A Silent Voice, Japanese (animated) Movie (2016)

Those of you that have been following me for a while now, and know me a little, probably recall the fact that I mentioned at times that I have been bullied for quite a while at school when I was young. Obviously it’s a past that I don’t like to recall often, as it was a very dark time in my life. But I never really talked about the after effects, and what it meant for the present. A couple of days ago I heard on national television that this year the stats for children being bullied at school were at an alltime low. I scoffed at that. Stats? Really? I think every child that has to go through that every day is one too many. Statistics be damned. Because bullying can have long time effects. For me it has meant a low self esteem and second guessing myself. Always having doubts. Like when someone doesn’t answer a text I sent. (Maybe I said something wrong and the person doesn’t like me anymore? Which obviously usually isn’t the case). But even worse is probably the fact that I have trouble connecting with people at times in real life. Especially when it comes to maybe falling in love. (Because really can someone fall in love with me?) All these dark thoughts aside….I have made progress over the years. Which is a good thing.

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How anyone can even remotely consider bullying this sweet girl is beyond me…..

At one point I was just done with it all. The self pity, or the fact that people might not like me. I began to think more along the lines of when people don’t like me, it’s their loss. And that certainly helped. While I will never fully lose those feelings, I do think it get’s better over time. But this all goes to show what bullying can really do to someone, and that the bullies themselves probably don’t even realise this (or couldn’t care less). The movie A Silent Voice deals with bullying, but it does this in a different way then one might expect. Shōya Ishida is a young and popular boy in his class which also means that a lot of the other children listen to what he has to say. One day a new girl called Shōko Nishimiya is introduced to the class. Well, she has to introduce herself but does this in a very unusual way. She pulls out a notepad, begins to write in it and then shows it to the classroom. It says that in order to get to know her, people can use the notepad. You see, Shōko is deaf. The class at first doesn’t really know how to deal with it. After a few days though, Shōya begins to set the tone, and starts to terrorise the poor girl. Even going so far as pulling out her hearing aids. Yeah…he is a real tough guy.

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I nearly went berserk during this scene. 

But when the principal eventually gets word of this and begins to ask questions about who is responsible, the rest of the class pulls away from Shōya. In fact the tables are turned and his classmates begin to bully him. Shōko eventually leaves the school, getting a transfer, and life moves on. Years later though Shōya begins to feel remorse. His own life is not really going well, and he decides to try and find out what has become of the the girl whose life he made miserable. But is she really willing to forgive him? Or an even better question would be should she even forgive him? I’m not going to lie here, A Silent Voice is not a happy go lucky film. It deals with a lot of things that might trigger unwanted feelings in quite a number of people. Heavy themes such as bullying and suicide all feature prominently in this movie. But it’s also a film that gives hope. There is a line in this anime that says even monsters have a heart. While I’m not so sure if that’s true for every monster, I’m definitely convinced that it’s true in a lot of cases. While there might certainly be children that bully simply because they enjoy it, there is usually more going on.

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X in this case doesn’t mark the spot. 

What I loved about this film is the fact that it shows that people can really change. When you first meet Shōya you begin to develop intense feelings of hate towards him. Especially because of the fact that the object of his reign of terror is one of the most innocent and sweet girls one is likely to meet. But as the movie progresses this changes. You really begin to believe the fact that the boy, now a young man, has changed, and really attempts to make the best of his earlier mistakes. It also helps when you see what has become of Shōya‘s own life. He has trouble talking to people (Which is represented by people having large X’s on their faces. Something I thought was really unique and clever). And his life really isn’t all that great either. Yes one could argue he had it coming. But without giving too much away, you will also see that friendship can sometimes come from the most unlikeliest places. And that’s where the hope lies within this film. It really emphasises how important friendship truly is. Certain people in your life can give you confidence, and I’m glad to say I have those in mine.

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Now, is it me or does the hairstyle of the second guy on the left remind you of a certain someone in a certain anime?

