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Koe no katachi (2016)

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 overview, first billed only:
Miyu Irino ...
Shoya Ishida (voice)
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Shoko Nishimiya (voice)
Aoi Yûki ...
Yuzuru Nishimiya (voice)
Kenshô Ono ...
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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At the very beginning of the movie (where "My Generation" by "The Who" plays), when Shoya and his friends enter his mother's hairdresser salon, Nishimiya with long hair can be seen looking at a magazine about hairstyles in the salon. The next day when Nishimiya starts to Shoya's school, she has short, bob-cut hair. See more »

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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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My Generation
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Performed by The Who
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A touching and affecting story of one's struggle for redemption
8 November 2017 | by (Australia) – See 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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