Shōya ishida

Naoko Yamada's beguiling anime demonstrates the effects of school bullying on both the bullied and the bullies.

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Deafness becomes a metaphor for isolation & miscommunication in Japanese anime “A Silent Voice,” which tracks the fracturing friendships in a school class when a hearing-impaired girl enters the mix. Narcissism, self-loathing, secret crushes and longing for acceptance — all the trademarks of puberty are vividly evoked in beguiling hand-drawn visuals. Moreover,the film boasts a fresh & engaging approach in tackling the ubiquitous Japanese subject of school bullying from the perspective sầu of the bully rather than the victim.The third feature directed by Naoko Yamadomain authority has roped in nearly $20 million domestically và reverberated inkhổng lồ cinemas in territories all over Europe, Latin America and Asia; it may create as much noise internationally as Japanese phenomenon “Your Name.”

Yamadomain authority, whose first two TV-spinoff films “K-On!” & “Yamadomain authority Love Story,” were highly rated, is regarded as a rising star in Japan’s competitive sầu anime industry. Her screen rendering of Yoshitoki Oima’s multiple award-winning manga is written by anime-adaption guru Reiko Yoshida và produced by Kyolớn Animation, an emerging anime studio founded by Yoko Hachida. With this all-female full bộ, it’s no wonder the film exudes a delicate, reflective sầu sensibility, especially in its light-handed treatment of the thắm thiết undercurrents flowing between the three main characters.

Sometimes, Yamadomain authority is so finely tuned to lớn the adolescent mindset that the narrative becomes choked with conflicting emotions. Still, by narrating the entire story from the viewpoint of protagonist Shoya Ishidomain authority (voiced by Miyu Irino), audiences can peer inlớn his troubled, often defensive sầu psyđậy, daring the them to continue to empathize with hlặng even whenhis behavior is inexcusable. In fact, the film opens with the high school boy attempting to lớn commit suicide but doesn’t connect the dots till the second half.

Set in Oima’s hometown Ogaki, in Gifu Prefecture, the story proper begins at elementary school when Shoko Nishymiya (voiced by Saori Hayami) arrives as a transfer student. The teacher encourages the class lớn befriend her, but after a few half-hearted efforts, everyone soon tires of having lớn communicate by writing in her notebook. In a few casual scenes, the film traces how social-ostracization doesn’t happen overnight, but begins with the victim’s ‘difference’ which triggers minor irritation, impatience & eventually intolerance.

In the manga, Shoya’s initial attitude toward Shoko is one of curiosity, but he doesn’t know how khổng lồ reach out khổng lồ her. Of course, it’s common for prepubescent boys lớn tease girls they daren’tadmit they fancy. But this is not as clear in the movie version, making some of Shoya’s actions, lượt thích tearing her hearing aid away so her ear bleeds, quite disturbing.

Even more insidious is the peer pressure at work, such as withShoya’s buddy Shimada who never initiates but laughs along with his pranks, Naoha Ueno who’s a willing accomplice, và Miki Kawai whose insincere protestations on Shoko’s behalf only egg the bullies on. When Shoko, who’s finally had enough, flares up in one scene, the impact is heart-stopping.

The film’s unflinching depiction of teenagers’ covert cruelty culminates in a riveting turning point when Shoya realizes that whatever goes around comes around. The advantage of the audience experiencing this from Shoya’s vantage point is that one sees the psychological impact of bullying — that it scars the bully as much as the victim. While Shoya is consumed by anger from the start, the later part of the film slowly chips away at his outward persomãng cầu to reveal his unconventional family background and other insecurities vis-a-vis his more popular classmates.

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The saga continues five sầu years later, when the protagonists have sầu gone on to lớn different high schools. Shoya, who’s become a loner, unwitting wins the undying loyalty of Nagatsuka, a bullied boy, who helps hyên ổn reconnect with Shoko. Since Shoko’s still got a chip on her shoulder about her disability, Shoya tries to re-assemble the old gang from junior school. Sadly, the reunion only rips open old wounds & reignite rivalries. In the manga, the group was brought together through a filmmaking project, which provides a stronger plot structure. With this omitted in the movie, the characters’ confrontations seem a tad random, but their emotional trajectories unfold more organically.

The non-readanh sách nature of animation makes it an igiảm giá khuyến mãi medium for conveying the sensual and sometimes scary experience of growing up. For example, Shoya’s sense of his outcast status is quirkily symbolized by his vision of big xanh crosses slashed across his classmates faces. During a confessional scene that takes place atop a roller-coaster, the frame practically vibrates, echoing the protagonists’ inner turmoil with the tensile sensation no live-action wobble-cam can.

Ilustration supervisor Futoshi Nishiya reportedly tried to lớn create a style that’s somewhere between super-realism & Deforme. The lush, softly outlined hand-drop of rivers và bridges showcases Ogaki’s reputation as a City of Water, while his pretty character designs provide impressive sầu continuity through hairstyles và toàn thân language as they transition from tween to teenager. Although the movie’s midsection could bởi with some tightening, Kengo Shigemura’s editing is racy and cinematic. The lightly electronic vibe from composer Kensuke Ushio concocts just the right mixture of peppy và thắm thiết.

The Japanese title, which means “The Shape of Voice,” reflects the central theme that communication and bonding can take many forms.

Film Review: ‘A Silent Voice’

Reviewed online, June. 13, 2017 (At Annecy Anime Film Festival, Nippon Connection). Running time: 129 MIN. Original title: Koe no katachi.

Production:(Japan) A Shochiku Co. (in Japan), Anime Limited (in U.K.), Madman Entertainment (in nước Australia và N.Z.) release of a Kyoto Animation, Pony Canyon, ABC Animation, Chorus, Shochiku Co., Kodansha presentation of a Kyoto Animation production, in association with Animation Do. (International sales: Shochiku Co., Tokyo) Executive sầu producer, Ryuhei Takashima.

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Crew:Director: Naoko Yamada. Screenplay: Reiko Yoshida, based on the manga by Yoshitoki Oima. Camera (color, widescreen): Kazuya Takao. Editor: Kengo Shigemura.With:Miyu Irino, Mayu Matsuoka, Saori Hayami, Aoi Yuki, Kensho Ono, Yuki Kaneko, Yui Ishikawa, Megungươi Han, Toshiyuki Toyonaga, Sachiko Kojima, Erena Kamata, (Japanese dialogue) Music By:

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