The animated film Koe no Katachi, was released in Japan in 2016. But only in May 2017 was it released for DVD and Blu-ray. This animation was produced by Kyoto Animation and is an adaptation of the seven volumes of the manga by Yoshitoki Ooima.For far from being just a cliché romance or a romantic drama, Koe no Katachi goes much further. Themes like suicide, depression, social anxiety, disabilities, bullying, are portrayed in clear ways. So much so that the film leads us to make a personal self-reflection.
The story is basically divided into two parts. The first part shows the difficulties faced by Nishimiya Shouko, a child deaf, who has just moved to a new elementary school. It shows her willingness to make friends, adapt and be accepted by others. But we have the contrast with Shouya Ishida. A very boy popular influential in his class, who does not miss any opportunity to to mock of the girl.
The second part shows them years after the elementary. Ishida sorry for everything that made the girl go through. He suffers a lot for the things he did in the past, shaking both your social and personal life. And after meeting Nishimiya again, he tries to reconcile with her and make up for all the suffering caused.
High points of Koe in Katachi
The plot of the work makes us know the consequences of both those who are bullying and those who practice it. It shows how we humans treat and face differencesIt also portrays the growth and development phase of being a teenager and immature. The challenges of dealing with different people, who are still learning who they really are evident.
The work treats everything with respect, without embellishing wrong or shocking attitudes, representing emotions and consequences quite accurately. And there is talk not only of the world of deaf people, but also of unspoken or expressed thoughts and feelings that we can all have.
The animation does not disappoint either. The color palette is accurate, smooth, which helps even the characters' feelings unfold. This makes the characters more realistic. In the sound part we have great hits. Using modest trails and using silence at the right times.
Some problems with the plot are noticed. Since it is an adaptation of a work of manga, you couldn’t put it all in a two hour film. But it is nothing that compromises your experience with the film. Koe no Katachi is a story that deserves our admiration, as the story is not tied to the bullying. It also shows the consequences, and the emotional development of the characters in a special and realistic way.
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