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Voices of a Distant Star [DVD] [2002]


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  • Actors: Mika Shinohara, Makoto Shinkai, Sumi Mutoh, Chihiro Suzuki, Donna Burke
  • Directors: Makoto Shinkai
  • Writers: Makoto Shinkai
  • Producers: Makoto Shinkai, John Ledford, Mark Williams, Yoshihiro Hagiwara
  • Format: Animated, Colour, Dubbed, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Adv Films
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Nov 2003
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008G8QC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,293 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

When a mysterious alien force begin their annihilation of the human race, a young pilot feels called to join the resistance. But the danger of interstellar battle is not Mikako's greatest concern. For she has left behind the one young man she loves. And as Mikako flies further into deep space, her only way to connect with Noboru is by cell-phone text messages.

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By MT on 9 Jun 2007
Format: DVD
I usually consider myself to be fairly impervious to the effect of film on my emotions. From the ending of Titanic to the gore of Elfen Lied, nothing has ever really moved me. Until, that is, I watched this.

Voices of a Distant Star was a film I picked up on a whim. I had read good things about it but it had never been at the top of my list of things to watch. If that is you, go buy it now!

In case you need a little more explaining, this is one of the best films ever. Yes, it's only half an hour long, but it'll stick with you forever. The story is about Mikako, a girl who joins the UN army to fight a race of aliens known as Tarsians which have attacked Earth, and the boy Noboru who she leaves behind. As they move further apart, so the time it takes to send messages to one another increases. The scripting is flawless, and the scene moves from intimate and emotional to epic battles effortlessly.

A lot of CG is used in the battle scenes, but don't let that put you off if you're an anime purist. The hand drawn sections are also beautiful, with the skies being a real focus point. This was in effect made by just one man, so the roughness of the characters in places is forgivable.

Music-wise the film is sound (no pun intended), with a great ending theme. Even the DVD menu has a great song on it. However, the English dub sounds a little too unemotional in places- watch the Japanese first.

One of the things that confused me at first was that Noboru seems to get older while Mikako doesn't. The box even says "while she barely grows older in the timelessness of space, Noboru ages".
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Francois The Armaldo VINE VOICE on 21 Feb 2006
Format: DVD
A really stunning 30 minutes worth of anime, even if it did end unconcluded.
The music is incredibly beautiful throughout, the animation looks great (the CG flows wonderfully, but the character designs seem a little choppy at times), the story is a bittersweet tale of young love, and will really leave you with something to think about.
Oh, and the mini movie "She and Her Cat" included in the extras is also lovely, if only 5 minutes long. This one brings a little smile to your face after the deep philosophical context of the main feature.
Definitely worth a look at if you like anime that will stay with you for a long time...because this one will.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Moonbean1234 on 6 Feb 2006
Format: DVD
From the moment you reach the menu, you are captivated by it's beautiful music. It then goes straight into story.
During the film some bits feel fasted paced. The action is good. The graphics superb. But the thing that really captivated me was the music and storyline.
Parted for so long, knowing you could get a message to someone only it would take 8 and a 1/2 years to reach the other person.
It was worth buying but it is short, It ended to quickly. A bit of a downer but don't let it stop you from buying it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Jun 2008
Format: DVD
At only half an hour long, this short film manages to be more poignant and emotional than many films three times this length.

The film explores a (very, and increasingly) long distance relationship between two childhood sweethearts. Communicating only through text message whilst the girl (Mikako) begins a career in the military fighting an alien race called the Tarsians, the length it takes for her messages to reach her boyfriend Noboru increases exponentially as the distance between them becomes greater.

Before long the messages are taking over 8 years to reach their target, and our Romeo and Juliet are trying to deal with moving on with their lives but simply can't. Their attention lays focussed with their mobile phones, never knowing when another message might arrive - that after years it could throw them into emotional disarray. The angst at waiting for the next message, never knowing if there will ever be any more is painful to watch. You can't help but feel for the pair. Mikako longs for simple moments - to eat ice-cream with Noboru in the bus shelter whilst it rains, and Noboru tortures himself with desperate anticipation of another message.

In a nutshell: Sci-Fi has never been so lovelorn. I mentioned Romeo and Juliet just a moment ago, and if Shakespeare were with us today then this is the sort of stuff he'd be producing. Brilliantly unbearable and beautiful. Although this is a short film, you feel totally immersed. And though the sci-fi may seem distanced from real life, the scenes back home are realistic. After this film finished I still thought about the pair and hoped that they would be reunited. A masterpiece.

A disappointing lack of any additional features, but that doesn't take away from a fantastic piece of work.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gary Armstrong on 4 Feb 2005
Format: DVD
You have to just marvel at this piece when you consider it was created BY ONE PERSON!
Its nicley designed, well scored, beautifully animated.
Oh yeah! Be warned, its only 30 minutes long, but its possibly the most beautiful 30 minutes ever animated.
A touching tale of intergalactic unrequited love, and a plot that is incredibly focused (a rarity in modern anime!).
Something doesnt quite leave me happy with this though... but maybe thats how it was meant to make me feel about it.
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