Ich glaube, damit hat wohl niemand gerechnet: Kyoto Animation animiert einen Kodansha-Manga als Film.

In der 46. Ausgabe des Weekly Shōnen Magazine wird bekannt gegeben, dass Naoko Yamada (K-ON!, Tamako Market) Regie bei der Kino-Adaption von Yoshitoki Ōima’s „A Silent Voice“ (Koe no Katachi) – Manga führen wird. Die Distribution wird Shochiku übernehmen. Der Manga war zunächst ein One-Shot im Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine in 2011 und gewann dort den ersten Platz. Im August 2013 startete dann der Manga als Serie im Weekly Shōnen Magazine und endete im November 2014. Im letzten Kapitel wurde eine Anime-Adaption angekündigt, aber erst nun wurde das Studio und die Regisseurin genannt.

Wikipedia beschreibt die Handlung wie folgt (Achtung Spoiler!):

The story revolves around Shoya Ishida, a former delinquent who bullied Shoko Nishimiya, his deaf classmate, alongside his friends back when he was in elementary school. When Nishimiya transferred, all of his friends and teachers turned against him, making him isolated well into high school to the point that he decides that there is no point in having friends. Having no plans for the future, Ishida even contemplates on committing suicide until he suddenly reunites with Nishimiya, who is still lonely due to her shyness. Realizing that both are suffering due to his past sins, Ishida sets out on a path of redemption by trying to reconnect Nishimiya with their old classmates that Nishimiya never has the chance to befriend back then, including Ishida’s former comrade, Naoka Ueno, who holds a grudge against Nishimiya for „causing“ Ishida’s isolation; Miki Kawai, their narcissistic former class president; and Miyoko Sahara, a kind girl who was the only one attempting to befriend Nishimiya years before. They also make new friends in Tomohiro Nagatsuka, a similarly friendless fat boy who owes Ishida when his bike was stolen; and Satoshi Mashiba, Kawai’s crush.

The seven begin to work together when Nagatsuka’s plan to create a film for a competition, which he plans to only include Ishida and himself, attracts the attention of Ueno, Kawai, Sahara, and Mashiba, with Ishida additionally inviting Nishimiya to join the project. Throughout the filming, the seven face through their personal challenges and conflicts. They also have a falling out when Ishida tries to isolate himself again by insulting the crew, leading to Nishimiya’s attempted suicide as she feels that all of the problems are caused by her. Ishida’s successful action to prevent the suicide gravely injures him; this impacts the other six start to resolve their problems while suspending the project until he awakes. Once he recovers, Ishida reconciles with his film crew and finally completes the film, which, while a failure, has greatly helped him and his friends.

Years after their high school graduation and their subsequent parting ways, the seven reunite for the Coming of Age Day. By then, Ishida has stopped to ignore the people around him and now has a lot of friends.

Die Cover der 7 Bände:

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Die Thematik klingt für mich sehr interessant und Naoko Yamada passt meiner Meinung gut dazu. Vor allem klingt das Ganze weniger nach typischen Late-Night-Anime-Material und vielleicht erreicht man so leichter eine größere Zielgruppe. Der Manga ist übrigens auch in Englisch erhältlich.

Quelle: ANN, Wikipedia, Amazon Japan

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