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A SILENT VOICE: THE MOVIE

AKA THE SHAPE OF VOICE: THE MOVIE

A Silent Voice: The Movie (Japanese: 映画 聲の形 Hepburn: Eiga Koe no Katachi, also translated as The Shape of Voice: The Movie) is a 2016 Japanese animated teen drama movie produced by Kyoto Animation, directed by Naoko Yamada and written by Reiko Yoshida, featuring character designs by Futoshi Nishiya and music by Kensuke Ushio. It is based on the manga Koe no Katachi, written and illustrated by Yoshitoki Ōima. The movie premiered in Japan on September 17, 2016 and worldwide between February and June 2017.

An English subtitled and an English dubbed version of A Silent Voice: The Movie has been released, and these versions of the movie will be the subject of this wiki. When the movie dialogue varies slightly between the English subtitled and English dubbed versions, preference will be given to the English dubbed version. For the purposes of this wiki, the movie has been arbitrarily divided into story arc sections for the ease of story telling and pacing. The most of the titles of the story arcs have been chosen from the titles of past popular songs, and each story arc has a link at the end, to lead to the next story arc.

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The movie chronicles the emotional, social, and spiritual attributes that are manifested by a group of adolescent schoolmates in elementary school, especially as to how they relate to a hearing impaired girl that is introduced into their group. Each teen reacts to the newcomer in a different way, including many varied and negative reactions and outcomes. Shoya Ishida, a former delinquent bullies the deaf girl, Shoko Nishimiya, with his friends joining in. Finally, when Shoko is forced to transfer to another school after enduring a period of the most cruel bullying, all of Ishida's friends, as well as the teachers, blame him for bullying her into leaving. He is made the scapegoat, despite the varying levels of culpability that others have had in torturing her. This results in Ishida himself being bullied and ostracized well into high school. He comes to the conclusion that there is really no point in having friends. Having no plans for the future, Ishida even attempts suicide. But with redemption being offered, he learns sign language and unexpectedly reunites and befriends Shoko, who is still very lonely due to her hearing impairment and extreme shyness. Presenting teenage companionship and social relationships in a frightening, yet compelling way, it is a movie showing the many facets of teenage friendship, pride, betrayal, ostracism, redemption, and genuine love.




Because the movie presents adult-oriented concepts, such as teen suicide, teen bullying, physical violence, and teen depression, some material in this wiki may not be suitable for children or pre-teens. Reader discretion is advised.

The Official English Movie Trailer

A Silent Voice Official US English DUB Trailer

A Silent Voice Official US English DUB Trailer

Production

The movie adaptation of the manga was announced in the manga's final chapter that was released on November 19, 2014, later specifying that the adaptation will be an anime theatrical movie on December 17, 2014. In the Weekly Shōnen Magazine's 46th issue of 2015, that released on October 14, 2015, Kyoto Animation and Naoko Yamada were announced to be the animation studio and director of the film adaptation, respectively. The film's distributor, Shochiku, listed the movie adaptation release in Q4 2016. On April 8, 2016, the movie adaptation's official website opened, announcing that Reiko Yoshida will be writing the scripts for the film, Futoshi Nishiya will be designing the characters, and the movie is scheduled for release in Japanese theaters on September 17, 2016. Kensuke Ushio and Pony Canyon composed and produced the music, respectively. The movie's theme song, titled "Koi wo Shita no wa" (恋をしたのは), was performed by Aiko, while "My Generation" by The Who was used during the opening credits.

Distribution

The anime movie premiered in 120 theaters across Japan on September 17, 2016. It was screened at the 2016 Scotland Loves Animation festival on October 22, 2016, and at the ICA in London on February 5, 2017. Anime Limited distributed and released the movie in the United Kingdom and Ireland on March 15, 2017. Purple Plan released the movie in Singapore and Malaysia on March 9, 2017. Madman Entertainment released the movie for a limited duration in Australia and New Zealand from April 9, 2017 and April 16, 2017, respectively. In 2017, Konnichiwa Festival released the movie in theaters in Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama and Peru, for a limited time in May, while in countries like Argentina and Uruguay, the film will be released by Anifest, having a theatrical release in June. Pioneer Films released the movie in the Philippines on May 10, 2017 nationwide. The anime movie had a screening at Anime Expo, USA, on July 3, 2017, where it was announced that the movie will have a limited release in U.S. theaters in October 20, 2017. The English language adaptation features a deaf voice actress named Lexi Cowden playing the lead character, Shoko Nishimiya. The Blu-ray home video volume was released in Japan on May 17, 2017, which contains two animated videos of the film's theme song and "Speed of Youth", one of the original soundtracks by composer Kensuke Ushio.

