Although the one-shot Koe no Katachi won the 80th Weekly Shounen Magazine Newbie Best Mangaka Award in 2008, the vector of the content made it difficult for publication on any manga magazine until it was published—after months of legal dispute—in the February issue of Bessatsu Shounen Magazine in 2011, where it got first place in the questionnaires. Ooima Yoshitoki'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.
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 to the core.read more
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 of my heart. This manga certainly doesn't possess anything that could thrust us to the edge of our seats the way sword fighting, intellectual skirmishes and bizarre brawls often do. However, this 64-page one-shot's density is solely held together by particles of varying emotions and souls; something that we seldom find in our reading media.
The beauty of this short read is engrossed at its plot at the very least, whereas the characters and art are also commendable but not as riveting as the former. Furthermore, the simplicity exhibited in the execution of events really enthralls me. The story is not actually that strong either, but if anything, it's Ooima's kitschy perspective in life and passion in writing which makes this piece of work worthy of all the praises it's receiving. Reading through the pages where Nishiyama Shouko is being ostracized and aggressively bullied for her hearing impairment utterly weighed everything down in my chest. Furthermore aside from bullying, Koe no Katachi tackles the dreadful corners of humanity where hypocrisy reigns. But ultimately, this manga refurbishes the hope overshadowed by the ugliness of human nature, which is quite well substantiated in Ishida Shouya's change of heart as he elaborately realizes his mistakes and reconciles with Nishiyama years after. Despite the bleakness exhibited, this manga is still strongly moving and at the same time cute.
I am indeed easily propelled (sentimentally) by mangas having similarities to this in terms of themes, although I prefer novels better as my reading medium. Also, I just can't neglect the notion inside me that Koe no Katachi is really really close to Onanie Master Kurosawa with the all the bullying cases, but less on the psychological department. In essence, Koe no Katachi is a promising one-shot capable of grasping every fiber of your emotions for a short duration. If you're the same as me who takes a peculiar kind of pleasure in bawling endlessly beneath a pillow, you'll surely love this as much as I did.
Note: I read this last night while listening to MAXIMUM THE HORMONE, and still, my tears ceaselessly fled from my lachrymal ducts. Koe no Katachi is THAT great.read more
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.
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, no matter how small or obvious it is. That is why I don't like telling people about my hearing loss.
Those without disabilities aren't aware of how lucky they are to not have a disability. You have no idea how bad I've wanted to answer the phone and use my right ear... It's the main reason why I hate anything loud, especially people who listen to music loudly. I feel like I'm being punished for being born with this hearing disability while there are people that don't care how loud they listen to their music. Those people aren't aware that they are lucky to be able to listen to music with both of their ears.
Wow this got a little too personal for a review... But I felt like I needed to give my opinion of this one shot as I can understand what it feels like to not be able to hear things and have a hearing disability.
This manga is really good though. I haven't cried that fast in years. There's an actual manga series of this one shot, so I'm definitely looking forward to reading that!read more