A Silent Voice also has a great animation style. It might not appeal to everyone, and it’s certainly not the best I’ve seen, but I really liked the way the characters were designed, and the way all the backgrounds blended together with these. This movie clocks in at a little over two hours, and I think my only gripe with it is that it might have been slightly too long. There were a few points in the film, where my attention started to waver. But, these moments were never very long, and certainly didn’t spoil the film in any way. This is simply one of those films that I think is very powerful, and deals with a pretty heavy subject matter in a beautiful way. It contains some very likeable characters, an amazing storyline, and ultimately ends up giving hope to people that have been on the receiving end of these kinds of experiences. At times it might make you a little melancholy, but when the credits start to role you will have a film to look back upon that you will be glad to have seen.

I give A Silent Voice a 9 out of 10 score.

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76 thoughts on “A Silent Voice, Japanese (animated) Movie (2016)”

  1. What a terrific and personal review, sorry to hear that you had such a bad time with bullies growing up, I was only very mildly bullied in High School but even so I still recall it all vividly so I can’t imagine how hard it is for people who have it worse.

    I haven’t seen the movie but I think the reason it’s so long is it’s based on a 7 volume manga, and usually 7 volumes of a manga takes a full 12/13 episode season to adapt (sometimes even more) so I imagine it was hard to condense it all into 1 movie! Anyway, thanks for this review, it’s been on the watchlist for a while but I might have to move it up and finally see it for myself!

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    1. Wow, thank YOU for these very kind words, and this amazing comment 😊
      I’m sorry to hear that you have been on the receiving end as well. Any kind of experience with bullying, either small or big, is well..something I don’t wish upon anyone really.
      Movies like this can be hard to face, but I’m honestly glad I watched it. It really dealt with the subject matter in a very touching way. I did know it was based on a manga, but didn’t realise it had such a long run really. So thanks for clarifying that up.
      It’s definitely a film worth checking out, and I look forward to hearing your thoughts on it 😊
      Thanks again! 😊😊

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  2. When I read the title, I thought it was familiar and after deliberate thinking, I realized this one’s been recommended to me before when it was new, and it stays in me even now because I was so sure before I’m gonna watch it.

    Obviously I didn’t…
    But after reading your amazing review, my desire to watch it came back. And this time, I really will. The message of this film is something everyone should know. 🙂 And I’m sorry you were bullied when you were young but thankfully you turned out such an amazing person and now have plenty of friends. 🙂 I was bullied in my early highschool too.. I was FAT. I was always the object of jokes and laughters. Though I learned how to get through it before I graduated. 🙂

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    1. I’m sorry to hear that 😢 Just for the record, you have turned into a very amazing person yourself, and that’s the truth 😊 It really is something that can truly destroy people, but I’m glad you managed to deal with it yourself. People just get bullied for the stupidest reasons in my opinion 😢
      This film is certainly worth seeing. It might not always be an easy watch, but in the end it certainly manages to give a real sense of hope and friendship, and that really was the best thing about this film😊
      Thanks for this amazing comment: and well I again rest my case: Your comments are always a delight to read. Thanks for being so awesome 😊

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    1. Thank you Shalini ❤️
      Well…I have seen it happen. I agree that it certainly doesn’t happen often, but it can happen. It pretty much depends on the type of person I guess (or that person’s willingness to change 😊).

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  3. This movie has such a powerful impact. The almost simplistic way that he had a cut off to when he was going to kill himself. The fact that these young characters believed that the world would truly be a better place without them. It really does hit home on the emotions. It really was nice to see that turn around for an unlikable character. I don’t think many bullies end up caring that much. It would be interesting to ask those girls now, who called me ugly, did they ever regret it? I wonder if they even remember?
    Words and actions may live forever in someone elses mind but they can be forgotten by the one who said them.
    Words like amateurish, fat, ugly, etc will haunt me for probably the rest of my life.
    Then I find those around me who have supported me and loved me but like you it takes so long to get over those feelings and self doubt.
    I hope you know that you are loved. And most importantly you deserve to be loved for who you are.

