Imagine what would occur if a person who can hear encounters another person who cannot hear. What might their subsequent interactions turn out to be like?
This is the story behind Yoshitoki Ōima‘s manga series “A Silent Voice” (聲の形, Koe no Katachi), featuring main characters Shoya Ishida, who is the narrator of the story and experiences a timely twist of fate after mistreating Shoko Nishimiya, a deaf girl in his class. The seven-volume-long manga series is slated to be adapted for the big screen – the film will be released on the 17th of September, 2016, and a new promotional poster is shown above depicting the two main characters mentioned above, with the text reading “I hated you. Until we met again.”
Meet two of Japan’s most talented up-and-coming seiyuus: Saori Hayami, who debuted as a solo music artiste just last year, is well-known and well-loved for her iconic roles as a seiyuu, with a poll amongst Japanese fans ranking her in second place amongst voice actresses with the best singing voice, beaten only by Nana Mizuki herself. The 24-year old seiyuu-singer is a clear favourite amongst many.
Miyu Irino is another name to look out for. Debuting in 2009 as a solo singer, the 28-year old artiste has been acting for theatre and television alike as well as lending his voice to anime characters since a tender young age. Our reporters at J-Network have in fact recommended him as one of the voice actors whose music anyone should consider listening to, a clear nod to his ability as a performer and artiste.
Above: Saori Hayami (left) and Miyu Irino (right) will play the lead characters in “A Silent Voice”.
Fans can now expect to see both of their favourite seiyuus star in the lead roles for the film adaptation for “A Silent Voice” later this year! Saori Hayami will be voicing Shoko Nishimiya and Miyu Irino will be voicing Shoya Ishida. The film will be directed by Kyoto Animation‘s Naoko Yamada, best known for directing the very popular K-On! series, with the script to be produced by Reiko Yoshida.