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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 (106d ago)
c.61 by Crunchyroll (113d ago)
c.60 by Crunchyroll (120d 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 (1074 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

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #207 decreased(-58)
Monthly Pos #146 decreased(-10)
3 Month Pos #110 decreased(-29)
6 Month Pos #51 decreased(-34)

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Forum Posts
A Silent Voice Anime Project Is a Theatrical Film 80 days, 6 hours, 13 minutes ago
A Silent Voice - Koe no Katachi Manga to End on November 12 134 days, 21 hours, 47 minutes ago
Chapter 42 237 days, 0 hours, 50 minutes ago
A Silent Voice - Koe no Katachi Manga to End in 3 More Volumes 298 days, 19 hours, 13 minutes ago
Lawsuit 454 days, 2 hours, 32 minutes ago

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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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Am i the only one left underwhelmed ?   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by residentgrigo
November 25th, 2014, 3:21am
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
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. This should not have been a romance from the start if you ask me because that leads to a big problem down the line. Namely how it all ends or not.

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 and everyone else besides the hug/kiss so i settled on a 6/10. Give me a real epilogue and i will move it up by 1.
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. She is young after all. 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 December 1st, 2014, 4:03pm
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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.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
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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