The manga Koe no Katachi (also known as A Silent Voice) published in Weekly Shonen Magazine, ranked No. 1 in the Men’s Category for Takarajimasha’s ‘This manga is amazing 2015’ and won the New Creator category for the 19th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize.
Animated by Kyoto Animation, responsible for many hits in the past, the movie adaptation is off to a great start. It sold 300,000 tickets with a revenue of 410 million yen in just three days after opening on September 17.
The story starts with the bullying inflicted of the deaf female protagonist Shoko, but gradually shifts its focus to male protagonist Shoya, as he learns to stand on his own two feet. Koe no Katachi is about the difficulties of communication and the loneliness, despair, and love that arise from them.
Despite handling the delicate theme of hearing impairment, when it was published as a one-shot in Bessatsu Shonen Magazine it was able to hold its own against popular serialized manga Attack on Titan and Aku no Hana, climbing up to the number one spot. After that, it blossomed into a weekly series run in Weekly Shonen Magazine and became a huge hit.
The movie adaptation shows us no less than the true spirit of the original. Koe no Katachi entered the box-office rankings at number 2 on the heels of original animated movie Kimi no na Wa., despite showing at only 120 theaters.
It has achieved the No. 1 spot in Pia’s Opening Day Satisfaction Ranking, receiving many comments of high praise such as ‘I couldn’t stop crying during the movie!’ and ‘I want to see it over and over again!’.
Koe no Katachi is expected to attract even more attention thanks to its synergy with current box-office No. 1, Kimi no na Wa.