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Shoya Ishida (石田 将也) is a major character introduced in Koe no Katachi. He is the main


male protagonist of the series. Ishida has lived a 'lone wolf' life style after being blamed for the sole bullying of Shoko Nishimiya during elementary school in the 6 grade. Six years later after meeting Nishimiya again and befriending her, he starts to gather new friends together, along with old ones he had during elementary school. Despite the changes in his life, Ishida still struggles to make up for what he did in the past.



During grade school, Ishida loved to go on self-imposed adventures and played a lot, in what he described as a battle against "boredom". He always played pranks with living things or other kids. After Nishimiya transferred to their class, Ishida became more devious as he always mocked Nishimiya, in which resulted in him receiving scoldings from his teachers or mother very often. He was also afraid when learning that his mother would have to pay for Shoko’s replacement hearing aids.

After he became the scapegoat for the bullying of Nishimiya, Ishida was isolated from everyone and became a very introverted individual despite saying that he hated her when she transferred to a different school. Sometime later on he was shock when his former friends told him to stop doing the same old things. As he got older he sold all his stuff and was deeply filled with regret for all the things he did to Nishimiya, and started to contempt others. He also slowly grew to hate everyone and see them as "pretenders", such as Mashiba (who he thinks that having brown hair doesn't suit him), or Miki Kawai (calling her a hypocrite though initially, it was not a complete lie). Above all, Ishida hated himself for having bad thoughts about everyone else.

After reuniting with Nishimiya in high school, Ishida starts to gain friends, hang out and laugh more. Throughout this time, he has the objective to give Nishimiya back the former happiness that he once took away and helps her find the old friends she once had. Even with these acts of atonement, Ishida still struggles in moving on when he remembers his past mistakes and the isolation that followed.

Despite getting mad at someone, later on, Ishida usually is the first one to apologize for his actions and thinks he doesn't have the right to do so. He admitted to Tomohiro Nagatsuka that he became the way he is now because of Nishimiya. He also imagines how life would have been like if he befriended Nishimiya, if Nishimiya had remained friends with Sahara and if he never bullied her.



A Silent Voice



Miyako Ishida

Shoya's Sister


Maria Ishida

Shoko Nishimiya

Yaeko Nishimiya

Yuzuru Nishimiya

Miyoko Sahara

Miki Kawai

Satoshi Mashiba

Tomohiro Nagatsuka


Keisuke Hirose

Kazuki Shimada

Naoka Ueno

Knownable Relatives


  • His name in Japanese means ???.

According to the Databook:

  • His birthday is June 6, and his blood type is ???.
  • His star sign is a Gemini.

Voice Actresses & Actors

  • Japanese : Miyu Irino (older)
  • Japanese voice actress : Mayu Matsuoka (child)
  • English : Robbie Daymond (older), Ryan Shanahan (child)