|Voice Actor:||Saori Hayami (JP)|
Lexi Marman-Cowden (EN)
Mélanie Lemaistre (FR)
Shouko Nishimiya (西宮 硝子, Nishimiya Shōko) is the female protagonist of the Koe no Katachi series.
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. Despite this, it has been shown that though she cannot clearly understand individual words, she can hear various pitches of tones in the voices of other people. Also as stated in Chapter 21, Nishimiya is observed to only wear one hearing aid. This may be a repercussion of Ishida's act of pulling out her other hearing aid, and permanently damaging her ear in Chapter 03.
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, she has grown into a pretty young lady with a petite build. She is shown to have chest-length light brownish wavy hair that has bangs reaching the bridge of her nose and hazel eyes that have a hint of green. She is usually seen in only the school's uniform.
Her school uniform is 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.
Shouko is a very easy going person and is able to quickly forgive many, such as Shouya Ishida; 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 Ueno as classmates, and tries to reconnect her ties and help Naoka and all she has 'tainted'.
During Grade school, he was her main bully. But after they met again in High School, Shouya asked her to befriend him in which she agreed to. He helped her gather friends but Shouya was uneasy as they met their classmates in Grade School. Shouko then fell in love with Shouya and once confessed to him but he misinterpreted the word "suki" (I like you) as "tsuki" (The Moon). In the end, Shouya wanted to be friends with her alone in which she felt guilty that he is feeling miserable. However, they both go through a series of life-changing events together, which changes both of their outlooks on life. At the end, in the graduation event, after fixing their friendship with the others, Shouko and Shouya are portrayed by going into a room taken by their hands, a metaphor that they will be together as a couple from now on.
Sahara voluntarily learned sign language and helped Shouko during Grade School but after she got bullied too, she stopped attending class until their graduation. Shouya helped Shouko find Sahara during High School as she felt responsible for Sahara getting bullied. When they met again, thanks to Shouya's efforts, they rebuilt their friendship and ever since, they meet up with each other every Tuesday on the bridge.
At first, Ueno was the one helping Shouko to understand what was happening in class during Grade School, but she started to feel hostile towards Shouko after she supposedly slowed down the class and costed them to lose in the choir competition. Ueno then became one of her bullies.
After meeting her again, Ueno admitted that despite trying to make up with her, she still disliked her due to her 'foolish' way of behaving.
Kawai and Shouko appeared to be on good terms during Grade School, and Kawai was never involved in the bullying, or so she says. It is lightly implied she noticed it happening but ignored it to protect her own reputation and popularity. She may have actually found some of it entertaining like the rest of the class. During High School, Kawai was never in bad terms with Shouko as they went to different schools, but she still presented herself as selfish and overprotective of her reputation and hated the past being brought up and refused to take any blame for ignoring the fact that Shouko was being bullied.
As Shouya's friend, Nagatsuka considered Shouko his friend as well and he supported Shouya with his relationship with Shouko.
Mashiba interacted with Shouko in a normal way as he talked and laughed together with her. He helped Shouko to get permission to use the Suimon Elementary School for their film.
After seeing Shouko's actions, he realized his selfishness.
He never directly bullied Shouko like how Shouya did. When Shouya fell from her apartment, He was the one who helped him get to the hospital and told Shouko not to tell him what he did.
Yuzuru is one of the only people aside from their grandmother who has continuously provided support for Shouko both in her past and present life. She is not afraid to stand up for her sister, and would go as far as pushing people away, such as bullies, including the younger Shouya. She loves Shouko dearly and tries her best to protect her.
Shouko and her mother, Yaeko, have a very distant relationship. Although Yaeko does care about her daughter, she has a rather hard time expressing that emotion, for she works non-stop to provide for her loose family; she demanded when Shouko got a haircut that it was to be a shortcut like a boy's in order to make Shouko appear stronger and more intimidating. Once attempting to cut Shouko's hair herself Yuzuru distracted her family by cutting her own shoulder-length hair to be the strong one their mother so desires. Eventually, her heart softens over the course of Shouya's reappearance after he has proven his change by helping her daughters and being there after Yaeko's mother had passed away.
The grandmother of Shouko and Yuzuru is very close and more motherly to the both of them as compared to their actual mother, and she is also extremely supportive to her own daughter who has locked herself away from the family. Ito showed a great amount of enthusiasm in teaching both toddler Shouko and unborn Yuzuru sign language and once again take the burden of being a mother for her grandchildren.
- The name Shouko means "nitre" (硝) (shou) and "child" (子) (ko).
- The name Shouko (硝子) is another way of reading Garasu (硝子), meaning "glass".
- Shouko's surname Nishimiya means "west" (西) (nishi) and "temple, shrine, palace" (宮) (miya).
- Shouko's blood type is A.
- Shouko and Shouya Ishida share the same nickname Shou-chan.
- The user ID of Shouko's mail address firstname.lastname@example.org is a pun of the initial sounds of her name and a flower plant Madagascar periwinkle (日々草, nichinichisou in Japanese) plus her birth date.
- Lexi Marman-Cowden (Shouko's English Voice Actress) is also deaf.