It was directed and written by Naoko Yamada, with character designs by Futoshi Nishiya, for the 2016 Japanese animated film “A Silent Voice” (Koe no Katachi). As mentioned, the film is based on Yoshitoki Immanga a’s of the same name. A screening of the film took place on September 17th, 2016, in Japan, and it was then released around the world between February and June of 2017.
We’ve got bad news for those who loved this film. It appears that the story will not continue at all. The film industry’s leaders may, however, be able to please us this time around, as you never know!
Today, we’ll talk about the recently released film “A Silent Voice,” the manga that inspired the story, and why fans shouldn’t hold their breath for “A Silent Voice 2,” the planned sequel to this teen psychological drama.
“A Silent Voice” movie Plot
“A Silent Voice” is a teen psychological drama film, as we previously stated.
The film focuses on the emotional, social, and spiritual traits that emerge in a group of young people at an elementary school after a hearing-impaired girl joins the group. Teenagers’ reactions to the arrival of a new student can range from negative to neutral.
An ex-delinquent known as “Shoko Nishimiya” bullies the deaf girl by using his friends to intimidate her. All of Ishida’s friends and teachers accuse him of bullying Shoko into transferring when she finally does. Regardless of who else was involved in torturing her, he was made to feel like a victim.
As a result, Ishida is shunned by his classmates in preparation for his senior year. In light of this conclusion, he concludes that friendships are of no use. The lack of long-term planning in Ishida’s life has even resulted in him contemplating suicide.
The prospect of atonement motivates him to learn sign language, which brings him into contact with Shoko, who is isolated due to her severe hearing loss and extreme shyness. Shoko begins to contemplate suicide as a result of the difficult social and emotional situations she is confronted with within this period.
Accurately portraying a teen relationship, the film depicts a range of emotions including pride, rejection, betrayal, redemption, and true love.
In this film, the director Naoko Yamada beautifully depicted the inner lives of Shoya Ishida and Shoko Nishimiya. Even the visual and sound effects of the movie were carefully worked out to show the constant divide between Shoya and Shoko, which was evident in every single detail.
“A Silent Voice” – Manga vs. Movie
Yoshitoki ima created and illustrated “A Silent Voice” as a Japanese manga series. Originally published as a one-shot in the February 2011 issue of Bessatsu Shnen Magazine, this series began serialization in Weekly Shnen Magazine in August 2013. November 19, 2014, marked the end of the manga’s storyline.
Kodansha has put out the first seven volumes of its tankobon edition of the manga. Crunchyroll Manga released the manga digitally first, before printing it in English in North America. In Japanese, “Tankobon” is the term for a book that is not part of a series or corpus, most commonly used for independent volumes of a single manga series.
The first tankbon volume sold 31,714 copies in its first week of release, ranking it 19th on the Oricon manga chart. The award for “Best Rookie Manga” was given to “A Silent Voice” by Japan’s Ministry of Education and Culture in 2008.
The content’s vector made it nearly impossible to appear anywhere else, such as in a manga magazine until Bessatsu Shnen Magazine chose it in February. Deaf people in Japan have been involved in reviewing and approving the serialization, so it has their full support. An eighth Manga Grand Prize nomination was made.
A great movie adaptation means that you don’t need to know anything about the manga. Even though this is beneficial, we still advise its use. All of the side characters are well-developed, and there are a few storylines that the movie didn’t touch on.
They get more time and attention in the manga than the main characters do.
The manga does not include an arc that has a significant impact on the story’s second half. Many of the characters in the film come away from the experience feeling like they don’t belong.
Additionally, you’ll notice some excellent paneling in the manga series, which somehow didn’t make it into the movie’s direction at all. In addition, there are several fantastic scenes in the film where the plot fails to live up to expectations.
As the movie progresses, Shoko and Ishida are expected to develop a more intimate relationship. This love story helps viewers understand why this scene is considered to be one of the show’s most symbolic.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, the movie we saw didn’t have subtitles for the sign language. Core concepts are, however. Neither is a waste of time. So, after reading it, watch it.
Will There be “A Silent Voice 2”? The Latest Updates on a Sequel
Not much is known about the future of the film, which was based on a manga with no additional material. The manga’s story and plot points have already been devoured by this first film.
Even though the one and only “A Silent Voice” film ended on a high note, no sequel has been announced. Due to a lack of funds, the original manga series by Yoshitoki ima was limited to just seven volumes. To make the movie, a lot of the book’s content was adapted. In the absence of a follow-up book, the story will come to an end.
There was a climax in the movie, and it was shown. As soon as fans learn of this, they also want to know what happens in the future. They can’t wait to find out if Nishimiya and Shoya will get married someday. There are an infinite number of possibilities, and this only addresses their current situation.
People who want to read the story can use manga, but even if you’re interested in the story, we strongly recommend that you read the manga. Even though they couldn’t be used in the movie due to time constraints, these additional scenes were included in the manga.
The more people who see a show or movie, the more likely it is that a sequel will be made. They take into account a variety of aspects, such as the franchise’s origin, popularity, and sales.
It has 62 chapters and seven volumes, divided into two main plot lines with a clear temporal relationship. Unfortunately, the movie follows the manga’s plotline from beginning to end without deviating from it in any way. Like the manga, it comes to a close.
The film did well in theatres both in Japan and around the world, grossing a respectable sum. As a result, there are no roadblocks to a sequel being made.
The success of a series determines whether or not there will be a sequel. For a film, it is more important to be original than it is for a novel.
The movie has a popularity score of 24 on MyAnimeList, with 1,582,657 members supporting it. The movie is sure to do well because it’s so high on the list with so many other anime series. On the website, it has a rating of 8.98 out of 10.
A Silent Voice has a Metacritic score of 78/100 and an IMDb user rating of 8.2/10 from 55,311 users.
Don’t you think those are excellent marks for a sequel?
So, while it’s not particularly well-liked, the show has been able to hang on thanks to high rankings on both MyAnimeList and IMDb. Because of the show’s popularity, a sequel to the film is not unlikely.
In the end, whether or not we get a sequel to the movie, the prequel tugged at our heartstrings in both joy and sorrow. We were filled with joy as we watched the film, recalling our childhood missteps, redemption, and the challenges that followed.
There is no doubt that there are people who can make a beautiful story like the previous one, even if it is not based on a book, and we would be happy to see a sequel.