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Manga

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Associated Names
A Silent Voice
A Voz do Silêncio
Dáng Hình Thanh Âm
Koe no Kitachi
Kształt twojego głosu (Polish)
Raut Suara
Sessizliğin Sesi
The Shape of Voice
Форма голоса
Форма голосу (Ukrainian)
الصوت الصامت
รักไร้เสียง
聲の形
목소리의 형태

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Crunchyroll
Futari wa Pretty Anon
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Village Idiot
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Latest Release(s)
c.62.5 by abandoned kitten scans over 7 years ago
c.62 by Crunchyroll over 9 years ago
c.61 by Crunchyroll over 9 years ago
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Status
in Country of Origin
7 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1 (Movie)
Ends at Vol 7, Chap 62 (Movie)

User Reviews
Koe no Katachi by Zoro
Koe no Katachi by Salieri_Hiyajo

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5 topics, 15 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (2153 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.67 / 10.0
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Year
2013

Original Publisher

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Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Azuki (digital)
INKR Comics
Kodansha Comics (7 Volumes - Complete)

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3 Month Pos #1504 increased(+74)
6 Month Pos #1726 decreased(-141)
Year Pos #1698 increased(+165)

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Great read  
by Ponkos
January 23rd, 2024, 7:51pm
Rating: 8.0  / 10.0
Nice manga about moving forward
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needs a serious rewrite/rethink  
by Kichido
September 3rd, 2023, 4:37pm
Rating: 6.0  / 10.0
Pretty much the same as the anime but with more char. development for the side chars, like some reviewers have said, it kinda stagnates half way,
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Shoko confesses her love very early on, but Shoya misunderstands her because she can't pronounce it properly and then she never confesses again, even when given the opportunity to hold hands causally she goes for his sleeve instead, they only hold hands in the very last frame, which is far from clear if their romance is going anywhere or not.
(Not to mention that she tries to kill herself later on, after watching the fireworks, which seemed like a good event, but it is a complex-thoughts-and-feelings kinda manga)

Shoya never says it, even internally, if he likes her or not, not to mention love her, he's just very protective of her, but that could be just guilt for bullying her 5 years earlier.

And they decide to go to universities in different cities, so chances for their romance to bloom is very slim, and them holding hands (not even in a romantic way) is the only hint they give, which is really frustrating. It is supposedly when they are 20 years old though, so I guess they kept in touch.


There are a lot of complex emotions and surplus drama, very frustrating at times, and some choices are not based in reality, they are just there as plot devices, like his
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best friends not only ignoring him but turning on him (very brutally) and the reason ? because he mentioned that a few girls in class badmouthed Shoko, which was true, one of which was and is in love with Shoya, he didn't say anything bad about his male friends, so them turning on him because he tried to take a few rando girls down with him (to share the blame), well none of that is believable, and these are max 12 year old kids.


Overall I did enjoy it, even after seeing the anime, but the unrealistic plot devices, annoying characters (Naoka & Miki), stagnating middle and romances, plus no real ending all ended up hurting the end result.

This needs a serious rewrite/rethink, because it could have been so much better.
Thank god we have copyright laws, can you image what would happen is someone fixed the story ?
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I would have liked to see more about Shouko  
by Idonotcare
May 25th, 2022, 7:11am
Rating: N/A
The story was cool. I like how it portrayed bullying in the first chapters and the different types of bullies (like the active and passive ones). As for the main character, I like him too. It was an interesting twist that the bully ended up as a victim, and seing how he tried to make amends for his mistakes, making a contrast with the other bullies who never got to learn their lesson (the protagonist's friends), or never felt remorse for what they did (Nao), or never assumed that they were part of the problem (Kawai, the teacher).
Nonetheless, something I didn't like about this story was the LACK of participation of Shouko, I mean, the story is called "A silent voice", so why we couldn't see more about HER version of the story? Everything we learn about her is through other character's perspectives: her sister, her mom, the MC. We never get to hear what she truly feels, what is she like, what heppened to her before changing schools, and after graduating (middle school and high school). This way, we don't know anything about her, her likes, dislikes, aspirations, her deeper thoughts, how are things going in her current school (is she being bullied? Does she have friends? Does she feel alone?). And the MC doesn't know anything either, and this is because the author decided to put the attention on the other characters and their irrelevant lives, thus making the two "protagonists" (Shoya & Shouko) less interesting and irrelevant to their own story.
I would have LOVED to see more meaningfull interactions between Shoya and Shouko beacuse that was the whole idea, that they could start again as friends, and this could have opened new oportunities to explore Shouko's psique (I mean, she went through bullying all her elementary school life, technically. That can't go unnoticed in her current behaviour), and maybe we could have learn more about her new school life as a high schooler, learn more about her personality, the other bullies of her past (thus, making Shoya not feel SO guilty about putting ALL the blame on himself).
As for Shoya, we could have seen him express his inner thoughts and all the excesive guilt he feels. This way Shouko could have talked about it with him, easing the pain that haunted him for so many years. After all, why the heck did he learned sign language if they barely use it?
It's frustrating to see the other characters take the spot light and see their lives coming together, while the protagonists take a back seat on their own goddamn story.
Shoya could easily have chosen to have a career as something related to awareness and information of deaf people in education, or bullying, such as a Minister of Education (since he's so obsessed with making amends for what he did), instead of choosing to be a hairdresser just because.
As for Shouko, I was dissapointed that we never got to see what she wanted to be until the very end (because of the reasons I mentioned before), and the author just threw it in our faces that she wanted to be a hairdresser with no clues along the way.
Consequently, the story eneded up quite mediocrely for both of them, all because it prioritized the secondary characters.
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Frustrating  
by Kamugin
August 23rd, 2021, 11:30pm
Rating: 5.5  / 10.0
I read or watch stories about bulling with angst and rage in my heart because I was a victim of bulling myself, however the bulling part of this manga doesn't go beyond the first volume, after that it drags on around some dumb film the annoying protagonist's friend is set on making to celebrate their friendship. The protagonist evolves from a complete asshole to a dumb pushover unable to put his shit together. A little more romance could have saved the story albeit a victim falling in love to her bully is very unlikely, however this is fiction, no resemblance to actual facts or living people, but as I said before, the protagonist is very dull. His only accomplishment was to learn sign language. We are compelled to root for him, but he is ok being mediocre. Again the ending is shitty, the Japanese doesn't know how to end a romantic story in a satisfactory and fulfilling way. I was so pissed off that I felt the impulse to threw the book off my window, but doing that to my PC would be troublesome.

