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This is the character list for the manga A Silent Voice. Potential spoilers ahead.

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    Shoya Ishida 
Voiced by: Miyu Irino, Mayu Matsuoka (child) (Japanese), Robbie Daymond, Ryan Shanahan (child) (English)
The protagonist who wants to redeem himself

The main character and narrator. He bullied Shoko Nishimiya in elementary school and when she transferred away was ostracized and bullied by his former friends. Ishida started to ignore those around him and was driven to the point of suicide, however, he changes his mind after he apologizes to Nishimiya and begins to spend time with her.

  • Adorkable: Years of ostracization have made him very socially awkward around people, which can be pretty cute at times.
  • Affectionate Nickname:
    • His mother calls him "Sho-chan", and his niece Maria calls him "Sho-tan" (with "-tan" being a childish pronunciation of "-chan").
    • Nagatsuka starts calling him "Ya-sho" not too long after they start becoming friends.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: After everyone turned on him for bullying Shoko, Shoya became the target of severe bullying and ostracization all the way to high school.
  • Allergic to Routine: His motive for bullying Shoko, mixed with It Amused Me.
  • The Atoner: His defining character trait. After completely ruining Nishimiya’s days in elementary school by bullying her relentlessly, he ultimately found himself feeling tremendous guilt after discovering that she was actively defending him from being bullied by his own classmates. He spends the entire series trying to make up for what he did. He succeeds.
  • Beady-Eyed Loser: He has beady eyes and by high school he has become an ostracized former bully with no friends who was planning to kill himself.
  • Break the Haughty: Bullied Nishimiya to the point where she wanted to die, and when he was called out for it he was abandoned by basically all of his friends and was humiliated even more when he discovered that the girl he was bullying was actually trying to prevent others from bullying him.
  • Classical Anti-Hero: Constantly dealing with self-doubt and remorse over what he did to Nishimiya in their youth.
  • Convenient Coma: He falls into a coma after saving Shoko from her suicide attempt. Which leads to Shoko Putting the Band Back Together.
  • Determinator: No matter what he has to do, no matter what situations he finds himself trapped in, he will make up for what he did to Nishimiya.
  • Driven to Suicide: After growing up and realizing just how horrible he was to Nishimiya, Ishida was pretty much about to kill himself at the beginning of the series. It's a chance encounter with Shoko again, and the urge to atone for what he did, that keeps him from going through - she doesn't realize it, but he considers her as having saved his life as a result.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He wasn't evil as a kid. He was more or less just cruel. As most are. As such, he couldn't understand why Nishimiya would just not fight back when she was being so blatantly bullied by him.
  • Face of a Thug: He really did act like a thug when he was a kid, being a vicious bully and all that. But with age comes Character Development, and he eventually plays this trope so straight that it honestly makes the audience root for him more.
  • Friendless Background: While he had friends in elementary school, he loses them all and doesn't make any more until reconnecting with Shuko in high school.
  • Happily Failed Suicide: In fact was planning on killing himself out of severe depression, loneliness, and self-loathing after years of social neglect. When Shoko forgave him for his past transgressions, she effectively saved his life.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Saves Shoko from her suicide attempt at the cost of falling into a coma for two weeks.
  • Humble Hero: After his vicious Break the Haughty, he becomes a very insecure individual who finds himself constantly pushing to become a better person.
  • I Hate Past Me: Bullying Nishimiya beyond all reason out of fear of being bored is one reason for this. To the point he'd imagine killing his younger self.
  • Insecure Love Interest: The main thing keeping him and Shoko from getting together is his inability to accept that he could ever be worthy of Nishimiya’s affection after what he did to her in their childhood.
  • It Amused Me: As a kid, he always sought a life free of boredom and was actually afraid of the thought of having nothing to do. This fear of his led him to do outright terrible things to Shoko just to excite him. He hates himself for it to this day.
  • Jerkass Realization: For Ishida, when Nishimiya transferred out of his school. That's when he realized that her daily ritual of cleaning abusive graffiti from the classroom wasn't her attempt at dealing with bullying against her - it was her trying to prevent, as much as she could, bullying against him. And yet, he kept trying to bully her right up until her departure.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: His beyond cruel bullying of Nishimiya utterly destroyed his reputation several times over, and is a major focal point of the conflict in the story.
  • Maybe Ever After: With Nishimiya by the end of the story. In fact, it might as well be a Pretty Much Ever After, considering how the two obviously have feelings for each other.
  • Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: While in high school, Shoya is socially ostracized by his peers for his anti-social behavior and rumors concerning his past as a bully. Little does anyone really care to actually try talking to the guy. They'd find out he's a big bag of regrets and a determined Atoner.
  • Nice Guy: Sort of. After spending years to become a Reformed Bully, Shoya is kind of aloof, but means well for people around him so long as they don't go out of their way to spite him. And he will completely go out of his way to make things up to someone if he feels he's wronged them in the slightest. But the moment someone pushes around Nishimiya, or tries to blame him for things long past, he does not take it lightly.
  • Oblivious to Love: He has consistently been ignorant of female attraction. As a kid, he's completely blind to the hints that Ueno likes him (said hints only pile up when flashbacks to the past are shown from Ueno's perspective). In the present, not only has Ueno's feelings grown stronger, but Shoko also grows enamored with him, and he's still unaware of it. He's even oblivious to his own feelings towards Shoko by the end of the story, lampshaded by Ueno near the end. But with the implications of the Maybe Ever After above, this may not last very long.
  • Reformed Bully: Being a bully led to one of the most humiliating and painful moments of his life. His subsequent attempts at making up for being a bully serve as the impetus of the story.
  • Say My Name: He screams out Shoko’s first name for the first time when he runs to stop her suicide attempt.
  • The Scapegoat: Bullied Nishimiya relentlessly because he was afraid of getting bored, and when he was called out for it by his teachers, all of his friends pinned the blame on him... despite being in on the whole thing. This lead to his Heel–Face Turn and his prompt to atone for his actions.
  • Socially Awkward Hero: After discovering the depths of his douchebaggery to Nishimiya, he ends up a social recluse, only able to cope with his own self-loathing by internally chastising his classmates. By the end of the story, he generally becomes much more socially open towards others and has managed to make many friends.
  • Tears of Remorse: Weeps these after finding out how needlessly cruel he was to Nishimiya.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: He went from a bully who mercilessly tormented a deaf girl to a well-meaning guy who wants to atone for all the bad things he did in the past.
  • Work Off the Debt: Ends up having to work for five years to pay back for the hearing aids he took off Shoko. And then his mom burns it by accident.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: He gives a speech like this to Ueno toward the end of the manga.

