Today was an important day for an Australian anime fan, today was the day ‘A Silent Voice’ was finally released in cinemas all around Australia thanks to Madman Entertainment. The highly anticipated film from Kyoto Studios has been on the lips of many anime fans as this was the film we all wanted to see. The buzz the film received already from other parts of the world who got to see if first could not stop talking about how this film had impacted them in such a way.
The film is about a boy, Shoya Ishida who as a child started bullying the new girl in class, Shoko Nishimiya, just because she is deaf. As time went on Shoya behaviour towards Shoko became worse resulting in all his friends and classmates turning on him. Years pass and Shoko and Shoya do not speak to each other again, that is until they are older and through his past behaviour influences his current behaviour Shoko tries to develop something Shoya only wanted in the first place, friendship and acceptance.
The film itself deals with some hard hitting topics such as depression, isolation, suicide, relationships and most importantly acceptance. It was a lot to take in personally. The content was hard hitting and vital for everyone to see. There were moments where I personally felt dragged on but it was not to say that it didn’t have a place in the film. The animation itself was neat, unlike the beauty and awe that ‘Your Name’ had previously this film had it’s own unique charm. The soundtrack was a story teller in its own right, shocking myself with the opening credits theme.
The unique aspects that this film explores allows you to take in different points of view without realising it. We see it all, the view of the bully to the view of the victim, all of which you can understand their points of view and at times feel sorry for them. The hard hitting truths that this film explores is one I truly believe anyone who feels lost or isolated should go and see. Like many of my reviews I don’t want to spoil or ruin the experience for you, but make sure you go in with an open mind and have a lot of tissue on hand.
I rate this 3.5/5. I loved the plot and the characters, however in my personal opinion the art style was just not to my liking and after being spoiled with ‘Your Name’ it is extremely hard for an anime film this year to even compete in animation alone. Definitely go and see it as it is only around for a very limited time.