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.
Shouya Ishida (石田 将也, Ishida Shōya) is a character introduced in Koe no Katachi. He is the main, male protagonist of the series.
Ishida has lived a ‘lone wolf’ life after being blamed for the sole bullying of Shouko Nishimiya during elementary school. 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.