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A Silent Voice (2016)

Koe no katachi (original title)
A young man is ostracized by his classmates after he bullies a deaf girl to the point where she moves away. Years later, he sets off on a path for redemption.

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Naoko Yamada

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Yoshitoki Oima (manga: "Koe no katachi"), Reiko Yoshida (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Miyu Irino ... Shôya Ishida (voice)
Saori Hayami ... Shoko Nishimiya (voice)
Aoi Yûki ... Yuzuru Nishimiya (voice)
Kenshô Ono Kenshô Ono ... Tomohiro Nagatsuka (voice)
Yûki Kaneko Yûki Kaneko ... Naoka Ueno (voice)
Yui Ishikawa ... Miyoko Sahara (voice)
Megumi Han Megumi Han ... Miki Kawai (voice)
Toshiyuki Toyonaga Toshiyuki Toyonaga ... Satoshi Mashiba (voice)
Mayu Matsuoka ... Young Shoya Ishida (voice)
Sachiko Kojima Sachiko Kojima ... Young Kazuki Shimada (voice)
Hana Takeda Hana Takeda ... Young Keisuke Hirose (voice)
Fuminori Komatsu Fuminori Komatsu ... Takeuchi-sensei (voice)
Ikuko Tani Ikuko Tani ... Ito Nishimiya (voice)
Erena Kamata Erena Kamata ... Maria Ishida (voice)
Ayano Hamaguchi Ayano Hamaguchi ... Shoya's sister (voice)
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Storyline

The story revolves around Shôko Nishimiya, a grade school student who has impaired hearing. She transfers into a new school, where she is bullied by her classmates, especially Shôya Ishida. It gets to the point where she transfers to another school and as a result, Shôya is ostracized and bullied himself, with no friends to speak to and no plans for the future. Years later, he sets himself on a path to redemption. Written by Ariodito Koestoer

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Sometimes the answer is as simple as learning to listen...


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan

Release Date:

17 September 2016 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

A Silent Voice See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$121,732, 22 October 2017

Gross USA:

$644,391

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,490,447
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At the beginning, the song "My Generation" written by Pete Townshend by The Who is played. Mr. Townshend is tone deaf in his left ear. Similar to the character Shoko Nishimiya in the movie who is deaf in both of her ears and has hearing aids to help her understand. See more »

Goofs

During Ishida and Ueno's conversation at the crosswalk, Nishimiya is seen holding the pouch that Ishida had given to her as a gift. However, it disappears after Ueno sprints across the street and removes Nishimiya's earpiece; it is nowhere to be seen on her person or on the ground. See more »

Crazy Credits

Though the official Roman-character title used on merchandise in Japan, and on the movie's posters, trailers, video boxes, video menus and so on in English-speaking countries is "A Silent Voice: The Movie" (often shortened to just "A Silent Voice"), the Roman-character title which appears on-screen in the full movie itself is instead "The Shape of Voice", which is an awkward mistranslation into English of "Koe no katachi". See more »

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Referenced in AniMat's Crazy Cartoon Cast: Uh... Meow? (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Ai wo Shita no wa (Loving Is)
Written and Performed by AIKO
Arranged by Kanou Kawashima
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A touching and affecting story of one's struggle for redemption
8 November 2017 | by MrDHWongSee all my reviews

A Silent Voice is an anime drama film directed by Naoko Yamada (K-On!). Based on the manga of the same name by Yoshitoki Oima, it is a touching and affecting story of one's struggle for redemption.

While he was in elementary school, Shoya Ishida, in an effort to fit in with his fellow peers, teased and bullied a deaf girl in class named Shoko Nishimiya. However, this backfires on Shoya and he ends up being shunned by the other students as Shoko ultimately ends up transferring elsewhere. Now in high school, Shoya has felt constant remorse for his actions and attempts make things right with both Shoko and the classmates who ostracised him.

Poignant and beautifully animated, A Silent Voice is not only a well made anime film, but also an interesting commentary on the state of one's mental health and well-being. This film will likely strike a chord with anybody suffering from depression and/or anxiety who wish they could find a way to fix their past mistakes. Also, despite its serious tone, director Naoko Yamada still manages to insert some humorous and quirky comic relief at appropriate times, much in the vein of what was seen in K-On!, her previous work. The Japanese voice acting is solid, however it is Saori Hayami as the voice of Shoko Nishimiya who stands out the most. Her performance as a deaf girl was highly convincing and never seemed exaggerated or too comical. I have not yet seen the English dub but I plan to do so in the not-to-distant future.

I rate it 8.5/10


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