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    1. I’m not going to lie here. I actually had to wait a bit to respond to this comment, because really it was written so beautifully and it brought a lump to my throat. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart for these amazing words.
      I can totally understand your pain. And you are so right…some of the words that were said to me will probably never leave me either. But really, it does get better. And a soul as kind as you, certainly should never feel in any way bad for what you truly are: an amazing person 😊
      The questions you ask, I have asked myself quite a few times too. I guess we will never know the real answer to them. Most likely they don’t regret it, or won’t even remember. But that’s okay. Would not want to know anyway. Would rather invest my time in the present and to people that really matter 😊
      You are so right about the film itself. It really was an amazing experience, and they way it drove those emotions home was nothing short of miraculous.
      Thanks again for such an amazing comment 😊😊

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      1. I’m so glad I could help even in a small way. I know that sometimes online communication doesn’t always have that connection that we may need in our life. Maybe one day we will all get to go to a con together and eat ramen or have a drink 🙂

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      2. Well, sometimes online communication can work even better. Because people seem to be able to really collect their thoughts or are able to express the things they wanted to say in a better way than in real life 😊
        That said, I already extended an open invitation to everyone to attend next year’s Animecon in Holland. First round of drinks are on me lol 😊 And really if that were to ever happen: probably best day ever! 😊

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  4. … You get anxious when people don’t answer your texts?? No…. REALLY?? 😉 I could tell that this was a very personal review for you… You really put your heart out there.
    Just so you know, yes. Someone CAN fall in love with you. You was an incredibly loveable guy! 💖💖 (just show off those dance moves and you’ll have the ladies SWOONING!!)
    I wish that I was in school with you when you were bullied… I would have punched all those bullies right in the balls for you (… Or the box. I shouldn’t assume you were bullied by males. Females can be quite the bullies as well!)

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    1. Great…and now you have me at a loss for words… 😳😳 Why are you always able to say the right things? 😘❤️
      Lol…showing off dance moves is something I just do for one certain someone…😅😅
      But yes, this was a personal review..I think the most personal one that I have ever written if I’m honest. Maybe I even said too much here lol 😅
      Lol…Well…I wished you had been in highschool and punched those guys and galls in the balls and boxes… 😂😂😂 Yes…there were males and females unfortunately…😅😅
      And really thank you…for this kind and amazing comment 😊😘😘

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  5. Michael thanks for this lovely, mindful, and personal review. So they’re saying the stats for bullying are down? Seriously? I can’t tell it in the work place, or on the sidewalk for that matter. Based on how I see adults behave every day, I shudder to think what happens in schools. Statistics…(snort). I love to quote Mark Twain (or maybe it’s Benjamin Disraeli) — “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”

    This looks like a beautifully rendered anime. I’ll watch for it. Hugs.

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    1. Thank YOU for this very kind comment 😊
      Yeah it said that on the stats for my country ( apperently they did some kind of survey on schools amongst children). But well….definitely think the same..to hell with statistics so to speak😅 Haha…and I love that quote 😊
      It really was an amazing anime, and certainly one of the best ones that I have seen all year, that’s for sure 😊 Hope you will enjoy it as well, and really, thank you again😊

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  6. What a beautiful and personal review. I kind of cried reading it because I’ve had to deal with similar things growing up too. Bullying is something that needs to stop.

    Anyway, I need to see this at some point but I don’t know how. It’s not available over here. Sounds like something that would be a great emotional release.

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    1. Thank you so much Scott, really reading comments such as these, make me tear up too😅
      I’m sorry to hear that you have had similar experiences. I wish bullying would stop, but it’s a sad fact that I think it probably never will stop 😢Luckily though, time does make things better, that is for sure.
      It really was. I bought this one at Animecon this year, and just saw it today. I just checked for you, but it is available to buy on Amazon on both dvd/blu ray. I hope you will be able to see it at some point, because it really is an amazing and beautiful movie that is well worth watching 😊

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  7. I love this soooooo much! My daughter was bullied and the way you talk about the effects AFTER you got away from it are just wonderful and given in detail to help understand how bad it is. I loved the review of the movie but I loved what you wrote about you the most! Well done! Thank you!

