Silent Voices

Is everyone capable of redemption? Does everyone deserve a second chance? A second chance at friendship, a second chance at home, a second chance at work, a second chance at love… a second chance at life. Are some actions so unforgivable that someone can never redeem themselves? Do we all have it in our hearts to forgive those who have wronged us? Do we all have the courage to apologize to and make amends with the people we have wronged? These questions and more were provoked by a movie I recently watched called A Silent Voice.

A Silent Voice, also known as The Shape of Voice, is an anime film that tells the story of Shouya Ishida, a boy who used to bully and torment the recently transferred deaf girl Shouko Nishimiya. In his teen years, Shouya’s life has become unbearable for him, leading him to thoughts of suicide. In an attempt to right his wrongs from the past, he seeks out to make up with and befriend Shouko. The film is based on the award-winning manga of the same name by Yoshitoki Oima.

I was scrolling through Netflix aimlessly one day. I was just bored I guess. I came across this movie called A Silent Voice. I read the synopsis and thought it sounded interesting, but I looked at the runtime, which is two hours and ten minutes, and was put off. Later that day, however, I found myself drawn to it and before I knew it I was watching it, and I am so glad I did. The music evokes emotion and the visuals are warm and terrific. The voice acting is so amazing. There were moments where I felt uncomfortable, but that was the point. There were also moments that, as a depressed person, hit too close to home. Again, that was the point. The fact that I felt these things is testament to how well-crafted this story was. There were points were there were tears in my eyes, and by the end of the movie I was crying. The fact that I felt these things is testament to how well-crafted this story was.

A Silent Voice is something special. It tells a moving tale of hate, love, regret, sadness, acceptance, and redemption. As soon as I finished it I began writing this blog post. I could go on and on but I don’t want to ruin anything, and to be honest I am at a loss for words. This movie must be experienced by as many people as possible. I will, however, give a few warnings. Although it’s age restriction is PG-13, it deals with heavy topics like depression, bullying and suicide which may be triggering for a lot of people. I will leave the trailer below. Please check it out.

That is all from me. Thank you all for reading, and I will see you all in the next blog post.

Sincerely Yours,
Kojo

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