Kyoto Animation to Produce A Silent Voice Film With Director Naoko Yamada
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
This year's 46th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine is revealing on Wednesday that Kyoto Animation will produce the anime film adaptation of Yoshitoki Ōima's A Silent Voice (Koe no Katachi) manga. Additionally, the issue is revealing that Naoko Yamada (Tamako Market, Tamako Love Story, K-ON's two anime seasons and anime film) is directing the film, and Shochiku will distribute the film in Japan.
Crunchyroll describes the original manga's story:
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.
Ōima began the manga as a one-shot in Kodansha's Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine in 2011, and then turned the story into a full series in the main Shonen Magazine in August 2013. Kodansha published the manga's final chapter in November 2014, and it released the seventh and final compiled volume in December. Kodansha Comics is publishing the manga in print in North America, and it released the third compiled volume in September. Crunchyroll released the series in English simultaneously as Kodansha published new chapters in Japan.