Koe no Katachi
A Silent Voice
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Koe no Katachi

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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 142381142,381 users)
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Ranked: #262
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Popularity: #23
Members: 262,572
Favorites: 22,158


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A Silent Voice
Volume 1


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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Jul 7, 2023
This is one of the best stories I've ever read.
Such a unique premise.
Something you must experience at least once in you life.

Art: 10/10 The characters are so expensive not just with their faces but also their body language. Just immaculate.
Characters: 10/10 This deaf girl spoke to the audience and the people around her louder and clearer than most others wish they could. These are flawed characters but you can empathize with them.

If you don't have the time then at least watch the movie.
Although the movie is my favourite anime of all time the manga is even better. The characters are way more fleshed ...
Aug 22, 2022
Mixed Feelings
Often times when you are a victim of bullying, your bully will have rationalized and doubled down on their bullying, while you suffer at the hands of and hate the guts of said bully. However, Koe no Katachi/A Silent Voice flips the script completely. Protagonist Ishida Shoya, an elementary school bully, falls into a pit of self-hate and depression due to his bullying of poor little Nishimiya Shouko, who in has nothing but kindness amd care for Shoya, and countless shenanigans occur as he tries to find her and her forgiveness, and to make up the years of childhood he ruined for her, before we ...
Mar 16, 2021
A tearjerker with a pitiful main heroine who needs saving and a bully crushed by his guilt is a good read, but sadly comes off as unfinished. While dramatic side of the story draws you in, the romantic side of it leaves much to be desired.

Ms Ōima up-played the importance of a budding love of her characters, but never gave them any resolution, even in a form of a clichéd confession. Ultimately, story proves to be about overcoming one's flaws and weaknesses, and on becoming a better person. It's fine, but foundations for a young romance laid out over entirety of the manga go to ...

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