I’m not ugly crying. YOU’RE ugly crying.
A Silent Voice is a beautiful 2016 Japanese anime film produced by Kyoto Animation, directed by Naoko Yamada and written by Reiko Yoshida. It is based on the manga of the same name written and illustrated by Yoshitoki Ōima.
The story revolves around a boy called Shoya Ishida, a former delinquent who bullied his deaf classmate, Shoko Nishimiya, alongside his friends when he was in elementary school. When Shoko eventually transferred schools because she could no longer endure the bullying, Shoya’s friends and teacher blame him – leading to him being bullied and ostracised well into high school. Shoya and Shoko reunite though, who is still lonely because of her shyness. Shoya sets out on a path of redemption to try and what pursues is a series of life changing events for everyone involved.
Here’s 11 reasons why you should watch and/or read A Silent Voice…
- It doesn’t shy away from more serious topics, such as acceptance and the effects of bullying
- The animation is simple and cute, yet absolutely stunning
- The characters grow so much throughout the story
- It will make you feel things ALL THE THINGS
- All the characters have their own distinctive personalities and problems
- Shoko and Shoya will become your new OTP (or at least rank in your top 5)
- It presents well-balanced views from both the bully and the one who is bullied, and also explores the opinions of others involved in the events throughout the story
- The characters’ motivations are relatable
- It emphasises the importance of empathy
- You’ll relate to Yuzuru on a spiritual level
- The parents of the main characters are fierce. They love their children with all their heart