A welcome addition to the Netflix anime slate has arrived with the 2016 film A Silent Voice. The streaming side features the original Japanese language track but also includes the English and Spanish dubs while the subtitles have English, Spanish, Arabi, French, and Russian offerings. The film is based on the manga by Yoshitoki Oima that’s being released in North America by Kodansha Comics. Produced by Kyoto Animation, the film is directed by Naoka Yamada based on the script from Reiko Yoshida with Futoshi Nishiya handling the character designs.
Check out our review of the film.
The Japanese cast includes Miyu Irino as Shouya Ishida, Saori Hayami as Shouko Nishimiya, Aoi Yūki as Yuzuru Nishiya, Kensho Ono as Tomohiro Nagatsu, Yuki Kaneko as Naoka Ueno, Yui Ishikawa as Miyoko Sahara, Megumi Han as Miki Kawai and Toshiyuki Toyonaga as Toshi Mashibasa.
Directed by Stephanie Sheh, the English cast includes Amber Lee Connors as Miki Kawai, Kira Buckland as Naoka Ueno, Lexi Cowden as Shoko Nishimiya, Robbie Daymond as Shoya Ishida, Graham Halstead as Nagatsuka, Kristen Sullivan as Yuzuru Nishimiya, Lipica Shah as Yaeko Nishimiya, Max Mittelman as Satoshi Mashiba, Melissa Hope as Miyoko Sahara, and Sara Cravens as Miyoko Ishida.
Plot concept: Shoya is a bully. When Shoko, a girl who can’t hear, enters his elementary school class, she becomes his favorite target, and Shoya and his friends goad each other into devising new tortures for her. But the children’s cruelty goes too far. Shoko is forced to leave the school, and Shoya ends up shouldering all the blame. Six years later, the two meet again. Can Shoya make up for his past mistakes, or is it too late?