A Silent Voice: Movie or Manga?

A Silent Voice: Movie or Manga?

I had the pleasure of seeing the A Silent Voice movie at a theater near my house on October 23rd. Now, I’ve read the manga twice, and I’ve written two posts based around the manga. Is it surprising you there’s a third post now?

The question here is whether the movie or manga experience is better. So, here’s my opinion on that. If you don’t know anything about A Silent Voice, I’d suggest you read my first post on it, where I describe the premise of the story.

Let’s start with the movie, and I’ll compare differences with the manga. Obviously, there are bits of story left out of the movie since it’s a bit hard to smash seven manga volumes into a two-hour movie. It’s impossible, actually. If they were to include every detail, it’d either be paced horribly or would be an insanely long movie. So, if you need to know the whole story, your best option is the manga, clearly.

But there are benefits of watching the movie. There were scenes and symbols I didn’t catch in either time reading the manga, but when it was right in front of me in the movie, it all made sense. And the ending of the movie took place in the middle of the last manga, since they couldn’t use the real ending in the movie. They took out one part that spanned over most of the manga, and was part of the ending there. But I definitely like the way the manga ended much better, as it felt more complete.

The movie also is stunningly gorgeous. The manga did not have bad art by any means, but the movie did things that just couldn’t be shown in black and white images. The sign language is the biggest thing, I think. It was easier to understand what Shoko was conveying when her signing was animated, since there are no subtitles of what she was saying in either version. It had such a different, fuller feel to it visually.

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“Can we be friends?”

And the music, ugh, was just so pretty. It was mostly piano, and became intense when it needed to be. I think I need the soundtrack like right now. When I saw this movie in theater, I swear I almost cried just from hearing the background music.

I think it’s safe to say I thoroughly enjoyed watching the movie.

The manga, however, gives the full picture. It is more satisfying, I think. And it clarifies a lot of things that could be confusing in the movie. I watched the movie with my dad, and afterwards, I had to answer quite a few questions for him, since I read the manga and he didn’t.

The manga also fleshes out the characters a lot more. There were some characters who were in the movie, but didn’t have much of a solid purpose. Some scenes felt a bit rushed, or glossed over, when in the manga they last two or three chapters. But I feel the things they took out were the right ones.

Like I said in the beginning, this all depends on if you want the meaning of the story, but don’t care much about the specific details, or if you are dedicated enough to read the whole thing. If you just want a simple, two-hour experience, the movie is perfect.

I’m not sure if this really gives much of an answer, but I really just wanted to gush about A Silent Voice again. I have one more post I want to do on this, but I should be finished after that. Just need to express all of my feelings about this series/movie. They’re too great to express in a measly two posts.

A few extra things I just want to say about my movie experience. I had to drag my dad along with me to see this movie, since the theater was almost an hour from my house and it was a school night. And to my surprise, he thoroughly enjoyed it. My dad was really into anime and manga was he was in high school and his early twenties, but hasn’t watched or read any for a while. So I was a bit hesitant to share this with him. He knew very little about it, but he said it was an interesting topic before we went. I was worried he’d think it was too melodramatic or something, but he told me he thought it was deep. We discussed the movie a bit in the car on the way home, and I was beyond ecstatic to see my dad actively talk to me about one of my favorite things. This also really shows that anyone can get something out of it. I genuinely feel that EVERYBODY should experience A Silent Voice at some point, somehow. The topics at hand are relevant now and always will be relevant. Disability, bullying, depression, suicide, friendship, growing up; they’re all heavy topics throughout the movie and manga, and everyone will have to deal with these things one way or another.

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They really nailed this scene, sent shivers up my spine seeing it on the big screen.

The other thing, I mentioned on my Twitter. The minute I walked out of the theater, there were two people, signing to each other. And I was just in awe. What kind of insane coincidence is that? I’ve seen people use sign language before, but really not all that often. So to see that after coming out of a movie so heavy in the deaf community, I nearly cried. And, my favorite thing about seeing the movie was watching Shoko and Shoya talking in sign language. It was a totally different experience from reading the manga, where only still images of the motions were shown. It was really the reason I had to see the movie.

Anyway, this post has gone on long enough. Kyoto Animation did a fantastic job with adapting the manga, no doubt about that. But I think the only true experience you can get is from reading the manga.