    Shoko Nishimiya 
Voiced by: Saori Hayami (Japanese), Lexi Cowden (English)
Our Cute Mute heroine

A deaf girl who was bullied by Ishida in elementary school to the point where she had to transfer away. Despite being a victim of continuous bullying, she always keeps a smile on her face. Years later, Ishida searches for her to apologize. She accepts his apology and starts to spend time with him, even falling in love with him when she sees his efforts to redeem himself.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Though most manga artwork depicts her with reddish hair, some pieces of art show that it's just stylized. Her canon color is a dark brown. The film however uses the pinkish red color.
  • Adorkable: She's pretty timid and easily flustered.
  • All-Loving Heroine: Forgives Ishida (and all others who've had a hand in bullying her) almost immediately, even finding the courage to give a Love Confession to the guy relatively early in their rekindled relationship.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Experienced bullying throughout most of her life for being deaf.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: She gives one to Ishida when Ueno re-enters his life. A combination of her Speech Impediment and Ishida's obliviousness makes it fall flat.
  • Apologizes a Lot: Is aware of how much her deafness can obstruct the daily lives of those around her, and as such apologizes frequently for causing everyone trouble. Unfortunately, everyone just becomes annoyed at her when she does this.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Ueno's Veronica. Nishimiya is the sweet and demure new friend who forgives Ishida and supports his attempts to make up for bullying her in the past.
  • Broken Bird: A lifetime of being bullied because of her deafness has made Shoko easily depressed and suicidal.
  • Cute Mute: She's deaf, and while she's able to speak, her Speech Impediment makes it hard to understand her when she does, so she chooses to communicate through Sign Language and a notebook to make things easier.
  • Disabled Love Interest: Shoko goes through a lot of misfortune because of her deafness, especially from bullies in her elementary school years. However, later in life, she becomes a potential love interest for one of her former tormentors, Shoya Ishida, who wants to make up for everything he's done to her.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Literally. When Ishida sees Shoko cleaning his desk and starts pushing her, Shoko bites his hand and starts hitting him. This is the only time we see Shoko physically fight, and the frustration at trying to get Ishida to understand that she’s trying to help him is clearly seen. After this incident, Shoko transfers to another school.
  • Driven to Suicide: It's implied that Shoko's considered it in the past, something her sister tried to alleviate to no avail. She genuinely tries after blaming herself for everyone falling out with one another, but Ishida manages to save her life at the cost of falling into a coma as a result. This tears her up even more, but gives her a second chance to re-examine what Ishida means to everyone, not just her, and take steps to fix what she can.
  • Extreme Doormat: This is deconstructed, as her deafness has made her so alienated with social norms that she tries to make do with neutral responses, unaware that her refusal to actually stand up for herself and her tendency to Apologizes a Lot becomes a matter of contention among her classmates.
  • Fatal Flaw: Her extremely low opinion of herself leads her to making the rash decision of committing suicide due to how her deafness would obstruct the lives of others. This leads to Ishida falling into a coma in his attempt to save her from falling to her death.
  • Freakiness Shame: Downplayed in that she seldom expresses it (see Extreme Doormat, above), but Shoko is clearly embarrassed about her deafness, and her frequent apologies stem from this. It most becomes evident when she sees Ueno not only re-enter Ishida's life but also attempt to flirt with him. Shoko's response is to not only change up her hairstyle but to also attempt to communicate solely through speech (when she's quite aware Ishida is at least conversant in sign language, and she could just text him if she was worried about nuance). As for how well that worked out, see above under Anguished Declaration of Love.
  • Friendless Background: She always had a hard time making friends due to her deafness.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: Shoko’s hair is a medium brown but quite a few official colors give her a red, almost pink, tone.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Shoko has made clear that she doesn't have a high opinion of herself and the reason why she refuses to get angry at others for hurting her is because she blames herself for all her problems. This takes a turn for the worse after Ishida ends up fighting with the group and consequently loses all of his friendships. Shoko blames herself for this, and eventually tries to commit suicide. Fortunately, Ishida saves her and convinces her to be the one to help him live on.
  • Hidden Eyes: While Ishida is in the hospital, her eyes are often obscured by her bangs, reflecting her mental state.
  • Inconsistent Coloring: Her dark brown hair is frequently colored pinkish red in official art. The film adaptation used the red color.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Taken to the extreme. She likes Ishida, but she believes she's dragging him down and she will only bring him trouble if he stays with her.
  • Interrupted Suicide: When Ishida and the other characters end up fighting each other because of the unresolved issues of the past, Shoko blames herself for it and attempts to commit suicide. Ishida saves her from leaping off the balcony of her apartment, and in effect ends up in a coma as a result of him falling.
  • It's All My Fault:
    • Blames herself for Ishida’s comatose state.
    • Yuzuru speculates that this is the reason she never got angry at people who bullied her.
  • Love Confession: Vocally gives one to Ishida at a relatively early point in the story, but because of her deafness, she pronounces the words wrong. Ishida, in turn, cannot understand her, and she runs away completely embarrassed.
  • Maybe Ever After: With Ishida, by the end of the story. In fact, it might as well be a Pretty Much Ever After, considering how the two obviously have feelings for each other.
  • Nice Girl: To the point where the other, cynical characters find themselves flabbergasted at how nice she is. Deconstructed, as she is so nice that everyone who bullied her would just bully her more because her niceness just aggravated them.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: In thefiilm, she has rose-colored hair and she's sweet, kind and forgiving.
  • Shading Colour Dissonance: Her dark brown hair is shaded in as white. As a result, the anime adaptation gave her pinkish red hair.
  • Shrinking Violet: She's very shy and lacks self-confidence.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Fell for Shoya after seeing his many efforts to redeem himself for the past.
  • Speech-Impeded Love Interest: Shoko is deaf and has a very pronounced Speech Impediment because of it. Her Love Confession to Shoya is ruined by him misunderstanding her.
  • Speech Impediment: Her deafness leads to her words being extremely strained and extremely hard to understand. She struggles to verbally communicate coherently.
  • Stepford Smiler: Holds a lot of pain behind her smile, but smiles anyway, whether because she's just that nice or she's trying not to offend anyone.
  • Talking with Signs: She communicates, or at least tries to, with a notebook. This failed early on, because her fellow students saw her muteness and the notebook as reasons to mock and torment her.
  • Tears of Remorse: After Ishida falls into a coma, she becomes so engrossed in her own self-loathing that she can't help but cry.
  • Turn the Other Cheek: No matter how anyone cruelly treated her, she's forgiving to nearly everyone over one apology. This is deconstructed; Shoko doesn't mind forgiving the people who talk ill of her because she hates herself and agrees with most negative sentiments regarding her.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Played for Drama. She keeps her child-like voice well into her teens. It's justified, as her deafness has resulted in her Speech Impediment.

