Voices of a Distant Star Reviews
The most striking thing about this project's creation is that is entirely auteured. It begs the question that if one man with a bit of his wife's help can achieve this splendor, then why do teams of fifty plus struggle to crank out the slightly better than mediocre?
In short, Hoshi no Koe is not really trying to tell a long, drawn out epic of a story. It only wants to demonstrate the love between two young students and how it transcends any sort of physical or temporal boundary. The backstory or plot progression may not be incredibly powerful, but it is a fairly unique premise and certainly one that succeeds at what it's trying to get at. The characters and story make the perfect vehicle for reaching an emotionally charged climax and conclusion; they are simple and elegantly portrayed, used as tools for producing emotion in the viewer. Though forcibly attempting to invoke sadness in an audience very often ends in failure and melodrama, Hoshi No Koe goes about its duty in a very classy and understated way. On that note, there is not a lot to say about the characters in this anime, since they receive very little development in the short time span. Like the plot, they are merely used for the emotional message that this story propagates.
My one nitpick is a very irrelevant one, and that runs on the principle of Murphy's Law. Why is the male lead still using the same cell phone that he owned nine years ago? Certainly he would have purchased some other portable device that had been invented, or at least an improvement on the one that he already owned. Perhaps, even though he claimed he no longer awaited Makoto's mail, there was still a little bit of hope locked away in the back of his mind...
Hoshi no Koe is so romantic in the simplest and purest of ways. It has that infallible spark of hope to it, with so much heart that I couldn't help but appreciate it. Though I am not a mecha fan, the robot fighting was used in a very interesting moderation, and the relationship took the forefront. This anime is a wonderful effort by a single man, and worth anyone's 24 minutes.
The story is actually quite moving; it's impressive how much emotion the film packs into the short running time.
The animation is, for the most part, simply gorgeous. The backgrounds in particular. It's mind-boggling that one person made this on their home computer, as it easily rivals or even exceeds the work of professional animation studio releases from the same year. It was obviously a labor of love.
4 stars for the work itself; I haven't given it any kind of bonus just because one person made it. Even though it might deserve one.
It is truly beautiful and saddening and inspiring in a way that very few animes are, especially in this day and age when they're a dime a dozen.
Voices of a Distant Star offers a lot to contemplate, including time, love, war, nature, technology, and life...all within a span of 30 minutes. Truly, it is a masterpiece.