Reception

Box office

The film opened at #2 at the Japanese box office behind Makoto Shinkai's Your Name, and grossed a total of ¥283 million yen from 200,000 admissions within two days of its premiere across 120 theaters. As of November 30, 2016, the film has grossed a total of over ¥2.2 billion yen from 1.7 million admissions. It ranked at #16 on Nikkei Hit Ranking for 2016. It was the 19th highest-grossing film in Japan in 2016 and also the 10th highest-grossing Japanese film of the year in the country (tied with Death Note: Light Up the New World), with ¥2.3 billion yen (US$19.56 million). A Silent Voice earned $19.56 million yen in Japan and $2,936,334 USD in other territories for a worldwide total of over $22 million. It has grossed CN¥43.4 million in China.

Critical reception

Makoto Shinkai, director of Your Name, called the film a "fantastic piece of work" and a "polished and grand production" which even he is unable to replicate. It won "Best Animation of the Year" in the 26th Annual Japan Movie Critics Awards, where director Naoko Yamada also received praise for her work on the film. At 2017 Annecy International Animated Film Festival, the film was selected as one of the nine finalist feature films in competition. On review, the aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, gave the film has an approval rating of 92% based on 24 reviews, and an average rating of 7.6/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "As beautifully crafted as it is powerfully written, A Silent Voice looks at teen bullying from a soberingly hard-hitting perspective that's uncommon for the animated medium." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 78 out of 100, based on 10 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".

An Anime Movie Critic's Review

A Silent Voice - Movie Review

A Silent Voice - Movie Review

Otaku Anime Movie Fan's Comments About A Silent Voice

Street Fighter • 10 days ago

For the people who are still making up their minds on watching this movie or not, you should DEFINITELY watch it! It has good character development and a very good mixture of romance and drama. This movie is the only one of it's kind that I have ever watched, with such a greatly developed romance/drama plot. I give this movie a 9/10. And this only because the ending felt a tiny bit rushed. If this ever gets a movie sequel or maybe an anime series adaptation, it will definitely be a 10/10 from me!

Maelui Yumiko • 3 months ago

Yeah, I cried like a weak little girl, too. It was a sad film, but it was vindicated in the end. I was happy this film had a good ending. I was starting to worry toward the end though. Poor Shoko, she never did anything to anyone, and just wanted friends. I felt like she perceived herself as the cause of all the problems, and it made me feel so bad. She was the most innocent one of them all.

The_Breaker_744 • 4 months ago

Niceeeeee !!! Good movie, loved everything about it !!! I will remember this movie forever !!!

Don_Bananas • 21 days ago

THIS IS GOLD!

Very mature and insightful. The Story of a Bully, the bullied girl, and the tag-alongs, whose fate is intertwined while each of them have to come to face with what they did or did not do in the past.. Seriously, the character development and story itself are nothing short of breathtaking at times...

Do yourself a favor and watch this! You won't regret it !

Charles • 15 days ago

Simply Beautiful, first anime movie I've ever watched !



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Japanese Title
映画 聲の形
English Title
A Silent Voice/The Shape of Voice
Directed by
Naoko Yamada
Produced by
  • Eharu Ohashi
  • Shinichi Nakamura
  • Mikio Uetsuki
  • Toshio Iizuka
  • Kensuke Tateishi
Screenplay by
Reiko Yoshida
Based on the manga
  • Koe no Katachi

by Yoshitoki Ōima

Starring
  • Miyu Irino
  • Saori Hayami
  • Aoi Yūki
  • Kenshō Ono
  • Yūki Kaneko
  • Yui Ishikawa
  • Megumi Han
  • Toshiyuki Toyonaga
  • Mayu Matsuoka
English Voice Talent
  • Robbie Daymond
  • Ryan Shanahan
  • Lexi Cowden as Shoko
  • Kristen Sullivan
  • Graham Halstead
  • Kira Buckland
  • Melissa Hope
  • Amber Lee Connors
  • Max Mittelman
  • Michael Sinterniklass
  • Marc Diraison
  • Sara Cravens
  • Lipica Shah
  • AnnaBelle Deaner
Music by
Kensuke Ushio
Cinematography
Kazuya Takao
Edited by
Kengo Shigemura
Production Company
  • Kyoto Animation
Art Style
Anime Movie
Distributed by
Shochiku
Release date
September 17, 2016 (Japan)
Running time
130 minutes
Country or Origin
Japan
Original Language
  • Japanese
  • Japanese Sign Language
Additional Translations
  • English subtitled
  • English dubbed
Box office
¥2.3 billion yen (US$19.56 million)
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