Major Characters

    Yuzuru Nishimiya 
Voiced by: Aoi Yuuki (Japanese), Kristen Sullivan (English)

Shoko’s protective little sister.

  • Adult Fear: She's had to deal with Shoko being bullied and being suicidal since they were kids. Understandably this puts a huge strain on Yuzuru, but she takes up the task of protecting her sister because she believes no one else will.
  • Bifauxnen: Yuzuru makes such a convincing boy that Shoya actually believed her when she claims to be Shoko’s boyfriend.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Inverted; she's very protective of her older sister, who's gone through a lot of bullying throughout her life due to being deaf.
  • Book Dumb: She may be street smart but her grades are terrible.
  • Boyish Short Hair: She cut her hair short so their mother would not cut Shoko’s. This is one of the reasons why she's mistaken for a boy.
  • Camera Fiend: She's usually seen with her camera in hand, and prefers to spend the day goofing off and taking photographs instead of going to school. When we get to see her bedroom the walls are plastered in photographs.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She's never shy about making a cutting remark at someone else's expense.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She's initially cold and hostile to Ishida because of how he bullied her sister in the past and tries to keep him away from Shoko. However, upon learning that Ishida has changed, she mellows down, accepts, and even encourages him to go out with her sister.
  • Frame-Up: She frames the incident of Ishida jumping off a bridge to retrieve her notebook as him being a daredevil, getting him suspended from school. Ishida lets it slide because he knows why she did it, Shoko doesn't and demands that she apologize.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Yuzuru tells her mother that she has no right to dictate who the girls befriend because Ms. Nishimiya hasn't been there for her daughters when they needed her.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's mainly nasty and aloof to people if they seem to threaten her sister, including their mother. She will mellow if a person has proven that they won't hurt Shoko.
  • Jerkass Realization: A subtle case but seeing first hand how hostile and unwilling to forgive her mother was to Ishida despite his good intentions plays a factor in Yuzuru deciding to ease up on him.
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: Looks a lot like a boy, and actually manages to fool Ishida and Nagatsuka into thinking she is one for quite some time. The deception lasts up until Shoko clarifies the situation.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Only takes pictures of dead stuff. Subverted later when it's revealed she was only doing it to discourage Shoko from committing suicide.
  • Ore Onna: She uses the aggressive-masculine pronoun of ore to refer to herself.
  • Promotion to Parent: A variant; because their mother refused to protect Shoko when the latter was in elementary school, and their father left the family, Yuzuru has taken it upon herself to be her sister's protector. She hasn't forgiven her mother for being aloof, even though Ms. Nishimiya has changed.
  • Relative Error: She invokes this by claiming to be Shoko’s boyfriend when she first meets Ishida to keep him away from her sister. Ishida is pretty surprised when he finds out Yuzuru is Shoko’s little sister.
  • Shipper on Deck: She doesn't hide the fact that she ships Ishida/Shoko.
  • Tomboyish Name: Yuzuru is a name often given to boys. This makes her Gender Reveal all the more surprising.
  • Tomboyish Voice: She has such a raspy, vaguely deep voice that she can easily pass as a teenage boy that hasn't broken his voice yet.
  • Tritagonist: The third most prominent character after the two leads; there are several parts from her point of view, through which we gain another perspective on Shoko.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: She acts very mature for someone her age.

