Friday, April 21, 2017
Anime Recommendation: Koe No Katachi, A Silent Voice 聲の形 ( 2016 Movie)
Based on a multiple award-winning manga series by Yoshitoki Ōima, Koe No Katachi OR A Silent Voice tells the story of Shoya Ishida who during his primary school years bullied a female transfer student, Nishimiya Shoko who had hearing disabilities, who after a series of incidents stopped schooling. The aftermath ensued where Shoya unaware of his actions was alienated and bullied due to his initial actions.
The story that takes us into his highschool years, alienating himself and unable to overcome the trauma that he took upon himself. He soon meets Nishimiya again and embarked on a road and attempts to fix what he broke.
The story starts off simple with child-like innocence but explores the consequences of ones action which ultimately affects the growth of a person in the world, it bravely depicts a very real premises that is even relevant today. The actions of bullying is one that shouldn't be taken lightly, no matter in what form.
I truly enjoyed myself with the plot and it's characters ( the one that were chosen to matter) were all very purposeful to the story itself. Loved the Shoya and Shoko confrontations as they try to understand each other more and more. The characters reflect how real life looks like and gave a clear view on how things could be resolved.
The movie really brought the characters to life and gave me the laughs and the drama at the right times. It's not your average teenage romance drama although at some point it felt like it was taking that turn but smartly twisted into what the story original was about.
It had a lot of moments and set pieces that made the movie so much more entertaining to enjoy, almost every moment of the movie was purposefully created to push the story forward or reveal a certain motive. The film has it's own unique direction on how the story flowed as well which can defer depending on the audience watching it. :)
Koe No Katachi was visually pleasing and satisfying for the heart and soul, I loved it so much and enough for me to blog it about after so long. I would really recommend everyone to watch it and let me know what they think about it. The 2 hours was worth it, in fact i really wanted to see each character more.
PS. The movie was based the Manga therefore the Manga explores even more into each character and it's very real struggles as they all grow older. I've manage to catch a few chapters and I am pretty hooked in every character. Will find a chance to recommend it in another blogpost when I am done. :)
Movie title: Koe No Katachi 聲の形 , A Silent Voice
Runtime : 2 hours 7 mins
Watch it at: MBO and TGV selected cinemas ( From 20th April Onwards at Malaysian Cinemas)