Originally Posted by Jonas2
That would be the literal translation, "A Voice's Shape", but interestingly in the context of the film, a deaf character and implication of the unspoken, the title can be perceived as "Silent Voice", and would certainly more appropriate for this film. Might also have something to do with the kanji being used for "voice", which from what I understand is not really in use. So there must be movie context that is also responsible for that?
I pretty surprised there is no Hong Kong to Hawaii direct flight! Definitely a convoluted way to get there, I don't even know "OSA"! Where the heck is that? Maybe it's the carrier they use and the package processing flow?
How do prices compare between the two?
OSA is Osaka airport... I was surprised that when i got home, the movie was already delivered, a day ahead of schedule which is very unusual for Fedex. The anime itself is 42GB in size. The only additional features on the disc are two music videos and two DTS-X Headphone demos...
The soundtrack is in PCM 5.1 and DTS-HD Master Audio in 2.0 channels. I did notice that there is a difference in the Blu-Ray and the online versions of the movie, there are areas where the timing is different from the original movie... On one particular scene, the timing was off by several seconds, but the movie was in synch at the end. I had created a SRT subtitle file so I could merge it with the Blu-Ray file but the subs ended out of synch in the different areas so i have to re-edit the SRT file to correct the synching problem...
Overall, the PQ is pretty good... Anime does not have much detail so the compression will not noticeably affect the end video. The movie is 130 minutes long and the story is very moving... It is geared as an adult drama so kids may not like it that much. This movie beat "Kimi no Na Wa"
as anime of the year but did not gross as much in the end.
There is a deluxe version which is $30 more ($80) but the additional features are in Japanese with no subs which made it rather useless for me. Like I mentioned, there is no announced date for an "international" release with English subs so I decided to buy this... Overall, i think it is a great movie, but one should not buy it unless they can understand Japanese or can find the subtitle file and merge it using Handbrake.