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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, especially Ishida Shouya. It gets to the point where she transfers to another school and as a result, Shōya 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.

Note: Won the 19th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Award New Artist Prize in 2015 and the Ogaki City Cultural Alliance Award (Lifestyle Culture Division).


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Associated Names
Форма Голоса
A Silent Voice
Koe no Kitachi
The Shape of Voice

Groups Scanlating
Futari wa Pretty Anon
Norway Scan

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Status in Country of Origin
7 Volumes (Complete)

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User Reviews

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User Rating
Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (1322 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.84 / 10.0
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Last Updated
January 19th 2016, 6:58pm PST



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English Publisher
Kodansha Comics (5 Volumes - Ongoing)

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Monthly Pos #289 increased(+4)
3 Month Pos #277 decreased(-4)
6 Month Pos #277 decreased(-15)

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A Silent Voice Anime Project Is a Theatrical Film 424 days, 10 hours, 14 minutes ago
A Silent Voice - Koe no Katachi Manga to End on November 12 479 days, 1 hours, 49 minutes ago
Chapter 42 581 days, 4 hours, 52 minutes ago
A Silent Voice - Koe no Katachi Manga to End in 3 More Volumes 642 days, 23 hours, 15 minutes ago
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Koe no Katachi   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by rika_257
August 8th, 2015, 12:10am
No, you can not go back in time, you wake on a dream of the beautiful what might have been, the what if and never fulfilled wish. The smiles that you might have made and might have had, the happiness that could never be yours, because there is no turning back in time.
Only the undying scars, the tears by the unforgettable, and the wish for death.
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Regarding the ending... (may contain minor spoilers)   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Tripitaka
August 6th, 2015, 2:02pm
Most things have already been said, so I shall keep it focused:

Some people may complain about the ending, about how the series lost its momentum in comparison to the one-shot; however, I think the final development is very befitting. Things mellow out as you grow older. And as much as Koe no Katachi is about bullying, it is also a coming-of-age story.

Events and people that seemed so crass, so insufferable, in your youth become bearable as you learn to put them into perspective. Even more so as time makes you realise that people cannot change that easily - and they don't have to.

This does not mean that one should just forgive and forget. However, life will never go exactly the way you want. Not everybody can get along with each other, in the same way that you cannot like everybody; not even among your close acquaintances - but that's all right; we're only human after all.
Once you've accepted this fact, you'll be able to take life's various unpleasantries in good humour,
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
just like Nishimiya Shōko does in the end.

What really counts is to grow aware of one's own flaws and attitudes, so that when the time comes and you want to change, you'll know where to begin. Or to say it with Ishida Shōya's words
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
"I think you're fine the way you are [...]. I think you'll be able to change when you really need to. What you like and what you don't isn't everything".
I believe that is the message Ōima Yoshitoki-sensei wanted to convey when she chose to leave some conflicts unresolved.

Same goes for the romance. Don't be bothered by the "Unresolved Romance" tag! Some people might see it that way, I personally don't - but does it matter? The main "romance" - if that's what you want to call it - is realistically subtle, and no matter how it goes, life will go on for our protagonists. We know that they'll be fine regardless of what life may throw at them because they have matured throughout the series and will continue to do so. That's all we need to know as readers of this marvellous manga.

... Last updated on October 16th, 2015, 7:23am
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A touching story   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by CinnamonThief
July 11th, 2015, 3:25pm
Possibly one of my favorite manga of all time.

Silent Voice tackles the issue of bullying, but instead of just painting it black and white with the victim serving justice to the bullies, it takes a more intricate look on just how complicated the situation can be. There are no heroes, no villains, only people - and that's what makes this manga an absolute must for any fan of the genre.

It's not a flawless story. The one shot, and the first volume, are spectacular, but after that it quickly drops and becomes unnecessarily drawn out, and the ending leaves a little to be desired. The subject of being deaf is also left to the side a bit, and ironically it sometimes felt like Nishimiya never really got a moment to have her thoughts come across. However, sprinkled across the entire manga are the occasional fantastic moment, making it worth the read. In the end A Silent Voice has several morals it wants to get across, and it manages to do just that. And for this reason, I'm giving it 9.8, the highest I've ever given to a manga.

... Last updated on July 13th, 2015, 6:41pm
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I cried and cried   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by moonmystery
April 18th, 2015, 10:17pm
I love this story for who it speaks for. It not only gives the bully a chance for redemption, but also alerts the readers of the issue of mistreating disabled individuals. I liked how the author wrapped up the story--it was very touching when I marathoned through the story.
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Beautiful and touching story   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by dremondtanic
April 4th, 2015, 4:40pm
this manga was very touching too me, and satisfying too me. I'm not going type any spoilers, but I eco end this manga to anybody that's looking to walk away from those violent manga or whatever they are accustomed to watch. While I'm not saying I only watch action, or those type. But this kind of topic is a different lvl.

