Ranked #136

Koe no Katachi (One-shot)

Koe no Katachi

Alternative Titles

Japanese: 聲の形


Type: One-shot
Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: 1
Status: Finished
Published: Jan 8, 2011
Genres: Drama, School, Shounen
Authors: Ooima, Yoshitoki (Story & Art)


Score: 8.511 (scored by 13313 users)
Ranked: #1362
Popularity: #165
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A one-shot about a grade school class that tries its best to accept a girl with impaired hearing.


Although the one-shot Koe no Katachi won the 80th Weekly Shounen Magazine Newbie Best Mangaka Award in 2008. Initially as a winning prize it was going to be published in the December issue of Magazine SPECIAL, but the vector of the content made it difficult for publication on any manga magazine, until it was published, after months of legal dispute, in 2011 in the February issue of Bessatsu Shounen Magazine, where it got first place in the questionnaires despite its being a one-shot. This mangaka's debut became the manga version of Mardock Scramble instead of Koe no Katachi, for aforementioned legal disputes.

The one-shot was re-published in 12th issue of the 2013 Weekly Shounen Magazine.

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Mar 7, 2013
What Koe no Katachi has really done is amazing. Evoking such a range of emotions in such a short amount of pages. It's bold and brave and so very real. Its tackles this issue of bullying head on without faltering, the pure truth. The ignorance of the adults, children blaming one another and all of it is so heartbreakingly real. The ending is a good one, though that may not always be the case in real life, but opens the eyes to readers the full impact and effects of bullying. A beautiful story that wouldn't take you even 10 minutes to read but beautiful read more
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May 7, 2013
It's rather rare for me to catalyze a motion of progress whenever I'm in a state of idleness. But having the thought of flipping a few pages of a sentimentally driven one-shot manga last night not being a bit of a drag, I astonishingly caught myself bawling inside.

Koe no Katachi is undoubtedly a work radiating with prominence. Being a one-shot written and drawn by Ooima Yoshitoki, a promising young mangaka, I marched my eyes forth to the manga without any excitement nor high expectations, only a neutral reading experience. And gratefully for that, my dwindling emotions suddenly underwent rapid maturation and eventually softened the walls read more
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Mar 3, 2013
I've never been so angry, sad and happy reading a manga. It really is a beautiful story, makes you think about your actions and what you have to thank. Without a doubt, the best one-shot I've ever read in my life. I believe that if there was a serialization history could be worked deeper and can take it for better or worse, the only hope left.
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Jan 15, 2014
I loved reading this volume but it made me so depressed when you saw the students making fun of Nishimiya, a female transfer student who happened to be deaf. I cried a lot while reading this one shot.

I think the main reason why I felt so emotionally attached to this one shot was because I am deaf in my right ear. I was never bullied in primary school that knew I was half deaf, and I never told anyone in high school or at TAFE about my hearing disability. I know people will always stare at someone with a disability, read more
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