Voices of a Distant Star

2003

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  • Feb 19, 2011
    Directed by Makoto Shinkai and voices by Mika Shinohara, Makoto Shinkai, Sumi Mutoh and Chihiro Suzuki. I would like to say and add that Makoto Shinkai is my favourite animated director, and I would be lying if I say I didn't cry when I first saw this and that was a little over 4 years ago. This very Low budget film that Makoto Shinkai made entirely on his own! Shocked even professional animators that he did the entire movie on his home computer. When I first saw this I wasn't expecting much but after viewing this 30 minute film and seeing so much could happen to ones love life and the years that are ahead without seeing the one you love just really sticks into the back of your mind, This movie I will never ever forget and that's a fact that will stay. [IMG]http://i53.tinypic.com/r8h1cp.jpg[/IMG] The story of the high school students Mikako Nagamine and Noboru Terao. When the alien Tarsians attack, Mikako volunteers to be a pilot in the space force that will protect mankind. The lovers try to remain in contact using cellular telephone text messages, but as each battle takes Mikako further from the Earth, each message takes longer to arrive. At one stage it takes up to 8 years, but can love really stand the test of time? [IMG]http://i54.tinypic.com/34smt7n.jpg[/IMG] Not sure what I loved the most in this, And this is one I will never forget and that's a fact. 100% for story: I just can't believe that this movie is so captivating in its emotions, Trust me one doesn't feel sad when they watch this. Every time I do view this, I feel something so different to most stories like these. 90% for voice acting: It's really touching as well as their amazing dialog, and some sentences you be happy for, but at the back of your head you feel like something else. So overall really good. 90% for Animation: It is AMAZING one created this on their computer, The scenery is stunning of the different planets and amazing worlds she sees. I can't praise it enough but it do have some lacks. 60% for characters: Well there crudely done I will say and they could have looked better, But there emotions really show. 90% for everything else: I really loved the music but really is there anything else? What can I say? See it on youtube if you can't find a DVD, trust me you won't forget it and his films. Keiko's score 94-100
    Keiko A Super Reviewer
  • Nov 16, 2010
    <b>Voices of a Distant Star</b>, short but sweet. As a one off OVA by acclaimed director <i>Shinkai Makoto</i> it comes with a rather impressive pedigree. The story tells of a young boy and girl who are separated by an intergalactic war. Sounds excellent, but it never really gives you a sense of why they are fighting or even who they are fighting. The animation and art direction are where <b>Voices of a Distant Star</b> really stand apart. In every scene the smallest details are animated perfectly and realistically. The CG mechs are very well done, especially considering this was produced six years ago. The backdrops and the sky in particular are always top notch and very well drawn. Top marks all round. The character models were a little goofy looking, but it wasn't enough to bother me to any extent. The music and sounds really give a sense of distance. It's an odd way of describing it, but the music really gives scale to the battles and makes you feel like something epic is taking place. If I had a complaint about the sounds it would be the voice acting. It wasn't poorly done, but it could have been better. The characters, <i>Mikako Nagamine</i> and <i>Noboru Terao</i>, are the only characters in the story. As it is only a one episode OVA there isn't a chance to see any back story or flesh out the story any way. In the time provided it was mostly focused on their desire to be together and how much they loved each other. They have no personality at all and are very one dimensional. I was expecting a lot better out of this OVA, but it is a nice quick watch none the less. As a movie I think this would have been much better and would be placed up with other top notch movies.
    Steven V Super Reviewer
  • Jan 24, 2009
    Makoto Shinkai takes the romance and layers it with science fiction to create a short animation with a suitable title, <i>Voices of a Distant Star</i>.</p><p>At a brief 25 minutes, this animation packs a punch when it comes to story concept and character. The idea of text messaging with cell phones through space is highly amusing. As the characters grow, their text messages travel years through space to reach their destinations, which creates some emotional interactions between the two leads.</p><p>The science fiction space battles, while not the highlight of the film, are fun and backed with some excellent sound effects. If there is one thing lacking here, it is the build up of the Tarsian aliens, although they are background when it comes to the relationship between Mikako and Noburo.</p><p>There isn't much to the voice work, since there are only 2 characters and one "operator" that need voices. All that needs to be said is Mika Shinohara, Makoto Shinkai, and Donna Burke get the jobs done.</p><p><i>Voices of a Distant Star</i> is easily a film to make time for. Give it a try. It's only 25 minutes.</p>
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  • Sep 10, 2008
    Most prior reviews have said what needs to be said: this is a brilliant short animated film, with a plot and theme that are at once sincere and beautiful simple human emotion yet also high concept and metaphysically reflective. 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?
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