Chapter Arts Centre
Running Time: 129 mins.
Director: Naoko Yamada
Writer: Reiko Yoshida (Screenplay), Yoshitoki Ooima (Original Manga)
Animation Production: Kyoto Animation
Starring: Miyu Irino (Shouya Ishida/Mayu Matsuoka), Saori Hayami (Shouko Nishimiya), Aoi Yuuki (Yuzuru Nishimiya),
The film comes from Kyoto Animation, the studio behind super-hits such as the swimming anime Free! and the mystery series Hyouka. It was directed by Naoko Yamada, a veteran of the studio and one of the most promising directors in the anime world.
Synopsis: When Shoko, a young deaf student, transfers to a new elementary school she is bullied by Shoya for her hearing impairment. The class soon turns on Shoya for his lack of compassion and he finds himself ostracised. This experience leaves a mark on Shoya who is tormented by his past behaviour long after school and so he decides he must see Shoko once more to atone for his sins.