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Koe no Katachi: Shouko Nishimiya

"As a wild youth, elementary school student Shouya Ishida sought to beat boredom in the cruelest ways. When the deaf Shouko Nishimiya transfers into his class, Shouya and the rest of his class thoughtlessly bully her for fun. However, when her mother notifies the school, he is singled out and blamed for everything done to her. With Shouko transferring out of the school, Shouya is left at the mercy of his classmates. He is heartlessly ostracized all throughout elementary and middle school, while teachers turn a blind eye.

Now in his third year of high school, Shouya is still plagued by his wrongdoings as a young boy. Sincerely regretting his past actions, he sets out on a journey of redemption: to meet Shouko once more and make amends.

Koe no Katachi tells the heartwarming tale of Shouya´s reunion with Shouko and his honest attempts to redeem himself, all while being continually haunted by the shadows of his past."

Koe no Katachi, or A Silent Voice, is a Shounen School-Romance-Drama movie (from September 17th 2016) and manga series (from August 7th 2013 to November 19th 2014). The manga was written and drawn by Yoshitoki Ooima, with 7 volumes and 64 chapters, and then they made a movie out of it.
So, I will be talking a little bit about one of the mains, Shouko Nishimiya.

Shouko Nishimiya is the female protagonist of the Koe no Katachi series.

Appearance-wise, as a child, Shouko kept her hair in a style somewhat reminiscent of a bob cut except her hair is straighter around the sides. She usually wears dresses when out of her school uniform. In her teens, Shouko has grown into a pretty young lady with a petite build. She is shown to have light brownish-pink wavy hair which reaches her chest and her bangs reach the bridge of her nose. Her eyes are dark brown in color. She is usually seen in only the school´s uniform. Her school uniform consists of a navy blue blazer, a blue ribbon, a white blouse, a light brown sweater (vest), a pale blue skirt with light blue details, navy socks and brown shoes
While Shouko may not be completely deaf (given the hearing aids she possesses in both ears), her hearing loss is drastic enough to the point that she can be considered clinically deaf.

Personality-wise, Shouko is a very easy going person and is able to quickly forgive many, such as Shouya; her childhood bully. She is somewhat clueless and doesn't see herself as a special individual that needs to be pitied. Shouko is also hard to anger and slow to cry, as she has endured a long, painful life; with her mother aside leaving her grandmother to take care of the Nishimiya sisters. Shouko cares deeply for those around her and rather than blaming the world and people that have hurt her, she blames herself. It has been clearly stated that Shouko hates herself and fears that she is useless. She knows she has been such a burden to Naoka as classmates, and tries to reconnect her ties and help Naoka and all she has ´tainted´.

A few facts about Shouko is...
1) ... her blood type is A.
2) ... her name in Japanese (硝子) could also be read as "Garasu" (硝子), which means "glass".
3) ... her English voice actress, Lexi Marman-Cowden, is deaf too.

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Koe no Katachi is SO a movie I need to watch! I have not seen it, I have only seen plenty of pictures, but it looks and sounds amazing! I mean, look at Shouko. She is an adorable jewel; so selfless. I think she is precious and strong at the same time for having to endure a long, tough life like that. It is really admirable.

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