“I wish we had never met. I wish we could meet once again. Shoya Ishida, a boy who can hear, and Shoko Nishimiya, a gir who can´t. On a fateful day, the two meet, and Shoya leads the class in bullying Shoko. But before long, the class shifts its target from Shoko to Shoya. Years later, Shoya feels strongly that he must see Shoko once again. So, begins their story.”
With the final chapter to be published on Wednesday in the Shonen Magazine, the 51st issue of that same magazine has announced that an anime adaptation of Koe No Katachi (A Silent Voice) is currently in the planning stages.
Personally, I´ve only read the one-shot and a few chapters of the full series, but out of my own experience, I´d call Koe no Katachi a more hardcore version of Issshukan Friends. If the latter were candyfloss, the former would be bitter almond chocolate. Yeah.
I´m pretty shocked that a finished series is getting an anime adaptation, especially if it´s dealing with themes that Koe no Katachi deals with, y´know, suicide, bullying, some romance here and there. Maybe I shouldn´t be surprised though, just let the overwhelming popularity of the manga speak for itself. Regardless of that, I´m stoked. In a medium full with trashy harem anime and otaku pandering, a genuine series like this is definitely needed.