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Yoshitoki Ōima Draws New A Silent Voice Manga Episode for Anime Filmgoers

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
New manga episode will have story not in manga or film

The official website for Kyoto Animation's anime film adaptation of Yoshitoki Ōima's A Silent Voice (Koe no Katachi) manga revealed on Friday that Ōima is drawing a new episode of the manga for filmgoers, which will appear in a book titled "Eiga 'Koe no Katachi' Special Book." The manga will portray a story not in the original manga, and will not be present in the film. The manga will go deeper into Shoko's family life, and her mother and grandmother will appear in the story. Futoshi Nishiya, the film's character designer, is drawing the book's front cover.

Participating theaters will offer the book from when the film opens on September 17 to September 30, or until supplies last. The new episode is the first new entry in the story since the manga concluded in 2014.

The film's official site previously streamed a trailer for the film in July, as well as a subtitled version of the same trailer last month.

The film's cast includes:

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. kensuke ushio (Space Dandy, Ping Pong) is composing the music at Pony Canyon. 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 published the seven-volume manga in print in North America. Crunchyroll released the series in English simultaneously as Kodansha published new chapters in Japan.

Source: Cinema Today

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