During springtime in their second year of high school, Asuka fell in love with Masami after seeing him play the Harmony Drums during the festival. However, Masami is deaf, and in his own soundless world, he has closed his heart. With this, their miraculous but painful love quietly begins. A pure midsummer love story that will warm your heart. Fujitsuka Yuki's long awaited debut comic!
I just had to write a review for this. First off, I stumbled across this manga by chance, and I'm glad I did.
The plot is not so original, but the way the story progresses is just amazing! It's not like many other shoujo mangas out there where the hero meets the heroine and poof!, they fall in love. There is a very strong sense of reality to it because everything that happened actually took time, instead of just happening overnight and everyone lives happily ever after. What I love about it is that the guy isn't the 'good-at-everything-he-does-and-extremely-good-looking-with-tons-of-fangirls' type, and the girl doesn't
cry at every single chance she gets, nor does she needs to be saved 24/7.
There's also no typical shoujo manga 'villain' who tries to ruin everybody's relationship. But there were difficulties that the couple encounters, which are very real too. It's so easy to relate to the situation and get sucked into the character's shoes/POV that you will find yourself getting dragged along by it.
I could hardly find any flaws in the story at all, despite it being typical. But then again that's just me. (:
The art was very simple, and there's nothing too unique about it. But I find that it suited the story somehow, and it expressed the scenes well enough to understand what the characters were feeling. So it's great enough.
I LOVE THEM. You can really, really feel the characters growing up through the chapters. It's like a true story, but fast forward through time. Another thing that's so great about this manga is that it doesn't just focus solely on the main couple and everybody else just somehow vanished off the face of the earth.
Needless to say, I love every single chapter. Even got around to downloading it and re-reading at least three times. ^^
Kingyou Sou is really a gem. Must-read for anyone who enjoys shoujo and romance.
Falling in love is never easy, wait that’s wrong. Falling is easy the hard part is not knowing if you fell alone.
We are all fishes in this big ocean.Right until the very end this analogy didn’t run thin. Partly because it fit the mood of the manga perfectly and to a degree it makes perfect sense.
Silent Love Song demonstrates a relationship in it’s most basic level and yet the way it untangles and the characters make it the most realistic manga I have read. There are no exaggerations to make you laugh or that destroy the realism of the manga. It’s amazing in it’s
simplicity however the characters give it the piece it needs to flow naturally with the hardships.
For Asuka it was love at first sound. That’s right, the sound of Masami playing drew her in and she wasn’t the same. By a happy coincidence Masami’s brother is in her class in school and volunteers to introduce them at his next training session. When that day finally comes and she’s standing right in front of him she is surprised to see them using sign language to communicate. Masami, the guy with the beautiful sound, slowly lost his hearing and is now deaf. Can Asuka get close enough to tear down the walls this aloof boy has built?
The way the mangaka handles the relationship and the communication between the characters is beautiful and gradually. There’s a good chance it’s because this is my first manga were the characters have had any sort of handicap (not including stupidity which there is never a shortage of) but I loved it. It was more than that, it was the interaction and the whole wanting to be with someone but also not wanting to be their crutch.
All relationships are hard and that's if both people can communicate through speech. It’s a lot harder when one person can’t hear what you’re saying and you can’t say it any other way for them. they both have to be willing to listen if not everything gets lost in translation. The characters don’t wake up one day and decide to go out or confess their undying love to one another. It happens like everything, with time. To me that’s the most beautiful part of any story, seeing how they fall: the cries, the frustration and the getting together. Not necessarily in that order.
It’s rare to find an original character whose personality is more or less unique but who’s “flaw” just adds to his perfection. Suffice it to say it’s no surprise that in this manga my favorite character is the male lead. My loyalty shifts to the more interesting character. No offense to Asuka in this one, and I’m sure she’d agree. Because what we all want, what we truly appreciate, at least I do, is a character that evolves and changes, becomes the best version of themselves. Again, not saying that Asuka didn’t mature, she did, but the baton has to be handed to him on this one.
The most popular character was the one that barely spoke, just goes to show you there’s other ways to express what you want. That’s a lesson they both learn together.
The lead characters art wasn't out of this world but they were different from other characters. Whether it be Askua’s petite self and boyish haircut, which I thought was adorable. Or Masami who was set off from the rest of the world with a different style and at some point that was exactly as he felt, different. At times the rest of the characters lack the details the main ones have but overall it was a good job in that art department and they kept it simple.
At the end, it leaves you a little sad that it’s over and even if it wasn’t my favorite ending, doesn’t mean it wasn’t kick ass.
The plot in this manga isn't that innovative, put it isn't the usual shoujo fairy tail either. The mail character isn't the typical shoujo prince, the female character cries here and there, but in situations that call for it... there is no unnecessary crying. The love story is realistic, it moves forward in a slow reasonable pace. Although one of the characters has a serious handicap (his can´t hear), there isn't too much melodrama... The main problem among the characters is that they need to learn how to communicate their feelings.
I really love mangas where Japanese tradition is shown, be it go, karuta, poetry, traditional
sports, or -as in this case- taiko (Japanese drums). They help revive and perpetuate Japanese traditions.
The art is okay. I've seen it better, but it goes very well with the down-to-earth characters in the story. I don't know much about taiko (I only played it for a year) but in some of the panels, the body positions when playing taiko didn´t look natural to me.
The only thing I am not that convinced with is that certain passages sounded a little cliched to me. I usually don't like it when the characters go too dramatic, start talking or thinking in metaphors or start saying things such as: "we'll always walk side by side". Metaphors are good, if you keep them under control. Lovey-dovey talk is also good, if you keep it under control. The truth is that the characters in this manga don´t speak strange, don´t talk poetry all the time... but the voice in off, the inner thoughts (especially hers), is sometimes a little "oversweet", cloying.
On the other hand, I've read shoujo mangas that are much more cloying than this one, and there are some metaphors here that I liked, such as the taiko beats as a means of communication or the fishing tank as a metaphor of silence.
This manga is one of the most sweetest and heartwarming shoujo mangas I have ever read. A friend recommended this manga to me and I was very hesitant to read it but now that I have, I have no regrets.
At first, I thought it was just like any other cliche shoujo manga were the girl meets the boy and they eventually fall in love, but I was definetly proved wrong.
This story is about a young girl called Asuka who falls in love with Masami who is actually deaf. The manga follows their ups and downs in their new found love. The
story is unique and wonderfully beautiful.
The art was fantastic and just made me love the manga even more.
The character development was very well progressed in such a short time and the way their love blossemed was just... so beautiful! *cries*. I really did connect with the characters thoughout the story.
I enjoyed this manga and immediantly added it to my favourites. I wish it was a little longer but other than that there is nothing else to complain about. I did cry in almost every chapter especially at the end.
This manga is a definite read for all shoujo lovers :)