The story revolves around Nishimiya Shoko, a grade school student who has impaired hearing. She transfers into a new school, where she is bullied by her classmates, especially Ishida Shouya. It gets to the point where she transfers to another school and as a result, Shouya is ostracized and bullied himself, with no friends to speak to and no plans for the future. Years later, he sets himself on a path to redemption.
Silent Voice (2017) is an anime movie about indifference, friendship, teenage life and bullying. It’s one of the highest rated anime movie this 2017 that has been shown in different countries. It was adapted from a manga.
Nishimiya Shouko (西宮 硝子, Nishimiya Shōko)
While Shouko may not be completely deaf (given the hearing aids she possesses in both ears), her hearing loss is drastic enough to the point that she can be considered clinically deaf. Despite this, it has been shown that though she cannot clearly understand individual words, she can hear various pitches of tones in the voices of other people.
Ishida Shouya (石田 将也, Ishida Shōya)
Ishida has lived a ‘lone wolf’ life after being blamed for the sole bullying of Nishimiya Shouko during elementary school. Six years later after meeting Nishimiya again and befriending her, he starts to gather new friends together, along with old ones he had during middle school. Despite the changes in his life, Ishida still struggles to make up for what he did in the old days.
The animation is good. It was also manga-like but of course it was adapted from a manga. It has a specific style. When Shouya is isolated from his classmates, all of them has a cross mark on their faces. When someone became his friend, the cross was removed. He eventually a friend to him. I love how the water and cherry blossoms were drawn beautifully. Japanese feels as always. 🙂
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As I first watched the trailer of Silent Voice, it became of my most awaited anime movie this 2017. I find it intriguing. My Anime Blogger friends also recommended watching it. Some anime fans even watched on the big screen. It has shown in the PH cinema.
In the first 20 minutes of the movie, the kind of relationship between Shouko and Shouya was shown in their elementary days. Shoko was introduced to the class. Surprisingly, she is deaf. She can only communicate through writing on her sketchbook. This made her an object to bullying. Shouya and friends tried messing up with her. Shouya tried to get and even destroy her hearing aids. Make fun of her. Eventually, Shouya was suspended because of it. His friends denied helping him in bullying. What happened?
In reality, bullying does exist in the society today. It happens commonly in schools. (actually even in offices or villages) When a child is indifferent, there is a tendency for him/her not be able to blend in with other children. It will be noticed that this child won’t get any friend in class because of that. It will make him/her isolated and worst be bullied. This kind of case in school is usually addressed by the discipline office or guidance counselor. I am stating it because I am a teacher myself.
Going back to the anime, it is clear that the story talks about a bully and the deaf who is being bullied. Shouko was always trying to be friends to Shouya but will always find her disgusting. As I look into the character of Shouya, I don’t understand why is he like that. What good does he feel when he bullies a defenseless person? I was actually mad at him already that time. Karma came to him when he was also isolated. That time he felt what Shouko was feeling in the beginning. The situation gave him the sense of guilt that he carries along his whole teenage life. When they were in High school, he tries to befriend Shoko. He even returned the sketchbook to her. He made time to see her and help her feed the fish. He learned sign language so he can talk to Shoko more often. Maybe he just wants to ease his guilt feeling by being friends with her. Also, I don’t understand why Shouko suddenly felt attraction or having a crush on him? I apologize if I felt bitter towards it. Haha! I am sometimes unforgiving. It’s obvious on how I react in this review.
So far, this anime movie didn’t impress me that much. The trailer is way far better than the movie itself. Must I say I was a bit of disappointed? In comparison to “Kimi no Nawa”, it didn’t give much thrill and redemption in the end. I was trying my best to convince myself that it is somehow of same level of Kimi No Nawa. When I think about it, the story, characters and animation… I will still go with “Kimi no Nawa”. On the other hand, Silent Voice has more of the touch of reality. Most of my anime fan friends like it. I will admit that it has a beautiful story and a one of a kind movie that anyone will be interested to watch. It is somewhat similar to “Orange”. I was somehow impressed with the drama goes. I read a well thought review on Silent voice by Lita. I was inspired actually. She explained everything in a more redeeming way if you love this anime movie. 🙂 But if you are into drama, school life and reality vibes kind of anime then you must watch this one is for you.
Rating : 7.8 out of 10