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(Dec 06, 2005)
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"Voice if a distant star" or "Hoshi no Koe" as it is titled in Japan is a beautiful and gorgeous piece of 30 minute anime. The story tells the tale of two young lovers and the heartache they feel as space and time separates them. The film is absolutely stunning with its vivid colours. Melancholy lovers look up at blue skies while sunshine burst through. There are mecha battles and an amazing soundtrack to accompany the film.
Makoto returned last year with his first full length motion picure "The place promised in our early years". This ambitious film told the story of an alternate Japan, divided into a American controlled south and a communist north. A giant tower on the northern side fascinates two friends and it is a special girl in their life and a promise to discover what the tower is that pushed the two friends in their adulthood.
Both films are visually spectacular although I find the 30 minute "voices..." to be a more satisfying work.
This collection presents both works in a nice keepsake box and includes the soundtrack to "Voices of a distant star" by composer Tenmon. If you love beautiful, thought-provoking and somewhat introspective anime, this is a must buy.
While I think these films deserve 4 stars, this package deserves 6. This is one of the best packages I've ever seen in anime. At the current price I feel this is a real bargain for all the content that is here. It may be expensive on a per-hour basis (the films are about 2 hours total), but the extras are worth every penny. Beyond the value, these films are definitely worth owning. What you get with this set is:
*Soundtrack for Voices of a Distant Star
*Two incredible booklets for each film, Commenting on every detail of the films (from story to production to music)
*A ton of extras including director's cuts, interviews, and Shinkai's first animated project in She and Her Cat
VOICES OF A DISTANT STAR / HOSHI NO KOE:
8 / 10
This is a short film: 24 minutes in length. But what it lacks in length it makes up for in quality. Produced entirely on Shinkai's home computer with himself and his wife doing the voices (though there is another cast in the "official" version, the original version is here as well), it is one of the most marvelous achievements you'll ever see. Shinkai blends a superb science fiction story with an even better moving love story. This film centers around a young couple, Mikako and Noboru who fall in love. Mikako is sent to fight in an interstellar war that leads her light years away from Noboru. Their only method of communication from this distance is cell phone e-mails. As she gets further away from Earth, messages take days, weeks, months, and finally years to reach Noboru on Earth.
Ultiminately, this is a film about love transcending time and space, which is told through some of the most amazing animation and visuals you've ever seen.Read more ›
cinematogrophy and visuals still impress till this day.
story... short but complete. one of the few animes that I've seen since starting in '89 thaat made me feel bonded too, and enjoyed character growth.
if you've seen 5 centemeters per second than I recogmend this video.
other recgomendations: Mellinium actress, memories, paprika, Tekkon Kinkreet, flag, tokyo god-fathers...
`Voices of A Distant Star' is a short animation produced entirely on the directors home computer. For this reason alone the animation and artwork seems especially rich and impressive. Light music flows almost constantly underneath the story and the English dubbing is pretty good. The story follows a female pilot who goes into space and who communicates via text messages which take longer and longer to reach her boyfriend as she goes deeper into space. Essentially it is a love story with a futuristic setting. It is very short, but well thought out and executed and is good if you fancy some anime but don't want a full length feature. The extras are pretty good as well.
`The Place Promised In Our Early Days' is another masterful animation from Makoto Shinkai. This follows three young adults as they live in the time just before a war and how one of them, Sayuri, is linked to a tall tower they can see in the distance and which is connected to the coming conflict. This film looks at a promise made and how it is finally carried out. It is hard to give more detail without spoiling the film. This film has some beautiful animation, especially the backgrounds and the attention to detail is very impressive. The play of sunlight on objects and as characters move through sunlight really stood out.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
music, visual quality and over all viewing experience is to die for. keep up the good work Shinkai. we love you!Published on March 9, 2009 by Nuvong S. Solima
The other reviews do a far better job than I would in detailing the three beatiful works by Shinkai. Read morePublished on December 26, 2008 by D. Left
I think his first movie, ever, was an amazing solo work.
This set is cool because you can actually see his talent
improving w/each film. Read more
Both of these movies are amazing, shinkai is sort of like an indie anime director, and the stories are not so much fantastic, but more of real life in the not so far future. Read morePublished on October 20, 2008 by Jordan Hudson
Fans of mature love stories rarely venture into the anime section of their local video store for their latest fix. Most anime is shallow, violent and immature. Read morePublished on April 14, 2008 by Reuben Seth Golovin
These are two seperate reviews for the two different movies found in this box set.
Voices of a Distant Star. 4/5. Up to Miyazaki's Standerd? No. Good on its Own? Read more
It came quickly and in good condition. Unfortunatly,it had to be returned. The person I bought it for already had one, but it wasn't taken off his Amazon list.Published on February 20, 2007 by Mrs. Linda Demarco
Makoto Shinkai's Hoshi no Koe - Voices From a Distant Star has instantly become my favorite anime, mostly because of its personal significance to my life, and how it mirrors the... Read morePublished on January 11, 2007 by Joshua Tobler
All three versions of She and Her Cat are included on the Voices DVD along with the soundtrack.Published on March 21, 2006 by Eric Henwood-Greer