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Update: Kodansha Comics offer free 1st chapter of A Silent Voice author’s new manga

Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen Magazine has been running A Silent Voice creator Yoshitoki Oima’s new manga since the fall, and it’s due its 10th chapter on January 24th. To celebrate the success of the spiritual fantasy To Your Eternity, Kodansha Comics want to bring the series to overseas readers through the digital platforms comiXology and Kindle. So, on the 24th as the latest Japanese chapter arrives, all 10 available chapters will also be released in English. A new chapter will then follow each week as the manga goes to print in Japan, all priced at 99 cents (US) each.

As if that wasn’t a sweet enough deal, Kodansha Comics are offering a free preview of the full, translated first chapter. Just follow the link in the tweet below to check it out, and be sure not to miss their interview with Oima herself.

Weekly Shonen Magazine first teased the series last spring with the visual of the boy and the wolf you can see in Kodansha Comics’ tweet. The advance look at the series promised that “The knowing look, that passes through his eyes and tells of the world’s kindness and severity, will wrench your heart.”

Oima’s A Silent Voice, which was honoured as a 2016 Eisner Comic Industry Awards nominee, began as a 2011 one-shot in Kodansha’s Bessatsu Shonen Magazine, but was then made into a full series in the flagship Shonen Magazine in August 2013. The last chapter ran in November 2014, and Kodansha Comics published the seventh and final compiled volume in North America in May 2016. They give the story the following summary:

Shoya is a bully. When Shoko, a girl who can’t hear, enters his elementary school class, she becomes their favorite target, and Shoya and his friends goad each other into devising new tortures for her. But the children’s cruelty goes too far. Shoko is forced to leave the school, and Shoya ends up shouldering all the blame. Six years later, the two meet again. Can Shoya make up for his past mistakes, or is it too late?

Crunchyroll also released the series in English as new chapters became available in Japan. Kyoto Animation have since adapted the manga as an anime film with K-ON!‘s Naoko Yamada directing. Having premiered in Japan in September, the film will be screening in the UK as part of the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme from February through to the end of March.

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