Koe no Katachi

A Silent Voice

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: The Shape of Voice
Japanese: 聲の形
English: A Silent Voice
German: A Silent Voice
Spanish: Una Voz Silenciosa
French: A Silent Voice
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 17, 2016
Licensors: Eleven Arts, NYAV Post
Studios: Kyoto Animation
Source: Manga
Genre: DramaDrama
Theme: SchoolSchool
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 2 hr. 10 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.971 (scored by 12392831,239,283 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #142
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #22
Members: 1,801,965
Favorites: 69,185

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Both Kimi no Na wa and Koe no Katachi are romantic films featuring young people who are on the cusp of adulthood. They are both emotionally moving with beautiful artwork and animation. Koe no Katachi doesn't have the same supernatural element that comes with Kimi no Na wa, but it has a similar impact. However, while Koe no Katachi is appropriate for adolescent viewers, it does deal with some severe bullying and darker themes that are absent in Kimi no Na wa, so if that is something that is difficult for you, you may want to avoid this film. 
report Recommended by Karudima
These are two anime films from 2015/2016 portraying school youth dealing with guilt, alienation, and most prolific — disabilities (being unable to speak and being deaf). Both are very high class, good stories dealing with a slice of life setting focusing on human interactions; like love, friendship, feelings towards self, and how they can vary depending on one's own mood. 
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Group of friends torn apart by some event that happens in their childhood. Both story are focus around the female lead that was unintentionally responsible for these events and follows the characters in their journey to fixing the relationship of the group 
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The female character completely changes the life of the male character in the story. Male characters change throughout the story from the beginning to the end of the movie. Sure, watching this movie will make you cry and change your view of seeing life, because the thread that separates life and death is questioned. Importantly, people can change the lives of others completely, and the animation shows it. 
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• Center around the insight into disabilities. • Similar personalities with main characters and side characters. • Similar pacing, environments and soundtracks. • Same sort of aesthetic features in the animation.  
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Very beautiful, personal stories of growth, self-discovery, and overcoming your past trauma. Top quality animation and art, fantastic directing, excellent soundtracks. These are two of the most personal feeling anime I have ever watched. Lots of great emotion and drama. If you want something to break and then fix your heart, these two are some of the best. Bring tissues. 
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Superficially, we get a melodrama on both shows with a male protagonist suffering from their internal conflicts and a heroine that becomes a catalyst for the protagonist to grow. But why I believe these two are very similar is due to sharing a similar thematic irony. In Koe no Katachi, the protagonist learns to "hear the world" from a deaf girl. Likewise, Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso has a similar underlying theme as well. Moreover, the animation and OST on both animes are beautifully executed as well.  
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Both of these look heavily into self-loathing and self-discovery. They are, at their cores, stories about forgiving yourself and overcoming your own psychological weaknesses. They are about discovering what it is that you want to do in life and what your passions mean. Fantastic directing, art, animation, and style in both. Some of the best at setting a deeply reflective mood. Tons of good drama and character building as well.  
report Recommended by Xaeveax
The story for both have something to do with suicide and both are great and give the same vibe in a way in my opinion and those who didn't get attention yet** you can watch now Koe no katachi on anime sites 
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These two are very similar in the way that the mc wants to "save" or "help" a female character, in their childhood years. Koe no Katachi is more about regret and the mc is trying to make up for it, while Erased is just trying to prevent something from happening. There are no "fantasy" elements to Koe No Katachi however. Both are kind of about human bonds. KNK has a more emotional growth to it, while Erased it's just Satoru trying to fix his problem, but not necessarily becoming super close to the girl (they have moments but i wouldn't say theyre close.) Both are  read more 
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Both anime deal with the theme of suicide, as well as a male character being regretful of his hurtful actions towards a vulnerable female character. 
