I spent my weekend being a couch potato.
(at least it gave me something to ~blog~ about)
A Silent Voice is an animated Japanese film released in 2017.
Written by Yoshitoki Ōima, and directed by Naoko Yamada. While the premise of the movie revolves around teenage Ishida, who attempts to make amends with a deaf girl he bullied in the 6th grade; the true story revolves around his relationships with the surrounding people. Ishida’s journey is a tale of bullying, mental health, friendship, and redemption.
The subject alone feels very close to home. There is no Ghibli magic here to save our characters. We journey with Ishida on his path of forgiveness. Virtually every character, parental figures included, learn to love other people and love themselves. The message here is integral, captured in a beautiful and emotional manner.
By no means will A Silent Voice leave you feeling warm and fuzzy – just allow this memorable piece of animation to take hold of you. It grabs you early on from multiple directions and it doesn’t let go.
(wasn’t able to finish ^^^)
To Your Eternity (不滅のあなたへ) another one by Yoshitoki Ōima, to start, I just finished reading volume 1 and let me tell you the manga is gorgeous. Almost every surface is wonderfully textured, pages are filled with all kinds of little details, making slow reading worthwhile.
The story opens with an 80 page introductory chapter where an orb floats down to “Earth” and takes the form of a rock. From there, it takes on the form of a wolf that dies next to it, then goes on to encounter the owner of the wolf, a boy living alone in an arctic wasteland. It seemed from this introduction that the story would be an episodic tale of the orb’s encounters with various people as it travelled the world.
Fushi, as a character, is built around his abilities. They both aid and hinder his growth as a person. Probably the defining factors in the growth of human beings are the twin facts that some things about us are set at birth, and we will die eventually. These two things delineate and place hard limits on what we can do with our lives. Fushi has neither of these limitations, contributing to his character both an uprootedness and an infinite potential.
However, his potential is ironically limited by his own lack of limitations. Human beings can never exist in perfect stasis – we must grow or die. While Fushi can easily exceed us in every way, he is much more vulnerable to feeling he hasn’t done enough for others. Because Fushi needs nothing for himself, the people he cannot save weigh heavily on his mind.
In summary, Oima has done excellent using the attributes of her protagonist to inform his psychology greatly.
The series adaptation premiered on April 12, 2021 – you can watch it on Crunchyroll…just remember