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Pretty anime tears for a beautiful film

Hope you enjoyed yet another A Silent Voice post! I meant for this to go up Wednesday and have another post today but I was just having a weird week. So I think you’ll get a bonus post on Monday or Tuesday when I come back from Youmacon!

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FMA: Original vs. Brotherhood

FMA: Original vs. Brotherhood

For those of you who have not watched all of either of these, I will leave the beginning portion spoiler-free.  I will warn you on any major spoilers, so I am not held accountable for your frustration.  Now that we have that covered, I will explain myself.

Right off the bat, I’ll tell you that I enjoyed both of these shows.  But, I do have a favorite, after a year of contemplating it.  You probably have a good guess of which one it is, but I’ll explain why I like each one before getting to that.

Let’s start with the  beginning of the 2003 version.

This one starts the same as the Brotherhood version, but veers off in different directions pretty quickly.  I enjoyed the “filler” episodes that were in the beginning, because it let me get to know the characters before they dove into anything too serious.  By the time things really start to happen, I have a good idea as to how they’ll react.  I could understand the characters feelings and I knew them more personally than the beginning of Brotherhood.

Things don’t start to really kick off until around episode 20, and we all know the devastating loss around episode 25.  It was this time that it became different from Brotherhood.  Although Brotherhood splits off at about episode 11.  The original gave more time for explanation and added some adventure to the beginning, where Brotherhood wasted no time getting to the problem.

I’m not saying that Brotherhood did anything poorly as for the beginning, but I just appreciate the time the creators put into adding character development in the beginning, since there isn’t nearly as much as in Brotherhood.

Now, we know the main goal the two brothers have is returning their bodies back to normal by means of Philosopher’s Stone, but in both versions, there is another goal in mind as well.  In the 2003 version, Scar and Dante were huge villains and the two were after them for most of the second half of the show.  In Brotherhood, the homunculi and the Father were the main villains.  Although the original DOES focus on the homunculi a lot, it just isn’t as much as Brotherhood.

Alright from here on, there WILL be spoilers for both shows.  So exit out if you aren’t to the end of both.

 

 

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Why Winry Rockbell is Awesome Part 2

This is a continuation of the last post.  I didn’t want to publish all of it at once since it was so long, but here is part two.  Enjoy!

 

  1. She’s freaking STRONG

Yeah, that’s in all-caps.  There’s a reason.  She’s got some superhuman strength going on in her arms.  Think about it, she’s using her arms every day, and what does she carry with her everywhere?  A WRENCH.  Not a purse, or a makeup bag, or any of that.  A wrench.  That in one episode of the original show, she knocked Ed, Al, two other guys, then Ed again on their backs with.  I don’t know how she managed to knock a giant 7 foot tall suit of armor over, but she did it.  Also, in Brotherhood, there is a scene where she picks Ed up by the back of his shirt and carries him all the way across the room and drops him like a doll.  I can’t even pick up a basket of laundry without my arms starting to hurt a bit.  (I’m a wimp, I know)  It’s so funny, because later, (Brotherhood still) Ed has to carry her on his back, and he STRUGGLES.  This dude who has had two limbs ripped from his body and comes face to face to death on a daily basis has a hard time lifting her up.  And she picks him up like he’s NOTHING.  I don’t know about you, but if I was in their world and I accidentally got Winry mad, I’d run out of there like my life depended on it.  I had one more point, but I think you’ve got the just of it.

BONUS: When she, Ed, and Al are in Rush Valley, she doesn’t care about any of the beautiful jewelry.  She wants to examine the craftsmanship of the various metal arms and legs.  And, you know, wrenches.  She’s nothing without her wrench.  I’m not a fan of jewelry myself, and I’ve always appreciated impressively built items.  I’m with her on this one.

  1. She’s a caring person

Despite her superhuman strength, she has a soft side.

 

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Please, please, please, don’t read ahead if you haven’t gotten past season 2 of Brotherhood.  This is a major, major, major spoiler.  It wasn’t in the original, so don’t go off of that please.

 

 

Alright, I’ve warned you.  Now you can’t yell at me.

