I Hear the Sunspot: Theory of Happiness

Alt title: Hidamari ga Kikoeru: Koufukuron

Vol: 1; Ch: 6
2015 - 2016
4.161 out of 5 from 437 votes
Rank #1,223
I Hear the Sunspot: Theory of Happiness

Because of a hearing disability Kohei is often alone. Taichi is outspoken and cheerful. At first, Kohei keeps himself well guarded, but after he meets Taichi he slowly learns to open up.

Source: One Peace Books

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There's technically nothing wrong with this but it's so... slow. It's taken two whole volumes to set up their relationship, and you can tell that the romance wasn't planned from the beginning. I don't even hate slow burn stuff but the series just isn't that interesting to me otherwise. That said, I do appreciate the focus on the hard-of-hearing/deafness. I like that the mangaka explains how it's different for everyone and that you can't group all people with the same/similar disability together (I can relate to that with other disabilities and it's very true). Kohei's struggle to accept his increasing hearing loss also felt realistic and I think that was handled pretty well. I just don't really have any motivation to read the sequel. The relationship isn't gripping enough for me to sit through its development and I don't care about the characters as individuals, either. This is purely my own preferences, however, and I can see why people like this series. Honestly, I feel kind of... guilty, almost, for not getting into it because I feel like I should have enjoyed both volumes more than I did. Maybe I'll check out the sequel eventually, but as it stands, I'm not prioritising it. Again, it's entirely a personal thing. The disability parts of the story were by far the most interesting and I could tell the mangaka had done their research. It's nice seeing the downsides and struggles of living with a disability discussed in a very normal, non-judgemental way. I think that aspect is probably something that applies to readers with any kind of physical disability/impairment. While the story is set in Japan and deals with Japanese society, I think in many ways some of the struggles those with disabilities face are universal. Of course there are going to be some differences and it's not all exactly the same, but on some level, I feel that Kohei can be relatable.

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