Hoshi no Koe

Voices of a Distant Star

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Alternative Titles

Japanese: ほしのこえ
English: Voices of a Distant Star
German: Voices of a Distant Star
French: Voices of a Distant Star
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Type: OVA
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 2, 2002
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: ADV Films, GKIDS
Studios: CoMix Wave Films
Source: Original
Genres: Award WinningAward Winning, DramaDrama, RomanceRomance, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Themes: MechaMecha, SpaceSpace
Duration: 24 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.111 (scored by 7985279,852 users)
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Ranked: #36532
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1467
Members: 155,982
Favorites: 541

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It is the year 2046, Noboru Terao and Mikako Nagamine are close friends who will soon be graduating junior high school. But after an alien attack on humanity, Mikako is selected for the UN military space expedition set to retaliate against the aliens. Separated, Noboru and Mikako attempt to keep in touch by sending emails to each other with their cell phones. Yet as the expedition journeys farther from Earth, the time it takes for them to transmit and receive each other's messages increases substantially.

Hoshi no Koe revolves around the relationship between this couple as they try to stay connected despite the growing distance between them.

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Winner of the 2003 Seiun Award for Best Dramatic Presentation and of the Packaged Work Award at the 2002 Animation Kobe Awards.

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Characters & Voice Actors


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


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Ending Theme

"Through The Years And Far Away" by Low


Jun 1, 2007
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 ...
Jan 26, 2010
Mixed Feelings
Texts from a Distant Star:

Story: Voices of a Distant Star is an update to the war letters to a loved one story, such as the real case of Sullivan Ballou's famous letters during the Civil War. The slow agonizing wait of reply is given a sci-fi spin as the characters age at different rates due to the effects of space travel. As Nagamine travels ever further into the depths of space, her texts take longer and longer to reach her childhood friend and lover, Noboru. The concept is very poignant and one can feel great empathy for the couple as the cold distance of time ...
Aug 12, 2010
After watching the amazing 5 Centimeters Per Second, I figure I owed it to myself to watch Shinkai Makoto's first work Voices of a Distant Star. Reviews praised it and I assumed that it must be good. Well you know what they say about assuming.

Right off the bat I was unsure about the story. I liked the concept of love separated by distance as it worked quite well in 5cm Per Second, but the idea of lagging text messages is just ludicrous. You'd think that in the year 2046 we'd have invented a more effective form of communication, but I guess Shinkai Makoto didn't think ...

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then - Aug 16, 2008
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Feb 6, 7:34 AM
Would be great if they remade this.
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Anime or manga?
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