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: ActionAction, Award WinningAward Winning, DramaDrama, RomanceRomance, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Themes: MechaMecha, SpaceSpace
Duration: 24 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.101 (scored by 8086080,860 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #37532
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1501
Members: 158,058
Favorites: 544

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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.

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

Episode Videos


Nov 3, 2022
For context, I watched this for the first time in late 2022 and I'd already seen (and enjoyed) several other Shinkai works such as 5 Centimeters Per Second, The Garden of Words, Your Name and others. As it happens, this came before any of those, so maybe that makes my perspective a little wonky, but it certainly seems to me like this was the bedrock that Shinkai would go on to build off of with his future works.

This is, in just about every way, what one would expect from an early Shinkai film, and in fact it's the first film, minus the extremely short She ...
Apr 9, 2023
Mixed Feelings
Hoshi No Koe, or Voices of a Distant Star, is an anime that will make you question whether or not you've accidentally stumbled upon a PowerPoint presentation. The story follows two lovers separated by space and time, and their attempts to stay connected through text messages and giant robot battles. Because, you know, nothing says "romance" like fighting off alien invaders.

The style of Hoshi No Koe is...well, let's just say it's not for everyone. The animation is a strange mix of 2D and 3D, with character designs that are reminiscent of a middle schooler's doodles. But hey, who needs actual artistic talent when you can ...
May 6, 2021
[Spoilers... sort of]
As someone who considers Gunbuster one of his favorite interdimentional timey-wimey emotional space operas, I was going into Voices of a Distant Star with a handful of recommendations and comparisons to the classic Gainax OVA. What I got was... ehhh. Thankfully, other than the basic concept of time distortion, the mecha setup, and the pacing issues (more on that later), Voices of a Distant Star is it's own thing, so I'm going to do my due diligence and not compare it to the Other Time Dilation Mecha Anime.

I should start off by saying that yes, it's awfully impressive that this was made on ...

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Poll: Hoshi no Koe Episode 1 Discussion ( 1 2 3 4 5 )
then - Aug 16, 2008
212 repliesby skyros_pearl »»
Jun 14, 8:51 PM
Would be great if they remade this.
TheMasterSword - Apr 8, 2020
4 repliesby AMBITZZ »»
Apr 21, 2023 10:36 PM
Where to watch this
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Nov 7, 2021 3:52 PM
Anime or manga?
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