    Tomohiro Nagatsuka 
Voiced by: Kensho Ono (Japanese), Graham Halstead (English)

A short, fat and lonely boy who is a habitual liar. After Ishida helps him out when he's in trouble, Nagatsuka swiftly becomes Ishida's self-proclaimed best friend.

  • Bad Liar: Nagatsuka lies a lot, mostly to cover for his own poor self-esteem. Nobody buys it for a second - in fact, it backfires when Nagatsuka tries to tell the class that Ishida fell into a coma because he saved Nishimiya from committing suicide, but nobody believes him.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: When someone tries to steal his bike, Ishida offers his to be taken instead. Nagatsuka sees this act of kindness as a unbreakable act of friendship and starts to idolize Ishida because of this.
  • Berserk Button: Does not take kindly to Yuzuru calling him a fat turd.
  • Clingy Jealous Boy: He becomes defensive and (comically) hostile when Ishida starts to hang out with different people.
  • Curly Hair Is Ugly: He's routinely bullied because of his afro, but he takes pride in his curls.
  • Establishing Character Moment: When he retrieves Ishida's stolen bike after it was lent to the student who pressured Nagatsuka to lend his bike.
  • Fat Best Friend: He's pretty fat and he's Ishida's self-proclaimed best friend.
  • Friendless Background: Although he pretends otherwise for a long time, the truth eventually comes out that he doesn't have any friends besides Ishida. His first major appearance is of him eating lunch by himself.
  • Hero-Worshipper: To Ishida. His idea for a movie is based on how the two of them first met, with him imagining Ishida as tall, athletic and heroic.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: He likes to show-off to hide his own lack of self-respect.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Implied to be one. He fits the former since he had no friends until Ishida came along. As for the latter, he somehow has large amounts of yen at his disposal and uses it for Ishida without question. Ex. On their first day out together as friends, Nagatsuka was somehow able to rent out an entire theater room just for him and Ishida.
  • Nice Guy: He's a bit awkward, but friendly, supportive and grateful.
  • Shipper on Deck: Near the end of the manga, he shows strong signs of being on board with Ishida/Nishimiya as well.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Nagatsuka has a large role in the story, but his trope applies in the sense that he is the first person that Ishida removes an 'X' from his face symbolizing Ishida's willingness to trust and interact with other people.
  • Supreme Chef: He's a surprisingly decent cook.

    Naoka Ueno 
Voiced by: Yuki Kaneko (Japanese), Kira Buckland, Gia Grace (child) (English)

A girl from Ishida and Nishimiya's elementary school and the girl that Ishida was closest to at school. She was Ishida's main helper in bullying Nishimiya. After having separated from him since middle school graduation, Ueno runs into Ishida years later. Unlike Ishida, Ueno never learns her lesson and continues to hate and bully Nishimiya, blaming her for everything that went wrong in the past. She has feelings for Ishida, but is bad at expressing it and only ends up pushing him away.