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- These anime are about the struggles the male MCs face as they grow up. - Both anime have 'regret' as one of the main themes. - If you felt like crying for one of these anime, then you'll most likely cry for the other one as well. - Both anime are in the world of slice of life. If you're a fan of this genre then you might like both as well. 
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These are two go-to movies if you want a good cry. Super good art direction, animation, color, etc. They both have very similar themes of self-discovery, of trying to venture into a world you are uncomfortable with, and trying your hardest to survive in mentally challenging situations. If you want to watch a movie with lots of heart, that were clearly passion projects, these two are fantastic. 
report Recommended by Xaeveax
The biggest similarity is probably the way they block people out. Mc here sees them as scare crows and the a silent voice MC sees them with X's over their faces. They also have pretty similar styles 
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Changing with hardships. Weathering With You and A Silent Voice follows MCs who wishes to change their lives for the better due to past experiences. Weathering With You follows Hodaka as a runaway going into Tokyo, struggling at first. A Silent Voice is the same though Shouya changes as he ages due to his past as a bully, struggling in the process. Both are great visual masterpieces with Weathering With You having supernatural, fantasy elements. Whilst A Silent Voice is a school drama about the change of a bully. 
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This Movie touch on a lot of relevant subjects with a different perspective than many other with the same type of message. It might feel a bit long sometimes and drags on, but it were no big issue for me. Like Garden of words (Kotono no Niwa) it is about a generally common subject, but both has likeable characters with their understanable way of dealing with trouble. Although they do not have similar artstyle, they still have similar way of pushing a subject out.  read more 
report Recommended by Lurifax_10
Both involves depression, suicide, friendship and have beautiful, positive messages in other words it shows that mental illnesses are able to overcome it.  
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Both Tamako Love Story and Koe no Katachi are directed by Naoko Yamada and produced by Kyoto Animation. Direction styles are distinctively her own, with use of cinematographic techniques and use of flowers as metaphors and right choice of music enhancing the experience. Tamako Love Story has a straightforward story although depth is added by the heroine's deceased mother and heroine's friend Midori whose role I would not disclose here (watch the movie. It's a modern classic). In Koe no Katachi, the themes are more dark and serious and an important side character, Ueno, is voiced by the same voice actress who played Midori- and  read more 
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In both movies the female protagonist transferred to another school. In both movies after a few years pass they meet up again and hang out. The differences is the female isn't bullied, both protagonists don't try to kill each other like Koe no Katachi. Another difference is in 5 centimeters per second the male doesn't have problems with other people and has friends. 
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-Common Elements: ->Both have a girl who can't communicate in a normal way and some romance with a troublesome boy. But in Senryuu Shoujo it's totally focused on comedy and the boy is genuinely a good person, while Koe no Katachi is an intense drama with the boy correcting his past mistakes. ->Both are slice of life anime, with some focus on school life.  
report Recommended by Andrew_Prince
A Silent Voice and Mirai share a similar path in expressing hate of a character, only to understand them in their respective future together. A Silent Voice follows Ishida bullying deaf girl Shouko. Mirai follows a jealous Kun bullying his little sister Mirai due to her existence taking away his love from his parents. Both Ishida and Kun end up going through some shift in time to talk things through with the ones they have victimised. A Silent Voice does this via time skip, Mirai literally uses time travel. Both are good movies, which happen to be s.o.l, with good visuals all around.  
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While this may seem like a crazy recommendation at first glance, the two actually share quite similar themes and messages once you get to the end. They both deal with issues of life and death, self-loathing, regret, and trying to understand others. While Death Parade certainly focuses on it's style and aesthetic, which it has in spades, it never strays from the root message it is trying to convey. Koe no Katachi contains similar messages, mainly about the value of human life and what it means to connect to others. Both Death Parade and Koe no Katachi attempt to not only show the viewer the  read more 
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Both female leads are using a notebook to communicate or making conversations to everyone. Komi, Shouko who is afraid to speak to everyone and Nishimiya, Shouko who is deaf so she can't speak nor hear anyone. (Both have the same name "Shouko") Komi, Shouko & Ishida, Shouya who has Communication Disorder, both of them are afraid of facing everyone nor talk to them. "Komi-san wa, Comyushou desu" is comedy, wholesome, and lighthearted. while "Koe no Katachi" talks about serious issues like anxiety, depression, suicide, and bullying which has more serious tones. 
