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10 Manga Like "Koe no Katachi" ("A Silent Voice")

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Cheeky Kid has been watching anime and reading manga for as long as he can remember. Doing so takes him to different worlds.

Shouya Ishida (left) and Shouko Nishimiya (right) are the main characters in "Koe no Katachi" ("A Silent Voice"), which is an emotionally charged manga about bullying.

Shouya Ishida (left) and Shouko Nishimiya (right) are the main characters in "Koe no Katachi" ("A Silent Voice"), which is an emotionally charged manga about bullying.

Plot Summary of Koe no Katachi

Young Shouya Ishida used to enjoy bullying his deaf classmate, Shouko Nishimiya. Every day, he found new ways to tease and make fun of her. But when the bullying intensified and Shouko transferred to another school, life began to drastically change for Shouya. The tides turned, and he suddenly became the new target of ostracism and bullying in his class.

Now in high school, Shouya is a loner who has no friends, nor anyone he can open up to. He spends his days reaping what he sowed during his childhood. But as he walks the halls of his new school, he sees a familiar face. It's Shouko—the girl he used to bully.

Shouya has turned a new leaf. But will Shouko accept his efforts? Will Shouya be able to redeem himself?

A Dramatic, Emotional Manga

Koe no Katachi (which translates to A Silent Voice) is a dramatic manga that explores the subjects of bullying and redemption. It delivers a meaningful message while captivating readers and touching their hearts, and the series has been successful and popular.

If you're looking for other manga with a similar depth of emotion, I've listed 10 recommendations below. Start reading, and get caught up in the drama of these heartfelt stories.

10 Manga Like A Silent Voice

  1. Kami-sama ga Uso wo Tsuku (God Tells Lies)
  2. Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (Your Lie in April)
  3. Orange
  4. Chikan Otoko
  5. Oyasumi Punpun (Goodnight Punpun)
  6. Kingyo Sou
  7. Horimiya
  8. Real
  9. Onani Master Kurosawa
  10. Can’t See Can’t Hear But Love
"God Tells Lies" portrays life in a realistic manner, similar to "A Silent Voice."

"God Tells Lies" portrays life in a realistic manner, similar to "A Silent Voice."

1. Kami-sama ga Uso wo Tsuku (God Tells Lies)

Natsuru Nanao is a young boy with big hopes and dreams. His passion is playing soccer, and he wants to become a professional player one day. In the meantime, he has other things to deal with: He meets a girl named Rio Suzumura, and his life takes an unexpected twist.

How It's Similar

If you think that this is just another sweet, silly romantic story, then you’re horribly mistaken! Much like Koe no Katachi, Kami-sama ga Uso wo Tsuku portrays life in a cynical, realistic manner, and it's pretty dramatic. Although this series is short, it will leave a long-lasting impression on you.

The protagonists in this series must learn to overcome tragedy and adversity, just like Shouya and Shouko.

The protagonists in this series must learn to overcome tragedy and adversity, just like Shouya and Shouko.

2. Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (Your Lie in April)

Young Kousei Arima is a piano prodigy who's known as the "human metronome." But after experiencing a massive tragedy, he loses the ability to hear his own music. Years later, when Kousei is in high school, he no longer plays the piano. Suddenly, a mysterious new person appears in his life: Kaori Miyazono, a whimsical girl with a lot of secrets. With her help, Kousei will hear the beautiful sound of his own music again.

How It's Similar

Struggles and tragedies are part of life. But life must go on. Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso presents a world where you either give up or you learn to overcome your challenges. Much like the sound of a piano, you either float through the beautiful notes or suffer through the clashing chords. In this story, no matter where the music takes you, you'll encounter a series of heartfelt moments.

This manga has a meaningful storyline that delves into regret and redemption, similar to Shouya's journey.

This manga has a meaningful storyline that delves into regret and redemption, similar to Shouya's journey.

3. Orange

A mysterious letter from the future falls into the hands of high school student Naho Takamiya. Surprisingly, the letter was sent to her from her future self! She sent the letter back in time to prevent something terrible from happening—something that concerns the new transfer student, Kakeru Naruse.

How It's Similar

If you’re looking for a manga that explores the themes of depression, loss, and regrets, then Orange is the manga for you. The story is dramatic and so well-developed that you will feel it deep in your heart. Orange is both meaningful and heart-rending, much like Koe no Katachi.

If you were drawn to the realism of "A Silent Voice," then you might like "Chikan Otoko," which is based on actual events.

If you were drawn to the realism of "A Silent Voice," then you might like "Chikan Otoko," which is based on actual events.

4. Chikan Otoko

Chikan Otoko (which translates to Molester Man) follows a guy called Molester Man (yes, really) who has been mistaken for a stalker. In reality, Molester Man is just a student and a part-time worker who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. He tries his best not only to affirm his innocence, but also to help the victim get through the ordeal.

