Forum Settings
Poll: Hoshi no Koe Episode 1 Discussion

Mar 11, 2012 2:41 PM

Joined: Aug 2009
Posts: 557
A short story dedicated to most distance lovers, which are being more and more common every year, thanks to the internet.
Apr 5, 2012 6:08 PM

Joined: Jan 2012
Posts: 469
Absolutely, indescribably beautiful.

Lemme smang it girl.
Apr 20, 2012 9:36 PM

Joined: Jul 2009
Posts: 21207
Mm, I think I expected more from this. The love story was nice, yes, but other things kind of bugged me. The sci-fi element with visiting other planets and fighting aliens was cool, but the science was kinda weird. Or at least that's what I thought, but it appears I was wrong after quickly looking things up. The whole age thing was interesting and reminded me of my physics class, relativity and all that ... ;P
Ehm, the music was nice and I liked the animation (except for the characters ... they looked weird lol) but I think I was a bit let down. Would you really wait 8 years for one text? :S I mean, it feels kinda weird. I thought he woulda moved on and gotten married or something lol. Did she die at the end? o_O Well, it was nice how it ended, but ... I dunno, I didn't think it was super special or anything. 7/10
Apr 28, 2012 6:56 AM

Joined: Jan 2012
Posts: 2608
Very touching. A really good distance love story. Enjoyed it very much.

May 3, 2012 8:27 PM

Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 121
I was waiting for the moment, the big drop. It never came. It was still nice at times and the story overall was pretty good, but it suffered from the short run time.
Jul 31, 2012 4:35 AM

Joined: Sep 2008
Posts: 202
Well... I watched this one AFTER 5 Centimeters Per Second so it was meh because of the very similar concept. 3/5
Aug 2, 2012 11:31 PM

Joined: Jan 2012
Posts: 1987
time dilation... fuck yea...

that's about it...

Sep 29, 2012 5:07 AM

Joined: Jul 2011
Posts: 3827
Wonderful !

Amazing backgrounds! I just can't believe that it was made in 2002...

Oct 4, 2012 8:27 PM

Joined: Jan 2012
Posts: 469
Watched it again.

It was a hell of a lot better the first time. First time I cried like a newborn, this time, not a tear was shed.

:l I am saddened, but not in the way I wanted to be.
Lemme smang it girl.
Oct 19, 2012 6:34 PM

Joined: May 2012
Posts: 18035
So sad....hope the actual ending will be that, Mikako didn't die. It would be far depressing if she dies in that alien hunting. Being selected by no choice is far worse and unfair, compare to joining the battle by having her volunteer herself. This shows how the real world is unfair when you're forced to do something you don't want to do.
Oct 19, 2012 11:43 PM

Joined: Oct 2011
Posts: 606
Incredible OVA! Despite being a bit short, it managed to pull off some great emotional effects. Definitely worth the 25 minutes of my time.
Nov 20, 2012 1:30 AM

Joined: Jun 2012
Posts: 3893
Well this is biased, but I only thought it was okay. I didn't like it because the art is so different and old (I care about art a lot and prefer today's style), because I was watching in horrible quality (couldn't find a download w/ Eng. subs- sounded like a phone's video camera quality of picture and sound), and because there was action. I already explained the first two. As for action, I think it doesn't fit the movie. They should have just made it that for some reason she was forced to leave and they got separated. I think the fighting ruined the romance of it for me.
With that said, the one thing that really amazed me is the concept- that it could take months, years, or nearly decades for a simple message to get to the other. I'm amazed he had the same phone the whole time. Anyway, I might have even liked that concept better than 5 cm per second.

Nov 20, 2012 1:31 AM

Joined: Jun 2007
Posts: 5372
_Saburo_ said:
I didn't like it because the art is so different and old (I care about art a lot and prefer today's style)

The art isn't the way it is due to age - it's because the movie was made pretty literally entirely by one man with basic programs most people have on their computers (mostly typical Adobe products like Photoshop and Premiere). It was basically an amazingly low budget deal.
Nov 28, 2012 8:29 AM
Joined: Jan 2011
Posts: 154
I don't remember how many times I rewatched this OVA it's so good. I enjoyed this short OVA alot more than 5 centimeter and The place promised in our early days. I feel like for a 20min OVA the content far surpassed the time it aired, this is the reason why i watched this OVA at least 5+ times and every single time still discover something i didn't realize/understand.
Dec 31, 2012 7:59 PM

Joined: Dec 2011
Posts: 54
It was ok, but not nearly as heartbreaking as 5cm/s
The character animation was kind of bad, but the landscapes were truly beautiful, it's all a bit rushed, all in all it was ok .
Jan 16, 2013 6:47 AM

Joined: May 2010
Posts: 8101
Feb 21, 2013 3:24 PM

Joined: Aug 2012
Posts: 735
Amazing and brilliant
Mar 17, 2013 4:05 PM

Joined: Dec 2009
Posts: 1948
I just rewatched this and it hasn't aged that well in terms of execution. The message is still as strong as ever, though.
I have my own anime blog. It's called Anime Viking. Hope you'll you read it!

