Koe no Katachi
A Silent Voice
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Koe no Katachi

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: The Shape of Voice
Japanese: 聲の形
English: A Silent Voice
German: A Silent Voice
Spanish: A Silent Voice
French: A Silent Voice
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 7
Chapters: 64
Status: Finished
Published: Aug 7, 2013 to Nov 19, 2014
Genres: Award Winning Award Winning, Drama Drama
Theme: Romantic Subtext Romantic Subtext
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Authors: Ooima, Yoshitoki (Story & Art)


Score: 8.861 (scored by 137180137,180 users)
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Ranked: #262
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Popularity: #23
Members: 253,134
Favorites: 21,753


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A Silent Voice
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Shouya Ishida, a mischievous elementary school student, finds himself troubled by deaf transfer student Shouko Nishimiya. Despite her genuine attempts to befriend her new classmates, Shouko only proves herself to be an annoyance for Shouya and his friends, provoking them to ridicule her at any possible chance. Soon enough, their taunts turn into constant assault—yet the teachers heartlessly remain apathetic to the situation.

Shouya's misdeeds are finally stopped when Shouko transfers to another school. Denying their involvement, the entire class puts the blame on Shouya. As the new victim of bullying, Shouya gradually becomes meek and reclusive, being treated with contempt and disregard for years to come.

Now a high school student, Shouya meets Shouko again for the first time in five years. Still tormented by his past actions, Shouya is determined to make amends for his mistakes and confront his trauma—even if he must face arduous obstacles along the way.

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Before Koe no Katachi was serialized, the Japanese Federation of the Deaf reviewed the publication due to its subject matter and endorsed the series. The series ranked first on Kono Manga ga Sugoi!'s top 20 manga for male readers in 2015; in the same year, it was nominated for the 19th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize and later won the New Creator Prize. It was also nominated for the eighth Manga Taishou Award and the 38th Kodansha Manga Award in the best shounen category. The manga placed in the Top Ten of the Young Adult Library Services Association's 2016 and 2017 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list.

The series was published in English by Kodansha Comics USA as A Silent Voice from May 26, 2015 to May 24, 2016, and again in a complete box set on December 19, 2017. Crunchyroll simultaneously published the series.

The manga was also released in Chinese by Tong Li Publishing Co., Ltd.; in French by Éditions Ki-oon; in Indonesian by m&c!; in Italian by Edizioni Star Comics; in Portuguese by NewPOP; in Russian by Istari Comics; and in Spanish by Milky Way Ediciones.

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Dec 10, 2014
If you were a bully, would you try to change who you were? If you were a victim of bullying, would you forgive your assailant? Koe no Katachi (literally translated “The Shape of Voice” in English) by Ooima Yoshitoki details the story of Ishida Shouya, and his growth from a savage terror in elementary school, concerned only with satisfying his own need for stimulation, to a young man with concern and empathy for those around him.

We’re first introduced to Shouya as a child, performing a “test of courage” with his friends. You see, dear reader, Shouya is afraid of boredom. School is boring, stagnating is ...
May 10, 2015
Mixed Feelings
While reading this, I thought this would be the greatest thing since internet porn. You got a deaf girl who is getting bullied by some kids, you get a main character who is a bundle of development, and you get some good feels out of it. And then it ends. Abruptly like your mother slamming on the breaks suddenly without your seatbelt and you suddenly hit your head on the dashboard. Then you ask your mom "Why the hell did you do that?" And then she shrugs her shoulders.

Throughout the duration of this mango, it was a rollercoaster of kids trying to not get ...
Jul 22, 2015
Koe no Katachi sensitized me. It kept thinking about it during all the time I read it, and also after. I'll try to explain why this manga is so powerfull.

We follow Ishida Shouya in his quest for redemption, because in his childhood he bullied a deaf girl, Nishimiya Shouko, then being he himself bullied. Many would say he does not deserve forgiveness, but yet, he is trying his best to make up for the time he ruined for Shouko. This journey is just so relatable and credible because ,just like live itself, it has its ups and downs, its happy moments and its sad moments.

During ...

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