High school can be a stressful time for many young people. The change means a new commute, new friends, new courses, and new teachers. For Shino Oshima the change could have meant an opportunity to blossom into adulthood.
Unfortunately, things go wrong on her first day - she fails
to even say her name during her homeroom introduction. From then on
Shino is a part-mute part-stuttering mess. Ostracized and afraid she
struggles to find her place in this new world... But thankfully for her,
she finds her voice through music and some unexpected new frienemies.
Shuzo Oshimi is the best-selling author behind works such as FLOWERS OF EVIL and HAPPINESS. His works mix in the struggles of youth along with modern fantasy themes. Oshimi is the winner of the 2002 Chiba Tetsuya Award for New Best New Manga Artist. Since then he has penned a dozen series including the New York Times Best-Selling Flowers of Evil and the cult hit INSIDE MARI.