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Voices of a Distant Star (2003)
"Hoshi no koe" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  Animation, Short, Drama  |  2 February 2003 (Japan)
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The love of Japanese high school students Mikako Nagamine and Noboru Tera is tested when Mikako is sent to fight aliens in a distant universe and voice mails to and from Earth become months to years in transmission.

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Credited cast:
Mika Shinohara ...
Mikako Nagamine (voice)
Makoto Shinkai ...
Noboru Terao (original version) (voice)
Sumi Mutoh ...
Chihiro Suzuki ...
Noboru Terao ('seiyuu' version) (voice)
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Operator ('seiyuu' version) (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Adam Conlon ...
Noboru Terao (voice)
Cynthia Martinez ...
Mikako Nagamine (voice)
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The story of the high school students Mikako Nagamine and Noboru Terao. When the alien Tarsians attack, Mikako volunteers to be a pilot in the space force that will protect mankind. The lovers try to remain in contact using cellular telephone text messages, but as each battle takes Mikako further from the Earth, each message takes longer to arrive. Will their love stand the tests of time and distance? Written by Patrick Graydon <imdb@pgraydon.org>

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A love story that transcends time and space


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Voces de una Estrella Distante  »

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Makoto Shinkai animated the film entirely by himself using his apple computer. See more »

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Mikako Nagamine: Noboru... About me... I wonder if you'll forget?
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Through the Years and Far Away (Hello Little Star)
Music by Tenmon
Lyrics by K. Juno
Performance by Ai Miyoko
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Poignant and beautiful
18 January 2004 | by (Redmond, WA) – See all my reviews

This is a great amateur feature which captures emotions and imagination better than many full length studio flicks. I first watched it as a fan-subtitled release via the internet, and I think that translation stands as the most emotionally true to this point.

Though the American voices are well done, some things have been added and some taken away as in any translation. I suggest watching a subtitled version instead of the American translation. None of the emotional intensity is lost... I don't know many folks who have watched it and not cried.

The story of junior high sweethearts separated by war and then time is as uplifting as it is poignant. Communicating via email which becomes more and more intermittent as the combatant moves first years and then light years away, one half of the partnership grows to adulthood on earth as the other fights battles 8.6 light years away... and remains 15. It's agonizing to see one choose to move on and one still feel the immediacy of a love that just months ago shared lunch at the bus stop. It's just as powerfully lovely to see the bond remain through space and time.


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