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Hoshi no koe (2003)

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)
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Noboru Terao (original version) (voice)
Sumi Mutoh ...
Chihiro Suzuki ...
Noboru Terao ('seiyuu' version) (voice)
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Operator ('seiyuu' version) (voice)
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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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2 February 2003 (Japan)  »

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Voces de una Estrella Distante  »

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Makoto Shinkai later published a graphic novel based on his film, collaborating with mangaka Mizu Sahara. See more »

Quotes

Mikako Nagamine: Noboru... About me... I wonder if you'll forget?
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Soundtracks

Through the Years and Far Away (Hello Little Star)
Music by Tenmon
Lyrics by K. Juno
Performance by Ai Miyoko
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Beauty in simplicity
15 November 2004 | by (Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

What a simple concept for a film, executed so wonderfully. A teenage girl travels in space, and the only way for her to contact the boy she loves back on earth in through her cell-phone's text messaging. But as she drifts further from earth, the messages begin to take a much longer to reach him. He begins to give up on hearing from her again, and she grieves over what she is unable to tell him from this distance. However, the ending is extremely moving and uplifting, more so than I thought this 25-minute film would be.

I need not mention how this film was made, by one man on his computer. While the visuals are surprisingly good for a film made with such sparse resources, Makoto Shinkai clearly understands that storytelling is the most important part of animation, and he made a film that is more beautiful and touching than almost anything you'd see in Hollywood, and he did it on his computer, and with a run time of under a half hour. This guy is talented, and I hope to see him directing more animes in the future.

Voices of a Distant Star is a superb film by any standards, certainly a must see for anime fans.


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