Koe no Katachi
A Silent Voice
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Koe no Katachi

Alternative Titles

English: A Silent Voice
Synonyms: The Shape of Voice
Japanese: 聲の形


Type: Manga
Volumes: 7
Chapters: 64
Status: Finished
Published: Aug 7, 2013 to Nov 19, 2014
Genre: Drama Drama
Theme: School School
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Authors: Ooima, Yoshitoki (Story & Art)


Score: 8.861 (scored by 121369121,369 users)
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Ranked: #232
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #18
Members: 224,116
Favorites: 19,916

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Shouya Ishida, a boy always looking for ways to beat boredom, ends up looking for it in the wrong place. Weirded out by his new classmate, a deaf transfer student named Shouko Nishimiya, he deems her as the target of his ostracizing and bullying. Day after day, Shouya picks on Shouko, unaware of the effects of his thoughtless actions. He finally understands the pain he has inflicted on her when one day, his bullying culminates in her leaving the school, and his classmates begin to shun and harass him every chance they get instead. Determined to right his wrongs, five years later, Shouya, now a third year high school loner, meets Shouko again. Thus begins the story of a young man's path to redemption.

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Before Koe no Katachi was serialized, Kodansha's Legal Department had an extensive consultation with the Japanese Federation of the Deaf. The series won first place in the Male Readers category of the 2015 Kono Manga ga Sugoi! and the New Creator Prize in the 19th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize. It was also nominated for the 8th Manga Taishou Award, where it ranked third place, and the 38th Kodansha Manga Award for best shounen category.

The series was published in English by Kodansha Comics USA as A Silent Voice from May 26, 2015 to May 31, 2016, and again in a complete box set on December 19, 2017. Crunchyroll simultaneously published the series. It was also published in Spanish by Milky Way Ediciones from February 24, 2015 to February 23, 2016 and also published in Indonesia by M&C!.

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Dec 10, 2014
Cryptic-senpai (All reviews)
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 read more
May 10, 2015
Meowsorz (All reviews)
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 read more
Jul 22, 2015
gust0717 (All reviews)
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 read more
Dec 13, 2014
eskimoseb (All reviews)
I discovered Koe no Katachi by chance, and within a day had the entire story finished. It’s an absorbing coming-of-age romance, heavy on the drama with hints of comedy to lighten the tone. It jointly focuses on bullying, the issues of friendship and chasing after one’s dreams. Koe no Katachi has a unique twist though: the main romance is between a deaf girl, Nishimiya Shouko, and the guy who bullied her in elementary school, Ishida Shouyo. An odd pairing it is indeed, but the relationship is driven by the insecurities and weaknesses of both characters, questioning the limits and potential of catharsis to heal what read more

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