  • Adaptational Villainy: In the manga, she is eventually cast in a more sympathetic light and is undergoing a Heel–Face Turn by the end. This is lacking in the film, which stops short at her big Pet the Dog moment.
  • The Atoner: Towards Ishida, as she feels guilty for selling him out as a scapegoat and doing nothing when he was getting bullied in the past.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Nishimiya's Betty. Ueno is the Tsundere, borderline Yandere former friend who likes Ishida but her advances only make him feel uneasy.
  • Bullying the Dragon: After attacking Nishimiya earns her a slap from her mother, she merely smacks her back in a rage and turns her tirade onto her, despite the latter, a grown women, being far more capable of fighting back.
  • Childhood Friends: Ishida described Ueno as his closest female friend when they were in Elementary School. Ueno is clearly trying to push this towards a Childhood Friend Romance.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Pretty much the real reason why she hates Nishimiya so much. Ueno has always been jealous that Ishida pays more attention to Nishimiya than her. That feeling has gotten worse now that Ishida and Nishimiya are friends and it's clear they have feelings for each other. Ueno is actually aware that her personality and her conflicts with Nishimiya just pushes Ishida further away, but doesn't know any other way to handle things.
  • Dirty Coward: And how! Her trying to the shift the blame on Ishida to avoid getting into trouble for being involved in bullying Nishimiya says a lot.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Ueno refuses Nishimiya's offers of an umbrella when it's raining several times before finally giving in.
  • Dude, He's Like, in a Coma!: Ueno kisses Ishida while he's in a coma.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Ueno was the first of Ishida's classmates to throw him under the bus and blame him for bullying Nishimiya.
  • Everyone Has Standards: When all the baggage comes out in the present concerning the bullying of Nishimiya in elementary school, Ueno is shown to have little patience for Kawai's Wounded Gazelle Gambit and calls her out on it.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: She doesn't understand that Nishimiya genuinely hates herself and doesn't think ill of her despite everything.
  • Fashion Designer: Designed costumes for contests and for the movie. After high school she's looking into it as an occupation.
  • Golden Mean Fallacy: She attempts to invoke this when she has a serious talk to Nishimiya, suggesting that they just both admit they hate each other and get on with their lives - if Nishimiya hates her, then she feels she doesn't have to feel bad about the way she's treated her because they're "both at fault". This is why Nishimiya's answer that she hates herself makes Ueno so angry; this gives her no way to easily shrug off her guilt.
  • Hate Sink: Gets invoked in-universe; as Ishida opens himself up to his classmates his mental blocks on their face peels away. Because of Ueno's hostile personality towards Nishimiya, it tends to come back repeatedly.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In the manga, she makes peace with Nishimiya after it becomes clear that she's "lost" to her for Ishida's heart, and joins Nishimiya's friend Sahara in a modeling career.
  • Hopeless Suitor: She lost any chance to win over Ishida's affections the moment he started to bond with Nishimiya. It's partly her own fault for how terribly she has handled her relationship with him, even if she doesn't want to admit it.
  • If I Can't Have You...: A mildly tamer version of this. In Chapter 50, Ueno claims that she would rather have Ishida never wake up from his coma, than have him pick Nishimiya over her.
  • Jerkass: Participated in bullying Nishimiya, but unlike Ishida, shows no remorse for it. She also puts down Sahara from time to time, and harshly insults Nagatsuka when a mix-up leads to him thinking she was interested in him. Later, she, too, has the nerve to address Nishimiya's mother condescendingly.note 
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Even though she treats Nishimiya terribly, she also sees through her Stepford Smiler facade and points it out to her.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: At first she seems remorseful for bullying Nishimiya and even invites her to come to an amusement park with her. However this was just an opportunity for Ueno to be cruel to Nishimiya again. Except even this isn't all that it seems; Ueno is mostly trying to get Ishida and Shimada to be friends again.
  • Lack of Empathy: Arguably the most unsympathetic, callous character A Silent Voice has to offer.
  • Pet the Dog: Her Unbroken Vigil at Ishida's bedside, even accepting help from Nishimiya and eventually making peace with her.
  • Self-Serving Memory: Ueno blames Nishimiya's "snitching" to the adults as the reason why Ishida ends up getting ostracized from the others. This conveniently ignores that Ueno also played a role in Nishimiya's bullying and she was quick to divert the blame over onto Ishida.
  • Shadow Archetype: Ishida has changed, Ueno hasn't. If anything, she's become worse. She now represents a lot of what Ishida hates about his past.
  • Tsundere: Deconstructed pretty hard. She likes Ishida, but her attempts to win him over either fall flat or backfire completely, her Cannot Spit It Out tendencies confuse him and her abrasive attitude only pushes him away. Her failure to properly talk to him leaves her frustrated and angry which she channels by lashing out at the world and bullying Nishimiya - which only pushes Ishida further away.
  • The Unapologetic: Years later, she still doesn't think she was wrong to bully Nishimiya.
  • Unbroken Vigil: While Ishida is in hospital, she stays in his room to care for him, but doesn't want him to know it.
  • You Should Have Died Instead: When Ishida nearly gets himself killed saving Nishimiya from committing suicide, Ueno tells Nishimiya she should have died instead.

    Miyoko Sahara 
Voiced by: Yui Ishikawa (Japanese), Melissa Hope, Catie Harvey (child) (English)

A kind girl from Ishida and Nishimiya's elementary school. She was the only person willing to make an effort to learn sign language and befriend Nishimiya, however, this singled her out for bullying too and started to take all her classes in the nurse's office. Ishida finds Sahara several years later so she can reconnect with Nishimiya and she becomes her friend again.

  • Bifauxnen: She gives Yuzuru a run for her money in this department.
  • Fashion Designer: She did costume design for a school contest and made the costumes for the movie. After high school she's aiming for it as a career.
  • Fashion Model: She does modeling for a club at school. As of Chapter 59 she seems to have a burgeoning career as a runway model.
  • Huge Schoolgirl: She's shown to have grown quite tall when Ishida meets her again as a high-schooler. And she wears heels on top of that.
  • I Got Bigger: When Ishida meets her again in high school, she's grown a lot taller.
  • Nice Girl: Compared to the rest of the cast, one of the most kind-hearted and well-meaning characters in the series. Back in elementary school, she was the only one who tried to reach out to Nishimiya by volunteering to learn sign language.
  • Statuesque Stunner: When modeling.
  • What You Are in the Dark: Sahara struggles with this question in her spotlight chapter. For all that she is unquestionably the nicest peer Nishimiya had in middle school, Sahara was hurt so bad by being taunted by classmates that she just hid in the nurse's office for much of the year, as opposed to standing up for Nishimiya. She also feels guilty that she never sought out Nishimiya after the latter transferred or asked Nishimiya how she was holding up. She explicitly compares herself to Ishida, who she felt made that effort in the present day despite what he had done. She also questions herself as to what would have happened if she had been there instead of Ishida when Nishimiya attempted suicide. She doesn't have a satisfying answer to that.