How It's Similar

Chikan Otoko is not an ordinary manga. Why? Because it’s based on a true story. As you read it, you might think, "Whoa, this is so realistic," and that's because it is real! This story has drama, comedy, and romance—and it all happened in real life.

Like "Koe no Katachi," "Goodnight Punpun" is a coming-of-age story that explores the complexities of life.

Like "Koe no Katachi," "Goodnight Punpun" is a coming-of-age story that explores the complexities of life.

5. Oyasumi Punpun (Goodnight Punpun)

Oyasumi Punpun follows the life of Punpun Onodera—a young boy on the cusp of growing up. This is his life, from childhood to adulthood. It features all of his ups and downs and how he lived to tell the tale.

How It's Similar

This manga is a unique, occasionally surreal coming-of-age story. It speaks about the realities of life: the happiness, the sadness, the pain, the complexity, and the fleeting moments that pass by all too quickly.

If you found the romance angle in "A Silent Voice" compelling, you may want to consider "Kingyo Sou." This story also features a deaf protagonist.

If you found the romance angle in "A Silent Voice" compelling, you may want to consider "Kingyo Sou." This story also features a deaf protagonist.

6. Kingyo Sou

High school student Asuka Hariyama has fallen in love, and the target of her affections is Masami Imamura, an aloof boy who also happens to be deaf. Masami can play the drums beautifully; in fact, it’s the sound of his drum that led Asuka to him. But will Asuka be able to connect with him?

How It's Similar

Kingyo Sou is a romance/shoujo/dramatic manga, and it’s about connecting with others despite their differences—and, ultimately, it's about listening to one's own heart. It's an emotional, memorable story that takes a nuanced look at love.

In "Horimiya," the male and female protagonist learn to like and then love each other. This realistic romance story is not as serious as "Koe no Katachi."

In "Horimiya," the male and female protagonist learn to like and then love each other. This realistic romance story is not as serious as "Koe no Katachi."

7. Horimiya

This manga focuses on one guy and one girl, and both of them are pretending to be someone they're not. They're different from each other in many ways, like their attitudes towards school and what they do after school. But when they meet, it's like a light begins to shine on them. They go from strangers to friends, and from friends to a deeper relationship. This is the story of a peculiar pair who finds solace in each other.

How It's Similar

Similar to Koe no Katachi, the emotions in Horimiya feel genuine. It's a realistic manga where nothing seems to be forced; the characters interact in natural ways. While the themes it explores are not as serious or as mature as in A Silent Voice, it presents a romantic, engaging story.

This manga focuses on characters with disabilities, much like "A Silent Voice" does. Here, the protagonists play wheelchair basketball together.

This manga focuses on characters with disabilities, much like "A Silent Voice" does. Here, the protagonists play wheelchair basketball together.

8. Real

Real is a basketball story, but it's about more than just hoops and balls. This manga is about three young men with disabilities who meet each other while playing wheelchair basketball. The series is about passion, dreams, challenges, and—most importantly—hope!

How It's Similar

Like Koe no Katachi, Real focuses on characters with disabilities and how they cope with the struggles they face. The manga offers life lessons that touch both the hearts and souls of readers.

This story, which is for mature readers, shares the themes of bullying and redemption with "Koe no Katachi."

This story, which is for mature readers, shares the themes of bullying and redemption with "Koe no Katachi."

9. Onani Master Kurosawa

Onani Master Kurosawa is a story about redemption. It follows middle school student Kakeru Kurosawa as he goes about his daily after-school routine of pleasuring himself in a girls’ toilet stall. He’s friendless, he’s antisocial, he’s a loner, and he doesn’t have any experience in romance. His demeanor, as well as his dark secret, eventually lead to an unthinkable experience.

How It's Similar

One of the central themes of this story is bullying, and another is redemption—just like in A Silent Voice. The synopsis of this manga is pretty peculiar (and it definitely has mature themes), but the story is surprisingly moving and may make you question your preconceptions. It's another must-read for fans of Koe no Katachi.

The female protagonist in "Can't See Can't Hear But Love" is deaf, like Shouko. The male protagonist is blind.

The female protagonist in "Can't See Can't Hear But Love" is deaf, like Shouko. The male protagonist is blind.

10. Can’t See Can’t Hear But Love

What can a blind man see? What can a deaf woman hear? The answer is love! This manga tells the story of how a blind manhwa artist and a deaf manhwa reader fall in love with one another.

How It's Similar

The title Can’t See Can’t Hear But Love hints at the major theme of this manga, which is the overwhelming power of love. Love is a kind of communication that surpasses disabilities. Like Koe no Katachi, this story shows people overcoming challenges in order to truly connect with one another.

Comments

Edweena on January 02, 2019:

My #1 is always Horimiya!!!!

nipster on June 14, 2017:

That Chikan Otoko review had me dying laughing! The poor guy! LMAO

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