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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
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CastDonna Burke, Adam Conlon, Cynthia Martinez (II), Sumi Mutoh, Mika Shinohara
DirectorMakoto Shinkai
Genre:  Sci-Fi, Animation, Fantasy
DVD Release Date:  June 10, 2003
Runtime:  25 minutes
Studio:  Adv Films
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review by . November 11, 2008
posted in ASIANatomy
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 …
review by . October 24, 2005
posted in Movie Hype
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 …
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