Voices of a Distant Star

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  • Really a lovely short in concept
    This sweet and tragic short was moving indeed, and I have to recommend it on that basis. I really enjoyed it.

    The animation and overall design, however, was really lacking, and I found it not only disappointing but distracting. It's apparent that the budget for this short was minuscule, and that's truly unfortunate. The heart that's in it, though - miles and miles of it - makes up for the weak ...
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  • Bring A Tissue...Or Maybe A Tissue Box
    While it didn't grab my interest or pull me in as much as other series have done, this still is a great emotional rollercoaster. I mean, if you want a love tragedy, it can't get much better than this. You have the woman leaving while the man just waits on earth for her return. While the pacing is quite slow and not exciting, this is great if you want to play with your emotions!
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  • 2 out of 2 people found this review helpful:
    Are You Ever Truly Alone?
    An extremely sad story, this 25ish minute movie pulls in the viewer and makes them question some emotions and concepts that are neither easy nor comfortable to confront. While some of the messages between the main characters need to be paused to be read, that does not detract from the impact that they have. The fighting for survival is but a pale backdrop to the real impact achieved with an ...
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  • 2 out of 3 people found this review helpful:
    Packs more emotion into 25 minutes than most Full-Length Movies Can
    Perhaps the most difficult thing about a review for this film is to not ruin it. It feels best to go into something like this cold, knowing nothing about what you are about to experience, only knowing that it will be special and worth your time.

    Let me put it this way: spending 25 with this director, Makoto Shinkai, made we want to watch every film he's ever directed.

    Watch it.
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  • 1 out of 1 people found this review helpful:
    A True Testament to Shinkai's Talent, and an Endlessly Touching Story
    A little less than ten years ago, when I was in college, our anime club used to use this anime as a simple "do you have a soul" test. The theory was that anyone who made it through this short film without crying had to be soulless.

    Really, given how beautiful this work looks, the depth of its story, and the amount of emotion it evokes, it is amazing to think that Makoto Shinkai wrote, animated, ...
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  • 1 out of 10 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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  • 4 out of 4 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 5 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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  • 1 out of 2 people found this review helpful:
    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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  • 1 out of 4 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!
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