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Up to Miyazaki's Standerd? No. Good on its Own? Definetly.

  • Feb 20, 2010
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Okay, first I would like to put to rest the lie that this movie is of the same standard as Miyazaki's films. It is not. It's a start for an upcoming director, but still not up to Miyazaki's greatness. This is not Miyazaki, so don't expect a Miyazaki type film.

The film itself is great. A young female joins the UN army to help fight off an alien race that has attacked a colony on mars, leaving behind her childhood friend and love. As her fleet moves farther and farther away from earth the time it takes for her messages to get to him take longer and lounger. First its six months, then a year, and then eight. Can their friendship and love survive as he gets older but she remains 15? Will she survive? Will they see each other again?

This isn't so much of a movie than one long dialoged with both characters reminiscing on how they miss each other. They are they only two characters in this whole movie, and for the most part is just them thinking to themselves. This isn't much of a problem however because the movie is so short and doesn't need secondary characters to help the flow of the story.

THE GOOD: first of all the artwork is really, REALLY good. For a guy that made this movie on his Mac, by himself, in his basement, this looks amazing. Whatever you have to say about this anime, good or bad, you have to admit that the animation is top notch. Another great part of the story is the fact that the characters are so well done. Even my none anime sister felt very sorry for the main characters in this film. They might not be as good as some characters in other amines I've seen, but I blame that on the fact that this movie is only 23 minutes long. Also the music is great. I love the music for Miyazaki's movies and I have to say that this music is almost as good.

THE BAD: well let's start with the obvious. It's too short. 23 minutes is not nearly enough time to make a great movie. If only it were lounger this could have been a truly great film, as is it's just a really good short. That's really the only complaint I have, everything else is top notch.

One bit of advice though. Watch this movie in English and then watch the original Japanese version with subtitles. The reason for this is that the subtitles go so fast that it's hard to read them and watch the screen at the same time. If you watch it in English than you will know what the story is and then read the differences in the Japanese version. I think its better in Japanese, the dialog is more real and the text messages make the two characters seem more like long time friends, but I had a devil of a time keeping up and kept missing parts.

Overall this is a very good film that deserves to be watched but not up to Miyazaki's greatness.

Re-watch value; Very high.
Up to Miyazaki's Standerd? No. Good on its Own? Definetly. Up to Miyazaki's Standerd? No. Good on its Own? Definetly. Up to Miyazaki's Standerd? No. Good on its Own? Definetly. Up to Miyazaki's Standerd? No. Good on its Own? Definetly.

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April 17, 2013
yes, this was real good. Wish they'd have the bluray on this for a decent price already
February 28, 2010
Another great review. While I agree with your complaint of Voices being too short, if Shinkai had made it longer, it might not have been as good. He hasn't quite perfected his pacing. The strange this is that Voices was too short, The Place Promised was a bit too long, and although 5 Centimeters Per Second was in-between in terms of length, it wasn't as good as either of his previous works.
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        Voices Of A Distant Star was the first work of up-and-coming director Makoto Shinkai, who has since been declared "the next Miyazaki". While I don't agree with this statement, I do believe that Shinkai is, so far, a great director in his own right.            Voices Of A Distant Star follows two close friends, Mikako Nagamine and Noboru Terao, who become separated after Mikako joins a research team and leaves …
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Voices of a Distant Star is a Japanese anime OVA by Makoto Shinkai. It chronicles a long-distance relationship between two close friends who communicate by sending emails via their mobile phones across interstellar space. It was originally released to DVD on February 2, 2002, and has since been broadcast across Japan on the anime satellite television network, Animax.
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Genre: Drama, Mecha, Romance
Release Date: February 2, 2002
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Runtime: Twenty-five minutes
Studio: CoMix Wave Inc.
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