report Recommended by TheMiserableWeeb
Animes that are based on self-discovery where main characters overcome the obstacles in their lives. Both have beautiful animation with characters who you can project yourself onto, bonding with their relatable experiences. Koe no Katachi is centred around the main character whilst Flavours of Youth is a collection of stories. If you enjoyed one of these two you'll be sure to enjoy the other. 
report Recommended by honeytaro
Both series tackle serious problems in society in relation to the growth, acceptance and reconciliation with peoples' pasts and how they change from it. Both also mention deep themes such as bullying and suicide. 
report Recommended by ag_
Although a silent voice is a movie, they equally touch upon themes and ideas of growth, difficulties in life and relationships alongside beats that many consider to be emotional.  
report Recommended by ManWild
Both Films have a similar vibe like repenting on there action from there past and befriending the person they trigger they're past mistake. Both Film are very good, kinda a tearjerker. 
report Recommended by AkatsukiUlquiora
Both have: -Beautiful Art -About a love story -Overcoming their personal identity. -Overcoming there personal indemnity of there past. -Creating meaningful friendship along the way. -Creative POV of the main characters how they see the world <3 Overall a 86% correlation if I have to say ~ 
report Recommended by SeungMin
Good plot. not a harem whilst being a romance and has a deep meaning where the main characters love each other through hardships. That's what makes these 3 alike and the only romance anime I really enjoyed. 
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I’m surprised this has not been recommended yet. Although these anime might seem vastly different, both are essentially about girls coping with disabilities and trying to fit in society. While A Silent Voice is much more explicit in this regard, it’s still quite prevalent in Interviews With Monster Girls. 
report Recommended by Darrell_Jordan
The main characters are very different but have the same connection. It feels these titles could co exist in the same world if you're looking for the same feeling to get lost in. 
report Recommended by Tiny_Panda
They both teach life lessons and are great to watch. Though Red Shoes is a more light hearted film compared to A Silent Voice, they both cover topics that are very important.  
report Recommended by faiithfulli
-tackles about bullying -mc's voice problems -suicide attempts -will (hopefully) make you feel "I'm glad to be alive" looking for a show that will both give you tears and lessons? here it is 
report Recommended by Eurus_Makishima
The beginning is equally impacting, both movies are dramatic and feature great character development. 
report Recommended by Erforscht
Both are very touching; Both have great animation. Both make an extraordinary job in storytelling meanings 
report Recommended by Jonysombra
Such a touchy movie, I really cried a lot. The movie shows how to girl get bullied day by day, but she finally understand it...It's so omg i can't describe it It's such a touchy movie same genre such as Hyouka or Nagi no Asukara ~ watch it >o< 
report Recommended by Sarxh53
Another "Kyoto Animation" work with good production values. In this one, while being a slice-of-life, there's an actual character progression, theme exploration, and the girls aren't moe blobs. The end was a bit rushed but as a whole, it didn't ruin the experience. Plus, I'm a fan of musicals and the music here is great 
report Recommended by JiegerBlack34
Both are Romantic slice of life, that will have you reaching for the tissues.  
