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Koe no Katachi  
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The story revolves around Shōko Nishimiya, a grade school student who has impaired hearing. She transfers into a new school, where she is bullied by her classmates. Ishida Shouya, one of the bullies, goes to the point that she transfers to another school. As a result, he is ostracized and bullied himself, with no friends to speak of and no plans for the future. Years later, he sets himself on a path to redemption.

Although the original one-shot won the 80th Weekly Shounen Magazine Newbie Best Mangaka Award, the vector of the content made it difficult for publication on any manga magazine until it was picked up after months of legal dispute by the February edition of Bessatsu Shounen Magazine, where it won first place.
This one-shot was recently publicized again on the 12th issue of the 2013 Weekly Shounen Magazine and serialized on the 36th-37th double issue of the same year.

Under the supervision of the Japanese Federation of the Deaf


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Associated Names
A Silent Voice
The Shape of Voice

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Futari wa Pretty Anon
Norway Scan

Latest Release(s)
c.46 by Crunchyroll (6d ago)
c.45 by Crunchyroll (13d ago)
c.44 by Crunchyroll (19d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
4 Volumes (Ongoing)
Oneshot (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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User Rating
Average: 9.1 / 10.0 (760 votes)
Bayesian Average: 9 / 10.0
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Last Updated
July 24th 2014, 10:01pm PST



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Crunchyroll (2 Digital Volumes)
Kodansha USA

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Weekly Pos #23 decreased(-3)
Monthly Pos #10 (No change)
3 Month Pos #9 increased(+5)
6 Month Pos #10 increased(+4)

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Chapter 42 17 days, 5 hours, 40 minutes ago
A Silent Voice - Koe no Katachi Manga to End in 3 More Volumes 79 days, 0 hours, 3 minutes ago
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more than a shounen   
Rating: N/A
by fuj05h1xxx
July 25th, 2014, 7:24pm
it is rare to see a manga that treat this kind of thing in a serious way, without getting too sentimental.
the manga is mature, it portrays the life of a group of teenagers that have various problems, mostly related to bullying.
the bullying is realistic, the author doesn't exaggerate just to make the reader cry. its difference from other manga that have this topic, koe no katachi has a feeling that is mature and realistic. every character has his own personality. the author, without spending pages and pages, gives to every of her characters a specific and no-stereotyped personality.

something about the love story: there is one. to many people, me included, this is not something welcomed, but here the protagonists are mature, with their flaws. there is not a feminine crybaby girl and the guy is not a strong, bishie, perfect knight. this nearly perfect characterization make the love story real, also the author didn't rush the love story (is still not completed).

following this manga since the one shot came out and looking forward to it smile
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Excellent and heartbreaking.   
Rating: N/A
by xninjacrayola
June 21st, 2014, 3:49am
I have a hard time desiring to read this, because, unfortunately, this is a real life situation that happens often. In a way, this series also tries to give hope because Shouya tries to make amends, to give peace to himself, his family, and potentially the people around him. My biggest problem with trying to read this series is that the world turns against Shouya. I really hate (enduring) stories where the protagonist has to feel despair. And he's only a kid!! Sure, he "deserves" it, but this is not how it should be... Unforunately, real life is just like that. sad I guess I live in an ideal world! Nonetheless, LOVE this series.
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Heartbreaking and relatable   
Rating: N/A
by patbuchanan
June 13th, 2014, 7:58pm
Starting with the oneshot, Koe no Katachi is an emotional story that, unfortunately, most people can relate to in some way, shape or form. After reading just the first few chapters, I was forced to stop and think about how my actions, intentionally or not, could potentially effect others.

After bullying deaf middle school student Nishimiya, the uncaring, juvenile bad boy Shouya himself becomes the target of bullying. The story then advances to the present day where Shouya, now in high school, is reunited by chance with Nishimiya. The most emotional point in the story for me was
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when Shouya, using sign language, asks Nishimiya to be his friend, ironically the same question Nishimiya continuously asked and was ridiculed for years ago.

From here, Shouya becomes reconnected with a number of other former classmates, each of which have developed in their own ways, for better or worse. Later chapters focus on multiple character relationships, which honestly makes the series even more relatable, as actual high school drama never involves just two people.
The art has a sketchy, simplistic feel to it that works well in conveying the story without distraction. The manga is creative in some aspects, such as the large Xs over the faces of unfriended students.

