Those were the two hours that reaped my heart. I’m not usually a fan of the genre, nevertheless, there were a few ideas I liked the most. Like the crossed-out people as MC lost all the faith in humanity. As slowly as they reveal not to be jerks to the MC, their crosses fall of their faces. That’s a beautiful allegory.
I agree with Eos saying that bullies getting bullied back for the rest of school is something rather nonexistent since there are three relatively good options out of this:
1. You can actually continue being popular as a bully, as long as the teacher’s words don’t get to you.
2. You can also climb back as a “changed person” anytime. The thing is, people don’t remember all the bull… all the bad things you did forever because everyone is self-absorbed by the default.
3. You can change school, as one character did in “Classroom of the Elite” anime we watched before if you feel too ashamed.
That’s why for me Silent Voice is a little something out of a fantasy book, since in real life, as Araki Joh once said:
“Even the villain can be defeated and become a friend to the main character.”
But as for the cold society and tragic relationships they build that hurt everyone who is not as jerky as them in the end, that’s totally true.
At the same time, I feel that Ishida fell for Shoko out of guilt and not due to a genuine feeling, but more as if he subconsciously wanted to make up for what he did.
And that ruined the romance perspective of the anime for me. I also don’t see much point in Shoko trying to commit suicide, when there was literally no reason for that to take place. It’s been years and this time everything was going more or less nice. They even went to see fireworks together, but all of a sudden, she leaves to take a leap off the balcony.
It really makes me think about her inner world here. She’s been a victim and had a difficult situation, but after MC’s done his best to make it up for the past, she leaps off in front of his eyes, as if saying: “You’ll never be able too. I’ve been hurt too much back then and there’s nothing you can do about it.”
Anyways, it’s been a couple of years since I watched it, so I may have got some things wrong.
Also, the graphics are absolutely gorgeous and overall I liked the story, but it’s just not my genre. The tragedy only happens if we allow it to happen every step of the way. Above I listed how it could be neutralized. Such things don’t depend on our fate or “ways of life”, no. It’s a part of who we decided to be in our minds. As one famous retarded MC once said:
“If you were to write a story with me in the lead role- it would certainly be…a tragedy.”
5/10 – for being too fatalistic about life.
Alright!! I just finished the movie today- admittedly this is my second watch through of the movie- and instead of talking about things others have already said in there reviews, I want to actually take time to discuss things that should’ve taken place, if that makes sense. I guess my one note before I get into it is that the sound and imagery were AMAZING- I loved all the artistic choices they made throughout the movie.
With that being said, I’m aware that anti-bullying campaigns arent as pushed in Japan as they are in the west- BUT?? the school made no actions whatsoever, other than let’s learn sign language!! yay!! like?? good job guys, you did it. The elementary school teacher was a jerk – but more importantly, the school itself made no precautions to make it suitable for a student with special needs such as being deaf. How did the school not make any accommodations? There was a hearing teacher, yet no class suited for her?? That’s ridiculous.
I also want to talk about how the different students from the elementary school resemble different coping mechanisms – we all saw Shoya’s and Shouko’s but the other’s are just as apparent but since it’s a movie, there wasn’t much time to develop these side characters. For example, Ueno – we know she was a terrible person and antagonist… but she’s also got a big big big victim’s complex. She didn’t like the way things ended, and how she affected them – so instead she’s twisted it in her mind to where she has no fault ever… she NEVER takes responsibility. And just because she learned a whole WORD in sign language isn’t enough for her to be forgiven.
I wish the characters made a greater stride to get her to repent because yes she’ll tolerate her, but it’s clear Ueno will continue to blame Shouko for the past.
Kawai is also an interesting character- instead of accepting she was also apart of the problem- acts as if she did nothing wrong, I don’t think she was lying to be spiteful and like she’s some secret evil being- but I think she was so ashamed of not doing anything in the situation she acted like she wasn’t apart of it. When in all reality she WAS apart of it, she didn’t say anything but she also never made any effort to stop the bullying. I also wish they explored this and made her admit her fault.
