that it took a 25 minute anime feature to say it this well but this is one of
the best war time love stories that I have so far seen. From start to finish,
this tale will keep you enraptured with it's compelling storyline and a type
of animation style that I had not encountered before.
The story is of young
Mikako and her boyfriend Noboru. Both are 15 years of age and war is raging in
the heavens above as mankind has made its way to the stars and in doing so has
encountered interstellar war. Mikako graduates and has to leave for the depths
of space whilst Noboru is left behind. The only way they can communicate is by
using mobile phones to text each other messages over the far spanning reaches
of the galaxy.
It's within this
environment that the true tragedy of their love manifests itself as Mikako is
hardly aging as her ship makes it's way further and further from Earth,
whereas Noboru is getting older and older. The further the space between the
lovers, the long it takes for the message to reach each recipient. By the end
of the feature it is taking over eight years for a message to go one way and
yet the two, still in love, are faithful and poor Noboru waits patiently,
forgoing any real semblance of a life in order to stay faithful to his
Whilst this title is
presented in full screen 4:3, they have still taken advantage of the fact that
this is a digital process to make a faultless transfer. The art used makes
you pay attention to every part of the show and the expressions and surrounds
demand attention. Some might argue that with a running time as short as this
you could watch it nonetheless, but with as many shows to get through as I
have, being hopelessly addicted to the format, it's easy to get distracted.
This is not the case with Voices of a Distant Star.
Audio is a treat in 5.1
for both English and Japanese soundtracks. The English voicework was excellent
although occasionally it seemed a bit stifled. Sound overall was crisp and
clear and what we should be able to expect from all titles created in this day
Extras pack the rest of
the disc with interviews, art and another short film called 'She and Her Cat'.
Of course there are a number of trailers and the usual Madman propaganda
titles that are always welcome to round out the mix.
All things said and
done, if you like anime then all I can suggest is that you must own this
title. Anything less would make you a liar. It transcends the genre, time and
space themselves and shows us the strongest thing in our lives is love.
Voices of a
Distant Star Features
Director's Cut with Alternate Vocals
Interview with the Creator Makoto Shinkai
4 Original Japanese Trailers
She and Her Cat, animated short film
More Japanese Trailers