We can’t stay silent any longer! We’re screaming out our love for A Silent Voice all the way to the moon!

Special guests and big friends Vix, Marco Oliveros, and Kory Cerjack join us for a special retrospective of Yoshitoki Oima’s heart-wrenching and heartfelt coming of age story! Vix and Marco share their perspectives as teachers based in Japan to discuss how accurately the series depicts bullying culture in Japanese classrooms and the systemic issues that perpetuate it. Vix and Kory also share insights into the challenges faced by students with disabilities, and how ill-equipped a lot of teachers and public schools are to accommodate them. Plus, Kory and Colton reflect on revisiting the series after previously podcasting about it five years ago, and how their thoughts on it have changed or matured since then. We also dig into the series’ themes of growth and change, how well it depicts depression and disabilities, and our complicated thoughts on these complicated characters!

There’s a lot to explore, so take our metaphorical hand as we guide you through this door, rediscovering what this series has to offer and so much more!

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PODCAST BREAKDOWN:

0:22 – Intro

News:

02:44 – Seven Seas issues statement regarding edits to Mushoku Tensei and Classroom of the Elite
12:12 – Toei Anime added to Tubi TV
17:34 – Crunchyroll adds all the UY movies
21:45 – Spy x Family anime domain name registered
22:50 – Amazon developing live-action Hellsing
23:45 – Detective Conan OP/ED Poll results
30:04 – One Piece Worldwide Character Popularity Poll provisional results
34:37 – Jujutsu Kaisen 2nd character popularity poll results
38:42 – Chainsaw Man 2nd character popularity poll

A Silent Voice Retrospective! 

42:03 – Intro & Thoughts on the music in A Silent Voice
43:16 – Guest Introductions
48:31 – Our Histories with the Series
48:54 – Colton’s History
54:12 – Kory’s History
56:08 – Marco’s History
58:40 – Thoughts on the One-Shot
1:00:38 – Yoshitoki Oima’s Background
1:02:00 – Vix’s History
1:03:24 – Lum’s History
1:06:28 – Childhood Bullying & Trauma
1:08:03 – Shoya’s Self-Hate & Redemption Story
1:18:56 – Satoshi
1:25:39 – Miki
1:28:11 – How People’s Formative Experiences Inform Who They Become
1:32:43 – How the Education System Fails to Address Bullying in the Classroom
1:48:57 – Alienation & Isolation
1:50:22 – Naoka
2:00:52 – Psychology of Trauma
2:03:03 – Navigating Trauma in Adulthood
2:04:31 – Support Networks & The Nishimiya Family
2:11:40 – Barriers to Communication for People with Disabilities
2:16:36 – Adaptational Differences in Emphasis
2:18:00 – The Teacher
2:22:14 – Resistance to Change & Social Responsibility in Japanese Society
2:25:03 – Kory’s Hot Take
2:25:30 – Shoko & Deaf Representation in A Silent Voice
2:39:03 – Empathy & Optimism
2:40:53 – Nagatsuka

Q&A’s!!

2:44:35 – “How Different are the Manga and the Movie?”
2:47:06 – “Do they Handle Miki Better in the Manga?”
2:50:43 – Comparing the Anime & Manga
2:55:35 – “How Do You Feel About How the Movie Depicts the Relationship Between Bullies and Their Victims?”
3:00:26 – “Thoughts on the Series’ Theme of Collective Guilt?”

3:05:11 – Venting About the Public Schooling System
3:09:53 – Guest-Plugs 

3:13:00 – Community Shout-Outs! 

3:22:30 – Wrap-Up

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About The Author Siddharth Gupta

Siddharth Gupta is an illustrator, animator, and writer based in Minnesota. They graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Animation from the School of Visual Arts, and have worked on projects for the University of Minnesota and the Shreya R. Dixit Foundation. An avid animation and comics fan since childhood, they've turned their passion towards being both a creator and a critic. They credit their love for both mediums to Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball, which has also defined their artistic and comedic sensibilities. A frequent visitor to their local comic book shop, they are an avid reader and collector, particularly fond of manga. Their favorite comics include The Adventures of Tintin by Herge, Bloom County by Berkeley Breathed, and pretty much anything and everything by Rumiko Takahashi.