Yoshitoki Ōima’s famous A Silent Voice or Koe no Katachi / 聲の形 is getting adapted for an anime movie feature. The news was recently announced on the wraparound cover of the seventh volume tankubon manga which also happens to be the final volume of the series. The manga has been serialized in the magazine since August 2013 and was concluded one month ago after an explosive one shot feature back in August 2008.
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 one shot debut of the series won “Best Rookie Manga” in 2008 but has been hit with a wave of controversies. This includes legal court fights for rights of serialization between Kodansha and Bessatsu Shonen Magazine and negative response by some quarters in the Japanese media that commented the manga is not very flattering about bullying phenomenon in Japanese society. However, that hasn’t dulled its popularity as it is supported by Japanese Federation of the Deaf while its first volume of the tankubon sold 31,714 copies in the first week. As late as March 2014, 700,000 copies have been circulated in Japan alone.
So far, no known cast or staff for the movie has been announced yet.
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