Dan has been writing for UK Anime Network since 2013, and has been the site's Anime Editor since August 2017.
Fans have been pleading for it since the cinematic release in March, and now - finally - Anime Limited have detailed what to expect from their physical release of the phenomenal film A Silent Voice (aka Koe no Katachi). Along with this they have also confirmed the English dub cast.
For those not already smitten with the film, Anime Limited's synopsis is as follows: “Shoya Ishida starts bullying the new girl in class, Shoko Nishimiya, because she is deaf. But as the teasing continues, the rest of the class starts to turn on Shoya for his lack of compassion. When they leave elementary school, Shoko and Shoya do not speak to each other again… until an older, wiser Shoya, tormented by his past behaviour, decides he must see Shoko once more. He wants to atone for his sins, but is it already too late…?”. There's also a trailer, produced for the films theatrical release:
English Dub Cast
Anime Limited are quite excited about the new English dub, produced by NYAV Post (Your Name, Napping Princess, A Letter To Momo). Which wil open the door to many fans who couldn’t, or weren’t able to, experience the film previously - due it only being available in Japanese with subtitles.
The cast includes the likes of Robbie Daymond (One Punch Man, Your Lie in April), Kira Buckland (Pokemon Generations, Sailor Moon), and Michael Sinterniklaas (Patema Inverted, Time of EVE). For the full run down take a look at the full Anime Limited announcement. They've even released a clip of the new dub to whet your appetite:
Anime Limited also promise there there are more teasers to come, so keep your eyes open for those. As if that weren't enough dub news, they also let slip that the Dub's World Premiere will be taking place in Edinburgh on Tuesday 17th October, at the Filmhouse cinema as part of the Scotland Loves Anime Film Festival.
UK Home Video Release
In total there will be three versions available (plus a special bundle that will be exclusive to AllTheAnime.com):
Ltd Collector’s Edition Blu-ray+DVD set;
Ltd Collector’s Edition
This will come packed in a rigid case with a digipack to hold the Blu-ray and DVD discs. Also included is 76 page book, featuring:
An introduction about A Silent Voice;
Plus there will be articles included, analysing A Silent Voice, which are written by Andrew Osmond (author of 100 Japanese Animated Feature Films) and Jonathan Clements (author of Anime: A History).
AllTheAnime.com Exclusive ‘A Silent Voice’ Bundle
A special bundle that will be exclusive to the AllTheAnime.com web shop (while stock lasts), which will include the Ltd Collector’s Edition set and two A3 posters, which you can view in the Anime Limited announcement.
However, there is a possible caveat: "The posters are not signed off (at time of writing) which is why they’re appearing as TBC". They are hoping to provide one "in similar style to our theatrical poster as seen in cinemas around the time of our theatrical release". The other "(also hopefully) will be utilising certain imagery that’s featured in the Japanese home video release, that we were not able to include in our home video release".
The posters will be shipped separately in, a poster tube, sometime in November 2017. While the release date of the product itself is 30th October. They will be shipped separately "due to production time".
What's on the Discs?
The contents on the discs themselves are all identical. So no matter which version you purchase you it will include the following:
The main feature “A Silent Voice” in both English and Japanese with English subtitles;
Audio: English 5.1, English Stereo, Japanese 5.1, Japanese Stereo;
Subtitles: Dialogue+Signs & Songs (this is the subtitle setting to accompany the Japanese audio), Song & Signs only, Subtitles for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
On-disc extras are as follows:
Music Video: “Koi wo Shita no wa” by AKIO;
Music Video: “Koe no Katachi (A Silent Voice)” by Speed of Youth;
Trailer and TV Spots;
UK TV Spot (NOTE: this is a shorter version of our theatrical trailer);
Interview with Director Naoko Yamada;
Interview with Character Designer Futoshi Nishiya;
Interview with Art Director Mutsuo Shinohara;
Interview with Music Composer Kensuke Ushio.
Pre-orders for all versions of A Silent Voice will commence at AllTheAnime.com during the week commencing 2nd October 2017.