English: Voices of a Distant Star
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 2, 2002
25 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.711 (scored by 36811 users)
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drama mecha romance sci-fi
SynopsisHoshi no Koe, using full 2D and 3D digital animation, is a story of a long distance love and mail messages between a boy and girl. Set in 2046 after the discovery of the ruins of an alien civilization on Mars, man has been able to make leaps in technology and is planning to send an expedition into space in the next year. Nagamine Mikako and Terao Noboru are junior high school students. However, while Noboru will be entering senior high next winter, Mikako is selected to join the space expedition.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Hoshi no Koe
Characters & Voice Actors
Producer, Director, Script, Character Design, Animation Director, Executive Producer
Theme Song Arrangement, Theme Song Composition, Music
Another hidden gem gets reviewed.
I randomly picked this DVD up at Blockbuster's Anime section and expected nothing much from it and 25 minutes later I was ...... !!!!!! The next day I told 10 people about this movie. That's how much it *got* to me.
Hoshi no Koe ~The Voices of a Distant Star~, is essentially a story of a long distance love and mail messages between a boy and girl. The movie is really short, but in that time you discover that the two of them are friends, the girl is sent out with space forces, but they "text" each other. As time passes (on earth) the boy will age quicker than the girl who is millions of light years away.
If you've ever been separated from a loved one by time or distance, this movie will resonate very strongly with you. Prepare the Kleenex. You won't really cry because the movie is sad, you'll cry because of ... sheer longing and wishing and other emotions, please watch the movie and you'll understand what I mean. It's a Masterpiece.
The movie's sheer ability to pack that much emotional punch into a 25 minutes ~ now THAT is story-writing talent. It totally disproves the myth that movies have to be long to have good character development.
What is even more amazing is this entire anime was done by 1 man with 1 Apple Mac. He and his wife provided the voice acting for both characters. The man is Makoto Shinkai. I made a vow to follow his career. Since Hoshi No Koe his career has taken off, he is the talent behind "The Place Promised in Our Early Days" and "Byousoku 5 centimeter". This guy is so good that I'll buy every anime he makes because I know it will be good.
Please watch, highly recommended.
“There is no long distance about love, it always finds a way to bring hearts together no matter how many miles there are between them.”
Telling a good story in only 25 minutes can be a difficult task, but Shinkai Makoto (almost) single-handedly managed to do so with Hoshi no Koe. However, since it was in fact only made by one person, it does have its fair share of flaws (some more prominent than others).
Story: (8 / 10)
The story is simple. Two childhood friends are separated, but try to stay in contact with each other, even as the distance between them grows. This creates a rather emotional love story, and it does it all in the short time period of 25 minutes.
Because it’s so short, there’s not too much to say about it, but Shinkai did a great job of delivering a story like this.
Art: (8 / 10)
The art is by far one of the biggest shortcomings of this OVA, and yet it’s so beautiful, all at the same time. Hoshi no Koe uses a mix of 2D and 3D-animation, mostly using the latter for the mecha and spaceships, while characters and backgrounds remain 2D. The backgrounds are fantastic, and looks so good, but this is where the problem comes in. With such beautiful backgrounds, it’s rather weird that the characters look so... bad. It really feels like there wasn’t nearly as much time put in for the character art, and it’s really noticeable.
It wasn’t too much of a problem though, as all the other aspects of the art (and OVA in general) will take your mind off the character designs before you know it.
Sound: (8 / 10)
There are (apparently) two versions of this OVA. One where Shinkai and his wife did all the voices, and one which had proper voice actors. I watched the former, which obviously means the voices weren’t as well done as they could have been. Some lines of dialog just felt stale, but this is also a (very small) problem which quickly fades in comparison to the rest of the OVA.
The OVA has a very emotional piano-centered soundtrack, which really helped bring out the emotions in every scene. The music in itself is fantastic, and the credits song, “Through the Years and Far Away”, is an absolutely beautiful song that really captures the tone the OVA set.
Characters: (7 / 10)
When you only have 25 minutes to tell a story, it’s quite obvious that there won’t be time for a lot of character development at all. Nonetheless, the characters felt real, and somewhat relatable (I’ve never been in a similar situation myself, so it’s hard to tell). What I did like, however, is how there are no supporting characters, really emphasising that this is the story of these two friends, separated in time and space, and introducing new characters which we’d have to develop emotions and care for would’ve probably taken away a lot of the feelings you get when watching this.
Enjoyment: (8 / 10)
I really enjoyed this OVA, and how it manages to do what it does in such a short time. It was rather emotional and sad at times, but not to the point where you’ll find yourself crying uncontrollably.
If you have 25-30 minutes on your hands, and/or you’re simply a fan of these types of movies (5CPS, Promised Place) then I’d highly recommend you watch this.
+ Tells a great love story in a very short amount of time.
+ Fantastic soundtrack.
+ Nice mix of 2D and 3D-animation.
+ Beautiful backgrounds.
- Character art really falls short.
- Voice acting can feel a bit “off” at times (due to not having real VA’s) read more
They're from the same director, so you can expect the style to be quite similar. Voices of a Distant star is a bit short in comparison, but quite similar otherwise. 5cm doesn't have the whole sci-fi element involved though... at least not as it stands after the first episode.
Both anime are exceptionally beautiful and insanely detailed. The quality of the animation is on a very high level. The atmospheres of both shows are similar to each other and grab you without letting you go until it's over, leaving you almost speechless.
They are both stories about distance.
Again, the same director, both are about relationships of distance, and I thought they were both very moving, must watch IMO
Both are directed by Makoto Shinkai, and deal with long distance relationships.
