- Shōko Nishimiya (西宮 硝子 'Nishimiya Shōko')
- A likeable girl who was born hearing impaired, and as such was bullied by Shoya and other classmates in elementary school, to the point that she was physically assaulted, and had to transfer away to another school. Her father left the family when Shoko was quite young, because his parents pressured him to file for a divorce and separated from the family after it was learned that his daughter Shoko was a deaf/mute.
- Years later, Shoya searches for her to apologize for his past actions, and as a last gesture before his own suicide. Although Shoko always held a bit of resentment towards him, she accepts his apology, causing him to postpone his suicide, and she starts to spend time with him, even going on an occasional date with him, once to an amusement park. She is shown to almost never get angry with her attackers; in fact, she often smiles at them. Others, however, in particular Naoko, thinks she only fakes them out and one time calls Shoko out to stop doing that, as such behavior only makes her seem weak. Shoko does hold some form of self-loathing about her deafness and she becomes suicidal, at one point attempting to commit suicide when she learns that Shoya lost all his friends supposedly due to her. Realizing how depressed Shoko has become, Shoya manages to stop her suicide, but almost with the cost of his own life. After this incident, Shoko realizes how unbalanced she has become, and resolves to do better for her own sake, as well as that of Shoya. She gradually falls in love with Shoya and tries to declare this to him verbally instead of using sign language, but due to her awkward speech patterns, he fails to understand her love confession and remains oblivious of her feelings. Nevertheless, Shoko and Shoya grow very close to one another, and begin to frequently go out on dates.
- At the end of the series, after having studied hair styling in Tokyo for a year on a scholarship, Shoko returns to her hometown and reunites with Shoya for the Coming of Age Day. It is strongly implied by the manga that Shoko will marry Shoya, and spend the rest of her life with him.
12 Year Old Shoko
With her small frame and delicate appearance, Shoko gives the impression of that of a very precious human porcelain doll. She has pale, evenly toned skin. Her hair color is that of a dusky, smoky pink, and she wears it in a cute, longer length bob cut hairstyle with bangs falling just below her chin. Shoko has adorable 'big eyes' that are a medium auburn color, set in a round face with a slightly pointed chin. She stands about 4 feet 10 inches tall, with a slim, almost lanky build of her body. Shoko, at this age, has yet to develop a bust. Although Shoko's mother wanted her to dress and act as if she were a boy, however, Shoko refused to do so, and always dressed herself in a very feminine appearance, typical of that of a little girl. She was always seen as neat and clean, thereby making her an easy target for other students to bully her by disheveling or soiling her clothes. Although somewhat plain and ordinary in fashion style, she always would wear a pretty dress, or a shirt and a mini-skirt to school, as well as at home and out in public. It became common for her to wear one or two hearing aids in her ears, usually made of red plastic. Because of her hearing impediment, Shoko would always be seen with a notebook and writing device, as that is how she would communicate with other people, by writing notes in the notebook.
17 Year Old Shoko
- With Family
- With Shoya
- With Miyoko
- With Naoko