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Jan 27, 2015 11:12 AM

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Didn't even last ten minutes, even though I know it's just an episode OVA with standard length.

Overall very dull and boring, and the CGI killed it
 
Mar 8, 2015 7:46 PM

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I hated it at first (in 2012), but now I found it quite watchable.
3,5/5
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Mar 15, 2015 11:55 AM

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Woulda been better without the terrible 3D space battles. The last few minutes were kinda touching so it wasnt all bad.
 
Apr 5, 2015 7:15 PM

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It was kind of boring for me. I had to watch this during a Japanese class and I wish the teacher chose a more interesting movie for us to watch.
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Apr 22, 2015 11:08 AM

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This is my favorite of Shinkai's works.

It shows the whole star-crossed lovers that are forced apart in a much more realistic light. For one, they actually message eachother. One of my prime faults with 5cm/s was that after the whole train escapade and they find out that she's moving, they never once make an attempt to communicate with eachother.

Whereas in Voices, the two, while only recently boyfriend and girlfriend, obviously care for eachother and text eachother with what's going on in thier life.

I could sympathize much easier with these characters than I could with those of 5cm/s (except for surfer girl, I felt sorry that the guy totally just ignored her).

It's a sheer feat that in 25 minutes, we get more story, drama, and character growth than some anime don't even get close to reaching in 50 episodes.

Voices of a Distant Star is a touching masterpiece.


I agree with you. I actually enjoyed this more than both The Garden of Words (close, but slightly beat it out) and 5CMPS. Maybe it was because I had the lowest expectations for this one so I ended up pleasantly surprised, whereas 5CMPS didn't quite meet them and Garden of Words only met them. Yes, this one was shorter, and yes, this didn't allow for as much time to get to know the characters, but I think everything on this was really well done (other than the admittedly poor animation, though this is 13 years old now). I also didn't get why communication halted in 5CMPS, and I liked that the effort between the two characters continued in this one. I found it very touching and rather emotional for sure.

I don't know if I'd quite call it a masterpiece like you, but I would say that it was very, very good; 8.5/10 from me.
 
Apr 29, 2015 11:32 PM
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I liked the story, but the artwork and sound kinda brought my enjoyment down a little. I didn't really feel much from these characters.
I think I'll check out the manga too in the hopes that it is better.
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Apr 29, 2015 11:36 PM

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Very bad, awful even. 1/10
it was terrible

and honestly - adding mecha to shit anime isn't enough to make them better. you can't expect people to eat shit just because you add some honey
 
Jul 28, 2015 1:27 PM

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Damn it I'm almost crying QQ
The ending was sad :(
 
Aug 7, 2015 12:16 AM
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Of the 4 Shinkai productions I binged today, this one ranks second after Kotonoha no Niwa and before 5CMPS and Kanojo no Kanojo no Neko.
It deserves a reair/adaption with better graphics to calm the head-haters and maybe add a few more minutes to better flesh out the story and characters. Excellent piece of work and is a true piece of art, especially the backgrounds.
-She probably didn't have a choice of whether to go. She had the qualifications and was probably drafted. They ARE fighting for humanity's survival.
-Did you really watch the whole thing? He didn't wait 8 years for the message. He literally said it in a monologue. Probably kept it as a memory of a presumably lost friend.
-Apparently it does have a happy ending. The carrier was repaired after a few years and they managed to get back. I mean, the newspaper mentioned a victory and there wouldn't be an announcement if nobody transmitted the info back, right? If there were survivors and they won (after a huge battle), they'd logically have to go back for rearmament and resupply.
-Warp technology is still theoretical at best and impossible at worse, especially in 2002. You'd have to excuse info traveling at light speed and ships WARPING faster than light.
-About the combat technology being better than communications, it's stated in the OVA that humanity got the technology from the Tarsians themselves.
-I don't think their age difference really increased as much as you'd think. Assuming warping ships aren't subject to time dilution (or whatever), their brief combat moments of high speed travel isn't really enough to pull their age difference to much more than a year than normal.
-About why they didn't go back first, apparently they were got lost from that initial 1-lightyear warp to escape the Pluto Tarsian Fleet.
 