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment, really appreciate it 😊 I’m sorry to hear your daughter got bullied as well. It really is a horrible thing to experience. But eventually the pain lessens, and things get better. That really is true 😊 Thanks again for the kind words 😊

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    1. Yeah…it truly is. And while I might still struggle with it from time to time, I still pretty much refuse to let it rule me.
      As for the movie, it really is amazing, and one of those films that will keep spinning through your head long after the credits have rolled. Hope you will like it as much as I did 😊

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      1. The effects of it can be so varied, I knwo for me that it knocked my confidence for a long, long time, and I still get some mild paranoia as a result now.
        Now that I know it’s on Netflix, I may actually get to see it sooner rather than later 🙂

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      2. That unfortunately is the same effect it has to date on me as well. I’ve learned to deal with as I grow older, but still it will always remain a part of me, as sad as that is 😢 I hope things for you will also be okay: I only know that over the course of time, things do get better 😊
        Well: look forward to hearing your thoughts on the film, when you get around to it 😊

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  8. This really does sound like a powerful movie and something that I would really enjoy. And thank you for putting yourself out there and sharing your story. I know many people can relate, and I love that you show that there is the possibility for things to change and for life to improve for those who are bullied 🙂

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    1. Thank you for your moving words. I really appreciate it. It really was an amazing and very powerful movie. Certainly not an easy one to watch, but wonderful nonetheless.
      I think for me this was pretty much the most personal post I have ever written, but I don’t think I could have written it in a different way. I hope it will help people too, and see that there really is hope 😊 Thanks as always for providing such an amazing comment! 😊

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  9. So glad you enjoyed this film. I loved it, as well, for many of the same reasons.

    Like you, I was bullied pretty bad when I was a kid, both at home, and at school. It lead to a lot of thoughts of suicide, and devastated my self worth for a long time. It was all the worse for it being a small, private school, where the teachers turned a blind eye to things, due to stuff having to do with my parents.

    Anyway, it’s pretty obvious how I ended up. A giant ball of sarcasm that still has trouble really connecting with people, but I’m okay with that now. I like me, just the way I am.

    That said, the big reason this movie hit me so hard, like a gut punch really, was because it kind of mirrored an event from my own life, post high school. It was one of those things that just kinda of happened, but I think it really changed the course of my own life in a big way.

    I was about a year out of high school, and I walked into a Taco Bell. Standing behind the counter, in a mangers uniform, was my elementary school bully. This guy made my life hell, too. Enough so, I didn’t really want to talk to him, and just made my order and retreated quickly to a booth.

    Of course, he came over and asked to join me. I considered it for a moment, but went ahead and let him, not sure what to expect, as he was being incredibly polite.

    He began by recounting many of the things he’d done to me. I was surprised he remembered them. Even more surprised by the growing look of shame on his face. Then, he apologized. He sat, tears flowing down his cheeks, and begged my forgiveness, even admitting he knew he didn’t deserve it.

    He told me about what he had been going through, the abusive home life he’d had at that time. His father was a pillar of the church the school was attached to, but it turns out, he was seriously abusive, both physically and sexually, to his children.

    Of course, I’d had no way of knowing.back then what he’d been going through, and it put his behavior in a whole new context. I couldn’t help but feel a kinship with him at that pint, and told him of how my own home life had been. Of course, like me, he hadn’t known back then that I was getting worse at home than he gave me at school.

    We sat and talked about shitty parents for a while. We laughed at how far we’d come from then. We talked about what we were hoping to do with our lives, and when we parted, he hugged me, told me I’d be okay, and if I ever needed him, he was there for me.

    You cannot know what is going on in another’s life, unless they tell you. People can change. I know. I lived the plot of this film, in many ways, and I am deeply grateful that he and I got to have that talk. It opened my eyes to the reality of the world.

    We all have our pain, and burdens. We are all suffering. The only way to be free of it, is to open up, talk about it, and find those we can lean on, count on, and rely on. Sometimes, life is even surprising, and the person you find yourself relying on, is the person who once hurt you.

    Life is strange.

    And now I’ve rambled on someone else’s blog while mine is on hiatus. Mission accomplished!

