New updates regarding about Yoshitoki Ōima famous manga A Silent Voice or Koe no Katachi / 聲の形 anime development as revealed in Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen magazine recently.
The movie will be directed by Naoko Yamada (K-On!, Tamako Market) with the production entrusted to Kyoto Animation (KyoAni in short), the famous and beloved animation studio that did Hibike! Euphonium and Amagi Brilliant Park. In short, expect a lushly drawn and very colourful anime movie from a studio that is known for high quality production.
Synopsis by Kodansha USA:
“I wish we had never met. I wish we could meet once again. A boy who can hear, Shoya Ishida, and a transfer student who can’t, Shoko Nishimiya. One fateful day, the two meet, and Shoya leads the class in bullying Shoko. But before long, the class shifts its target from Shoko to Shoya. Years later, Shoya feels strongly that he must see Shoko once again. The author Yoshitoki Oima’s comment: “People living in isolation. I wrote this story out of a desire to write about people living distant, isolated lives. Nothing would make me happier than if you all read my story.”
The manga won an award for “Best Rookie Manga” in 2008 and it is nominated for 8th Manga Taisho. In February 2015, Asahi Shimbun (one of the major newspaper in Japan) announced the manga as one of nine nominees for 19th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize where it went on to win the New Creator Prize.
The manga concluded its run in November 2014 after seven tankubon volumes.