Voices of a Distant Star

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  • 7 out of 9 people found this review helpful:
    Most people will miss the point
    Honestly, I feel most people will miss the point of this. This is a short film. And the mecha is not the focus at all. I believe the artist's goal was to create a beautifully tragic love story. I can't even put into words what I mean. This is not about plot, or mechas, or aliens. Its about distance, love, regret, unknowing, knowing, waiting, letting go, and not letting go...
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  • 1 out of 4 people found this review helpful:
    Boring and dry short film.
    Waste of time do not watch.
    The characters lacked depth which I guess I should have expected from something only 25 minutes long. That aside, the Gundam knock offs were very poorly animated in the action sequences and there was zero emotion in the "love story". All the other guys here must have some weird acquired taste for this director because even 5 Centimeters Per Second put me to sleep.
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  • 3 out of 3 people found this review helpful:
    An almost tear jerking story (so many feels)
    I watched a while back as sort of a whim, while at the laundromat. They had free WiFi so I was looking for way to waste time, and stumbled on this movie. I figured "cool", a short mecha flick to watch while the dryer roasts my underwear. Needless to say I wasn't expecting a love story, as I typically avoid such things. On the surface, It sounds like your average 'school girl becomes military-mech ...
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  • 3 out of 4 people found this review helpful:
    Shinkai Makoto’s Hoshi no Koe — a worthwhile film despite its flaws
    Reviewed: January 2014
    Version: English sub/English dub

    The year is 2046. Extraterrestrials known as Tarsians have attacked Earth’s outposts on Mars, and the United Nations are sending interstellar troops to fight them. On Earth, two middle schoolers, Nagamine Mikako and Terao Noboru, find themselves growing emotionally attached to each other, and when Mikako’s good grades and ...
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  • Shinkai can truly do no wrong.
    While perhaps his weakest movie, that is in no way degrading to this movie. It is simply a testament to how incredible his other works are. Voices of A Distant Star is a story of love and loss and is beautiful in every way. The relationships are real and heart-wrenching.
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  • 0 out of 1 people found this review helpful:
    Amazing what one person can create in 2yrs by himself!
    Even tho it's a very short story, it will make you cry! A must watch!
    A love story take place in the future during war time between humans and aliens. The girl leave to fight the war in space while the guy stayed behind and wait for her to come back. They would send txt msgs , but every time she goes farther into space, the long the msgs will take to get back to earth. On the last msg she sent to ...
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  • 3 out of 6 people found this review helpful:
    Sci Fi adaptation of Orihime & Hikoboshi, Look for Rain
    Voices of a Distant Star (VOADS) is an excellent sci fi anime created almost single handedly by Makoto Shinai. It is concise, offers excellent visuals, utilizes interesting symbolism, and provides a good soundtrack that makes his simplified science fiction universe come to life.

    Two Celestial Lovers
    VOADS is the story of Orihime and Hikoboshi retold in a mecha ...
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  • 0 out of 3 people found this review helpful:
    Complex and Compelling
    The pure, wondrous details offer an artistic backdrop for the eye as the mind grasps the highs and lows of an intriguing tale of the changes that occur as well as the friendships that endure through a lifetime.
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  • 0 out of 2 people found this review helpful:
    great work of art all around
    i captured my interest and kept it through-out the show !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! loved it !!!!!!!!!!!
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  • 1 out of 3 people found this review helpful:
    An artist finding his voice
    This is impressive work for a one man show, but it's obvious that Shinkai hadn't found his own voice yet in this early short. The pacing and use of imagery is pure Hideaki Anno. In particular it borrows from Gunbuster both thematically (the isolating effect of time dilation) and stylistically (the ship designs, weapons, and aliens).

    Shinkai delivers a setup that could have branched the ...
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