisms on Earth. Like A Silent Voice, To Your Eternity tackles empathy and the impact one’s actions can have on others. Where Fushi learns to empathize with others through their interactions, Shouya explores the consequences of his bullying toward Shouko. 

Moreover, both stories feature grand visual storytelling and expressive artwork that readers will enjoy. If you happen to love Oima’s handling of A Silent Voice, you’ll equally adore To Your Eternity. 

March Comes In Like A Lion – Chica Umino

Similarities – Themes, Characters, Drama

March Comes In Like A Lion is another emotional tale that’ll grab at your heartstrings like A Silent Voice. This tale follows Rei, an incredible shogi player who isn’t living his best life mentally. However, when he meets and interacts with a new family that’ll shower her with support, Rei gathers the strength necessary to combat the issues that hold him back. 

Like Shouko, Rei endures immense emotional pain and seeks methods to overcome his mental hurdles. Both male leads have their journeys centered around their problems with self-worth, their efforts to embrace their inequalities, and their quests toward self-acceptance and finding peace in their connections with people.

In addition to having excellent stances on empathy and compassion, March Comes In Like A Lion will impress A Silent Voice enjoyers. 

A Sign of Affection – Suu Morishita

Similarities – Romance, Character Dynamics, Slice-of-Life

Another captivating manga with favorable romance, slice-of-life, and drama elements is A Sign of Affection. This tale explores the ups and downs of human connections, personal growth, and the challenges people with disabilities face. Like Yoshitoki Oima, Suu Morishita portrays the complexities of establishing bonds, self-acceptance, and overcoming societal barriers well in their tale. 

A Sign of Affection follows Yuki and Istuomi’s romantic relationship as they search for a way to navigate through Yuki’s hearing issues. Like Shouko, Yuki encounters her share of misunderstandings and internal sadness. Feelings of isolation, loneliness, and low self-worth will come to mind while you’re observing these female characters’ endeavors in both tales. 

Nonetheless, Yuki and Istuomi undergo their share of triumphs in their relationship, much like Shouko and Shouya. These moments feel genuine and never forced.

If you happened to enjoy the way Oima wrote Shouko and Shouya’s dynamic in A Silent Voice, you’ll love following Yuki and Istuomi’s bond in A Sign of Affection. 

I Hear The Sunspot – Yuki Fumino

Similarities – Characters, Slice-of-Life, Themes

Following A Sign of Affection, we’d like to recommend I Heard The Sunspot. This series features a character who undergoes a similar experience as A Silent Voice’s Shouko. In it, we follow Kohei, as he struggles to grapple with the limitations his deafness imposes on his ability to interact fully with people. He’ll experience his share of loneliness and frustration throughout I Hear The Sunspot’s run.

This echoes Shouko’s situation well as she endures her share of ignorance and misunderstandings due to her disability. Nonetheless, both characters find solace in compelling companions who’ll do their best to brighten these two’s livelihoods.

Moreover, both tales explore themes of self-acceptance and personal growth. Where Kohei’s journey revolves around finding his place in the world, Shouko’s presence in Shouya’s life allows him to confront his past head-on to redeem himself.

Therefore, if you love stories with struggling and relatable leads, I Hear The Sunspot shouldn’t disappoint. 

ReLife – Sou Yayoi

Similarities – Characters & Themes

Imagine having the chance to redo your life. Would you succeed or fail? This is a question Sou Yayoi tackles with their story, ReLife. ReLife follows Arata, a disillusioned adult who gets the chance to relive his teen years through a mysterious experiment. With his newfound knowledge of the past, he feels he’ll successfully experience life differently than before. However, that’s far from the truth. 

Much like Shouya, Arata is another male protagonist who wishes to redeem himself. While he’ll struggle to change his past, he’ll end up forming solid connections with others. Like Shouya, he’ll rediscover the joy and significance behind companionship. Moreover, Oima and Yayoi insert themes like identity and self-acceptance in their works to encourage readers to cherish each protagonist’s quest. 

Where Arata learns to embrace his strengths and flaws, Shouya accepts his past mistakes and learns to move forward in life. It’s these relatable and compelling ideas that’ll draw people into these tales. Therefore, if you adore stories with great character progression and soul, check out ReLife. 

Ranking of Kings – Sousuke Touka

Similarities – Themes & Characters

Ranking of Kings may feature a world enveloped in fantasy and adventure, but upon deeper inspection, you’ll find many commonalities between it and A Silent Voice. For instance, both stories feature characters who embark on quests of self-acceptance, personal growth, and the power of empathy.

