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Koe no katachi (2016)

Not Rated | | Animation, Drama, Romance | 20 October 2017 (USA)
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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Cast

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

The story revolves around Nishimiya Shoko, a grade school student who has impaired hearing. She transfers into a new school, where she is bullied by her classmates, especially Ishida Shouya. It gets to the point where she transfers to another school and as a result, Shouya 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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Also Known As:

A Silent Voice  »

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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 »

Quotes

Miki Kawai: Everyone goes through difficulties in life. But we're all in the same boat, aren't we? You have to learn to love even the things you hate about yourself and move forward.
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Ai wo Shita no wa (Loving Is)
Written and Performed by AIKO
Arranged by Kanou Kawashima
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Follow up to the success of the hit anime "Your name"
26 March 2017 | by (Taipei. Taiwan) – See all my reviews

Following the success of "Your name" we now have the next successful anime that is currently sweeping the charts of Japanese and Asian box offices. "A silent voice" captures various mature and serious topics, packed into a wonderfully animated 2 hour feature. It deals with topics such as: social anxiety, fitting in, bullying, suicide, all such that wouldn't be expected in a teenage romance/drama anime that we were led to believe. No, a silence voice tries to capture a much broader idea with a reasonable amount success.

Though the film has been heavily marketed to feature the female protagonist, a deaf girl she really isn't the centerpiece of this film, this film really takes a much more in depth look at our male protagonist, a bully. This is quite a refreshing view from the lens of someone on the other side of most modern day films and takes an unconventional look from a very interesting angle, while sidelining the romance as a brief sub-plot. This film at its core is about trying to fit in and the notion of being isolated but it was also highlighted that it was very important for one to get over their own guilt and to quite literally put in this film "face the world again".

This film does best at capturing this atmosphere, the sense of mistrust and uncertainty towards others, the use of literal crosses on the characters that our protagonist encounters to represent his own lack of self confidence and fear of social interactions was a very good stylistic choice in my opinion.

This film is however flawed mostly in the development of character, many of the secondary characters and even in some cases the main characters are quite poorly developed, many secondary characters come out of nowhere and their motives are very much unknown to the audiences and sometimes plain irrational, I understand that it was a very important thing that within this group of friends each character represents their own flaws however because of this lack of development these characters grow to be rather irritating and distracting, detracting from the overall narrative at various times. These character flaws can be understood due to the fact that this is an adaptation of a manga series and it should noted that it attempts to cram in way too much information resulting in such complications.


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