A Silent Voice (Koe no Kotachi) movie is originally from a manga written by Yoshitoki Ōima.
Shoko Nishimiya, a deaf girl transferred to an elementary school where she met Shoya Ishida. Having a deaf classmate who seems to be a burden by the class, Ishida led the bullying of Nishimiya. After the principal asked the class who bullies Nishimiya and why she keeps on losing hearing aids, everyone points the fault only to Ishida and later on, he became the target of bullying.
Nishimiya transferred and Ishida became alone. Years passed and the two meet again. This time, Ishida wants to make amends with Nishimiya and become friends.
*warning: Below may not be spoiler-free*
Overall, I’m gonna rate the movie 7/10. Music is nice, animation is good as always (thanks KyoAni!!), but I wasn’t satisfied with how the story went in the movie. The story was too fast-paced, wherein there were scenes just suddenly jumps to this and then there. Sometimes it doesn’t connect why all of them suddenly were all together when they aren’t all even close to each other or even interacted with one another. Some of the characters were not given justice or rather were not introduced very well, like Ueno and Kawai who are the bitches in the movie (haha sorry). Shoko and Shoya’s feelings and what they really think were not deeply conveyed. Honestly, if I didn’t read the manga, I would have a lot of “huh?” and “why’s”. They didn’t also include the part where they should be creating a movie together (and I think it should be there because that’s the part of the manga where they got the chance to talk and bonded with everyone) In my opinion, it’s better if they made it into a series than a movie so they could really convey the meaning of the story.
On a good note, the movie adaptation made the story less dramatic and put more funny scenes for more audience to enjoy. It also hit my heart specially when Shoko was being bullied and those scenes when their moms are sincerely apologizing. I also love Yuzuru’s (BEST GIRL!) character, because she cares and thinks a lot of her sister.
Moral of the story:
You don’t just need to hear what a person says to understand her better, you need to listen.
Always respect everyone. You never know what they’ve gone through or going through.
Leave the past and live the present.
“Friendship is something that defies both words and logic.” – Nagatsuka