A Silent Voice (film)

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A Silent Voice
A Silent Voice Film Poster.jpg
Film poster
Japanese映画 聲の形
HepburnKoe no Katachi
Directed byNaoko Yamada
Produced by
  • Eharu Ōhashi
  • Shinichi Nakamura
  • Mikio Uetsuki
  • Toshio Iizuka
  • Kensuke Tateishi
Screenplay byReiko Yoshida
Based onA Silent Voice
by Yoshitoki Ōima
Music byKensuke Ushio
CinematographyKazuya Takao
Edited byKengo Shigemura
Distributed byShochiku
Release date
  • September 17, 2016 (2016-09-17) (Japan)
Running time
130 minutes[1][2]
Box office$33 million

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 film produced by Kyoto Animation, directed by Naoko Yamada and written by Reiko Yoshida, featuring character designs by Futoshi Nishiya and music by Kensuke Ushio.[3] It is based on the manga of the same name written and illustrated by Yoshitoki Ōima. The film premiered in Japan on September 17, 2016, and worldwide between February and June 2017.


Japanese teenager Shoya Ishida intends to commit suicide. Changing his mind at the last minute, he recalls his days in elementary school and the events that have led him here. A new student named Shoko Nishimiya informs the class that she is deaf. She tries to integrate with the class but ends up annoying Shoya and his friends, so they start to bully her. When word of the bullying reaches the principal, Shoya is singled out as the culprit. Soon, the class's bullying is directed toward him, subjecting him to the same treatment he gave Shoko. Shoya blames Shoko, and the two get into a physical altercation. She is subsequently transferred to another school. He later finds Shoko's notebook, which she left behind, and keeps it.

Now in high school, Shoya is a social reject. He blocks out the faces of those around him, unable to look them in the eye. Tomohiro Nagatsuka, another loner, befriends Shoya after Shoya helps him with a bully. Shoya visits the sign language center, returns Shoko's notebook to her in the hopes of making amends and reveals he has learned sign language. The two begin meeting at a bridge to feed bread to koi.

One day, Shoya and Shoko accidentally drop Shoko's notebook into a river, and they jump in to retrieve it, which is prohibited. Yuzuru Nishimiya, Shoko's younger sister, secretly takes a photo of Shoya jumping in and posts it online. Shoya is suspended.

Shoya finds Yuzuru, who ran away from home, and brings her to stay at his house. When she leaves in the middle of the night, Shoya follows and tells her that he is remorseful for the way he treated Shoko; she decides to go home. The sisters' mother, Yaeko Nishimiya, slaps Shoya in the face before bringing Yuzuru inside.

Shoya and Shoko reunite with Miyoko Sahara, a classmate from elementary school who was friendly to Shoko. Shoko gives Shoya a gift and confesses her feelings for him, but because she tries to speak her affections rather than signing them out, Shoya does not understand her.

Shoya invites her to an amusement park with Tomohiro, Miyoko, Miki Kawai (another classmate from elementary school) and Satoshi Mashiba (Miki's friend). There, another classmate from elementary school, Naoka Ueno, drags Shoko into a ferris wheel. Naoka voices her feelings of hatred for Shoko, whom Naoka blames for creating a rift between her and Shoya. At school, desperate to remain blameless for her part in bullying Shoko, Miki exposes Shoya's past to the students who were oblivious to it. Later, the group has a heated confrontation.

Shoya goes back to the bridge to meet Shoko but ends up seeing Yuzuru, whose grandmother had just died recently. To cheer Shoko up, Shoya takes her to the countryside, where he begins to understand how much she blames herself for everything that has happened to him. Desperate to change her mindset, Shoya contrives to regularly meet with the sisters.

During the fireworks festival, Shoko goes home under the guise of finishing some schoolwork. Shoya follows when Yuzuru asks him to get her camera. When he arrives, he finds Shoko standing on the balcony, about to commit suicide. Shoya succeeds in grabbing her and pulls her back up, but he falls into the river. He is rescued but slips into a coma.

One night, Shoko dreams about receiving a farewell visit from Shoya. Horrified, she runs to the bridge where they fed koi and collapses in tears. Shoya, awakening from his coma, stumbles to the bridge and finds her there. He apologizes for the way he treated her. He asks her to stop blaming herself and admits that, while he once considered ending his own life, he has since decided against it. Shoya then asks her to help him continue to live.

When Shoya goes to the school festival with Shoko, he finds out how much his new friends still care for him, and they reconcile. During the festival, Shoya is finally able to look at other people's faces again and looks around at his family and all the new friends he has made. He cries, realizing he has obtained redemption and found forgiveness at last.