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We all hate bullies. We even hate these people sometimes to the point where we think of irredeemable pricks. But life goes on, and every now and then, a person changes. Even those we hate. Boruto is a kid who has everything. Naruto is his father. If you're not familiar with that name, then you're not a true anime fan. He's like the Batman of manga, almost every single person in the anime community knows who he is. But Boruto.. is a different kind of character. He's the Damian Wayne to Naruto's Batman. His own offspring, but completely different from him. And even has hate towards  read more 
report Recommended by KiroTheAssassin
these movies deal with relationships where one character is "different", and also deal with the concept of "disappearing". both of them made me super emotional and got me invested in the plot/development of the relationships very quickly. 
report Recommended by zach293
Sure Silent voice will make you cry (some people) but I think Night Is Short, Walk on Girl is much better then Silent voice. OST: Silent voice < Night Is Short, Walk on Girl Character : Silent voice < Night Is Short, Walk on Girl Art : Silent Voice = Night Is Short, Walk on Girl I think most people can relate to both movie but I personally I related more to Night Is Short, Walk on Girl then silent voice 
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Coming of age. Growing up can be hard, especially with how the world can view you or vice versa, another struggle that comes with growing up is regret. Stories A Silent Voice and Wolf Children understand this clearly. A Silent Voice is about Ishida and his past regrets of being a former bully and how that had changed him, his reputation, and his views. Wolf Children is about Ame and Yuki’s time growing up and learning how different people act with the 'strange' people around them, causing them as well, to have their personalities and views change. Both are great anime movies which earn the titles of  read more 
report Recommended by NextUniverse
Both focus on love and being unable to express it, same animation studio as well (KyoAni), so both have a very similar feel and emotional endings. 
report Recommended by hharding
Similarities: Group gets torn apart by some event in childhood Fixing relationships of the group Focused on the Female MC Emotional 
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If you people didn't have watched the doraemon,no problem you can watch stand by me and I highly recommend to you to watch this movie. 1.Both will make you sad. 2.Both will make you happy. 3.Both movies tell us the importance of a good friend.  
report Recommended by Dinorexy007
Its got the same bittersweet feels and its very chill and emotional 
report Recommended by Premiumsoybeans
They both deal with problems surrounding societal attitudes towards people with disabilities. They are both universal stories that are easy to connect to on an emotional level. 
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Both deal with friendship and failure to overcome past trauma while trying to find a world where peace can exist. Though Higurashi is very much a more horror-oriented show its 2nd season deals with similar dramatic issues.  
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It's sad from beginning to end and has great art. 
report Recommended by Niveen_Sleem
Well, both anime involve a Main Character who gets bullied/humiliated by the other Main Character. Also, both MCs have a notebook which is very precious to them. OreShura is more comedic & lighthearted (where our main protagonist didn't really care about getting humiliated), while Koe no Katachi is more serious & darker. 
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Both feature a Male Protagonist who try to save the girl(s) even though he always suffering. Aside from that, both anime are very different. Re:Zero is a fantasy anime (with battles, of course), while Koe no Katachi is an anime focused on teenager problems (more precisely on the victims of bully). 
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- Teen romance anime that also have more going on underneath the who-likes-who - Realistic depictions of grade-school kids (little shits) - Language. Japanese Sign Language in Koe no Katachi, and classic Japanese poetry in Chihayafuru - Romance drama with believable characters 
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Similarities: Both are pretty dark, serious, and dramatic for an anime (plotwise) made by Kyoani, although Kyoukai has more violence and fighting Both have male and female protagonists who are always suffering and struggling because of their past actions. Differences: Kyoukai no Kanata is more supernatural, while Koe no Katachi is more of a slice of life. 
report Recommended by Markdoka
They both share a similar theme of having social angst and most importantly the struggle to communicate their individuality. They are both feel good movies. 
report Recommended by OhsnapitsDavid
Similar themes of getting over your past and dealing with your baggage. Very good at portraying the human emotions that come with self-loathing and the confusion that comes with being in a world you feel doesn't want you there. They are beautiful stories that shouldn't be missed. A Silent Voice is certainly brighter in terms ov visual aesthetic, but both get quite dark when they need to. 
