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Thursday, May 18, 2017

A Silent Voice: Movie Review

By: Matt Suzara

A Silent Voice is a story about an elementary student named Nishimiya Shoko (Saori Hayami) who is deaf and having a hard time speaking. She can only communicate by writing in her notebook making her an easy target for bullies like Ishida Shoya (Mayu Irino). No matter, what Nishimiya does she is always being shut down by Ishida and even took her hearing aids. His actions led to the transfer of Nishimiya to another school and instantly changed his life as his friends left him for what he did. When Ishida finally reached high-school, he wants to find Nishimiya and straighten up the things that went wrong in the past. However, it is easy to be said than done especially if other people are also involved. 

 It is quite unusual to have this kind of anime in our cinemas. A Silent Voice  brings a different kind of vibe that will surely get your attention from the opening minutes. The characters are drawn in a modest way, but they surely leave a mark. They all have their unique features and distinct characteristics that can be compared to the high-school teenagers in our generation. 

The main subject of the film is bullying, but the attack didn't revolve around the victim but the other way around. I am not saying that it became a bad decision since I've actually like the path they took and how they handled the message of the movie. It was a bright choice in taking up a sensitive topic and delivered it into a mild fashion. 

I just think that the movie is a bit long. There are a lot of excessive scenes that sometimes does not feel right. I also want to brought up that there are a lot of moments that are rushed and can't seem to justify its real existence. But other than that, it was neat throughout and delivers the message  perfectly.

Overall, A Silent Voice is pretty different from Disney or a Pixar feature. However, it assures you a wonderful kind of animation that we rarely get in our cinemas. It is a remarkable piece of animation that you shouldn't miss.

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 8 out of 10 stars 

Cast: Miyu Irino, Saori Hayami 

Directed by: Naoko Yamada
Distributed by: Pioneer Films
Now Showing in cinemas


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