Mar 27, 2013 2:39 PM

Joined: Jul 2012
Posts: 208
Well I won't be watching any more of Shinkai's works.. 4/10
Tenmon is brilliant though.
May 17, 2013 11:36 AM

Joined: Aug 2012
Posts: 1100
5cm is still better, but of course comparing this OVA with something like 5cm isn't really fair..

i give this 8/10, for a 25 minutes OVA, Shinkai did a very good job.

and still waiting patiently for a 3rd season of Spice & Wolf :'|
May 30, 2013 6:55 AM

Joined: May 2013
Posts: 24
I quite liked it. The character designs were a bit awkward (which I can forgive considering this was a one man project) but the story and the way it unfolds is very poignant and heart wrenching. I was surprised how much of an effect it had on me. Definitely recommended.
"Bea is dead. In an alternate future she would've borne your son. In the future past of Space Quest 4, your son would've saved your life. But she didn't, so he couldn't -- therefore you aren't."
- Space Quest 5 death scene
Jun 13, 2013 6:20 AM

Joined: Nov 2011
Posts: 2185
The character designs for me looks terrible but the backgrounds are awesome. How the hell does Mikako ever send emails to Earth? Anyway, I love it. Beautiful yet sad.~

"Let me keep believing... so that I can keep on living."
Aug 6, 2013 12:51 PM

Joined: Aug 2012
Posts: 658
I want it in a more detailed verson with better arts ...... this one deserves a re-airing.
Sep 10, 2013 3:32 PM

Joined: Jul 2012
Posts: 46688
I like it, but it doesn't make that much sense (in terms of the technology and plot holes). Why would the US Space Army pick a fourteen year old girl in the first place? How do text messages go through such a long distance? Anyway, swaying between a 6/10 and 7... It was kind of boring, especially the action scenes.

Art is pretty nice, but character designs are hard to look at. Music is nice.

then said:
To be honest I didn't really understand how the ship can traverse light years with ease, yet the messages don't. Also if it can go one way so fast why can't it come back just as fast?



watch nodame cantabile

interested in manga scanlation? PM me if you can translate! i'm interested in working on a new project.
Sep 12, 2013 4:00 PM

Joined: Oct 2009
Posts: 620
People who compare this to 5cm... just no.

It's really well made if it's done by one man. Character design were off putting but the backgrounds, lightning, coloring and special effect make up for it.
Oct 31, 2013 5:17 PM

Joined: Jun 2012
Posts: 6339
Jesus that art was painful to watch.
Music was fantastic though.
Jan 2, 2014 9:33 AM
Joined: Nov 2013
Posts: 73
Dear lord... call me superficial, but no story in the world could make up for such horrifying character designs O_O If only Shinkai's skills were reversed; backgrounds can be less beautiful and be fine, but the story is about the people, you really have to not mess them up.

I'm glad he has improved since then! ^_^
Jan 13, 2014 12:58 PM

Joined: Feb 2013
Posts: 1887
Wait, did she die at the end?
Jan 22, 2014 11:36 AM
Joined: Aug 2013
Posts: 145
The story was really interesting.

I don't know much about space but, with really advance mechanisms like that, shouldn't mail actually be received just as fast??? (their newspapers even had the Harry Potter effect of moving pictures) idk
The cellphone design also looks out of place xD, well it was made in 2002

The boy looks like he has no connection to the people near him at all.
The girl, do they eat something there or go to the bathroom.
I would've wanted to see other people, or maybe it actually needed more people, but since the story is like about them not caring for the world and just wants to be with each other, okay.

The scenery is as brilliant as always, Makoto Shinkai trademark.
But the character design though...... wut is that, looks like somebody just farted it in.
Jan 26, 2014 10:24 AM

Joined: Mar 2012
Posts: 694
Dat cell phone bill though....I hope cellphone companies don't fuck people over in the future with cross planetary text expenditures...

But really, I thought the story was cute, but the sci fi aspect was kinda...meh...
6/'s a good thing that within the last 12 years Shinkai has improved quite well

"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment"
Feb 6, 2014 1:13 AM

Joined: Feb 2010
Posts: 7022
ColdBeans said:
naikou said:
nerohigh said:
And who the hell lets a 15 year old pilot a mech?

You don't watch a whole lot of mecha do you?

Neon Genesis Evangelion anyone?

Anyway, awesome animation, simple story that packs an emotional punch
10/10 for the best OVA I've ever seen

gundam anyone about 80% of all mecha

story is good but sad

character designs are ok ive seen worse
"There are two people here in the world, those who soak up abuse, and then abuse others. And those who soak up abuse, and then try to stop others from being abused."
Mar 8, 2014 12:00 AM

Joined: Jan 2014
Posts: 1440
I love the story
what a tear jerk-er!! I feel so bad for those 2
Got something to live for, I know that I won't surrender,
A warrior of youth,
I'm taking over, a shot to the new world order
I Am Bulletproof. . .

Mar 12, 2014 5:46 AM

Joined: Oct 2013
Posts: 1186
LOL @ sending 15-year-old girl to interstellar war.

Mar 31, 2014 3:14 PM

Joined: Oct 2013
Posts: 136
I just want to confirm if she died or not.

