A Silent Voice is a 2016 Japanese animated drama film produced by Kyoto Animation and directed by Naoko Yamada. The film is based on the manga series of the same name written and illustrated by Yoshitoki Ōima.
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A Silent Voice is a Japanese animated movie based on the manga series of the same name. The movie was released in 2016 and directed by Naoko Yamada.
The story follows Shoya Ishida, a bullying victim in elementary school who tries to make up for his past mistakes years later by reaching out to Shoko Nishimiya, a deaf girl he used to bully. Although the majority of the movie is set during their high school years, there are flashbacks to when they were in elementary school together.
The movie has been praised for its realistic depiction of childhood bullying and its exploration of the relationships between bullies and their victims. It has won several awards, including the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year.
The movie’s plot
Shoya Ishida is a school bully. When he was in elementary school, he ridiculed Shoko Nishimiya, a hearing impaired girl who had just transferred to his class. Shoko was forced to transfer away because of the bullying, and Shoya eventually realized the pain that he had caused. Years later, as a high school student, he sets out to make amends with Shoko.
The movie’s cast
The movie’s cast is full of fresh talent, many who are new to the anime world. Miyu Irino plays Shoya, a boy who leads the bullying of a deaf girl in his class. Saeko Kamijo, another new comer who gave an outstanding performance, plays Shoko. She is the deaf girl who becomes the subject of bullying and endures it with grace. Kouji Okitsu rounds out the three main characters as Tomohiro, a shy boy who befriends Shoko and becomes one of her main supporters. The supporting cast also did an admirable job in their roles.
The movie’s production
After the huge success of Your Name, director Makoto Shinkai shifted gears to adapt Yoshitoki Ooima’s acclaimed manga A Silent Voice into an equally masterful anime film. Like his previous work, Shinkai’s A Silent Voice is a beautiful and heart-wrenching story about love, loss, redemption, and second chances that needs to be seen by as many people as possible.
A Silent Voice follows the story of Shoya Ishida, a former delinquent who was bullying a deaf girl named Shoko Nishimiya in elementary school. After Nishimiya transfers out of his school, Ishida becomes the target of his classmates’ bullying and is eventually driven to attempt suicide. Several years later, Ishida tries to make amends with Nishimiya in the hopes of finding redemption and peace of mind.
While the film’s central themes of bullying and suicide may be too heavy for some viewers, A Silent Voice is ultimately a hopeful story about the redemptive power of love and friendship. The film’s gorgeous animation and emotionally resonant storytelling will stay with you long after the credits have rolled.
The movie’s release
The movie was set to be released on September 17, 2016, in Japan. However, due to the earthquake that hit Japan on September 10th, the release was postponed to September 24th. The movie was originally planned to be shown in over 200 cinemas across Japan, but the number of cinemas showing the film was reduced to 158.
The movie’s critical reception
The movie’s critical reception was very positive, with an 84% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a score of 74 out of 100 on Metacritic. Critics praised the film’s animation, direction, music, and themes.
The movie’s box office performance
The movie was a box office bomb, grossing only $3.2 million against its $8 million budget.
The movie’s awards and nominations
The movie A Silent Voice has been nominated for and won numerous awards, including:
-The movie won Best Animated Feature Film at the 45th annual Saturn Awards.
-The movie was nominated for Best Animated Feature Film at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards.
-The movie was nominated for 12 Annie Awards and won 5, including Best Animated Feature.
The movie’s legacy
A Silent Voice is a 2016 Japanese animated drama film produced by Kyoto Animation, directed by Naoko Yamada and written by Reiko Yoshida, based on the manga of the same name by Yoshitoki Ōima. The film tells the story of a young man named Shoya Ishida who bullied a deaf girl named Shoko Nishimiya in elementary school. After she transfers away and he becomes ostracized, he sets out years later as an adult to find her and make amends.
The film was a massive critical and commercial success. It became the highest-grossing Japanese film of 2017, grossing over US$66 million worldwide, and won numerous awards, including the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year. It was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature at the 90th Academy Awards, making it the first anime film to ever be nominated for the award.
A Silent Voice has been praised for its themes of redemption and its accurate portrayal of disability; both Yamada and Ōima have said that they wanted to make a film that would make people with disabilities feel more included in society. The film has been credited with helping to change public perceptions of people with disabilities in Japan, and has been used as an educational tool in schools.
And so, after two hours and change, we come to the end of A Silent Voice. It was a long journey, but I hope it was worth it for you. I know it was for me. This is a special movie, one that deserves to be seen and appreciated by as many people as possible.
I want to thank you for taking the time to watch it with me. It means a lot. I hope you enjoyed it, and I hope you’ll take the time to watch it again sometime soon. Thanks for everything.