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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, Shouya 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

Nominated for the 8th Manga Taisho Award.


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Associated Names
Форма Голоса
รักไร้เสียง (Thai)
A Silent Voice
Koe no Kitachi
The Shape of Voice

Groups Scanlating
Futari wa Pretty Anon
Norway Scan

Latest Release(s)
c.62 by Crunchyroll (131d ago)
c.61 by Crunchyroll (138d ago)
c.60 by Crunchyroll (145d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
7 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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User Reviews

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User Rating
Average: 9 / 10.0 (1094 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.93 / 10.0
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Last Updated
March 3rd 2015, 9:24am PST



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Kodansha USA

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A Silent Voice Anime Project Is a Theatrical Film 104 days, 20 hours, 48 minutes ago
A Silent Voice - Koe no Katachi Manga to End on November 12 159 days, 12 hours, 22 minutes ago
Chapter 42 261 days, 15 hours, 25 minutes ago
A Silent Voice - Koe no Katachi Manga to End in 3 More Volumes 323 days, 9 hours, 48 minutes ago
Lawsuit 478 days, 17 hours, 7 minutes ago

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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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Recommended if you want to develop your humanity   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by Kading
January 7th, 2015, 2:19pm
This work is fantastic, but I won't exactly give it a full 10/10 because I'm judging this based in two different ways. After reading a few of the ratings, I want to voice my opinion on this work as to why its an important read and how it should be thought of as you read it.

As a manga its wonderful, the character growth and developments are fantastic. The plot development and ending is a little lackluster for a manga which is why I don't exactly give this a full score, but that doesn't mean it isn't an amazing work! Ooima chose to use manga as her medium for this work and I think its an appropriate choice based on the way the message being conveyed. Its tough to get the same emotions coming out if you publish this as a novel with just text, however if it was published as a movie I feel that the time constrictions it cannot do the character growth any justice. The length and pacing for this was perfect, nothing too drawn out or unnecessary and all of the changes happen naturally for the story's progression.

As a form of literature, this work deserves a full points. The message and theme the work has is powerful and it really reaches out to you. One of my English teachers in high school told me that literature is something that has a message or comment on society, and tells that through the work. Koe no Katachi is a comment on society much in the way novels like "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "The Grapes of Wrath" are, which is why I truly believe this should be considered a work of literature, and should be read as such. What this series does that I love the most is the way Ooima portrays her characters.The characters all have their flaws which allows us to be more empathetic with them. Everyone's personalities and circumstances aren't believable, no doubt, but I think the author made the characters that way intentionally as a way to strengthen the effect of each character's actions. Take Nishino and Ueno as an example. Nishino is the perfect sweethart, very innocent and super caring, all of the bullying done to her by Ueno, unsympathetic at all towards Nishino's plight, is magnified in our eyes forcing us to feel for Nishino. Its this type of characterization that makes the work as powerful as it is, but further amplified by the developments each relevant character has.

I love this work, easily one of my top series.

... Last updated on January 7th, 2015, 2:25pm
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What I am unsatisfied with   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Nikiharamai
December 7th, 2014, 11:12pm
... I am unsatisfied with the ending (´°̥̥̥̥̥̥̥̥ω° ̥̥̥̥̥̥̥̥`) That's all.
I love the rest of it, despite some irritating parts (which manga is perfect that it has no flaws?)
I love the ending, totally not what I expected but it was nice smile just left me wanting more!!! O(≧▽≦)O
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Votes are Overrated   
Rating: 2.0 / 10.0
by FormX
December 5th, 2014, 11:50pm
Ignore the low vote to balance the too many high votes based off the feels after reading the manga.

After awhile the manga stops being about being about Ishida's redemption for Nishimiya and is just focused on Ishida fixing his social life after ruining it with all the bullying. Random events were triggered just for the drama and to move plot forward.

Like others have said don't be too excited for the ending. General spoiler of what didn't occur: you don't even see Ishida reconciling with his two old friends and by the end of the manga forget going out, his and Nishimiya's feelings are not even declared to each other. Definitely could have covered their relationship a bit longer.

Still recommend this as a great manga, but it was hard to relate since where I'm from and likely in other Western places the system is not messed up like the one presented in the manga. The high school I attended was also the provincial school for the deaf and they had their own section of the school and there were many adjustments already in place. And no, you wouldn't find pretty girls like Nishimiya.

... Last updated on December 5th, 2014, 11:50pm
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A Story of Redemption & Growth   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Dr. Love
November 29th, 2014, 8:23pm
Touching manga revolving around people, young impressionable teenagers who are trying to grow up with a few stumbles along the way. The one-shot was good enough so at first I wasn't sure why it should be expanded upon but now that it's finished I can say that having KnK serialized brought a lot of depth to the story. You learn to love the characters who each have their ugly & beautiful sides. The main characters (Ishida & Shouko) definitely make you want to root for them. It touches upon serious subject matters delicately and professionally, such as bullying & attempted suicide.

The ending might have been a bit lacking romantically but it was always about the characters & them moving beyond their past, learning from their mistakes and growing into a better person. Either way I'll be looking forward to Ooima's next work.

... Last updated on December 24th, 2014, 5:52pm
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cry fest   
Rating: 9.9 / 10.0
by whitespade
November 28th, 2014, 3:33pm
this will make you cry. ALOT. i cried from first chapter to the last, nearly unending. i feels so painful looking at people hurting each other.

i cant say much about this manga, because you need to read this to FEEL ALL THE FEELS.
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