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Kids with a disability cause feels, for Silent Voice it's deafness and being too passive when making friends followed by the bullies point of view, for Kotoura it's ESP paired with social skills that never develop. Kotoura has a much shorter story with lots of filler in the middle but while Koe no Katachi takes it's time a bit it never feels as filler-y. Kotoura adds an interesting supernatural element to a slice of life comedy while Koe no Katachi plays a real issue straight forward. Both have girls beaten down because of something they can't control and the bully realize it was wrong and  read more 
report Recommended by Ptrico94
Although both anime have different genres (NGE is a mecha action anime, while Koe no Katachi is a slice of life drama) both have a male protagonist who is always suffering, and has a traumatic, mentally scarring plot and premise, although NGE has more blood, gore, and violence. 
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Different genre (PMMM is about magical girls, Koe is a slice of life drama), but both have the same protagonist who is suffering because of their foolish actions. Both have intense and serious subject matter, despite both having a "lighthearted" artstyle, although PMMM has more violence. 
report Recommended by Markdoka
Both main characters had suffered bullying. Both main characters are in a "special" or different condition from the rest of their group. 
report Recommended by shiro_kai
Watching High Score Girl third episode made me think about Koe no Katachi and it is because of the 2 characters: - We get this relationship where the girl can not talk but the guy understands her. The girl doesn't use her voice - they use other "language" instead. Sign language or via playing games. - Also in the beginning the main guy dislikes her, but a lot changes. - The main characters also feel similar. Other than that, the themes are different but both have beautiful stories of a developing relationship. You should definitely check out High Score girl if you liked Koe no Katachi  read more 
report Recommended by Lylaaz
Very powerful emotionally. Centers around a girl struggling with her confidence, her health or an impairment and her social life. 
report Recommended by Zoldra0
Both stories tell us about the reunion of two people, who after some time will seek to settle their conflicts of the past with the goal of becoming friends and being able to remove the remorse from above. 
report Recommended by Rising_Sun
-Both anime's themes is about friendship. -Both male leads intentions is to make friends with the female lead. -Both female leads are loners. -Both are about school life. -And after you watched both you'll kinda feel they had the same vibe. 
report Recommended by Infinite_Name
I see, you maybe are now crying because an anime you have jst watched. Well, so you just finished Koe No Katachi or Oregairu and want something else, something different but not a lot, so, these are your titles. It may sound strange and out of context, but these two animes have a lot of similarities with ther MC, both of them are in the search of something else with the people around them, they want something, but they always thinks of their past and knows who the life works and that it will be difficult. The cast in general is also great in both animes, and sometimes  read more 
report Recommended by ToniG
One of the MCs of each shows use sign language to communicate with others 
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In contrast to the fairly serious Koe no Katachi, Sakurasou is heavily laced with tasteless humor and fan service. However, both shows focuses on two characters that struggle to communicate with each other and are desperately trying to understand one another.  
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Ishida and Legosi. Both MC males have committed a sin to a girl and they are both atoning for what they have done.  
report Recommended by trafalgarxd
Both movies go over the aspect of overcoming prejudice and discrimination by "putting oneself in the other's shoes". 
report Recommended by CB3GD
+ Self conscious main character + Theme of bullying/ depression/ self-doubt/ anxiety + "Hero" type romantic interests + Cute romantic interactions + Moments of worry/suspense  
report Recommended by Halie-Chan
It's another sweet slice of life anime which deal with the friendship and how to fix the things that are broken 
report Recommended by Anime_Lover_JR
While Koe no Katachi occurs during middle school and high school, and Hachimitsu to Clover occurs during college and early adulthood, their stories feature a cast of complex characters who struggle to discover and accept themselves through important moments of their lives. Both anime portray emotional subjects with integrity and sincerity that makes the characters deeply relatable.  
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Both take a deeper approach on the subject of bullying and the effect it plays on the victim. While Koe no Katachi focus' more on the aftermath of bullying and redemption, Sangatsu 2nd Season focus' more on the actual events of bullying and dealing with it atm. 
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