Anime on deaf, bullied girl to screen in Japan

Published on June 29, 2016

A Japanese anime film narrating a deaf girl’s life struggle is set to storm theaters in Japan and entice deaf moviegoers to watch and sympathize with the film’s protagonist.
The film, “A Silent Voice,” with the Japanese title Koe no Katachi (The Shape of Voice), is based on Yoshitoki Oima’s popular 2013 manga. The dramatic and captivating tale revolves around Shoya, a male student who is classmates with Shoko, a deaf girl who is ostracized and bullied by their classmates. As days passed, Shoya acted as the mastermind of the gang that bullied Shoko and tormented her elementary years, according to Japanese news site Rocket News.

Karma shaped up and the once-bully Shoya became a hot target of bullying in middle school. In a change of ways, he apologized and made amends to Shoko, whom he had mistreated.
Kyoto Productions will bring “A Silent Voice” to the big screens on Sept. 17 in moviehouses in Japan. It will also show Japanese subtitles for anime fans with hearing impairment. Gianna Francesca Catolico