 

 

So, this is probably one of the saddest moments in Brotherhood, in my opinion.  I almost bawled.  When Winry finds out that Scar was the cause her parents’ death, she wants so badly to kill him, to avenge her parents.  But as she holds the gun pointed toward him, she can’t do it.  When she lowers the gun finally, there’s this super sweet scene between Winry and Ed.  It’s honestly one of my favorite exchanged between them.  I’ve watched the scene so many times I almost have it memorized.

It’s something along the lines of, she couldn’t shoot because she isn’t meant to harm other people.  She’s meant to help.  She makes prosthetic limbs for people all the time.  She saves so many people every day, and she never tries to.  It’s just what she’s always done.  It’s in her nature.  I just love this scene because it isn’t all awkward like a majority of their conversations.  It shows how well they know each other and the trust between them.  (If you haven’t noticed, I kind of ship them a lot.  I will also have a post about why I ship them later on.  It won’t be for a while though)

 

That’s basically all I have to say about Winry.  I’m sure there’s more, but for now, these four reasons are enough.  Thank you so much for reading this.  I hope you return for more content!  If you have anything to add on, please leave me a comment.  I will try really hard to respond to all comments, and I may use something you say in a future post.  Thank you!

Why Winry Rockbell is Awesome

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**Before you continue, I will assume that you know who Winry is, and if you don’t, it’s your choice to read ahead.  I will keep the major spoilers for all of my posts saved for the end, and I will warn everyone before I reveal anything.  Thank you!**

My first real post!  I figured that I should do something I feel strongly about, from one of my favorite animes of all time.  Well, two, I guess.  Before I get any questions, I love both the original Fullmetal Alchemist and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.  I DO have a favorite, but I will explain that a different time.  It’s already an idea I have.

For this, I will be using mostly examples from Brotherhood, but I will include some from the original.  I got both sides, don’t you worry.  I know there are some very strong feelings against one or the other, but like I said, that’s for another time.

Let’s begin, shall we?

  1. She is NOT, by any means, a fanservice character

I don’t care how busty she is, that’s not her fault, and she certainly doesn’t try to show it off.  Some may argue that she is because of what she wears while she is working on automail.  Sure, you can see her stomach, but who really cares?  She’s working on metal ALL DAY, don’t you think she’s going to get warm?  I certainly wouldn’t want to be wearing pants and anything other than a tank top.  Anyway, Ed doesn’t seem to care all that much, so why should you criticize her?  If there are no nosebleeds from a male character, I never really consider a female character fanservice.

When she isn’t working on automail, her outfit really isn’t revealing at all.  I mean, her shoulders are showing when she’s wearing her tank top, but again, who cares?  She’s a pretty teenage girl who works on metal all day, I think she’s allowed to wear what she wants.

I know this point really doesn’t have much to do with how she’s awesome, but I was searching for a picture for her on Pinterest for a drawing reference (yes, I draw.  It sucks, but I don’t care), and one of the possible tags was labeled “fanservice.”  I don’t know how often this appears, but I know this bothered me when I saw it.  I had to explain my reasons why at some point.

2. She’s not helpless

I know this is the cliche point made for “strong female characters,” but with Winry it’s different. She’s not afraid to cry for or in front of people she loves.  I think that’s one of the strongest things a person can do.  Though I can’t remember the exact quote, I remember her saying something to Ed about how upset she was that he never cried.  She explained that the reason she cries is for him.  She’s always scared that one day, him and Al won’t return.  It’s a heavy thing for her to carry all the time.  She waits at her house in Resembool, but she’s sitting there, worrying for them.  At multiple moments in Brotherhood, she has said “I hate waiting.”  It’s clear how annoyed she is with not being able to help them more.  But no matter how hard she tries, Ed just won’t let her come.  He’s worried that she will get hurt if she comes.

Despite this, at one point in Brotherhood, she does convince him to let her come on their journey in Briggs.  That was an awesome couple of episodes, I have to say.  For anyone who hasn’t watched Brotherhood, I won’t tell you when or what happens, but it’s definitely one of my favorite parts.  For people who have already watched it, you probably know what I’m talking about.

Part 2 will come the day after tomorrow.  Thank you for reading so far!

**This was my very first real post, so go easy on me.  I had no idea what I was doing**