First if you read most of the other reviews you notice that all of them including mine agree on some things. First the story and animation are very beautiful but where's the rest of it. I have no problem with short anime movies I've seen a bunch but everyone knows some are meant to be short and some are not. This movie to me was not thought out well the story line is so good it needs more to it. Imagine how shocked I was to hear nobody wondering if they were ever going to meet again.
The entire 25 minutes which in their movie time it would be 10 years Mikako one of the main characters pilots her fighter ship in a war your not told much about. She never gets out of the ship, she doesn't eat and if she sleeps it's in the ship. So that's 10 years of nothing just wanting to come home, wanting to taste food again and text messaging your love one and the bad thing is that because she's in space a message takes from 1 to 8 years to get to someone.
Her being in a space army was a great opportunity to show how she makes new friends in the army but the army is just a bunch of other ships with people in them like her. There is a big home ship but who knows what the heck is in there but they don't tell you about that. I'm one f those people where I can understand deep movies but maybe voices of a distant star is just too deep and I can't see the beauty shinkai is trying to show.
Maybe he did think of all the things viewers like me and my friends are wanting to know more about but he wanted to put out something different and unique. It seems like someone got lazy and turned something that could of been a masterpiece into an episode of a series. This is definitely a 5 star story but a 3 star movie.
Voices of a Distant Star is an anime Original Video Animation (OVA) directed and produced by Makoto Shinkai on his Macintosh computer. The film tells a love story between Mikako (a middle-school girl drafted into the UN Space Army) and Noboru. They try to stay in communication by utilizing the e-mail capabilities on their cell phones. As the ship Mikako is on travels deeper and deeper into space, the time it takes for a message to reach Noboru on Earth takes longer. Mikako's final message takes … more
Although it looks like a studio work,Voices of a Distant Staris 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 accepted into the training program formechapilots to fight the aliens who attacked human settlements on Mars. As she moves across the miles and, ultimately, light years, she sends messages that the forlorn Noboru patiently awaits. The animation is largely restricted to camera moves over still artwork and CG objects, but Shinkai is a skillful enough director to tell this melancholy sci-fi romance through the strong music and vocal tracks.Voices of a Distant Starpacks more of an emotional punch than many elaborate studio films. (Rated 13 and older, but suitable for viewers 2 years younger: minor violence)--Charles Solomon