Director: Naoko Yamada
Writer/s: Yoshitoki Oima, Reiko Yoshida, Kiyoshi Shigematsu
Starring: Miyu Irino, Saori Hayami and more.
Requested Review from Ashley Augustine!
Here we have an Oberrated first! An anime film review! With this post, I will be exploring the anime film, “A Silent Voice: The Movie!” My friend Ashley put three films in my request list so this is the first of few. Now with all this said, clearly I have no idea what I am getting myself involved with. The closest relation I have is watching foreign films. So it is safe to say I am quite excited.
“A young man is ostracized by his classmates after he bullies a deaf girl to the point where she moves away. Years later, he sets off on a path for redemption.”
Boy oh boy was this a roller coaster ride of emotions! To begin, I want to simply focus on the technical feats of this movie. “A Silent Voice” is absolutely gorgeous. This is some top notch animation. The people, the expressions, and THE FIREWORKS (sorry, those astounded me for some reason). I just could not get over how beautiful everything looked. This is most definitely among the best animation I have ever seen.
Now for the story, as I said before, this movie took me for a ride. It is a barrage of emotions wrapped up with delicate and gentle characters…for the most part. It explores suicide, anxiety, depression, bullying, and so much more. You root for some characters, hate others, and then sometimes flip-flop the hate (at least I did). It is intricate while also being simplistic at times. Simply as life is.
I am in love with these characters. I even was in love with hating some of them as well because they were just so ruthless and stubborn, yet I knew the reasoning for it due to sour characteristics or personal troubles. For instance, our main protagonist, Shõya Ishida, I despised him in the early segments of the movie. DESPISED! So much so that I expected to not like him by the end. However, I ended up flipping my perspective in favor of him, because this movie was that well done that it could do so. Others I was passionately in love with, some I stayed vehemently against, and some were just fun and enjoyable while still having their own personality flaws.
I am in love with this movie. I had zero expectations that I would enjoy it as much as I did. It is both heartfelt while also be devastating at times. It angered me, it made me sad, and it made me happy and hopeful. Folks, with my first anime film getting an Oberrating, I have my first anime film with a 5/5 rating. I could not gather anything negative to say. No one irked me to the point where I could not provide an excuse for their behavior through the use of the film. Nothing truly bothered me, and I was hooked into the these subtitles for the full two hours. Simply excellent.
- Pardon me but, f*%$ the classroom, f*&$ the teacher, f*%^ Ishida, and especially f*&$ Ueno! They made my blood boil in the first act of this film.
- The score, which was predominantly a piano, was brilliant and added to the delicateness of the movie.
- I also loved the use of the koi fish which I connected to Shoko Nishimiya due to her uniqueness.
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