I really enjoy Japanese anime especially the excellent films made lately. Koe No Natachi (A Silent Voice) is an outstanding story about a bullied deaf girl and the impact of the bullying not only on her but also on the bully and all those around them as kids in school. It’s a moving story with many uncomfortable moments that are extremely honest and true to life. It doesn’t pull back any punches and goes for the jugular when it comes to revealing the consequences of our thoughts and actions.
I wish every parent would watch this with their kids and schools would show this to their students. I think it would really reach many young people and actually change the behavior of those that previously picked on others because they would see the long-term impact of their actions. I’ve covered the subject matter of bullying many times on Dadomatic.com my blog for dads and families. Obviously, this film got to me in a big way because of my interest in fighting bullying. I believe an anime such as this film could do wonders to reach young people who don’t usually like watching preachy documentaries.
Here’s a good explanation of the film… spoiler warning of course.
Koe No Katachi Ending Explained | The Shape of Voice | A Silent Voice | 聲の形 [Spoilers] - YouTube
Here’s the trailer
A Silent Voice - Koe No Katachi - Official Trailer (FULL HD) - YouTube
An extra scene
Koe no Katachi - Extra Scene - YouTube
I love this one. It’s a mashup of people watching the movie as they react to different scenes
Koe no Katachi (A Silent Voice) Live Reaction Mashup - YouTube
My 14 year-old son surprised me today by sending me this new song from Owl City called “Not All Heroes Wear Capes” and wished me an early Happy Father’s Day.
It really touched me deeply. I like to think all three of my children fully understand how much I love and adore them so it’s wonderful to see how much we impact our kids by what we say and do on a daily basis. We all know that children learn as much from watching us as they do from listening to us (some think they learn more from our actions than our words)
To be honest about the song, I am not quite as handy as the dad in the song but I am proud to admit that I show and say how much I love my family every single day. I always want them to know how much they mean to me. Sometimes it annoys them but I know deep down they appreciate it and understand why I do it.
My son and I actually went to see Owl City in 2016 in Atlanta and it was a total blast. We both love Adam Young and his wonderful music.
Here’s the acoustic version
Owl City - Not All Heroes Wear Capes (Acoustic) - YouTube
Here’s the recorded version
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