Ranked #1089
Hoshi no Koe

Hoshi no Koe

Alternative Titles

English: Voices of a Distant Star
Japanese: ほしのこえ


Type: OVA
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 2, 2002
Duration: 25 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.661 (scored by 40771 users)
Ranked: #10892
Popularity: #529
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Hoshi 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.

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Adaptation: Hoshi no Koe

Characters & Voice Actors

Nagamine, Mikako
Nagamine, Mikako
Mutou, Sumi
Mutou, Sumi
Shinohara, Miko
Shinohara, Miko
Terao, Noboru
Terao, Noboru
Suzuki, Chihiro
Suzuki, Chihiro
Shinkai, Makoto
Shinkai, Makoto


Shinkai, Makoto
Shinkai, Makoto
Producer, Director, Script, Animation Director, Executive Producer, Character Design
Theme Song Composition, Theme Song Arrangement, Music
Foster, Steven
Foster, Steven
ADR Director

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Apr 20, 8:58 PM
I first watched this movie in 2004 in university and remember being blown away by the sheer depth of emotions and feelings that this short film manages to convey in the time that the typical shounen anime may have managed to advance the plot by about 2 screams, a power-up and a fireball.

Coming back to this film over 10 years later, I was apprehensive at how my memories of the film would hold up to a rewatch by my older, cynical, 30-something self.

The art is pretty mediocre especially given the advances in animation in the past decade. The faces especially tend to be distorted and read more
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Jun 1, 2007 1:47 AM
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 read more
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Aug 20, 2013 5:50 AM
“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 read more
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Jan 17, 2010 7:10 PM
The story line is just simple but how they portrayed it was just FANTASTIC. We all probably can think of a story like this one but its how the story was full of passion between the two characters which made this anime's story so beautiful. This anime shows how easily love can determine one's future and thoughts.

Although the story was good there were some "not gonna happen, even for an anime" moments, which was the heroine was still in high school and was going out to the universe. Although, this gave the anime a dramatic effect to it.

It was interesting to see how read more
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Anime: Byousoku 5 Centimeter
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. 
reportRecommended by Krelian
Anime: Kumo no Mukou, Yakusoku no Basho
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. 
reportRecommended by Krelian
Anime: Top wo Nerae! Gunbuster
Gunbuster is the original pretty girls in mecha with heart wrenching emotions anime. VoaDS updates this theme to post Eva levels of teen angst. If you've seen one, you must see the other. 
reportRecommended by rocket
Anime: Pale Cocoon
Both Mikako of Voices and the protagonists of Pale Cocoon are forcibly alienated from Earth. Both stories take place in a depopulated and dystopic future, and emphasize a kind of ethereal nostalgia for the "Home Planet." Both involve elements of ambiguous romance. 
reportRecommended by Cinnamonsylph
Anime: Iriya no Sora, UFO no Natsu
In both animes there is a girl who's fighting against aliens to save the Earth. In both animes it get's really dramatic and there's a romance thing going on to. Both are very sad. If one got you you'd definitely like the other one too. 
reportRecommended by Guybrush
Anime: Kotonoha no Niwa
Same director, but Hoshi no Koe was his first major work. While Hoshi no Koe has the usual Shinkai theme of two characters who start off close but become more distant, this film has a reversed flow. 
reportRecommended by Takkunn

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Ending Theme

"Through The Years And Far Away" by Low

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