    Miki Kawai 
Voiced by: Megumi Han (Japanese), Amber Lee Connors, Annabelle Corigliano (child) (English)

A girl who was the class representative at Ishida's elementary school. Kawai's accusation of Ishida being a bully is a catalyst to his isolation among his classmates. Kawai becomes Ishida's classmate again in high school and takes part in Nagatsuka's film shooting, bringing Mashiba, whom she has a crush on, in tow.

  • Academic Alpha Bitch: Ishida sees Kawai as one, and he has plenty of reason to think this, considering that most of Kawai's actions are made with her academic reputation in mind.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Kawai comes off as a much worse person in the manga than in the movie, because in the manga, we see Kawai joining in on Nishimiya's bullying by laughing along with it, so Kawai looks like a hypocrite when she cries about her innocence later. But in the movie, we really only see Kawai being nice to Nishimiya, so the only real hint of Kawai's original manga characterization is when she gets Ishida in trouble by telling everyone about his past misdeeds, which can still be interpreted as her simply being scared of being tarred with Guilt by Association by her peers, so Kawai comes off as much nicer in the movie. Also qualifies as Adaptational Nice Guy.
  • Beauty Is Bad: As Kawai grows closer to Mashiba, she begins wearing contacts and her hair down. After Ishida calls her out on her for being Not So Different and begins to realize her classmates also see her as insincere, she returns to original hairstyle.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She feigns innocence when pressed on her role in bullying Nishimiya.
  • Break the Haughty: After been such a self-serving narcissist for the entire series, Kawai starts getting bullied by her classmates when she tells the class that they will make paper cranes as a wish of recovery for Ishida, who is hospitalized after saving Nishimiya. She quickly breaks down at having to experience the feeling of getting bullied for the first time and Kawai resolves to become more empathetic with others from now on.
  • Class Representative: In their elementary school class and in their high school one.
  • Crocodile Tears: When everyone turned on Ishida in elementary school, she immediately turned on the tears when he tried to bring up how she let the bullying happen. In a later chapter, when Ishida again brings up how she was just as bad as him, she turns on the tears and announces to the entire class that Ishida was the one who bullied Nishimiya.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Of all the characters who bullied Nishimiya, she was the only one who didn't understand why the others felt remorse, nor does she understands why she should.
  • Hate Sink: She's full of shit, obviously...
  • Heel–Face Turn: While still self-motivated, she does pledge to become more sensitive from now on.
  • Hypocrite: "Please, don't fabricate memories! Face the truth!" So says Kawai, who, unlike Ishida, refuses to accept her role in Nishimiya's bullying. Almost immediately after, at the bridge, she shouts that she never insulted anyone. When Nagatsuka tries to calm everyone down, Kawai immediately calls him a disgusting blob.
  • It's All About Me: In Kawai's perspective, the whole world revolves around her and everyone should adore her.
  • Karma Houdini: The worst Kawai gets is realizing that other students are bullying and talking about her behind her back for having the class make paper cranes for Ishida while he's in a coma, fitting given that she tossed him under the bus for everyone else to demonize not that long prior. To Kawai, this is a Break the Haughty moment that causes her to pull a minor Heel–Face Turn as it causes her to internally flip out; to the audience, this is a slap on the wrist compared to the kind of treatment and hell the rest of the main characters go through even despite her direct involvement in it all.
  • Narcissist: A text book case. She has a strong need to be seen as important and to be admired, claiming that she works and studies harder than everyone else, and so shouldn't be seen as anything less than great by her classmates. She is bothered when people talk badly about her, thinking that it must be because they are jealous of the relationship she has with her crush. She also believes that she was bullied back in elementary school, just like Nishimiya was, even though in reality she was a bystander who laughed at the bullying and was responsible for turning Ishida into the class scapegoat. But, of course, Kawai appears incapable of acknowledging these flaws, and ultimately believes she can do no wrong.
  • Never My Fault: Refuses to admit to any culpability in Shoko's bullying.
  • Self-Serving Memory: Her memories of past events include her being completely supportive of Nishimiya, trying to stop the bullying against her, being bullied by Ishida herself, later being bullied by Ueno, and in general being the perfect child. Even if you accept that she wasn't actively bullying Nishimiya in middle school, she did laugh along with the bullying, has been a complete Jerkass to Nagatsuka, and slaps Nishimiya when the latter is trying to think of a way to make things better.

    Satoshi Mashiba 
Voiced by: Toshiyuki Toyonaga (Japanese), Max Mittelman (English)

A boy who becomes interested in and joins Ishida's group of friends upon learning they are making a movie.

