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Kyoto Animation's A Silent Voice Film Sells 1.25 Million Tickets for 1.63 Billion Yen

posted on by Egan Loo
Filmgoers get postcards with art by character designer Futoshi Nishiya

Kyoto Animation's anime film of Yoshitoki Ōima's A Silent Voice (Koe no Katachi) manga has sold 1,253,393 tickets for 1,634,327,300 yen (about US$15.787 million) as of October 11. (Monday was a national holiday.) The film ranked #4 in the Japanese box office in its fourth weekend.

Starting October 15, participating theaters will give out large postcards with illustrations by character designer Futoshi Nishiya, while supplies last. Nishiya's original illustrations were on display during the advance screening of the film on August 24, and at some of the theaters later on.

October 15-21
B5-sized postcard (Shōya Ishida and Shōko Nishimiya in elementary school)

October 22-28
B5-sized postcard (Shōya Ishida in high school)

October 29-November 4
B5-sized postcard (Shōko Nishimiya in high school)

The "Eiga 'Koe no Katachi' Special Book," which contains a new chapter of the manga for filmgoers, is having a second distribution run at screenings from October 8 to 14. Ōima drew the manga, and it portrays a story not in the original manga nor in the film. The manga goes deeper into Shoko's family life, and her mother and grandmother appear in the story. Theaters originally gave the Special Book to filmgoers during the movie's first two weeks of release.

Previously, people who saw the film received a 35-millimeter four-frame film strip from the movie at participating theaters, while supplies lasted.

The film opened on September 17 on 120 screens and ranked #2 at box offices in Japan. The film earned 283,000,000 yen (about US$2.8 million) and sold 200,000 tickets in its first two days. By comparison, Kyoto Animation's 2011 K-ON! film earned 316,310,000 yen in its first two days on 137 screens.

The film's cast includes:

Miyu Irino as Shōya Ishida
Saori Hayami as Shōko Nishimiya
Aoi Yūki as Yuzuru Nishiya
Kenshō Ono as Tomohiro Nagatsu
Yuki Kaneko as Naoka Ueno
Yui Ishikawa as Miyoko Sahara
Megumi Han as Miki Kawai
Toshiyuki Toyonaga as Toshi Mashibasa
Mayu Matsuoka as Shōya Ishida as an elementary school student

Naoko Yamada (Tamako Market, Tamako Love Story, K-ON's two anime seasons and anime film) directed the film at Kyoto Animation. Reiko Yoshida (Non Non Biyori, K-ON!, Yowamushi Pedal) wrote the script, and Futoshi Nishiya (Free!, Hyōka, Nichijō) designed the characters for animation. kensuke ushio (Space Dandy, Ping Pong) composed the music at Pony Canyon. aiko performed the film's theme song "Ai wo Shita no wa" (Loving Is). Shochiku is distributing 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.

Source: Animate Times

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