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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


Related Series

Associated Names
Форма Голоса
รักไร้เสียง (Thai)
A Silent Voice
The Shape of Voice

Groups Scanlating
Futari wa Pretty Anon
Norway Scan

Latest Release(s)
c.62 by Crunchyroll (7d ago)
c.61 by Crunchyroll (14d ago)
c.60 by Crunchyroll (21d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
7 Volumes (Complete)
Oneshot (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter

User Reviews

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User Rating
Average: 9.1 / 10.0 (928 votes)
Bayesian Average: 9.02 / 10.0
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Last Updated
November 19th 2014, 7:12am PST



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English Publisher
Crunchyroll (2 Digital Volumes)
Kodansha USA

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #10 increased(+1)
Monthly Pos #16 increased(+10)
3 Month Pos #22 decreased(-5)
6 Month Pos #15 decreased(-2)

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On 3073 reading lists
On 798 wish lists
On 1004 completed lists
On 28 unfinished lists
On 381 custom lists

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Forum Posts
A Silent Voice - Koe no Katachi Manga to End on November 12 35 days, 10 hours, 38 minutes ago
Chapter 42 137 days, 13 hours, 40 minutes ago
A Silent Voice - Koe no Katachi Manga to End in 3 More Volumes 199 days, 8 hours, 3 minutes ago
Lawsuit 354 days, 15 hours, 23 minutes ago

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Am i the only one left underwhelmed ?   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by residentgrigo
November 25th, 2014, 3:21am
I genially wonder what the lawsuit that nearly prevented the series was about. The oneshot and manga aren´t that sociocritical or risqe. GTO and company pulled crazier stunts with its deranged rapist teachers and this isn´t the first youth manga about out of control bullying(by far) or disability.

I started to follow the manga early on and had and have mixed feeling about it. The art is good, has some neat direction and all the characters look their age but the perspectives are slightly off sometime. No problems here.
The 2 leads are good overall and the way Shouya changes after the timeskip is a very good.
The way the series handles the in my eyes way too shallow side characters though isn´t but the 2 mothers are very good on the other hand. Way too much drama(read teen angst) is about a stupid love polygon that shouldn´t have been in the first place. I have the same opinion about the other shonen internet darling Ano Hana.
I also have a bit problem with the in your face crazy way the bullying is portrayed. Shoko is just too perfect an angel to be pulled through the mud by everyone(even her extended family) like she is for her entire life. Maybe it is because i went to a school that had bullying like you would believe or because my teachers made sure that at least my disabled friends had it light but i found Yoshitoki´s take on it nearly Steven King dumb.
Why did any of the “friends” try to stay as such after the kicking orgy in chapter 44 or even before ?
That would have snapped at least my neck and this is japan right ? Why is the way our hero wake up from his plot coma to rescue his princes from her frankly dumb suicidal tendencies(i also got to know way too any people with these) so dumb and the take on hospital life and recovery so good and realistic ? How come the outcome of the film festival is believable but the modeling show outcome isn´t. Finaly the way Shouya stops filtering out people(great idea) at the end is way too naive an end in my eyes.

About my score and the end. I had it sitting on a 6,5 because a 7 is usualy the far end of my drop list and i nearly axed the manga twice. The walking through the door “into the future” hand in hand is a rather conclusive take on or lovebirds final end but most were disappointed by the complete lack of a real resolution to nearly everything else so i settled on a 6/10. At least i am glad that we(well maybe not me) are getting an anime adaptation.
The hand sign gestures and voice acting could turn out great and the show could lead to more diversity it the field. This is a good takeaway in the end and this manga is better than her messy Mardock Scramble adaptation she did not write. So maybe her next series will be more wholeheartedly positive. Mangas with a better take on bullying are Mars and Oboreru Knife. Real is the king of mangas about (but not exclusively) living with a disability.

... Last updated on November 25th, 2014, 5:41am
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Amazing quite until near the end where it became bland   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by mystichead
November 19th, 2014, 8:45pm
this was very good.. a rare shounen genre tht gets a higher than a 6... but was good enough to even almost make it to 10 for me.. and then the last 7 chapters happened.. which weren bad.. they were ok.. but quite a change in quality of content and development....

anyway rare stuff in many many accounts and rare in a VERY good way.. there were really little to no gimmicks in this
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Awesome read left feeling bland.   
Rating: 9.4 / 10.0
by Tobuay
November 19th, 2014, 9:53am
The was a pretty good read through out, although the ending chapters did feel rushed for me. This is not just your typical shounen. The main character literally hates himself and truly wants his opposite to be happy. A rare type of protagonist indeed.
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The ONLY reason it did not score a perfect 10/10 is because their was no affirmation of the main character's feelings for each other. No confession/No kiss/No epilogue.

Though there was a fore-shadowing supposedly depicting the to main characters in the future through a couple with a child.

... Last updated on November 19th, 2014, 10:03am
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Love it   
Rating: N/A
by mikejacobs14
November 18th, 2014, 7:48pm
When I first started reading, it made me cringe to death as I am also deaf but I am glad I stuck with it, my favourite manga of all time. Can't wait for the author's next work or I hope she continues it as well with Shoya as an adult.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by kdkspeed
October 27th, 2014, 12:22am
the main heroine of this manga is very lovable. the arwork is not my favourite, but the character expression is somewhat new to me. wonder when it's gonna be available in my language. all in all, i recommend this manga.
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Worth the read   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by great_k
October 11th, 2014, 12:15pm
I originally dropped this series in its first few chapters due to how unlikeable Ishida and his friends were as kids. later picked up the series again and have been thoroughly impressed with series.
The plot of this manga is a breadth of fresh air in the current manga climate.
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10/10 Would cry again.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by DivineDevil
October 8th, 2014, 12:06am
This a story of redemption without all the guns and explosions. Our protagonist attempts to right his wrongs and make up for all the hurt and torment he caused towards the female lea and in the process, fall in love with her.

Very moving and heart warming manga, guaranteed to leave a smile on your face.

This manga breaks away from all the typical romance mangas and frankly, I haven't seen anything like this. The story is compelling, the art is fitting and the characters are relatable and charming. I would recommend reading the first chapter (which is a one-shot I think with like 90 pages) and then decide for yourself if you want more. I think all manga lovers should give this a try.
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Many Feelings   
Rating: 9.7 / 10.0
by Royati
September 26th, 2014, 8:48am
Some chapters i fell like i am going to be a better person and in others i just wat to smoke crack in an alley
And this is awesome
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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.
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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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