  • Adaptational Nice Guy: His toxic Bully Hunter behavior is excised in the film.
  • Berserk Button: Bullying behavior gets extreme reactions out of him.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Had thick eyebrows in his youth, which he got teased for.
  • Bully Hunter: Has a great disdain for bullies, becoming violent if he suspects that someone is engaging in the act due to be picked on when he was younger for his thick eyebrows. This later gets deconstructed in his spotlight chapter where it reveals he has a total complex about it and has trouble moving on for those who slighted him in the past.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Mashiba is one of the classmates that Ishida thinks about early on, when he muses at his solitary life before apologizing to Shoko, though his face (like most people's) is obscured by an X.
  • Hidden Depths: Seems like a regular popular guy at first, but it's later shown that he can't stand for bullying, having been on the receiving end of it in the past. He also proves to be a pretty good actor, surprising Shoya when the latter sees the completed movie.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: A mundane version - Mashiba has heavily internalized his issues with his appearance and how it led to being bullied, and he wants nothing more than to be considered just another guy. The reason he reaches out to Ishida multiple times (the first even before Ishida starts opening up to others) is because Ishida is even stranger, and Mashiba wants to feel normal by comparison. Mashiba deconstructs this attitude in his spotlight chapter.
  • Knight Templar: He's such an avid Bully Hunter that he punches Ishida square on the jaw when Ishida admits his past bullying of Shoko out loud. He has a minor My God, What Have I Done? reaction to this in his spotlight chapter, when he realizes that this behavior is leaving him feeling as empty as when he was bullied.
  • Oblivious to Love: He is oblivious to Kawai's crush on him until Ishida pointed it out.
  • Tranquil Fury: While he has strong reactions to bullying, he does it with a calm expression.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: He delivers one of these to Ishida when the latter has emerged from his coma and has hid in the bathroom rather than face their classmates. He never once criticizes Ishida for what he's done and in fact points out that Ishida has never insulted him. This gives Ishida the courage to come forward and start facing first Mashiba, then the rest of his friends, then the school.

    Miyako Ishida 
Voiced by: Satsuki Yukino (Japanese), Sara Cravens (English)

The kind and loving single mother of Shoya and his older sister who owns a hair salon.

  • Anger Born of Worry: The one time she gets really angry at her son is when she realized he was planning to commit suicide. She even threatens to burn all the money he saved up to repay her if he tries to kill himself again (she accidentally burns the money anyway).
  • Good Parents: She's a very loving mother to Shoya and she never gets angry at him or blames him for the troubles all his bullying brought to her.
  • Mum Looks Like a Sister: She's actually a grandmother, and yet she doesn't look much older than her teenage son. It doesn't help that her hair is dyed and cut in a way that makes her look even younger.
  • Parents as People: She's too busy at work and oblivious that her son wanted to commit suicide and when Shoya fell into a coma, she was so overwhelmed by the situation that she doesn't know what to do.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: When she realized her son had been planning to commit suicide, she absolutely rips into him, screaming to high heaven at him for even thinking of doing so and completely freaks out Ishida.

    Yaeko Nishimiya 
Voiced by: Akiko Hiramatsu (Japanese), Lipica Shah (English)

Shoko and Yuzuru's stern mother.

  • Demoted to Extra: Yaeko arguably gets hits the hardest by Kyoani's cuts made to the film adaptation; Yaeko's entire Parents as People sideplot and her eventually forgiveness towards Ishida gets entirely adapted out.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She's very authoritarian, emotionally detached, and shows complete disdain for Ishida. However, after her mother's death, she begins to warm up to Ishida and thanks him for being Yuzuru's friend.
  • Mama Bear: She'll always protect her daughters' well-being whenever it's necessary. A big one is where she fought against Ueno when the latter was beating up Shoko.
  • Parents as People: She was well-meaning but harsh to her daughters to toughen them up, resulting in friction between her and her daughters, especially Yuzuru.
  • Perpetual Frowner: She's always scowling in the film. Not that she has many reasons to be happy.
  • Tough Love: She made Shoko stay at the elementary school where she was bullied for so long in the hopes it would toughen her up and prepare her for how people would treat her.

Minor Characters

    Kazuki Shimada 
Voiced by: Ryo Nishitani, Sachiko Kojima (child) (Japanese), Michael Sinterniklaas, Spencer Rosen (child) (English)

Ishida's best friend in elementary school. He helped him bully Nishimiya. When Nishimiya moved away, Shimada placed all the blame on Ishida and soon became the ringleader of the people bullying Ishida.

  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: He seems to always have a blank look in his eyes regardless of expression.
  • I Was Just Passing Through: How he and Hirose treat pulling Ishida out of the water before he drowned. They were actually just following him to cause trouble when they spotted him in the end.
  • Karma Houdini: He and Hirose suffer absolutely no consequences for bullying Nishimiya and later Ishida, especially when they go out of their way to make Ishida as friendless as possible.
  • Tsundere: Maybe, despite his ended friendship with Ishida. He lightly chuckles when he sees that Ishida is having fun with the others at the amusement park, though he quickly becomes stone-faced when the latter actually notices him, then coldly tells Ueno to mind her own business once he correctly deduces that she led Ishida there in the hopes of getting the two to meet. Much later, when Ishida is about to try to convince the judges to watch their movie again, he tiredly chides Ishida by calling him a lameass, yet also brings up a point for his benefit: "Do you really want the praise of that sort of asshole?"
    • Then there's the fact that despite following Ishida from the festival to see what he was doing for the sake of sheer amusement, he DID work with Hirose to save their old friend from death after he fell from the balcony while saving Nishimiya. He requests that Nishimiya, who witnesses him at the scene, not tell Ishida that he was there.
  • We Used to Be Friends: He used to be friends with Ishida, but wasted no time in bullying and turning on him afterwards.