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    1. I can’t say how truly amazed and touched I am that not only you came on my blog while you are out of hiatus, but you also write a comment that is this amazing at the same time. And seriously…it wasn’t a ramble at all.
      What an incredible story that you told here. You are so right though, people can change. I’ve had an experience like that at one point as well. There was this guy that also excelled at making my life miserable. He pulled off al kinds of shit (sorry for my language), but there came a time when he was late in class, and the only seat that was left…was next to me. (Ofcourse you can understand my joy).
      He also forgot to make his homework…and crazy fool that I am, I offered him mine so he could copy it. He declined and that was that. Or so I thought.
      The next day…his entire attitude had changed. He became very friendly all of a sudden. I was ofcourse very wary of this, and thought he was just joking around again. He was not. In fact he became a good friend until school ended and then I never really heard from him again. It’s the way life goes. He never apologised though, and we never spoke about that time. And I never really did find out what made his attitude change towards me.
      Anyways…it pretty much proves that people really can change and can suprise you.
      As for you: you turned out fine man! Look at the wonderful human being that you are. Someone that I really am still very proud to call my friend 😊 I hope things are going okay for you right now. And that you are at least finding some rest and are able to deal with things.
      Really: thanks so much again for this incredible comment and the story you shared. It mean the world to me 😊

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  10. I was teased once or twice at tuition, but didn’t confront the bullies – they’d been my friends in the past. Thus, I always take in Koe no Katachi (seen the Eng. dub and manga so far) with a knot in my stomach because of what could’ve been…because the movie is a story of forgiving the past and I live in the present.

    Anyways, I’ve done posts on this series so I won’t repeat what I said there about it. It’s just a shame the entire manga story didn’t fit into the movie, because some details (non-essential ones, but ones that are good for understanding motivations) from the manga got cut.

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    1. Yeah, I guess that is pretty much the same for me. I try not to dwell in the past too much, and just try to move on from things and live in the present. Honestly there aren’t any bullies from my past that I would really want to forgive in the first place so there is that.
      But I think I might be interested in reading the manga too. But as I still have quite a number of mangas that I need to get to, that might take me a while 😊
      Thanks for your comment 😊

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  11. Good review! 🙂

    Like you I was bullied at school and in my first job after leaving school so it felt like a nightmare cycle was I never able to escape in life. So whenever I see films or anime with bullying in them I too do very angry at the bullies and those who enable them by doing nothing to help the victims.

    This excellent film also touched a second nerve as I am now suffering from (hereditary) hearing loss and have to wear hearing aids, so I know how hard it is to fit in when you can’t hear others properly and how expensive hearing aids can be! 😦

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    1. Thanks you so much, and also for sharing this very personal story😊
      I’m really sorry that you also had to go through all this. Bullying can seriously do things to you that leave you to wonder if you will ever get out of it. Honestly pretty much every school I went to I had to suffer it, until the last few years. But…as I said, it does get better with time. It will always remain a part of me, but I try to look to the future now, and focus on the things that matter, as well as the people that matter 😊
      Yeah, I can really imagine that that must have triggered a second nerve. I got furious during that scene. Not even kidding, so I can only imagine what the scene must have triggered in you. I hope that there are people in your life that do make you feel like you fit in, because I can definitely understand that it can be hard at times. Really thank you again for sharing this and the kind words 😊

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      1. No worries. 🙂 Feel free to stop my blog if you have a moment. 😉

        It’s a bit hard for me as I was also diagnosed with Asperger’s a few years ago which partially explains why I find it hard to engage with people and probably annoy them in the process, but there are a few that understand and give me a break instead of grief which is appreciated.

        Plus there are advantages to hearing aids – if things get too noisy or people are being bothersome, I can just switch them off and enjoy the peace and quiet! 😉 😛

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      2. Well, am pretty much at my limit when it comes to following blogs…but….always make exceptions, so just started following you!😊
        Well, I’m glad to hear that. Luckily there are still good people in the world as well. I certainly have a few of those in my life, some very good and close friends too, so I’m glad there are some in your life too.
        Haha…yeah…I guess that really can be an advantage at times 😂😊

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  12. After I got involved with the BTS fandom I got to interact and know about a lot of people and sutuations wherein they had to face problems such as bullying. To some small acts of bullying may not seem that much but the kind of effect it could have on others is huge. People should really understand that. That’s why their message of self love is so hard for some to accept due to the things in their past. Something really needs to be do e by it. Coming back to the post it sounds really interesting. I live movies and TV series that take in the risky or not-too-convention topics and adapt it into a good storyline. This ones definitely going to be watched by me! And really great post Michel!

