Kodansha recently announced an exciting development for fans of Yoshitoki Ōima’s A Silent Voice (Koe no Katachi) manga. The beloved series will come to life in a stage musical, set to captivate audiences at the renowned Sunshine Theatre in Tokyo from October 4 to 8.
Taking the helm of this extraordinary production is Kyōichi Itagaki, who will showcase his multifaceted talents as the director, scriptwriter, and choreographer. Mako Kuwabara, an accomplished musician, has been entrusted with crafting and delivering the enchanting musical compositions.
Rena Yamazaki has been chosen to embody the role of the resilient Shōko Nishimiya, bringing her character to the forefront with her exceptional portrayal. Meanwhile, Taisei Shima will grace the stage as the complex and transformative Shōya Ishida.
With this eagerly anticipated stage adaptation, audiences can anticipate an unforgettable theatrical experience, faithfully capturing the essence and emotional depth of A Silent Voice.
Shoya is a tormentor. When Shoko, a hearing-impaired girl, joins his elementary school class, she becomes their preferred victim, and Shoya and his companions goad each other into creating fresh torments for her. However, the children’s cruelty crosses a line. Shoko is compelled to depart from the school, and Shoya bears the entire burden of blame. Six years later, their paths converge once more. Can Shoya atone for his previous wrongdoings, or has time run out?
The manga originated as a one-shot by Ōima, which she later expanded into a full-fledged story when it began serialization in Kodansha’s Weekly Shōnen Magazine in 2013. The manga concluded in November 2014, with Kodansha publishing a total of seven compiled volumes.
Naoko Yamada and Kyoto Animation brought the manga to life in the form of an anime film, premiering in September 2016. The film achieved great success in Japan, grossing 2.3 billion yen and ranking as the 19th highest-grossing film of 2016. In the United States, Eleven Arts initially screened the film in October 2017, followed by a rescreening in January 2019. Most recently, in October 2022, Eleven Arts honored the film’s fifth anniversary with another rescreening.
To cater to fans, Eleven Arts released a special limited edition Blu-ray Disc for the film in November 2019. The regular edition of the film arrived in North America in April 2019.
Source | Comic Natalie