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Silent Voice, A (12A)

Animation, Drama, Romance

The story revolves around Nishimiya Shoko, a grade school student who has impaired hearing. She transfers into a new school, where she is bullied by her classmates, especially Ishida Shouya. It gets to the point where she transfers to another school and as a result, Shouya is ostracized and bullied himself, with no friends to speak to and no plans for the future. Years later, he sets himself on a path to redemption.

The critical consensus

Tender and truthful anime reflecting on the ripple effects of bullying, from director Naoko Yamada.

****(*)Kevin Harley, The List, 13/03/2017

A Silent Voice is long and meandering by animation standards but touching in the way it addresses big issues.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 17/03/2017

Based on a manga series, this delicately told story of wrongdoing, redemption and romance is subtle and sensuous.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 16/03/2017

Naoko Yamada’s animation about a young man seeking forgiveness from the victim of his childhood bullying, is a real tear jerker.

***(*)(*)Wendy Ide, The Observer, 19/03/2017

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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