I am conflicted as to how I want the story to end. On the one hand, I feel incredibly sorry for Shouya and hope that he can make peace with himself and everybody else. On the other hand, I feel that a future romantic relationship between Shouya and Nishimiya would be cliche yet unrealistic, and lessen the gravity of his horrific actions in the earlier chapters.

... Last updated on June 13th, 2014, 7:58pm
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Totally worth reading!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by BobbyWibowo
June 11th, 2014, 8:33am
This manga is totally worth reading. It's unique. I've never read something with this plot before. Although it's different, it's still fully acceptable. And not only acceptable, it's satisfying.
If we're talking emotionally, there're quite a lot of scenes that left me speechless and nearly cried.
Well, totally recommended. Anyway, I'm still waiting for further chapters!!
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Do you see the ratings?   
Rating: N/A
by barny
May 13th, 2014, 12:21pm
It is very rare in MT to see something with with a 0% on the 1-5 range and even no 1 rating. It is a proof of how excellent this series is.

I'm looking forward to more of the mangaka's work.
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A Must-Read   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by sending
March 27th, 2014, 1:15pm
Having read the one-shot before starting the rest of the serialization, I found it incredibly difficult to get through Ishida's bullying of Nishiyama a second time. But the story is absolutely worth it.

This story is about regret and growth. Ishida's story really resonates realistically and his burgeoning relationships with both Nishimiya sisters are awesome. 100% would recommend!

... Last updated on April 1st, 2014, 9:35pm
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I cried and cried   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by moonmystery
March 19th, 2014, 6:09pm
This manga really speaks to me on a emotional level because it is so true. Unlike many others, the person I can relate to is Ishida Shouya, the bully. My best friend during 1st-5th grade was exactly like him to the point of also becoming a laughingstock after doing something pretty stupid. He led the group, and ended up becoming their target. How ironic.

This manga really allowed me to gain insight of how the bully must've felt, and I cried just thinking about how I was a friend who also turned against him. I feel so guilty for turning against someone just like that.... Reading this really makes me wish I was a wiser kid back then. .... Now I can never see him again. (I moved to America)

The personal connection aside, this manga brought me food for thought regarding an issue I usually don't think about. I've personally never seen a deaf person until recently at a special education school, so I have little idea of how they live out their lives. This really got me thinking about these people, and what they've been through respectively. i'm sure people who have the same disability must be enraged at the one shot

The most important part of this series is it's overall message, however. Friendship is frail, and can easily fail unless we make an effort to forge and mend it. It takes action for someone to trust, so we can't just be waiting for someone to come to us.

... Last updated on March 19th, 2014, 6:18pm
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It always leaves me speechless   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by yukihime_youko
February 7th, 2014, 5:05pm
My english is not so good, but I just wanna say that this is a great manga.
It just gets better and better. I always want more of it. And it has a deep plot, and excellent charcacters.. one realizes that wants to know more about them about their future and about their past and how they connect each other.. and it makes you think of yourself of your life on how you see other people on how you reach other people..
I love this manga.
Its the first time I feel this way.
If you have time, read it, you wont regret it.
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by HuhWhat
November 6th, 2013, 6:21pm
I don't understand why this manga would stir controversy. Perhaps it struck too close to home for many readers... I can relate, but not in the usual route, since I was a bully myself in grade school. This story fills me with bitter nostalgia of the countless times I chose a path of ignorance, taking part in ostracizing those "different" from the norm. And now that I've grown older, wiser and turned into something of a loner, I can admit I feel the pain of the recipient's shoulders.


... Last updated on December 22nd, 2013, 6:45pm
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Not just the children, even the adults...   
Rating: N/A
by nckeo
October 5th, 2013, 2:13am
Not just the children are to blamed for the bullying, even the adults, in this case the classroom teacher, first he push all responsibilities to look after Shouko to another student girl, which resent this duty and become among the first to join in bullying Shouko. Secondly, each time Shouya was caught doing bullying, he just lightly reprimanded Shouya and give comment "Well, I know how you feel, though.", it was like giving a green light to Shouya actions. When is Shouya turn to be bully, all this homeroom teacher do is ignore it and said Shouya deserved it. Well, shitty teachers bringing up even more shittier students is Asian saying.
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