Sep 30, 2015 8:39 AM

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nerohigh said:
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animation made me turn it off after 10 minutes, this is horrible


Agreed. I thought the character design was subpar. And who the hell lets a 15 year old pilot a mech?


Evangelion has 14 year old pilots.
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Nov 12, 2015 9:33 AM
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Is there a Blu-Rau rip? I can see that it was released in Japan on the 5 Centimeters Per Second: Global Edition disk, but there's no 720p or 1080p version in web. And the Place Promised in Our Early Days / Voices of a Distant Star Twin Pack is delayed... again. This time to 28th March 2016.
 
Dec 7, 2015 4:30 PM

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Before:
Hey I'm in a good mood today. Let me pick up this random OVA. Hmm, Makoto Shinkai? I think I've heard that name somewhere befor--oh who cares? Let's watch!

After:
I...I don't...why did I...

This was mesmerizing. Very atmospheric and beautiful. Had no idea about the one man army tidbit, I seriously thought this was a higher grade production (well minus the character designs and battles).

Usually I'm not a fan of stand alone OVAs due to the time constraints, but this one delivered the essentials surprisingly well. Obviously it could have benefited from more episodes/entries, but it conveyed a very profound tale of two people in love and the pain of being pushed worlds apart (literally). Despite its bitter aftertaste, I liked the ending. The idea that no matter how far apart they are, they were able to communicate instantly by thinking the same things.

7.5/10
 
Dec 31, 2015 5:39 PM

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Good OVA but it missed some positional. The concept with the distant messages traveling through space and having one character outgrowing the other is a great idea but it just ends with no real closure which is a turn off for me.

There's no denying though that the short soundtrack and some of the scenes for an anime that was made in 2002 were amazing.
    
   
 
Jan 3, 2016 8:03 PM

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This OVA totally obliterated my heart. The level of emotional depth was something I did not expect. Unfortunately, I can only give this a 6/10 because I think there was a tad bit too much crammed into just 24 minutes.
 
Mar 27, 2016 8:31 PM
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the best ever.....
 
Apr 19, 2016 6:32 PM

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ooooooooookaay...
Glad i wasted my time watching this masterpiece...

8/8
 
Jun 12, 2016 1:23 PM
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EmilyEvelan said:

-Apparently it does have a happy ending. The carrier was repaired after a few years and they managed to get back. I mean, the newspaper mentioned a victory and there wouldn't be an announcement if nobody transmitted the info back, right? If there were survivors and they won (after a huge battle), they'd logically have to go back for rearmament and resupply.


The newspaper shows a picture of the 4 ships intact and we saw that at least 3 of them were destroyed.

The newspaper might be just a fabrication using and image of the fleet's last transmission, before the battle started.
 
Sep 5, 2016 3:36 PM

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So, they have mechs that can traverse the galaxy, yet have phones that are from the fucking late 90s and early 2000s. OK. 2046 looks like one hell of a time to live in.

I didn't like this at all; it came off trite as all hell. Them waiting for each other over long, protracted years, not even considering it is an exercise in futility, is way too platitudinous of a theme for me. Such an extreme notion of love is unrealistic as well, considering the age they fell in love with each other, the time in which people change the object of their affections flippantly. Maybe Shinkai realized how ridiculous the idea of this OVA was when making 5 cm/s, which felt like him reconciling himself to the fact LDRs usually never work.

Not to mention the entire thing looks like shit. The CGI gets a free pass as CGI, especially at that time, still had its training wheels on. My issue was when character heads just seem to morph into different shapes with every shot.

4/10, at least it was less than an hour long. There were some well made fragments sparsely found throughout the film too. The shot of the flower petals drifting through the window as the guy was resting on the desk was neat.
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Sep 25, 2016 3:29 AM

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Man, this hits close to home! When I joined the Army I had a girlfriend I had limited communication with. This was back when there wasn't much communication allowed. We had to send actual letters to each other which would take so long. Eventually we decided to separate for the best but it was so similar to this anime. Through the years and far away...
 
