Koe no Katachi
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Koe no Katachi

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: A Silent Voice
Japanese: 聲の形


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


Score: 8.411 (scored by 3309833,098 users)
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Ranked: #1772
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Popularity: #221
Members: 57,660
Favorites: 638
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Elementary school student Shouya Ishida is creeped out when Shouko Nishimiya, a meek girl born with impaired hearing, transfers into his class. Following her arrival, Shouya and his friends begin to torment Shouko, making her the hapless target of ridicule and assault. The constant bullying turns school into a living hell for Shouko, where even the teachers remain indifferent to the situation.

Koe no Katachi tells the heartbreaking story of Shouko falling victim to bullying, but also one of hope, remorse, and redemption.

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Although the one-shot Koe no Katachi won the 80th Weekly Shounen Magazine Newbie Best Mangaka Award in 2008, 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.

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More reviewsReviews

Mar 7, 2013
leo22334455 (All reviews)
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
May 7, 2013
Grumpy-Lee (All reviews)
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
Mar 3, 2013
S2C (All reviews)
I'm not going to lie and say i truly enjoyed this story, but i will say that the idea of the story truly is amazing. Now i may be contradicting myself with what i just said, but the reason i didn't entirely enjoy the story was that it was just so sad and so real, however, when i finished i found myself saying "what a story" because it was just that good. That's as much as i can say because it is a one-shot after all and there isn't to much i can say without ruining the story.
May 6, 2013
RedCellophane (All reviews)
Koe no Katachi is a truly remarkable story. Who would've thought that you could experience such emotion from what? 62 pages, or near enough. It's quite refreshing and worthy of all the praise it's received. I loved how thought provoking it is, I really started to question myself whilst reading it, and the fact that a one shot could do that is incredible. I enjoy reading one shots because there are no emotional strings attached (aside from perhaps a few 'aaws') but Koe no Katachi left me thinking about it afterwards, thinking about the characters. It braved a serious topic of bullying, neglect and self-hatred, read more


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