Kyoto Animation is working on a film adaptation of the manga A Silent Voice, and we’ve now learned it’s coming out this fall, thanks to a listing by distributor Shochiku.
A Silent Voice (Koe no Katachi) is being directed at KyoAni by Naoko Yamada, who also directed the studio’s series K-On!, Tamako Market and the film Tamako Love Story.
A Silent Voice, a manga by Yoshitoki Oima (Mardock Scramble, art) is about a deaf high school girl, the boy who bullies her and his attempt at reconciliation. Kodansha Comics, who are releasing the manga in the States, describe the first volume:
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?
Looking forward to what Kyoto Animation and Naoko Yamada do with the adaptation.