Paul Elliott’s review published on Letterboxd:
Based on a manga series written and illustrated by Yoshitoki Ōima, A Silent Voice is an enjoyable and subtle animated film from Naoko Yamada. It hinges on school bully Ishida Shoya’s repentance of his cruelness to Nishimiya Shoko, a child with hearing impairment, and how that period of his life shaped his subsequent behaviour and philosophy. The main body of the narrative attends to him learning self-acceptance and together with the assistance and support of Nishimiya, a semblance of peace for his past actions.
It's aesthetically furnished with an outstanding art style, and fundamentally depicts the shortcomings of an educational system when legislating for pupils with disabilities and where social interaction is awkward. It furthermore spotlights that the foundation of many unwarranted confrontations is a failure to understand one another accurately. It's an enchanting film which illustrates it's topics with discernable levels of subtleness and features a beautiful musical score and sound design.