They are both made by the same director, Makoto Shinkai. And I must say, they have incredibly similar themes. Not in subject matter but they both concern themselves with matters of the heart and the distance between humans. One is a force separation while the other is a gradual drifting apart. If you like anime that makes you think, watch these two.
These are both stories about time and distance. The beautiful story telling with the artwork shows us how time and distance affect people and relationships.
both shows how extremely depressing life and love is. it pulls on your heartstrings to the point of tears.
The both animes are Shinkai Makoto 's work,the both look fantastic and they're worth to watch.
Similar directors, similar themes. Both amazing.
Both are similars in many ways. My preference goes for 5 cm per second but if you liked one i assume that you will like the other too then ;)
Two people in love separated by two things that will never close or come to an end. Time and distance. Both are beautifully done (as expected of Shinkai) and have that depth to them that makes you think of Miyazaki.
Both sad Makoto Shinkai stories with similar animation and characters.
The same problems, the same story about people.
Both are movies depicting an impossible love through time and space.
Both center around how the main character deals with handling a long-distance relationship, with bittersweet results. They're even by the same guy!
both deal with love over huge distances.
They are both same director's work, if you liked the style of one, you'll likely enjoy the other. They have also similar stories, since they are both about separation of lovers who try to communicate with each other. However, the artwork of voices of a distant star is not as good as 5 cm per second's.
Same director. Beautiful art. Deep meaningful stories of a couple that couldn't be together.
Though these two movies of Shinkai Makoto present two different perspectives about the effects of distance and time in a relationship, they still give me the same melancholic feeling towards the end. Voices of a Distant Star is about two people who were separated by unfortunate situations, but their commitment to each other kept them close to each other emotionally. Despite their struggles, they held onto on maintaining their intimate connection.
On one hand, 5 Centimeters per Second shows more angles about the subject matter. Both physical distance (episode 1) and emotional gap (episode 2) are presented in the movie. Unlike VoaDS, the protagonist was the only one committed in the relationship. Overall, 5cm per second is much more mature, but seeing Voices of a distant star gives me an idea how Shinkai Makoto evolves.
They are made by the same director and are both visually stunning. The stories are both about a boy and a girl who like each other and get separated, but keep in touch by mail. In "Voices From A Distant Star" the girl goes into space to fight aliens and keeps in contact by sending text messages.The farther she gets the longer it takes to receive the messages. In "5 Centimeters Per Second" the boy moves and they keep in contact by sending letters to each other. But as time goes on they slowly start to separate. Both these movies are fantastic and are definitely worth watching.
I think Voice is better than 5cm because in voice he tried everything he could, both OVA have a lot in common with amazing OST & great art. Similar ending.........
Both have the same director and involve a young couple burdened by long distance.
Both have the same director. The art style is very similar, which is one of the things that i love most about Mokoto's work. The plot between 5 centimeters per second and Voices of a distant star are different, however they both follow the theme of young romance being separated due to distance.
>They are "similar" due they are by the same director.
>The art is kinda amazing in both the work, but personally I prefered the character art of Byousoku 5 Centimeter (5 cm per second).
>They are short (24 min and 60 min) so you can enjoy both in your free time.
>Both are sad, no way on how you look them ,they are sad.
>Both yells: "Carpe diem, don't waste your chances" and actually that was the thing I loved about them.
>Overall I prefered 5 cm per second, but they are both awesome anime.
-Same director, composer etc...
-Both shows share same themes - distance and speed.
-Both shows represent two people relationships after break for certain reasons.
-Both shows is pretty hard to fallow, since they both have dozens of symbols.
-As typical for Shinkai works, both represents ideas in scenery.
-Both shows has amazing soundtrack, however artwork in 5cm/s is more detailed, because it's newer.
-Both shows are very realistic, but 5cm/s hasn't whole sci-fi element.
Those who liked one show, will surely like other one.
The longing for a loved one to return is the main theme in both.
Both are amazingly unique. The emotional depth is very strong considering that most or all of the dialog is done by the two main characters. There is also a great deal of stunning animation.
The ending though is quite different. There is a manga to Hoshi no Koe which provides a bit more closure. I won't reveal it, but you might like the ending of one anime over the other.
Hoshi no Koe and Byousoku 5 Centimeters are both directed by Makoto Shinkai. Similar themes are present such as exchanging letters/messages between two people in a long distance relationship. Hoshi no Koe might be considered the spiritual prototype to Byousoku 5 Centimeter in many ways.
They're from the same director, so you can expect the style to be quite similar. Voices of a Distant star is a bit short in comparison, but quite similar otherwise. Both focus heavily on the relationships between main characters, and both have the whole near-future sci-fi thing going on.
Well... both are Shinkai Makoto works.. Both are sad... well.. its just similiar.. :D
Both of these movies are highly artistic and thoughtful. They both share the same astounding animation and make enchanting stories. The Place Promised is longer, and more complex for it. Another incredible movie!
Same Director; distinctly alike in tone.
From the same artists, with the same filling and similar music. Personally didn't like both, on the contrary to 5cm/s
Both are from Shinkai Makoto
It has same piano music, that makes anime realy dramatic and emocional. Story is similar longing of a girl for somthing out of reach.
Kind of the same thing going on. Both the main girl and boy cannot communicate with each other face to face. The lead girl is lonely while the boy is trying to go on with his life. Both have the characters have their little monologues too.
Both series focus on the feeling of longing for a loved one to come back. Both are set in a science fiction setting, but Kumo no Mukou, Yakusoku no Basho has a dash of fantasy in there as well.
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Ending Theme"Through The Years And Far Away" by Low
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