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Koe no Katachi  
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The story revolves around Nishimiya Shōko, 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
Форма Голоса
A Silent Voice
The Shape of Voice

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Futari wa Pretty Anon
Norway Scan

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c.53 by Crunchyroll (5d ago)
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c.51 by Crunchyroll (19d ago)
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5 Volumes (Ongoing)
Oneshot (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 9.1 / 10.0 (822 votes)
Bayesian Average: 9.01 / 10.0
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Last Updated
August 27th 2014, 7:34am PST



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A Silent Voice - Koe no Katachi Manga to End on November 12 48 days, 1 hours, 34 minutes ago
Chapter 42 72 days, 2 hours, 52 minutes ago
A Silent Voice - Koe no Katachi Manga to End in 3 More Volumes 133 days, 21 hours, 15 minutes ago
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by BlackMarchie
September 19th, 2014, 11:20pm
Yes...its amazing. currently, I'm on a manga binge and still ongoing... 86 titles so far. Not including previous titles of course but only two series have riled me so far. This and Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari.

This manga... although the artwork is not up to my standards of "pretty", it shines when it counts. During the emotions and scenes that are important. Well, it sounds stupid because every scene could be important but...yep. No follow up on that. This is a good series. It depicts a very realistic (unfortunately that it is) scene of how an outsider or stranger is treated and ostracized.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
As much as it pisses me off... I can't find fault with most of the characters up to a certain point.
-Except Miki. God I hate her and as of chapter 53, she still hasn't been redeemed. Rather, I don't want her to be.
-The teacher...its painful but I can see it. If you teach, year after year, students may become a blur and different children can be a burden. As shown in the first few chapters, the extra attention, time, money, and patience that is adds up. Maybe it can be seen that there is a problem with public education this way. Of course, there are teachers that do care and are wonderful.
-Her parents... I never hated the mother. I actually liked her and after the back story, even more so. As stated earlier about burdens...its all true. And its tough for a single mother especially with that messed up ex-husband of hers. cruel as it was also partially a financial decision and as much as I wish that love can triumph over it all, reality requires money. But her mother tries her best and wants her daughters to be strong.
-Her sister might seem unruly at first but she wants whats the best for her sis. Best little sis.
-Ishida really was...a snotty brat. But when he became an outsider through the rest of elementary and through middle school I simply thought wasn't karma. It was injustice. The one at fault was the class and class mentality. Its really bs. Was it right for him to suffer like she did? Eh. If you think about it reverse, if he was originally bullied then she became bullied, I doubt many would say its justified. I do believe he deserves punishment but...ugh. Good on him for trying to make things right. No matter how hard it is and how many times he trips, stand up!
-Nao likes him. It will seem stupid. So stupid. But its true. People in love, whether for their parent's affection or a crush, will do things that may seem silly to others but for them... it is important. I want to like her...but its hard because she does so many... things out of anger. Even after chapter 44-45 I don't want to hate her, rather, I can't. I know she loves Ishida but I think she actually does care for Shoko even if she really hates her.
-Shoko...chapter I really applaud the scanlation team for it. At first, I thought it was a misprint but But Shoko... well...its impossible to be in her shoes unless you have one of the sense impaired. The author does amazing work in depicting Shoko putting up a being half a step behind as Nao said... its hard to not despair when you can never see the whole picture. Even people that can fully function mess up and cause misunderstands upon misunderstandings such that some bonds will never be repaired. Shoko just wanted to get along with everyone but...things don't work out. Especially as children are stupid. Not much else to say... its really tough on her and i really hope this manga ends happy...
- No comment on the other characters yet.

This manga will make me think for a while if I was ever like Ishida or the others... its easier to remember if you were in Shoko's position though.
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It will make you cry   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by tanxinrong
August 11th, 2014, 6:58pm
I gave it a try as the rating is quite high. Well, it is better than I expected. It's emotional, with strong character development, realistic situation and drama. I love this piece of art, it's amazing and probably the best that I have ever read in 2014. Nothing's ever come close.
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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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