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Koe no Katachi

Koe no Katachi

Alternative Titles

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

Information

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

Statistics

Score: 8.751 (scored by 37323 users)
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Ranked: #342
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Popularity: #27
Members: 68,476
Favorites: 7,044
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Volumes: /7
Chapters: /64

Synopsis

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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Background

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. Crunchyroll simulpub the series. It was also published in Spanish by Milky Way Ediciones from February 24, 2015 to February 23, 2016.

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Characters

Nishimiya, Shouko
Nishimiya, Shouko
Main
Ishida, Shouya
Ishida, Shouya
Main
Ueno, Naoka
Ueno, Naoka
Supporting
Nishimiya, Yuzuru
Nishimiya, Yuzuru
Supporting
Sahara, Miyoko
Sahara, Miyoko
Supporting
Pedro
Pedro
Supporting
Nagatsuka, Tomohiro
Nagatsuka, Tomohiro
Supporting


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ichigo2979
Jan 9, 2014
East Asian schools are somewhat infamous for the teasing, ostracizing and sometimes inhuman oppression students can inflict on their fellow classmates. This is not to say that educational institutions across the world, from preschool to graduate, are exempt from bullying in some form or another. It’s a universal phenomenon that crops up wherever social order exists.

Those who are doing the bullying may not realize the extent of the damage they cause (“We’re just having fun”) or otherwise justify it through the abasement of their victims (“he’s so weird; she deserves it”).

Those at the receiving end often “demonize” their oppressors and curse the world and read more
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Cryptic-senpai
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 read more
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gust0717
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 read more
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devilsfruitt
Dec 25, 2013
Story/Enjoyment: Koe no Katachi started as a one-shot and evolved in to so much more.
The original storyline focused on the main character, Ishida Shouya and his interactions with the new girl in class, Nishimiya Shouko. Nishimiya is not just any transfer student, she is deaf. This fact is very difficult for Ishida, his class, and even his teacher to grasp.
The manga itself deals with very heavy topics, like bullying and suicide. Although the one-shot portrayed the bullying and its effects on not only Nishimiya's but Ishida's lives, the manga continuation of Koe no Katachi deals with the after-affects of bullying and Ishida's life a few read more
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