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    1. I think this post was pretty much the most personal one that I have ever written, and it took a lot out of me. Bullying really has affected me in later years and the thing you say here about self love, is one of the hardest things to always accept. People really don’t know what they are causing by bullying, so you are so right when you say that it has to stop. It probably never will do, sadly enough.
      It really was a great film. Especially for the numerous messages that it carried. I hope you will enjoy it, and really thanks again for these amazing comments 😊😊

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      1. I am sorry to hear how bullying has affected you. And I hope you can always stay above all the pressures you feel from it Michel! Yes it probably never will stop completely but I hope some things seem better soon. The concept of self-love is something that I started to ponder on after BTS started releasing their ‘Love Yourself’ albums. They released 3 albums in a series called ‘Love Yourself: Her, Love Yourself: Tear, and Love Yourself : Answer’. In the first album, ‘Her’ they talked about the feelings of falling in love. While in ‘Tear’ they talked about the pangs and sadness that love brought. In the third album, they told the real happiness lies in loving yourself. The fact that the band has immense fan following is true. But this message that they relay has rippled across millions. Everyday I see across Twitter hundreds of people taking their messages to heart and loving themselves and accepting themselves for who they are. And for those who can’t, others are helping them too. It’s all happening and we can see it. So don’t lose hope Michel. The band and their albums showed me a lot. Also they have a LOVE MYSEKF campaign with UNICEF. And this Monday they are delivering a 3 minute address at the UN to start the project ‘Geberation Unlimited’ for youth all over the world. Really an inspiring message. (Sorry I turned your comments section into an essay competition. I get a little carried away once I start typing or talking ) 😅😅😅😅😅

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      2. Haha, hey never apologise for writing such beautiful comments, because really that is totally not necessary at all for even a single second 😊 I have luckily improved over time. When I look at the way I was 10 years ago, and now, I have come a long way. Doesn’t mean it will ever completely go away. There are certainly days where for some reason or other I struggle more with it then other days. Luckily I have some great friends in my life too, that help me feel better when I’m down. And I mean both in the real as in the virtual world. And I definitely count you amongst them 😊
        As for BTS I still haven’t forgotten about your posts, and they are still on my to read list. Hope to get to them somewhere in this vacation. I think it’s amazing that a band can do that, and create so many wonderful and helpful things. In my opinion, that’s nothing short of magic.
        Really, thanks again for this great comment 😊

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      3. Okay. I won’t apologise anymore. Instead I will continue posting essays all over your posts. I am so glad to hear how far you have come, truly. Even if it’s an improvement that counts to micro scale it still matters! Keep pushing and be amazing! Even I go through a lot with some amazing friends in both worlds, you included. Aaahhhh yes the posts. Thank you for remembering them. That itself means a lot to me. I agree. It’s nothing short of magic. I am curious to see how their future journey will be like!

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      4. Lol, haha, no problem at all😂😂
        Thank you again for the kind words, and the words of encouragement, that really means a lot.
        And of course I haven’t forgotten about the posts. When I make a promise I intend to keep it 😊
        Well, as for the band, I’m pretty sure they will only going to continue to improve and be amazing 😊

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    1. No problem at all Jon😊 I always write my reviews spoiler free, but I can still understand that you want to see it totally fresh 😊 Honestly this has become my most personal review that I have ever written, because it hit pretty close to home because of the subject material. I hope you will get a chance to see it Jon, it’s really an amazing film. Thank you for your comment 😊

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    1. Well..I’m sure some of them have. That’s pretty much the message that this film is trying to achieve. But well, would not be sure if I could forgive my bullies though. Too much happened for that.
      Still this really was an amazing film. Thanks always for you kind words 😊

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  13. Sorry to hear about all the after-effects that your personal bullying experience has had on you, Michel. Everyone does deal with their experiences differently, and if they aren’t looked after throughout their experience, it can definitely be disastrous at times. Sharing it with everyone is definitely brave of you and will surely help those that are currently going through it. This movie definitely sounds wonderful, even with all the touchy themes it covers. Would definitely add it to a “To Be Watched” list. 😀 Awesome intimate review, sir.