Oct 26, 2016 5:16 PM

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So, they have mechs that can traverse the galaxy, yet have phones that are from the fucking late 90s and early 2000s. OK. 2046 looks like one hell of a time to live in.

I didn't like this at all; it came off trite as all hell. Them waiting for each other over long, protracted years, not even considering it is an exercise in futility, is way too platitudinous of a theme for me. Such an extreme notion of love is unrealistic as well, considering the age they fell in love with each other, the time in which people change the object of their affections flippantly. Maybe Shinkai realized how ridiculous the idea of this OVA was when making 5 cm/s, which felt like him reconciling himself to the fact LDRs usually never work.

Not to mention the entire thing looks like shit. The CGI gets a free pass as CGI, especially at that time, still had its training wheels on. My issue was when character heads just seem to morph into different shapes with every shot.

4/10, at least it was less than an hour long. There were some well made fragments sparsely found throughout the film too. The shot of the flower petals drifting through the window as the guy was resting on the desk was neat.

Best review ever 10/10, couldnt express it better.

btw does this Shinkai guy have any other story pattern or are the rest of his movies identical to 5cm/s and Hoshi no Koe just with better wallpapers?
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Feb 7, 2017 3:20 PM

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To me it was ok. Nothing special. :)
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Apr 30, 2017 11:52 AM

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Why do you recruit high school students to defend the fucking Earth? There wasn't anybody else more appropriate on a planet with 7 billion people?
Anyway, I don't blame Makoto. Some part of me liked the idea, though that robots were absolutelly bad animated and the character design weird. After all, it's a 24 minutes show of characters missing each other.

5/10
 
Aug 12, 2017 10:03 AM

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I thought it was Ok. I find it interesting how Makoto Shinkai has moved farther and farther from sci fi over time. Maybe it's because he got burned so bad with this one. This is a very early 2000s view of what the future might hold. Not yet able to wrap their heads around smartphones and tablets. So dumb stuff like using a Motorola while floating around in a mech in space. Or Newspapers with little screens instead of photographs on the front page. My reaction to this is kind of my reaction to the OVA as a whole. Kind of charming for what it is. But also really dated and frustrating.

In the whole OVA all I cared about was admittedly the center of the story. The middle school sweet hearts sending each other texts over the vastness of space and time. I got some serious feels when the dude got the text that was like "Hi 26 year old boy, I'm 15 year old girl." Like Jesus didn't expect that one to hit me as hard. Reminded me of the first Gunbuster all over again. I will say though it is kind of funny one of Makoto Shinkai's earliest works is the most absurd incarnation of his star crossed lovers formula. And you can see the groundwork for a lot of his later classics. Especially 5 Cmm Per Second.
 
Aug 24, 2017 11:29 PM

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This anime looks almost as rip-off of Top wo Nerae! Gunbuster (1988-1989) [OVA][6 ep-s].
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Nov 8, 2017 9:27 PM

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A pretty strange and surreal story with a quite unique art style. I enjoyed it tho
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Jan 6, 5:12 AM

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I really don't know what to think about it. I mean, the art style of the human characters alone is pretty... it's bad from some angles and that surprised me, because I expect so much from Shinkai. ^^" They don't fit in that wonderful background.
It's also very strange to use these old phones, when you are sitting in a super-high-tech-mecha-robot at the same time haha. I know, the anime itself is a little bit older, but ... but...

What I really liked was this analogy between feeling isolated, facing pain and heartbreak while growing up and the isolated robot in space. Also that she doesn't grow up, because she is not leaving that isolated robot.
Although I get what he is trying to say, I couldn't feel that much for the characters.

It's 5-6/10 for me, mainly because this weird art on the mcs and I wasn't dragged in that much. Dunno.
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