Koe no Katachi


A Silent Voice

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: The Shape of Voice
Japanese: 聲の形
English: A Silent Voice
German: A Silent Voice
Spanish: Una Voz Silenciosa
French: A Silent Voice
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 17, 2016
Licensors: Eleven Arts, NYAV Post
Studios: Kyoto Animation
Source: Manga
Genre: DramaDrama
Theme: Romantic SubtextRomantic Subtext
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 2 hr. 10 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

Statistics

Score: 8.951 (scored by 14265731,426,573 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #152
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #19
Members: 2,040,925
Favorites: 78,852

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Synopsis

As a wild youth, elementary school student Shouya Ishida sought to beat boredom in the cruelest ways. When the deaf Shouko Nishimiya transfers into his class, Shouya and the rest of his class thoughtlessly bully her for fun. However, when her mother notifies the school, he is singled out and blamed for everything done to her. With Shouko transferring out of the school, Shouya is left at the mercy of his classmates. He is heartlessly ostracized all throughout elementary and middle school, while teachers turn a blind eye.

Now in his third year of high school, Shouya is still plagued by his wrongdoings as a young boy. Sincerely regretting his past actions, he sets out on a journey of redemption: to meet Shouko once more and make amends.

Koe no Katachi tells the heartwarming tale of Shouya's reunion with Shouko and his honest attempts to redeem himself, all while being continually haunted by the shadows of his past.

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Background

Winner of the Excellence Award on the 20th Japan Media Arts Festival.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Staff

Senami, Riri
Assistant Producer
Yamada, Naoko
Director, Storyboard
Tsuruoka, Youta
Sound Director
Yamamura, Takuya
Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation


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"My Generation (マイ・ジェネレーション)" by The Who



May 26, 2017
Koe no Katachi is dangerous because it is exploitative. I'm not going to pretend to know anything about deaf people. I don't. This movie certainly does not allow any greater understanding into the mind of deaf people is the point I want to iterate. It uses a serious problem as a plot device constantly and reduces Nishimiya to one-dimension. She is the textbook definition of a mary-sue as well as a damsel in distress. This is clearly troublesome when trying to explain deafness to an able-bodied audience.

Nishimiya's entire character is her illness. She is paper thin with her sole character trait being she likes ...
Sep 18, 2016
[Story] 7 - Plot holes and cut sub-plots, excluded from the original script/manga.
[Art] 10 - Characters true to their manga designs, high quality animation.
[Sound] 7 - Creative use of sound/music. Nothing too special and memorable besides theme song.
[Character] 7 - Side characters had their story severely cut. Leaving some with empty character.
[Enjoyment] 10 - Tears, sadness, anger, happiness and laughs, the whole package.
[Overall] 8 - Definitely would watch again.

For those wondering how and where I watched this film, I watched in Japan. At Keisei Rosa10 in Chiba on September 17th.

Having read the manga 4 times over and crying every time, I went into the theater ...
Sep 19, 2016
Note: I watched it at the Toho Cinema Complex in Ario Nishiarai (*I had thought I could have been the only person on this review list who had really watched it at a cinema in Japan after reading a particularly harsh review, but I was wrong).

A quick overview: Koe no Katachi is a very well done film, although not without shortcomings, and which has dealt with (a) complex issue(s), and which leaves the viewer with questions but no easy conclusions. It is a powerful enough film to remember and ponder over, and people may draw different lessons, or perhaps none.

Pros: The sound and vision (KnK ...

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