In Ranking of Kings, we follow Bojji, a prince with physical disabilities. Like Shouko, Bojji faces many hurdles along the way from ridicule to communication issues. However, through interacting with his ally Kage, Bojji gains the strength necessary to persevere through the judgmental world he inhabits. Not only does Shouko’s quest relate to Bojji’s, but one can make a case for Shouko too. He has his own issues to confront and relies on Shouya to support him through it. 

Although Ranking of Kings feels more adventurous, fantastic, and slightly action-packed than A Silent Voice, its similar stance on character dynamics and themes shouldn’t be overlooked. 

Orange – Ichigo Takano

Similarities – Characters, Themes, Romance

Orange is a fascinating romance series that’ll captivate readers on a similar scale as A Silent Voice. Like Oima’s tale, Ichigo Takano’s story focuses on regret, redemption, and the value of human companionship. Both series delve into the intricacies surrounding personal guilt and the lengths people will go to to seek forgiveness and make amends. 

In Orange, we follow Naho, a girl with a chance to save someone from a tragic fate. Despite being given this lovely opportunity, Naho confronts many internal and external hurdles along the way that’ll make her quest engaging to audiences. Like Shouya, she’ll reflect on the decisions and will learn to reach out to her friends during her and their time of need. 

In addition to having compelling dramatic scenarios that’ll elevate the tension of Naho’s quest, this is a stellar series you don’t want to miss. 

Onani Master Kurosawa – Katsura Ise

Similarities – Themes, Characters, Story

Onani Master Kurosawa and A Silent Voice may appear different on the surface, but they share thematic similarities involving guilt, redemption, and personal development. Both series excellently highlight the consequences behind their protagonists’ actions and the constant journeys they undertake to seek forgiveness and become better humans. 

In Onani Master Kurosawa, we follow Kakeru, a boy fueled by anger. This encourages him to engage in a spree of bullying, which will rebound and bite him on his behind. He’ll undergo similar ounces of regret and sorrow as Shouya but will receive the tools he needs to set things right. For instance, both males find atonement for their actions by interacting with those they’ve hurt. 

For Shouya, he’ll interact and get to know Shouko more as a person. Concerning Kakeru, he’ll spend more time with Kitahara and Aya. It’s these genuine connections that’ll lead our males toward brighter paths.

If you adore tales with exceptional male leads who want to change for the best, Onani Master Kurosawa is another narrative worth looking into. 

Erased – Kei Sanbe

Similarities – Characters & Themes

Erased is a captivating crime manga that’s thematically like A Silent Voice in spurts. For instance, both series explore the power of confronting past mistakes and the potential for personal growth and redemption. While Erased revolves around time travel and solving crimes, A Silent Voice focuses on the aftermath of bullying.

Nonetheless, both works adeptly depict their male protagonists’ journey toward self-acceptance and learning from the past. That said, both series tackle “time” in intriguing ways. In Erased, the protagonist Satoru, has time-travel capabilities which he uses to confront his childhood trauma and solve a series of kidnappings and murders from the past. 

As for A Silent Voice, the story revolves around Shouya’s quest to rewrite the wrongs of his past bullying actions toward Shouko. Both characters strive to use their newfound knowledge to build better futures for themselves and others.

More importantly, both tales feature some fabulous drama and heartfelt bits that’ll pull any manga fan’s heartstrings. 

Komi Can’t Communicate – Tomohito Oda

Similarities – Characters, Romance, Themes

Lastly, we’d like A Silent Voice fans to check out Tomohito Oda’s Komi Can’t Communicate. Not only does it tackle similar themes as A Silent Voice, but it features a female lead with issues like its female protagonist, Shouko. In Komi Can’t Communicate, we have Komi, a girl who wants to make over one hundred fans but suffers from severe social anxiety and self-expression. 

Like Shouko and Shouya, Komi longs to form genuine connections with others and will struggle to achieve said wish. Nonetheless, she’ll find solace and support from Tadano. Tadano will give Komi the encouragement she needs to push through her disabilities and achieve her friend-making goal. This mirrors the heartwarming connection Shouko and Shouya forge within A Silent Voice’s plot. 

While Komi Can’t Communicate features more comedy than A Silent Voice, fans of the latter will adore how Tomohito Oda approaches similar concepts in their work. 

So there we have it, our 10 books/manga to read after you’re caught up with A Silent Voice.

What do you think of our picks? Do you agree? Are there any notable omissions? Let us know in the comments below!

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