The official website for Kyoto Animation’s anime film of Yoshitoki Oima’s Eisner-nominated manga A Silent Voice has announced the film’s main cast, as well as updating the staff listing and unveiling the movie’s poster visual. The reveal on Friday (May 27th) touches on the themes of redemption and forgiveness at the heart of the story, with the poster’s text reading: “I hated you. Until we met again.”
K-ON!‘s Naoko Yamada directs while Reiko Yoshida, also of K-ON!, writes the script, and Free!‘s Futoshi Nishiya of is in charge of character design. The newly added staff and lead cast appeared as follows, alongside the main character models:
Art Director: Mutsuo Shinohara (of Sound! Euphonium and CLANNAD)
Colour Key: Naomi Ishida (Hyoka)
Setting: Seiichi Akitake (Tamako Market and Tamako Love Story)
Director of Photography: Kazuya Takao (Free! and Sound! Euphonium)
Sound Director: Yota Tsuruoka (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and Puella Magi Madoka Magica)
Music: Kensuke Ushio (Space Dandy)
Music Production: Pony Canyon
Miyu Irino (Osomatsu-san‘s Todomatsu) as Shoya Ishida
Saori Hayami (Snow White with the Red Hair‘s Shirayuki) as Shoko Nishimiya
The film will open in Japan on September 17th, and advance tickets will go on sale on June 4th with the added bonus of a clear file drawn by Nishiya.
Oima’s A Silent Voice began as a 2011 one-shot in Kodansha’s Bessatsu Shonen Magazine, but was then made into a full series in the flagship Shonen Magazine in August 2013. Crunchyroll ran an English simulpublication of the series, and after the last chapter ran in November 2014, Kodansha Comics published the seventh and final compiled volume in North America. They give the story the following summary:
Shoya is a bully. When Shoko, a girl who can’t hear, enters his elementary school class, she becomes their 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?