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A Silent Voice (Koe no katachi) (2016)




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After bullying a deaf girl at school and forcing her to transfer away, Ishida Shouya is himself bullied and ostracized by his classmates. Years later, he embarks on a path to redemption.


Aoi Yuki
as Yuzuru Nishimiya
Megumi Han
as Miki Kawai
Miyu Irino
as Shoya Ishida
Saori Hayami
as Shoko Nishimiya
Kensho Ono
as Tomohiro Nagatsuka
Yuki Kaneko
as Naoka Ueno
Yui Ishikawa
as Miyoko Sahara
Toshiyuki Toyonaga
as Toshi Mashibasa
Mayu Matsuoka
as Young Shoya Ishida
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Critic Reviews for A Silent Voice (Koe no katachi)

All Critics (17)

A real gem of animation. Those caught in '13 Reasons Why' (Netflix) series will find another perspective on the world of bullying and an equally intriguing even poetic drama. [Full review in Spanish]

May 23, 2017 | Full Review…

A movie that you have to give yourself the opportunity to see and you will not regret it, you may love it or it will hurt you and make you feel uncomfortable but ultimately you will not be indifferent. [Full review in Spanish]

May 15, 2017 | Rating: 8.5/10 | Full Review…

A Silent Voice is oddly tranquil, lacking in the emotional force that is its supposed reason for being.

April 12, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

An emotionally detailed portrait of coming-of-age and the high school politics that go along with it, not to mention a universally relatable one.

April 10, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This simple story is complicated by an excess of characters and a hefty running time of well over two hours, but director Naoko Yamada's treatment is sensitive and the animation is beautiful.

April 7, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The stunning ambient sound design of the picture used to convey the solitary inner world of Shoko -- in conjunction with a fantastic music score -- cap off an emphatic success on all fronts.

April 5, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Silent Voice (Koe no katachi)


'A Silent Voice' is the work of Naoko Yamada, a little perplexing as I've not encountered a lot of female anime directors. I was also a little surprised to find out it was also based on a manga by Yoshitoki Oima. The film itself is an endearing tale of living one's life as a young person being affected by regrets and opening up to the world in a more brighter manner than before, but it's also about atonement and reconciling with one's consequences of their actions. The character's are relatable as they are touching, carrying the film through it's compelling plot especially with the main character himself and the deaf girl who he's trying to understand. In the end it's not surprising the characters learn something more about themselves as well as their relationships with others in order to lead more happier lives. The animation is unique and top class to say the very least not the most outstanding especially for it's environments though it does a superb at blurring the line between imagination and reality. Even if the success of 'Your Name' is to suggest one piece of anime was huge, this deserves just as much attention as it does acclaim, I have no regrets watching this film and I encourage people of all demographics to seek out and see for themselves.

Luke Eberhardt
Luke Eberhardt

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