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Voices of a Distant Star
Voices of a Distant Star
Actors: Donna Burke, Adam Conlon, Cynthia Martinez (II), Sumi Mutoh, Mika Shinohara
Director: Makoto Shinkai
Genres: Indie & Art House, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Anime & Manga, Animation
UR     2003     0hr 25min

Although it looks like a studio work, Voices of a Distant Star is a personal film, made almost entirely by a single artist, Makoto Shinkai. Mikako and Noboru are separated at the beginning of high school in 2046. She's ...  more »


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Actors: Donna Burke, Adam Conlon, Cynthia Martinez (II), Sumi Mutoh, Mika Shinohara
Director: Makoto Shinkai
Genres: Indie & Art House, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Anime & Manga, Animation
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Animation, Anime & Manga, Animation
Studio: Adv Films
Format: DVD - Color - Animated
DVD Release Date: 06/10/2003
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 0hr 25min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 15
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: Japanese, English

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Member Movie Reviews

Josh A. from BRISTOL, CT
Reviewed on 8/10/2012...
Although its very short, it holds up as being something special. It is an interesting approach to mecha anime focusing almost entirely on two characters who are able to communicate with each other on an increasingly longer time period every chance they get. It has the feel of an established series even including signs for United Nations Spacey which is a obscure reference to Robotech. Also included is an (even shorter) short which is also well done involving a cat and girl. An interview with the director is also included.

Movie Reviews

A love story that transcends time and space...
Clarissa | Ontario, California | 09/21/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"For those who say this is eye candy - well, they're absolutely right, but to say it's just that - well, they couldn't be more wrong. "Voices of a Distant Star" is a short 30 minute animation by Makoto Shinkai that uses both 3D and traditional drawings. And while the graphics are visually stunning with otherworldly effects that will keep you captivated, it's the story that did it for me. Although I do wish this film had been longer to give us viewers more insight on the depth and history of their friendship/relationship, quality rules over quantity here and you can't help but feel the strong connection they have for one another right from the start...

Nuboro and Mikako had hopes of attending the same high school together but when a strange alien force threatens the human race, Mikako gives in to her fascinations with the sky above and decides to become a pilot for the UN Forces to help save mankind. But in doing so she was forced to leave behind the one person she cared about more than anything: Nuboro. Their only means of communicating is through text messaging but the further Mikako goes out to space, the longer the messages take to reach him (1 month, 1 year, 8 years...) as he grows older and she remains young.

There's of course a sprinkle of battle scenes here and there with sci-fi imagery but "Voices of a Distant Star" mostly relies on emotional impacts to keep one entranced and Makoto has done that with misty-eyed perfection. In short, this is a breathtaking anime about one couple's heart-wrenching struggles and how they deal with being apart. It shows that no matter the distance, true love can withstand the test of time, despite how difficult it may be.

{This DVD also includes the independently produced "She and Her Cat" which won Makoto several awards}.

Let this rejuvenate ANIME!
John ODonald | Michigan, USA | 06/02/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"So much anime is dull, and over used plots and ideas. Many are just ways to joke about sex and look at cartoons in swim suits (pathetic). And then there is anime like Voices of a Distant Star. Also called Hoshi no Koe in Japanese this is an incredible anime. An amzing adventure, while short, will leave you breathless. More character depth than almost any other anime out their. This should be what people watch and compare other animes to. Now the most amazing fact: This enitre movie was animated, and computer graphics and colorized, and scripted by one man. Not a whole team of "pros" just one man and one Power Macintosh G4 400. The best version is to watch him and his wife do the voices(with subtitles),they get so passionate towards eachother it is amazing. I've read that this version will be inclueded on the DVD I can't wait to watch this movie with correct subtitles! The music was fantastic, I hope they release the soundtrack for America as well. Everything in this Anime flows like nothing you've ever seen, an emotional journey, breathtaking and lovey, I hope other Animes learn from Makoto Shinkai.For those of you wondering how I saw this, an american version has been released already. It has very poor sub titles and no english voices. I wouldn't recomend it, since in 10 days the offical american version will be released.I wish there was an extra star to give to movies like this, also if you enjoy this Anime stay alert, Makoto is working on his next anime...Andrew"
Luis Anthony Gaud | Mays Landing, NJ USA | 04/08/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"While watching this short anime movie, I was dumbstruck by its beauty and attention to detail, its vibrant colors, lense effects and flowing animation... it is one of the most beautiful animes I've ever seen. The story is top-notch; a love story set against an unusually good sci-fi backdrop. I'm still at a loss for words on how good this anime is...However, when I went online to see if there were other 'episodes' to continue the series, I found out that ONE MAN had done EVERYTHING on the anime ALL BY HIMSELF. I feel humbled and (again) dumbstruck. Had this been a longer epic, it would be one of the best in the history of anime - EASILY on par with Evangelion and the likes. I can only hope that there is more story to tell...Please support this man's efforts by buying this INCREDIBLE work."