I love the manga I Hear the Sunspot, it is my number one favorite manga. Volume three has just been released in English and it is on it’s way to my book shelf as I write this. I can’t wait to read it. This post is not about the manga, it’s about the movie. Did you know they have made a live action movie? I didn’t until I happened upon the trailer while browsing YouTube. Suddenly it was just there, like a sunspot in the darkness.
I Hear the Sunspot [Hidamari ga Kikoeru] is a manga/movie about two boys, one who is deaf and the other loud. One day mr loud, Taichi, falls down on the roof (or in the movie he falls over a railing and stumbles into Kohei) where Kohei is eating his lunch, far away from everybody else on the university. An interesting relationship form between the two when Taichi, who has no/little money, agrees to take notes for Kohei in exchange for food. It’s a story about friendship and love. Kohei struggles every day with classmates who doesn’t understand his disability while Taichi is there beside him, standing up for him, making noise whenever he feel that Kohei is wronged. From having no friends who understands him, Kohei finds Taichi, one of a few he can actually hear clearly.
As I said, I love this manga and I love the movie too. Live action tend to not really live up to the source material but this is so spot on you can even see Kohei and Taichi from the manga in the actors Onodera Akira [as Taichi] and Tawada Hideya [as Kohei]. Their acting is absolutely brilliant down to the smallest demeanor. It was instant love when I watched this movie. (I have up to date seen it three times and I don’t see a reason not to watch it a fourth.)
Some classify it as boys love but I disagree. This is a story about more than just a gay relationship. Actually, it’s more friendship than romance. This is a story about two struggling boys with different challenges in their life. A story about how they met and what their lives turned into afterwards. It is easier to share your fears and your happiness with someone than doing it alone. That’s what this story is about.
There is no official translation or western release of this beautiful movie but I hope one day there will be. Until then I am grateful that there are amazing people who care enough to translate and upload movies like this. Also, I really hope they make volume 2 into a movie too. Until then, go watch this amazing film. It is well worth those 72 or so minutes it lasts. Now, off you skip! I’m out.