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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 (29d ago)
c.61 by Crunchyroll (36d ago)
c.60 by Crunchyroll (43d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
7 Volumes (Complete)
Oneshot (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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User Reviews

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User Rating
Average: 9.1 / 10.0 (983 votes)
Bayesian Average: 9.02 / 10.0
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Last Updated
December 15th 2014, 12:58am PST



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Crunchyroll (2 Digital Volumes)
Kodansha USA

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #126 decreased(-35)
Monthly Pos #63 decreased(-37)
3 Month Pos #29 decreased(-12)
6 Month Pos #17 decreased(-4)

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Forum Posts
A Silent Voice Anime Project Is a Theatrical Film 3 days, 2 hours, 20 minutes ago
A Silent Voice - Koe no Katachi Manga to End on November 12 57 days, 17 hours, 55 minutes ago
Chapter 42 159 days, 20 hours, 58 minutes ago
A Silent Voice - Koe no Katachi Manga to End in 3 More Volumes 221 days, 15 hours, 21 minutes ago
Lawsuit 376 days, 22 hours, 40 minutes ago

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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 story. You learn to grow the characters who 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 November 29th, 2014, 8:24pm
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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
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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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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