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    1. Thank you so much for this amazing comment Lashaan. Really mean that. I really felt that the only way to even cover this movie is to make it into the most personal review that I have written to date. It certainly wasn’t an easy one to write (which is why I decided to cover a bit of a lighter film the next day), but I felt I really did have to write it in this way. I’m amazed by the amount of comments and similar stories that were shared.
      It really was a terrific film, and one that I highly recommend. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did. Thanks again for this comment 😊😊

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  14. Great post, as always. I’ve been having a hard time keeping up with all the posts coming but I’m gonna try to catch up. Anyway, this movie is something I have been meaning to see for a very long time. They bullying theme is hard, especially when it comes to disabled persons. I hate it because it is so unfair. I just read a manhwa about a boy in a wheel chair who got bullied in the worst possible ways (and I mean worst, it was really gruesome but not unrealistic) and it affected me a lot. It was also a revenge story by proxy so in the end it ended, well, good I guess. Anyway, it’s hard to watch people who are completely innocent getting bullied. And even harder when they have en impairment (do you call it that in English) that makes them incapacitated in any way. But, I intend to watch it one day.

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    1. If there is one thing you never have to do: it’s apologise for keeping up with posts 😊 Really, I know how busy you have been, and your health is way more important to me. So really no worries 😘
      This wasn’t an easy movie for me, as well as the fact that this post also brought back some unwanted memories. It took me to some dark thoughts (pretty much the reason why I wrote a completely different post yesterday for a lowbudget horrormovie😂😂).
      But you are so right…bullying is hard. I have never understood the reason why people do it. Is it to make them feel better in some way? I don’t know. But when it comes to disabled people or people that have an impairment (yes you said that right 😉), it becomes even harder to accept. I’m glad the manhwa ended up good in the end. Gotta love a good old fashioned revenge story: that will show them! 😊
      Thanks for the kind words and your lovely comment as always 😊

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      1. I think I understand in one way why children bully. It’s this whole see me, hear me kind of thing. They need to be heard and seen and they have no other way to express it. It’s easy to go for the weakest one. It has more to do with them than with the bullied. And if the bully is a strong leader then it is easy to follow and things escalate. But I don’t understand why older teenagers and adults bully. That is beyond me. You should be able to cope with things in a different way than bully someone.

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      2. Yeah, I guess that could be it. I’ve also seen it happen to children who were bullied themselves, and then turned into one as well. In that way they hope to be able to get some kind of revenge.
        As for the other question, seriously not a clue. I’ve luckily been spared that as an adult. I have some really great colleagues, and have never once had a feeling I didn’t belong. And honestly that feels great. But why teenagers and adults bully? It usually has some kind of reason probably…but it’s something we probably will never find out anyway😢

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      3. I think when I was in middle school and junior high we took turns more or less. One week someone was bullied/teased and couldn’t be part of whatever we were doing and the next it was someone else. But there was always someone who was permanently banned. Like, I was always the last one you asked to play with after school. If one of the other girls had asked the 6 other girls in class if they wanted to play then they asked me. No one ever came to my house to play and stuff like that. In junior high it was mostly name calling in class but not much more than that. i actually talked to one of the two boys that we (yeah, me too because everybody was calling them names and no one even thought about it as a mean thing. We were 12 and 13 and our brains just didn’t compute) were calling names and then it dawned upon me. We weren’t at all talking about bullying or anything like that but we were talking about school and I realised, so I said; We were kind of mean to you in school. He nodded and said yes. So I apologized and we talked about it. As adults it is easy to understand what was happening then but it was tough then, especially since we didn’t mean anything bad about it. Most of the boys had some kind of mean name to them, some girls too. But he had it bad at home too. And he was an odd ball to boot. Well, I wish I could meet the other guy who got the worst of us too. But none of this was really bad bullying and maybe he didn’t take it to heart like this guy did. He is okey though. Which is good to know.

