Just watched Koe no katachi last night when I realised it was playing at my local cinema. I have read and really like the manga it is adapted from, and the director of this movie pulled the feat of making an invredibly good adaptation—good on her!!
The English title is A silent voice. It's about a boy who mindlessly bullies a deaf girl who moves into his class in middle school. The class goes along and laughs but when adults get involve they all turn against him and single him out. The movie starts with him in high school a complete loner, over-shy from years of being bullied, having prepared all his things to commit a tidy suicide. As a last "test of courage" task, he decides to go and give back a notebook to the deaf girl (who had of course moved out to a different school meanwhile). Meeting her changes his mind and sparks the beginning of their complicated attempt at friendship.
Prepare for tears streaming down, but by golly go and watch it if you can!! Kyoto animation is producing more and more incredible movies and this one is no exception. The audio was spot on, the directing and photography were original, and even departing a bit from the traditional Japanese animation.
There were a couple of scene, but especially a heart-rending one with fireworks, where the quality of the animation and sound truly pulled me in, on the edge of my seat, even though I already knew what would happen!
I will go and see it again, it will become a world acclaimed classic.