Voice cast[edit]

Shoya Ishida (石田 将也, Ishida Shoya)
Voiced by: Miyu Irino,[4] Mayu Matsuoka (child)[5] (Japanese); Robbie Daymond,[6] Ryan Shanahan (child) (English)
A high school boy who bullied Shoko Nishimiya, a deaf girl, in elementary school. He becomes the victim of bullying when the principal finds out. Now a social outcast, he strives to make amends with Shoko.
Shoko Nishimiya (西宮 硝子, Nishimiya Shoko)
Voiced by: Saori Hayami[4] (Japanese); Lexi Cowden[6] (English)
A deaf girl who transferred to Shoya's elementary school where she was the victim of constant harassment by Shoya and his friends, forcing her to transfer again.
Yuzuru Nishimiya (西宮 結絃, Nishimiya Yuzuru)
Voiced by: Aoi Yūki[5] (Japanese); Kristen Sullivan[6] (English)
Shoko's younger sister who is opposed to Shoya being around Shoko.
Tomohiro Nagatsuka (永束 友宏, Nagatsuka Tomohiro)
Voiced by: Kenshō Ono[5] (Japanese); Graham Halstead[6] (English)
A rotund high school boy who befriends Shoya.
Naoka Ueno (植野 直花, Ueno Naoka)
Voiced by: Yūki Kaneko[5] (Japanese); Kira Buckland, Gia Grace (child)[6] (English)
Shoya's elementary school classmate who joined him in bullying Shoko.
Miyoko Sahara (佐原 みよこ, Sahara Miyoko)
Voiced by: Yui Ishikawa[5] (Japanese); Melissa Hope, Catie Harvey (child)[6] (English)
One of the few classmates in Shoko's elementary school who was friendly to her.
Miki Kawai (川井 みき, Kawai Miki)
Voiced by: Megumi Han[5] (Japanese); Amber Lee Connors, Annabelle Corigliano (child)[6] (English)
A classmate of Shoya's from elementary to high school.
Satoshi Mashiba (真柴 智, Mashiba Satoshi)
Voiced by: Toshiyuki Toyonaga[5] (Japanese); Max Mittelman[6] (English)
Miki's friend, a high school boy who befriends Shoya.
Kazuki Shimada (島田 一旗, Shimada Kazuki)
Voiced by: Ryo Nishitani, Sachiko Kojima (child) (Japanese); Michael Sinterniklaas, Spencer Rosen (child)[6] (English)
Shoya's elementary school friend and accomplice in bullying Shoko. When the principal finds out, he starts to bully Shoya.
Keisuke Hirose (広瀬 啓祐, Hirose Keisuke)
Voiced by: Takuya Masumoto, Hana Takeda (child) (Japanese); Brian Beckerle (child)[6] (English)
One of Shoya's friends in elementary school who later starts bullying him alongside Kazuki.
Takeuchi (竹内)
Voiced by: Fuminori Komatsu (Japanese); Marc Diraison[6] (English)
Shoya's teacher in elementary school.
Miyako Ishida (石田 美也子, Ishida Miyako)
Voiced by: Satsuki Yukino (Japanese); Sara Cravens[6] (English)
Shoya's mother.
Yaeko Nishimiya (西宮 八重子, Nishimiya Yaeko)
Voiced by: Akiko Hiramatsu (Japanese); Lipica Shah[6] (English)
Shoko and Yuzuru's mother who disapproves of her daughters being around Shoya.
Shoya's Older Sister (将也の姉, Shoya no Ane)
Voiced by: Ayano Hamaguchi (Japanese); Stephanie Sheh[6] (English)
Maria's mother and Pedro's wife.
Maria (マリア, Maria)
Voiced by: Erena Kamata (Japanese); AnnaBelle Deaner[6] (English)
Shoya's niece and the daughter of his older sister and Pedro.
Ito Nishimiya (西宮 いと, Nishimiya Ito)
Voiced by: Ikuko Tani (Japanese); Barbara Goodson[6] (English)
Shoko and Yuzuru's grandmother.
Pedro (ペドロ, Pedoro)
Voiced by: Ryunosuke Watanuki (Japanese); Chris Jai Alex[6] (English)
Maria's father, the husband of Shoya's older sister and Shoya's brother-in-law.