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      4. Hmm, understandable for sure. Me though, I never took part in any kind of stuff like that. It was horrible for me, back in those days, which is why I never really felt the urge to do it to others. I have often wondered if I would be able to forgive some of those children as adults now. I’m a very forgiving person, but I can honestly say: no I would not. They caused too much damage…and even though they might not have meant it, I honestly don’t care.
        Glad to hear that you have been able to talk about it with one of them though. It sounds like at least he didn’t take it too hard, and it’s glad to hear he is okay.
        As for you: well, can relate, that kind of stuff happened to me all the time. But you know what? You turned out great, and there is nothing wrong with you. Still very happy to call you my friend ms Penquin 🐧😊

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      5. But what you went through and our careless words are probably miles apart. I know that he had it rough with other kids as well, in a whole other way than what we said. It still doesn’t make it okey of course but for him to forgive me (us) might not have been so hard compared to if it had been one of the kids that bullied him in another way. Some things you just don’t, and shouldn’t, forgive.

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      6. Yeah, definitely. There are certainly different kinds of levels of bullying if you can call it that. But yeah true enough, there are some things that can be forgiven, and a lot of things that can’t. In my case though, probably never will forgive any of them I’m afraid 😢😅

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  15. Rai sann!!
    It’s been a while since I’ve actually read your posts or even been on WordPress in general (I’ve been super busy with my senior year in high school :P)
    But this anime portrays bullying and it’s repercussions so very well. I have gone through my fair share of bullying, and even though I didn’t let it affect me too much, I know how harmful it can be (Which is why I try to abstain from ragging others, even for fun xD)
    Very well written post. I can really sense your emotions and weight in the words you’ve typed out.
    Keep up the great work and take care! 🙂

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    1. Hi! It’s really great to see a comment from you again! 😊 Great to see you back here.
      Hope all has gone well with school and life in general!😉
      Thanks so much for the very kind words and praise. This certainly wasn’t one of the easiest posts that I have written, but I don’t think I could have written it in any other way.
      I totally agree this anime did an amazing job, and I also like the way how it managed to make you like an unlikeable person. Few movies are able to do that. It portrayed the effects of bullying in a very good way, and I could not agree more, it’s someting that really can be harmful. I’m sorry you have had to experience it too😢
      Thanks again, for your great comment! 😊

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  16. The colour scheme in this movie is really beautiful 🙂 I think it sets the tone very well 🙂

    This is probably being a little too honest, but God this movie made me think I was broken or a heartless monster, after watching it :O
    Usually sad movies would make me tear up a little, especially when it’s as relatable as this movie. But A Silent Voice… I sat through it and had no inward or outward reaction (other than recognising it was sad movie). Which I still feel really bad about 🙂

    That aside, this is a really beautiful anime movie 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it and sorry to hear you were bullied, too when you were young 😦

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    1. I completely agree. The use of colours in this was breathtaking, and the entire animations style though certainly not the best I have ever seen, just fits the film perfectly 😊
      Haha…that really is okay you know? It hit me pretty hard because it made resurface a couple of memories that I thought I had buried. But despite the fact it was a movie that gave hope, and I loved it for that. Honestly though…on an emotional level I was hit harder by Violet Evergarden. Because really that one just did so many things right.
      And thank you. It certainly wasn’t an easy time and sometimes it still isn’t, but all in all..I’m dealing/coping with it pretty okay 😊

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      1. I didn’t know. I felt so bad about it. Like the Ice Queen.

        Sorry to hear it resurfaced a few unpleasant memories for you. I was bullied badly, too when I was younger, so I can relate to those feelings. Glad the film gave you hope 🙂 That’s always a good thing 😀

        I’ll have to watch Violet Evergarden, after I finish watching Erased and Yuri on Ice. It sounds really good 😀

        You’re welcome 🙂 It’s good to know you’re coping well now 😀

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      2. I’m sorry to hear that you have had to experience it as well. It definitely seems, seeing the response to this post, that there are so many people that have been on the receiving end for this 😢
        I really can’t wait to hear your thoughts on both of those shows. They are two of my favorites and definitely well worth watching 😊

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