Paste recently had me write an article about two manga I’ve been enjoying lately, A Silent Voice and Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto. Both touch on topics of bullying but with different approaches. Both are also award-winning series written and drawn by women.
A Silent Voice really sticks with you, following the story of a reformed bully trying to fix the damage he’s caused. While the first two volumes are available bundled in both print and digital, Crunchyroll Manga has translated chapters much farther. I’m still trying to catch up to the latest and am finding it to be quite the trip down the road to reconciliation.
Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto is available in print only and I was so excited when I first heard it announced for localization by Seven Seas. It’s one of those works you never expect to come out in the West, you hear of its accolades and it winning fan-favorite polls but it seems too Japanese for any tight-budgeted publishers to risk it. I was often laughing out loud while reading it so I’m so thankful it got a release and I could convince my thankful friends to give it a shot too.