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A Silent Voice Anime Film's Visual, Teaser Video, Release Date, More Staff Revealed

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Reiko Yoshida, Futoshi Nishiya added to staff for film opening on September 17

The official website for Kyoto Animation's anime film adaptation of Yoshitoki Ōima's A Silent Voice (Koe no Katachi) manga opened on Friday to reveal the film's release date, teaser visual, teaser video, more staff, and main character designs.

Text: The best-selling comic with more than 2.5 million copies printed.
Text: Original work: Yoshitoki Ōima
Text: Those biting words were stuck to her.
Text: Animation production: Kyoto Animation (K-ON! film, Tamako Love Story)
Narrator: Your voice wounded me, but even still, I want to hear your voice.
Text: Director: Naoko Yamada x Scriptwriter: Reiko Yoshida x Character Designer: Futoshi Nishiya
Text: I want to see you again.
Narrator: A Silent Voice film.

The film will open in Japan on September 17. Shochiku had previously listed that the film would open this fall.

Naoko Yamada (Tamako Market, Tamako Love Story, K-ON's two anime seasons and anime film) is directing the film at Kyoto Animation. Reiko Yoshida (Non Non Biyori, K-ON!, Yowamushi Pedal) is writing the script, and Futoshi Nishiya (Free!, Hyōka, Nichijō) is designing the characters for animation. Shochiku will distribute the film.

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. Kodansha Comics is publishing the manga in print in North America, and it will release the seventh and final volume in May. Crunchyroll released the series in English simultaneously as Kodansha published new chapters in Japan.

Source: MoCa News (teaser visual via Comic Natalie)

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