    Keisuke Hirose 
Voiced by: Takuya Masumoto, Hana Takeda (child) (Japanese), Brian Berkele (child) (English)

Ishida's other best friend in elementary school. Like Shimada, Hirose shunned his friendship with Ishida and bullied him for having bullied Nishimiya.

  • Babies Ever After: No, really. In the Distant Finale, his kid actually walks right into Ishida's leg before moving on towards him and his wife. (Keen-eyed readers will notice that the woman he is with looks like a slightly-older version of the girl that was in his avatar picture when Ueno texted him after Ishida's accident, which would indicate a high-school romance between the two.)
  • I Was Just Passing Through: How he and Shimada treat pulling Ishida out of the water before he drowned. They were actually just following him to cause trouble when they spotted him in the end.
  • Karma Houdini: He and Shimada suffer absolutely no consequences for bullying Nishimiya and later Ishida, especially when they go out of their way to make Ishida as friendless as possible.
  • We Used to Be Friends: He used to be friends with Ishida, but wasted no time in bullying and turning on him afterwards.

Voiced by: Fuminori Komatsu (Japanese), Marc Diraison (English)

Ishida's teacher at elementary school.

  • Adaptational Heroism: The manga depicts him as being half-assed in his attempts to stop Nishimiya's bullying and eventually stopping altogether, before crap hits the fan and he cues the class to make Ishida a scapegoat. In the movie adaptation, however, he sternly tells Ishida off every time he catches him antagonizing Nishimiya without fail. By the time things get ugly, he is seething in Tranquil Fury and seems to moreso be trying to make Ishida take responsibility for what he's done like a man rather than looking for an easy target to pass blame off to.
  • Apathetic Teacher: In a nutshell. He doesn't encourage the bullying, but he doesn't step in to stop it until the Principal got involved. And once Ishida started getting bullied, he tells him that he brought it on himself for everything he did.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He started this way. But once he started getting tired of slowing down class to deal with Nishimiya, he starts letting Ishida's actions slide to the point where he just outright ignores the bully until the Principal of the school threatens to have the police get involved in investigating why so many of her hearing aids were being destroyed. Then he promptly turns on Ishida. And then, after five years, he states that the bullying was good for him in the end.
  • Hypocrite: His early lecture about morality to a young Shoya falls flat once his Apathetic Teacher traits come out.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • He points out that he did tell Ishida to stop (at first) and that its his responsibility for setting an example for the others by bullying her to relieve his boredom.
    • He also points out to Ishida that regardless if Shimada and Hirose was actually bullying him (which is correct), the boy had no right to judge his former friends considering his own actions towards Nishimiya.

    Ito Nishimiya 
Voiced by: Ikuko Tani (Japanese), Janis Carol (English)

Shoko and Yuzuru's maternal grandmother.

  • Dead Man Writing: Left a letter behind for Yuzuru to get along with her mother.
  • Doting Grandparent: Cares for her granddaughters, looking after them when their father left them.
  • Granny Classic: She's kind, patient, loving, wise, and practically raised the two girls while their mother worked to provide for the family. Speaking of which, she was the only person who stayed by Shoko's mother's side after her husband and in-laws abandoned her and Shoko. Her death profoundly influences all three Nishimiya women.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: In a manga where a character is either a Jerkass or The Woobie, Shoko and Yuzuru's grandmother is one of the few truly good characters in the manga who lends moral support to her granddaughters, especially Yuzuru. Sadly, the last time she's seen is in a framed picture on top of her coffin one chapter after she's introduced.

    Maria Ishida 
Voiced by: Erena Kamata (Japanese), AnnaBelle Deaner (English)

Shoya's niece and the daughter of his sister.

  • Anime Hair: Her braids are constantly sticking up, and the ends are shaped like crab's claws.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Half-Japanese from Shoya's sister's side, half-Brazilian from Pedro's side.
  • Cheerful Child: She's a cute and upbeat little kid. The only time she's seen getting truly upset is when Shoya comes home after waking up from his coma, since she though he'd died.
  • Eyes Always Shut: We never see her with her eyes open.
  • Never Bareheaded: She's always seen wearing some kind of hat.

    Shoya's Sister 
Voiced by: Ayano Hamaguchi (Japanese)

Shoya's older sister.

  • The Faceless: On the few occasions that she appears, she's always drawn such that her face is obscured. The only hint that we have to her appearance is that Shoya mistakes Ueno for her when the former is lying under some blankets.
  • Happily Married: To Pedro, a Brazilian.
  • No Name Given: The manga never gives us her name, so she's known only as Shoya's sister.

Voiced by: Ryunosuke Watanuki (Japanese)

The spouse of Shoya's sister, and his brother-in-law.

Alternative Title(s): Koe No Katachi


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