Hepburn Koe no Katachi
Screenplay by Reiko Yoshida
Director Naoko Yamada
Production company Kyoto Animation
Directed by Naoko Yamada
Initial release 17 September 2016 (Japan)
Adapted from A Silent Voice
Written by Reiko Yoshida
|Based on A Silent Voice
by Yoshitoki Ōima|
Starring Miyu Irino Saori Hayami Aoi Yūki Kenshō Ono Yūki Kaneko Yui Ishikawa Megumi Han Toshiyuki Toyonaga Mayu Matsuoka
Cast Saori Hayami, Miyu Irino, Aoi Yūki, Mayu Matsuoka, Kenshō Ono
Similar Your Name, Tamako Love Story, Zutto Mae Kara Suki Deshita, The Garden of Words, In This Corner of the World
A Silent Voice (Japanese: 聲の形, Hepburn: Koe no Katachi, also translated as The Shape of Voice) is a 2016 Japanese anime school drama film produced by Kyoto Animation, directed by Naoko Yamada and written by Reiko Yoshida, featuring character designs by Futoshi Nishiya and music by Kensuke Ushio. It is based on the manga of the same name written and illustrated by Yoshitoki Ōima. The film premiered in Japan on September 17, 2016.
The story revolves around Shōya Ishida, a delinquent who in elementary school bullied his deaf classmate Shōko Nishimiya. Several years later, he meets her again and tries to redeem himself.
The anime adaptation of the manga was announced in the manga's final chapter that released on November 19, 2014, later specifying that the adaptation will be an anime theatrical film on December 17, 2014. In the Weekly Shōnen Magazine's 46th issue of 2015 that released on October 14, 2015, Kyoto Animation and Naoko Yamada were announced to be the animation studio and director of the film adaptation, respectively. The film's distributor, Shochiku, listed the adaptation releasing in Q4 2016. On April 8, 2016, the film adaptation's official website opened, announcing that Reiko Yoshida will be writing the scripts for the film, Futoshi Nishiya will be designing the characters and the film is scheduled for release in Japanese theaters on September 17, 2016. Kensuke Ushio and Pony Canyon composed and produced the music, respectively. The film's theme song, titled "Koi wo Shita no wa" (恋をしたのは), was performed by Aiko.
The film opened at #2 at the Japanese box office behind Makoto Shinkai's Your Name, and grossed a total of ¥283 million from 200,000 admissions within two days of its premiere across 120 theaters. As of November 30, 2016, the film has grossed a total of over ¥2.2 billion from 1.7 million admissions. It ranked at #16 on Nikkei Hit Ranking for 2016 from East division. It was the 19th highest-grossing film in Japan in 2016 and also the 11th highest-grossing Japanese film of the year in the country (tied with Death Note: Light Up the New World), with ¥2.3 billion (US$19.56 million).