May 9, 2014 5:36 AM

Joined: Jun 2011
Posts: 12239
Just read back 2 pages and I see a lot of "haters gonna hate" comments, lol. People don't like things you like =/= hater.
Sprawls said:

Overall, a good story but poorly executed IMO.

Pretty much.
Honobono Log - best slice of life short
most kawaii loli overlord
Donquixote Doflamingo AMV - Control
May 14, 2014 10:28 PM

Joined: Jun 2013
Posts: 274
Absolutely amazing! I'm really having a hard time thinking about how to describe this, so I'll leave it at that. A definite 10 out of 10!
"The will to live is stronger than anything else"
May 26, 2014 3:41 PM

Joined: Nov 2012
Posts: 6799
Aside from the logic that somehow her cellphone managed to send messages from space...good story (that had potential) but bad execution.

Honestly if I was the boy I would have just thrown the phone away instead of endlessly waiting for the next message.

Also really another childhood love that the boy can't get over and no happy ending,thanks Makoto Shinkai.5/10.

May 31, 2014 3:08 PM

Joined: Dec 2013
Posts: 107
Captivating story, the background was well done, but I can't say the same about the characters. It's difficult to understand what was the end of the story, but it probably was made intentionally.
"Me ni wa me wo, ha ni wa ha wo, aku ni wa aku wo."
Jun 12, 2014 3:31 PM

Joined: Feb 2008
Posts: 5449
You'd think that the friends and family of those sent would have formed a support group of some kind.

Why was she always wearing her middle school uniform? Why did she never leave her Tracer? Why were middle schoolers on the front lines and not veteran fighter pilots?

I don't really get how this has such a high rating, especially with an ending that is inconclusive at best.
Aug 25, 2014 8:47 PM

Joined: Jan 2014
Posts: 419
Well the story is kinda interesting. But man, that long distance relationship is almost ridiculous considering it's light years away
"I've forged my own way alone. While you were consoling and fighting with one another, I faced everything myself, head on. Now look at how strong I am."

- Hikigaya Hachiman
Oct 3, 2014 6:23 PM

Joined: Nov 2011
Posts: 8913
Well, I feel like I just watched 5cm/second with less symbolism/depth, lower-quality art (I know this is 2002, but c'mon, that 3D CG was butt ugly), and more logic problems. I have no idea why some are rating this so highly. -.-

Oh well. At least I didn't waste more than half an hour. 2/10.
Oct 4, 2014 8:53 AM

Joined: Jan 2014
Posts: 1379
TripleSRank said:
Well, I feel like I just watched 5cm/second with less symbolism/depth, lower-quality art (I know this is 2002, but c'mon, that 3D CG was butt ugly), and more logic problems. I have no idea why some are rating this so highly. -.-

Oh well. At least I didn't waste more than half an hour. 2/10.

With lower-quality art... That's because this movie was generally made by one person - Makoto Shinkai, but not by any studio ^^

"Voices of a Distant Star was written, directed and produced by Makoto Shinkai on his Power Mac G4 using LightWave, Adobe Photoshop 5.0, Adobe After Effects 4.1 and Commotion 3.1 DV software.[1][3] Around June 2000, Shinkai drew the first picture for Voices—of a girl holding a mobile telephone in a cockpit." - Wiki
Modified by Yohimo_asakura, Oct 4, 2014 9:00 AM
Oct 4, 2014 9:48 PM

Joined: Feb 2013
Posts: 620
I actually rather enjoyed this, much more then I was expecting to. The setting was just really interesting to me. Also I felt really bad for the girl the entire time. :<
Oct 18, 2014 9:56 AM

Joined: Nov 2013
Posts: 9208
After reading this entire topic, I realized that I don't care at all about plotholes/plot inconsistencies/other bullshit, as long as:
1) The characters act believably and consistently during the story;
2) The show still manages to express its themes well.

This is why I love Voices of a Distant Star, and other controversial stuff like Angel Beats.

So many people disliked this OVA because of its shaky sci-fi elements, but I hardly even paid attention to them.
Nov 20, 2014 1:38 AM
Joined: May 2014
Posts: 521
I didn't really enjoy it to be honest. 5/10

If this was really done by a one man team then the creator must be very talented.
Dec 6, 2014 4:29 PM

Joined: Sep 2013
Posts: 36
does anyone have a link to the japanese version? I srsly cant stand eng dub.
Dec 7, 2014 7:08 AM

Joined: Jul 2012
Posts: 2450
at first I didn't realize if 5cm and this one is made by the same person..
Plus he make it all by him self (except the music)
Oh man.. after I read some post here I changed from 9 to 10/10 lol

It was EPIC!!~
I notice the character isn't look very good, but Im not judging something by its cover..
Too bad if only this one has the same duration like 5cm, it might touch my feel more~
Jan 1, 2015 9:03 PM

Joined: Apr 2012
Posts: 858
Promising concept but seen it before. Bland characters and their mopey monologues aren't enough to make a touching story out of that premise by themselves.

Found it thoroughly mediocre, sorry.
Pages (4) « 1 2 [3] 4 »

Preview MangaManga Store