I also want to touch on what @admin said. I don’t think Shoya fell in love, sure he liked her but in all reality, he was just trying to grow. I don’t consider this a romance movie, it’s a movie about growth and understanding your mistakes and also generally figuring out what makes you a good person. This movie asks the questions: does someone who’s done wrong deserve happiness – Shoya isn’t sure himself. Yes, there was romance, and maybe it’ll develop later on – but they still had a fairly platonic relationship, with some really cute moments.
There was much more going on her life then just this stretched out drama from elementary school – first off her grandma passed away, and loss itself is a hard pill to swallow. But she also knew her condition wasn’t getting any better, the bullying from all those years ago didn’t make her want to kill herself. It was the idea that this boy who came to repent and she became friends with was having a tough time because of her. Which wasn’t true- but looking at the fight on the bridge, or Ueno being, Ueno- there must’ve been a lot going on in her mind, not to mention she must’ve known her sister was constantly doing everything she can to look out for her.
Either way- this a beautiful movie that I seriously enjoy. it’s a really good movie to show how important language is in real life and in film. the animation was beautiful and I think the symbolism is great. I can visualize in my head the calendar taped on with the rest of the days in my head, ah!!
Thank you for your opinion. Maybe there wasn’t much there in terms of romance, but when you jump off the balcony to save someone of the opposite sex, it gives off the vibe. Not many people would do it for a platonic friend.
As I mentioned, I don’t remember the movie much since it’s been years. I see how it all may pile up through – the presence of Ueno being insensitive and cruel, death of a relative, and struggle with deafness – to cause suicide syndrome. I could believe that stress caused it, if she did it alone, after the fireworks. But she did it in front of Shoya and that immediately put lots of pressure and guilt on him, after everything he’s done to fix things.
I know that some may say: “but she didn’t know he was there!” But the thing is, subconsciously she knew. She chose the best time to disappear from the fireworks, so he would notice and as he rushed after her, Shouko made sure he sees her (not a minute earlier, not a minute later). Besides, women can feel very sharply when someone looks at them and all humans can feel a stare from behind regardless of gender.
I don’t think that Shouko was selfless with an idea: “This boy who came to repent and she became friends with was having a tough time because of her”. And that was the reason to die not to be a bother. Firstly, he did have a hard time his whole school-life before meeting her, what happens now is just a cherry on top. Even assuming she didn’t know any of that (did the bridge scene shed any light on Shoya’s life?), if a person is trying to repent, all you can do is let them do that, so they won’t regret it: “I wanted to apologize but she was already dead“. Being dead will only harm Shoya more.
That all attached has brought me to a simple conclusion that Shouko here wanted to put Shoya on a very harsh spot there. Because we all can easily see how it looked in his head – everything he did wasn’t enough.
Also, suicide is never just too much stress pressure all by itself. If that happens – people start to drink, smoke, riding a horse, etc. Whatever helps to release stress.
Which leads to the question:
Why people do commit suicide?
Suicide is not a form of running from stress (you can run from stress and still live). It’s a form of getting back at someone, a form of revenge – the only form available to the weak, who can’t punch back for whatever the reason.
“I’ll die and mommy and daddy (or whoever else offended you) …will feel sorry, but it’ll be too late.”
And that is why my image of Shouko dropped down. I feel for her as a deaf girl back at the elementary, and now too, since she still gets a harsh life. But.
Of all the people, she decided to get back to Shoya – the only guy who truly felt sorry and was making it up to her. A guy who was on the verge of ending his life just to get back at the whole world who bullies him over one mistake and he can’t cope with it anymore. And she successfully puts him in a hospital. I get that Shoya gratefully accepted this as an opportunity to:
1. End his pain and die.
2. Finally, make it up to her. But her motives are dark here, I’d get it if she would get back to Ueno that way.
But let’s be honest, we all know Ueno wouldn’t move a finger to stop her from that balcony.
I feel Shouko is in the wrong because she couldn’t forgive and ended up making a mess with another person’s life.
And how’s that different from the bullying that was done onto her?