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Anonymous Noise: Volume 7 manga review

By Leroy Douresseaux
October 28, 2019 - 21:00

Anonymous Noise Graphic Novel Volume 7 cover image

Rated “T” for “Teen”

Nino Arisugawa first finds comfort in singing with Momo Sakaki, a boy who was her next door neighbor.  Then, Momo suddenly moves away.  Nino soon finds comfort in a young songwriter, Kanade “Yuzu” Yuzuriha, who calls Nino, “Alice.”  He tells her that she should sing instead of scream, but he also moves away.  Now, Nino is in high school and is confronted by reunions while being the lead singer of the band, In No Hurry to Shout a.k.a. “In No Hurry.”

Anonymous Noise, Vol. 7 (Chapters 35 to 40) opens during the Yokohama Central School Festival put on by the Pop Music Club.  In No Hurry has just begun their set of four songs, with Nino singing three and ready to deliver the message held fast in her heart.  Momo and Yuzu have both written songs for her.  So which of the two songs will finally be the one to awaken her?

Plus, is In No Hurry ready to take the next step professionally?  Is Yuzu ready to find his voice?  And Momo devises a plan to settle affairs with his mother.

THE LOWDOWN:  The Anonymous Noise manga is a musical shojo high school romance manga.  It focuses on a crazy love triangle – one girl singer and two separate boy- songwriters.

Anonymous Noise Graphic Novel Volume 7 finds this love triangle developing in strange ways.  Each character is bound to two others in the triangle.  Gradually, creator Ryoko Fukuyama finds ways to advance her narrative while also lingering on the power of music and song.  Fukuyama offers page after page of beautiful art that displays the power and passion of musical performance.  In the silence of manga, Fukuyama makes this story come alive with sound.

The translation and English adaptation by Casey Loe conveys the explosive nature of young emotions, but also reveals the edgy drama of the back stories.  Joanna Estep, who always delivers quality lettering, fashions a font for Anonymous Noise that sweeps across the pages like musical notes.

And Vol. 7's ending will make you want to hear the next song.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of Shojo Beat high school romantic dramas will want to jam to Anonymous Noise.

8.5 out of 10

Rating: 8.5 /10

Last Updated: May 19, 2020 - 12:25

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