The anime adaptation of the manga was announced in the manga's final chapter that released on November 19, 2014,[7] later specifying that the adaptation will be an anime theatrical film on December 17, 2014.[8] 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.[9] The film's distributor, Shochiku, listed the adaptation releasing in Q4 2016.[10] On April 8, 2016, the film adaptation's official website opened, announcing that Reiko Yoshida would write the scripts for the film, Futoshi Nishiya would designed the characters and the film was scheduled for release in Japanese theaters on September 17, 2016.[11] Kensuke Ushio and Pony Canyon composed and produced the music, respectively.[4] The film'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 credit.[12][13]

For the English dub, deaf actress Lexi Cowden was cast as Shoko.[14]


The film premiered in 120 theaters across Japan on September 17, 2016.[11][15] It was screened at the 2016 Scotland Loves Animation festival on October 22, 2016,[16] and at the ICA in London on February 5, 2017.[17] Anime Limited distributed and released the film in the United Kingdom and Ireland on March 15, 2017.[18] Purple Plan released the film in Singapore and Malaysia on March 9, 2017.[19] Madman Entertainment released the film for a limited duration in Australia and New Zealand from April 9, 2017 and April 16, 2017, respectively.[20] Viz Media Europe acquired the film for distribution in Europe (excluding the UK and Ireland), Russia, Turkey, and French-speaking Africa in 2017.[21] 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 was released by Anifest having a theatrical release in June.[22] Pioneer Films released the movie in the Philippines on May 10, 2017 nationwide.[23] Eleven Arts screened the film at Anime Expo on July 3, 2017, with a limited theatrical release in the U.S. on October 20, 2017,[24][25] and a second screening in January 2019.[26]

Home video[edit]

Pony Canyon released the film in Japan on May 17, 2017, on standard edition DVD, standard edition Blu-ray, and a limited edition Blu-ray. The limited edition Blu-ray contains two animated videos of the film's theme song and "Speed of Youth", one of the original soundtracks by composer Kensuke Ushio.[27] In the United Kingdom and Ireland, Anime Limited released the film on standard edition DVD and Blu-ray, and a collector's edition combo set on October 30, 2017.[28] Madman Entertainment released the film on standard edition DVD and Blu-ray, and a limited edition combo set on December 6, 2017.[29] Shout! Factory released the film on a standard edition DVD and Blu-ray combo set in North America on April 2, 2019,[30] and Right Stuf will release the film on a limited edition combo set on November 26, 2019.[31] Netflix released the film on their website on June 5, 2019.[32]


Box office[edit]

The film opened at #2 at the Japanese box office behind Makoto Shinkai's Your Name, and grossed a total of ¥283 million from 200,000 admissions within two days of its premiere across 120 theaters.[15] As of November 30, 2016, the film has grossed a total of over ¥2.2 billion from 1.7 million admissions.[33] It ranked at #16 on Nikkei Hit Ranking for 2016 from East division.[34] 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 ($19.56 million).[35]

In China, the film grossed CN¥44.5 million[36] ($6.7 million).[37] It also grossed $310,407 in the United States and Canada, $110,552 in the United Kingdom, $437,577 in Bolivia, New Zealand, Paraguay, Spain and Thailand,[38] and $5,471,482 in other territories,[39] bringing the film's worldwide total to approximately $33 million.

Critical reception[edit]

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.[40] It won Best Animation of the Year in the 26th Japan Movie Critics Awards, where director Naoko Yamada also received praise for her work on the film.[41] At 2017 Annecy International Animated Film Festival, the film was selected as one of the nine feature films in competition.[42]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 94% based on 33 reviews, and an average rating of 7.61/10. 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."[43] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 78 out of 100, based on 10 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[44]


Year Award Category Recipient Result References
2016 Japanese Movie Critics Awards Best Animation Feature Film A Silent Voice Won [45]
2017 Japanese Academy Award Excellent Animation of the Year Won [46]
Best Animation of the Year Nominated
Mainichi Eiga Concours Best Animation Film Nominated [47]
Comicbook.com Golden Issue Awards Best Anime Movie Nominated [48]
Newtype Anime Awards Best Anime Movie 2nd place [49]
Tokyo Anime Award Festival Anime of the Year (movie) Won [50]
Best Screenplay / Original Story Reiko Yoshida Won [50][51]
Japan Media Arts Festival Animation Division - Excellence Award A Silent Voice Won [52]
Japan Movie Critics Awards Best Animation of the Year Won [53]
Festival d’Animation Annecy Feature Film Nominated [42][54]
Asia Pacific Screen Awards Best Animated Feature Film Nominated [55]
Sitges Film Festival Feature Film Nominated [56]
Anim’est International Animation Film Festival Feature Film Nominated [57]
Camera Japan Festival Won [58]
2018 The Anime Awards Best Movie Nominated [59]
Best Animation Nominated
Monstra Lisbon Animated Film Festival Feature Film Nominated [60]

See also[edit]


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