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Hoshi no Koe

Hoshi no Koe

Alternative Titles

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

Information

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

Statistics

Score: 7.671 (scored by 40097 users)
Ranked: #10732
Popularity: #516
Members: 66,637
Favorites: 391
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.

Popular Tags

drama mecha romance sci-fi

Synopsis

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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Related Anime

Adaptation: Hoshi no Koe

Characters & Voice Actors

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

Staff

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



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Apr 20, 2015
milnivek
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
Stormy_77
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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Mar 5, 2015
ran614
Have you ever tried having a long distance relationship? It’s not easy, believe me. I once tried it for a year and a half and it was really hard. The trust issues men, they’re killer. You don’t know what she’s really doing because you are not always together. Though she tells you want you want to hear, you will not know if it’s really the truth. After the relationship, we became friends (can you believe it?) and she told me she was having an affair during that time. What a bitch! Anyway, my situation was just one of the millions of long distance relationships all read more
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Aug 20, 2013
Savepoints
“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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Recommendations

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
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
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
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
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
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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