Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Voiceful by Nawako
Voiceful tells the story of Kanae, a painfully shy high school girl who finally finds the strength to leave her house by listening to the heartbreaking music of the mysterious Hina. No one has ever heard Hina sing in person, but one day, Kanae meets her by chance on the street. They begin a friendship that inspires both of them to face the pain of the past. Over time, their relationship deepens and challenges the two young women to overcome the fears and insecurities that keep them from fully living.
This manga points to the hope that always shines through suffering. Kanae and Hina endure tragedy by carrying each other’s secrets and finding new happiness together. Every moment of the story is heavy with emotion as the characters grow, heal, and encounter one another in love.
The story is complete in one volume which also includes several short stories. It is amazing how much intensity is written into so few pages.
There is no explicit sexual content at all, but there are implications of child abuse and other heavy thematic elements. I would have felt ready to read this manga when I was fourteen-years-old.
Voiceful was written by Nawako. It’s difficult to find information about this author online, so I challenge all of you internet-geniuses to put your detective skills to use and find out more about her!
Review by Aaron Walsh. Add your review of "Voiceful" in comments!