A Silent Voice | 聲の形 Animezing!


Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan

Anime of the Year at the 2017 Tokyo Anime Award Festival

The latest film from director Naoko Yamada and Reiko Yoshida (K-On! The Movie, Liz and the Blue Bird)!

After transferring into a new school, a deaf girl, Shoko Nishimiya, is bullied by the popular Shoya Ishida. As Shoya continues to bully Shoko, the class turns its back on him. Shoko transfers and Shoya grows up as an outcast. Alone and depressed, the regretful Shoya finds Shoko to make amends. “A Silent Voice” is a moving coming-of-age drama that depicts the struggles of adolescence through its memorable characters and beautiful animation.

Starring Miyu Irino, Saori Hayami, Aoi Yūki, Kenshō Ono



A graduate of the Kyoto University of Art and Design, Naoko Yamada began her career at Kyoto Animation as an inbetween artist. She made her directorial debut for the series K-On! (2009) which became a major success for the studio and was turned into a film in 2011. Her next film, Tamako Love Story (2014) garnered her the New Face Award at the Japan Media Arts Festival. This was followed by A Silent Voice (2016) which was nominated for Best Animated Film by the Mainichi Film Concurs and the Japanese Academy. She recently directed Liz and the Blue Bird (2018) which was nominated for Best Animated Film at the Sitges-Catalonian International Film Festival.



A prolific writer for animation, film, and manga, Reiko Yoshida made her debut in the 1990s writing for the Dragon Ball Z television series. Her first film screenplay came in 1999's DIGIMON ADVENTURE, directed by Mamoru Hosoda. In 2014 and 2017, she was awarded the Best Screenplay Award at the Tokyo Anime Awards. She has collaborated frequently with director Naoko Yamada on such films as K-On! The Movie (2011), Tamako Love Story (2014), A Silent Voice (2016), and most recently Liz and the Blue Bird (2018) which was nominated for Best Animated Film at the Sitges-Catalonian International Film Festival.

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