From what I read from other comment it seems not many people understand the point of the story, and I would also admits that not many people will like this kind of topic. But I do think it was very nice including the ending which....... We'll won't lie when I was reading the last page before I even finish it I already had a mind how the story was going to end, but still it was the best way I think they could have done which is very opened.

While I disagree on people giving low score, they are not totally wrong about the reason. It is true the one shot was a lot more amazing than the whole story, it was not soo cliche like some put it. Yes you might see a few cliche stuff but these days even the most famous story are now all about cliche even you don't notice many do...... Well that's my opinion, which mean that I am not judging them opinion. Either if that's how they felt but I do think it's story that deserve more attention.
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Rating: N/A
by merlockmagus
March 25th, 2015, 2:49pm
It's full of emotion that I'm fond of as well Ishida's attempt at redemption. Might be the only reason why I ranked it so high, it garnered some pretty powerful feelings in me. Ending is okay, but it really excelled around Ishida's first steps at redemption.
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Decline in quality   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by red-eyed-slayer
March 20th, 2015, 3:21am
The one shot was amazing.
The first few chapters are also amazing
The later chapters not so much. It diverges on its main theme and focuses more on friendship instead. It became way too generic later on like those typical shojo series. If only it was the one shot it would deserve a 9 or 10.

Friendly Winter (webtoon) displays the theme of disability people better in my opinion.
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After the very good One-Shot, the serialization starts with potential, but degenerates to a mediocre Shoujo-wannabe   
Rating: N/A
by Lemon Ice
March 7th, 2015, 7:33am
Damn, I really had hopes for this manga after its One-Shot gave me some goosebumps. Of course i had my doubts whether a series of it could reach the quality, but i continued nonetheless.
And my fears got confirmed.

But first of all, the manga starts great. It switches between the present (5 years after the events of the One-Shot) and the said One-Shot. You clearly get the impression, that the mangaka knows what she wants to do with the story and where she wants to go with the characters. It had substance.

That drastically changed with the later chapters. It gets dragged out (clearly milking the cash-cow), the story doesn't progress well. Instead we get some insight in the mind of some support characters. The problem is, that the mangaka doesn't manage to really build a connection to those characters. Instead she should've focused on the 2 main protagonists, which she actually does, at least on the male. Nishimiya (the deaf female) however remains disconnected to the readers.
She's just there. And why doesn't she read lips? As far as I know, someone in her age (15/16, can't remember) and deaf since birth, should already be able to read lips.

The next thing is, that the characters often acts completely out-of-character. There are actions, that i can't comprehend at all. The mangaka forces the characters to do certain things to drive the story forwards. But the characters would never act that way in real-life. With that the mangaka destroys every connection between readers and characters, that might've been there before.
That's bad storytelling. What makes the whole matter worse, is that the whole manga is 100% character-driven.

The ending then crowns the mess this manga became. I'm not interested in that whole pairings-topic, but even I was unsatisfied with this ending.

I am completely astonished how this manga can get such good ratings. Must be these 3 reasons:

1. People just have no clue about good storytelling (not really a surprise, given how good the sales of e.g. Fairy Tale or other shit are)

2. The quality of the One.Shot (yes, it was very good, but you really should take off your pink fanboy/-girl glasses for the serialization....)

3. The involvement of a deaf person (seriously, Nishimiya could've also been bullied because she's ugly or something else - it wouldn't change much for the serialization. Yes, that's how unimportant the deafness is for the story, and how little the mangaka actually gives the deafness room in the story. Seriously, i guess i will also write a story - a story about a black, female and gay single mom, who's blind with just one arm, who has to bring her 3 children through by working in a fast-food restaurant, while having an undiscovered talent. No matter how bad the storytelling is, I would get all kinds of awards.....)

Ok, back to the manga. It's not entirely bad. The artwork is good, and the mangaka had some good storytechnical elements in the beginning. But she wasted all of it in the end, so i can't really recommend it. If you read it nonetheless, at least get your hopes not too hight.
I hope, her next work will be better.

... Last updated on March 7th, 2015, 7:35am
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Read oneshot, skip the serialization   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by tekiteki
January 19th, 2015, 1:39pm
Oneshot was really cool (recommended), but serialization after awhile becomes way too mushy, cliché and therefore boring. All the realism and angst and hard-born-friendship were gone. I dropped it in the middle of 2nd volume.
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pleasant read   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by oreki
January 15th, 2015, 5:46am
Its a really great manga to read with elements of friendship,humanity,comedy mixed in.I don't usually read love stories but this one hooked me in.Definitely one of the best manga i have read and is also great.MUST READ!!
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