A Silent Voice Director’s New Anime Movie? After her global success with A Silent Voice, Naoko Yamada, is working on a new feature film. Along with animation studio Science SARU, Yamada will be directing the new untitled project and is currently working on the storyline.

A Silent Voice was a phenomenal film, and we can’t wait to see what Naoko creates next.

Naoko Yamada’s new film with Science SARU studio

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Naoko is mostly known for utilizing rich yet delicate visuals in her makings, and Science SARU is perhaps one of Japan’s most stylishly different studios working today.

In a recent interview with Anime News Network at Scotland Loves Animation Film Festival. The team spoke with Yamada, and she confirmed that work was at that point in progress for her next full-length film at Science SARU. Yamada says:

“Yes, we are indeed working on a feature-length project, Science SARU and myself. I’m working on the storyboard at the moment. It’s a huge task and it’s on my mind a lot.”

Science SARU’s previous work:

  • Science SARU has been behind hit films like The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl and Ride Your Wave.
  • They made the Devilman Crybaby anime as well as two shorts (Akakiri and T0-B1) for Star Wars: Visions.

Naoko’s A Silent Voice

As far as anime goes, there are sure series or movies that vibe like everybody is familiar with them. Even those who haven’t really sat down to see them. A Silent Voice is one such film that is generally dearest and known by the bigger anime-watching crowd.

In case you’ve never heard about the movie, IMDb describes the story:

“A young man is ostracized by his classmates after he bullies a deaf girl to the point where she moves away. Years later, he sets off on a path for redemption.

  • It explores subjects like bullying, handicaps, and suicide. However, it does so in a proper way that earned praise from critics and fans.
  • The film was released in 2016 in cinemas. It became a hit with critics and fans as it has a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an 8.95 on MyAnimeList.

This anime about a young fellow seeking forgiveness from the victim of his childhood bullying is a real tear-jerker.

Yamada’s other works and features

Yamada is directing an anime episode in the upcoming Amazon Prime anthology series. It is titled as Modern Love: Tokyo ~Samazama na Ai no Katachi~ (Various Forms of Love). Premiered on October 21 in Amazon Prime Video.

Yamada’s latest, 17-minute film made at Science SARU, is titled Garden of Remembrance. It’s a drawn-out music video, made in collaboration with the singer Lovely Summer-chan and the manga artist Etsuko Mizusawa.

What is Garden of Remembrance about?

It’s a film about loss, and what comes after loss; it shows a lonely girl’s repetitive life when a precious person is gone, and how that life is suddenly reframed. (via Anime News Network)

  • The film portrays three different perspectives. One with a male boy who no longer wants to live.
  • The second perspective is his girlfriend, and the third perspective is another female character.


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Naoko Yamada is a well-known animator who worked for Kyoto Animation from 2003 to 2020. She has filled in as a key illustrator on a wide range of shows, including Air, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, and Clannad.

Her director debut traces all the way back to 2011 with K-On! The Film. Yamada has additionally done animation on well-known TV series like Free! Iwatobi Swim Club, Sound Euphonium, and more.

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