Evening, lovely readers!!
I have waited an entire year to lay my hands on this beauty and I’m finally here. So, today I’m gonna give you all these awesome reasons why watching “Koe no Katachi” will be supremely enlightening for you. Let’s begin now!
Movie : Koe no Katachi
Summary : After bullying a deaf girl at school and forcing her to transfer away, Ishida Shouya is himself bullied and ostracized by his classmates. Years later, he embarks on a path to redemption.
My Rating : 4½ stars
Why watch it? : There are a crap load of reasons, but I’m lazy as fuck and I’ll just go with these.
• Male lead, Shouya : In my opinion, he is the primary reason the movie is so damn popular. The movie follows Shouya’s POV and his account is untamed and therefore, realistic. We are introduced to a character who has done some really nasty things to the weak and consequently, suffers for them. As they say it, what goes around, comes around and Shouya is the perfect example of this saying. He represents the average, troubled human with his conscience and desire for repentance, although he goes about it in a twisted, unhealthy way. You’ll come to despise him for his deeds and simultaneously empathise with him for his pain, but by no means will you be able to ignore him. And that, I think, is what a nicely written character should feel like. Besides all this, Shouya is really fucking handsome even as a kid and has cat eyes!! Yay! (=①ω①=)
• Themes : I don’t think this is the first movie that deals with themes like depression, self-harm and shit, but I’d say this is better in a way because it actually gets the point across without using any explicit imagery and without sugar-coating it too. Both the lead characters are trapped in their own little hellholes and their struggle has been portrayed beautifully. All you faint hearted people reading this, DO NOT chicken out simply cuz of these droopy themes. You’ll easily connect with the characters and cry throughout. Yes, it’s an awful little tear-jerker.
Another thing any anime can’t do without is the theme of friendship. Trust me when I say, this movie has a bunch of teens who are simultaneously snotty and caring and mean as hell. But… They’ll remind you of your own too. They are all lovable in their respective roles and if you are not a biased one, you won’t be able to choose one over the other.
Forgiveness. Aah… The golden word. In my opinion, this is the main thing the movie wants to convey. Not only forgiving someone who wrongs you, but also yourself for all your faults and regrets. And the people who get caught in the crossfire of your angst!
• The remaining characters and scenery : So there’s a vain bimbo (kinda), a nondescript new best friend who offers love without judgement, a pretty boy and a cowardly, bespecaled (is that even a word?) beauty, our deaf and dumb, kinda bland heroine whom you’ll feel sorry for but then there is nothing much to do in that regard, and last but not the least, the heroine’s BAMF little sis (she is lovely, my fav after Shouya probably, but I might be a little biased). Also, MARIA-CHAN!!!!(*≧ω≦*)
As I said before, the characters are all very lovely and realistic, though I’d have preferred if the heroine had some more personality (but let’s ignore that cuz she is depressed herself).
As for the scenes, here are my favourites (in no particular order tho) :
So that’s about it. I hope I haven’t dropped any major spoilers!!
Those of you who haven’t watched it yet, you can find it on KissAnime or YouTube. Though KissAnime will ask you to make an account, so you should probably download the android app first here to avoid that shit. I’ll try my best to post active links from YouTube later.
Now go watch it and come back to drop your thoughts!! Loves!!