... Last updated on August 24th, 2021, 10:03am
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Very well crafted, possibly a bit overrated, probably better as a movie  
by MatrixM
August 19th, 2021, 11:06pm
Rating: 8.5  / 10.0
So I remember reading this waaay back but then stopped reading cos it was taken over by crunchyroll and I think I didn't realise that their manga was for free.
Now I've come back over 7 years later, it has a anime film adaptation that is critically acclaimed as one of the best films made in the industry, and I figure hey I should go back to this.
So I did. And This is really good.
As an art-piece I'd give it 9/10, I think. Maybe higher, if I presume to say that I understood the author's intent.
Manga enjoyment-wise I'd be more comfortable giving it a 8.5/10. i.e. for my personal enjoyment.

Where I think it lost a point or half a point is in the story seeming to drag for a few chapters around chapter 15 (I think). There were a couple of chapters where I felt 'This doesn't seem to really be here for a purpose, or at least could have been done more concisely'. That said it does recover, and overall is very well put-together.

This is not a romance.
This is a coming-of-age manga. Or perhaps half that, half drama manga.
A traumatised boy is trying to make amends and later it's about his recovery. It shares a theme or two with Onani master kurosawa and also with the anime AnoHana, two pieces of work I'd also rate 10/10 and perhaps 9/10 respectively.

Interestingly....All this time when I looked back at this manga (back when I'd only read up to ch28 and the 32.5 omake) I misremembered one part of the story
Unrelated to my review but I had thought that when
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Shouko confessed to Shouya, he had only pretended to misunderstood her as saying 'Tsuki' (moon) instead of 'suki' (like/love). In my head, the way it went was she shouts at him as he's leaving "I like you" and turns around and lies "Oh, you're talking about the moon, right? Yeah, it's good" and then rides away, thinking to himself that he doesn't deserved to be loved by her after all he did.
Turns out that's not what happened at all....huh. I kind of like my memory better. But then it'd completely change what the manga ended up being about so, eh. Just thought that was interesting.


Maybe after another 7 years I'll watch the movie. I think that one fault, a lack of conciseness for a small handful of chapters, would of course not be there so I expect a 10/10....although I would be surprised if all the necessary parts are covered in 2 hours..

... Last updated on August 19th, 2021, 11:08pm
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Maaaaaaan🤘  
by MASTER GUYVER
June 22nd, 2021, 10:07pm
Rating: 8.7  / 10.0
I have a history with this series. I watched the movie then read the manga, years later read the manga, watched the movie right after and then right after that started reading the manga again. A month later and I'm about to read the manga now. It's not the story itself that is amazing but the feeling of realism you get from reading it it's bone chilling. Like the author really payed attention to giving characters authentic emotions and isn't afraid to push characters bad side or deals with social fears and mental health and is the one manga I can read while stomaching the bullying.
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Koe no Katachi  
by Anonymous
June 28th, 2020, 4:42pm
Rating: 9.0  / 10.0
Story: 9/10
Art: 8/10
Characters: 9/10
Quality Polish Edition: 8/10
Enjoyment: 10/10
Overall: 8.8/10
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Both movie and manga could have been a bit better  
by panos
October 4th, 2019, 7:33pm
Rating: 8.0  / 10.0
I feel both movie and manga could have been a bit better...

Movie needed about 20-30 more additional minutes since it skipped a lot of things such as Ueno's feelings on almost every single instance of it, the film arc and the ending. Even Nishimiya's chapter where she was dreaming was confusing in the movie. But movie depends on production studio, budget etc...

On the other hand the manga had many irrelevant chapters by the end of it such as the film arc and the kinda lousy timeskip-ending where not much is told or shown and characters seem same. The film chapters could be narrowed down so as to provide a better ending imo.

I think BSzili did a good job summarizing it on some extent.

... Last updated on October 4th, 2019, 7:34pm
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could have been better  
by solitarygray
June 16th, 2019, 11:28am
Rating: 7.1  / 10.0
I liked the theme, there were a few parts which were really engaging, but i feel that this manga was lacking somehow..

Some characters like ueno and kawai who were supposed to have some impact on the plot, felt weird in whatever they did. Mashiba too. Their motivations, and thoughts were not as clearly laid out as it should have been done. There was a lot of potential, but it seems unused.
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Excellent  
by Gundark
May 22nd, 2019, 6:20am
Rating: N/A
well i am not through and it make take a while. Its very emotional, its excellent. Why will it take a while? I stop from time to time, because i am touched. And i don't want to rush through it.
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