Kozue is a member of the astronomy club at school. During her summer break, she left for the countryside to try to catch a glimpse of meteorites, but found a boy wearing a spacesuit instead! His name is Ginga, he somehow knows detailed information about faraway stars, and his powers caused him to be held hostage by scientists in order to use him as a tool. Can Kozue's affections help Ginga finally live the life he desires?
Nagamine is a young high school student who lives a fairly typical teenage life: hanging out with friends, attending class, and falling in love with a wonderful boy. But when she enlists in the galactic army, who is desperate for candidates to fight an alien war, she finds herself drifting farther away from her first love, Noboru. In the depths of space, where a simple email takes eight years to be delivered, will their love truly flourish, or simply fade away?
If you enjoyed the visuals of Hoshizora Kiseki I am sure that you will like the visuals of Hoshi no Koe even more, as they are far more impressive but have the same mystical / ethereal feel. Both shows deal with space but from a different perspective. They also have a similar feeling of hope, and they convey the message that love can conquer all...
While I appreciated Voices of a Distant Star far more than Hoshizora Kiseki (I felt the art was better in Voices, as was the character development), I believe that the atmosphere of both is similar enough to warrant a try of one if you enjoyed the other.
Both feature beautiful art, an emphasis on the skies/space, romance/love, and a detached/ethereal feeling. Both are poetic and artistic, and focus more on character and emotional development than action sequences or extensively developed plots. Also, silence is utilized as a poignant tool in addition to speech, much in the way an artist might utilize negative space for a greater impact. I think this works quite well in both anime, and serves as a greater link between them.
Both are one-shots about couples who have to find a way to bridge a gap and reach each other. Also, if you like astronomy or cosmology, these might pique your interest.
It doesn't surprise me to see others had thought of these two series as being similar, after all, aside from the fact that they are both 1ep ova's - They both incorporate the beyond... by that I mean space, and the effect that space has on two individuals trying to find happiness.
If you enjoyed either of the two, then you will enjoy the other.
If you enjoyed Hoshizora Kiseki, and are looking for something similar, look no further. Voices of a Distant Star has the same kind of themes (although it is heavier on the sci-fi), but presents them better in every way. A little warning is in place though, Voices of a Distant Star is one hell of a lot better at provoking emotions.
While it's strange considering that Hoshizora Kiseki is slightly longer, Voices of a Distant Star seems like a more "complete" version of a similar story. Both deal with journeys into space and separation of lovers, but Makoto Shinkai's directing, writing, and animation far outdo its other CoMix Wave counterpart. If you at all enjoyed Hoshizora Kiseki, you will likely enjoy Voices of a Distant Star more.
Love can be found in a variety of places, including an ordinary classroom. For one young woman, confessing to her handsome classmate will be a feat of epic proportions! With one hand written letter, she gathers the courage to finally break the news, but has no idea her work of art will touch the heart of a special child, as well. Will the young man return her affections, or is she doomed to the life of a bachelorette?
Why watch Makoto Shinkai when you can settle for imitators? Each of these shorts clearly as Shinkai's work in mind - Rain especially so - and both fall short of capturing his stylistic excellence, Hoshizora feeling visually subpar. Rain is actually fairly decent in parts, while Hoshizora is bad yet watchable - providing for much unintentional humour with its laughably inane theatrics - while Rain, clearly the better of the two, does make a game attempt at humour and style that raises it to the status of mediocrity rather than the outright crap of Hoshizora. But hey, to satisfy your Makoto Shinkai itch I guess you could do worse!
These two shows are, while having different themes, trying to do exactly the same: evoke emotions at the viewer with a melancholic, short story. If you enjoyed one of these Shinkai-imitations, it's worth giving the other a shot.
Although today Tono Takaki and Shinohara Akari live far apart due to a family move shortly after elementary school, they were once two shy young students brought together by their shared differences from their peers. It is because of this that the two built a bond of closeness between them that still survives through their continued correspondence, even over such a distance. Secretly they both fear the loss of this bond over time, and for this reason they arrange a meeting between just the two of them. The journeys both of them take in their minds and in their lives create an atmosphere of intense emotional upheaval, but also a sense of peace. It is a twist of fate and a series of decisions that put the two in place to carry what they choose of their pasts into the future they will create for themselves.
A young boy named Ryo perished in an accident long ago, and at his parents’ wishes he lives on through an android named Suzu. He must regularly have Ryu’s memories artificially injected into him, and undergo a series of tests at the personality plant he resides at. During a session testing his motor movements, Suzu loses a baseball inside another building and goes exploring; there, he meets a young girl of the same age named Hotori. Though Suzu is an android, he still is able to present human emotions, and feels disheartened when he learns that Hotori rarely leaves the room. More importantly, Hotori suffers from a disease in which her memory rapidly deteriorates. Suzu and Hotori soon form an intimate bond, and question what it really means to live.
Mystifying yet inspiring titles to be watched. Hoshizora Kiseki and Hotori bring on a touch of science fiction with endearing characters. These one-shot OVAs are very enjoyable and give a "fulfilled" feeling by the end of it. I find that these two titles capture the same themes and explore the same type of relationship between the two main characters.
Makoto Konno is a somewhat foolish and tomboyish high school student who spends most of her time hanging out with her two male friends. Things change one day when she suddenly gains the ability to leap through time! At first, she uses her newfound ability to do things such as preventing her sister from stealing her dessert, cheating on a test, and singing Karaoke for 10 hours. However, the small alterations she makes to the timeline turn out to have unforeseen consequences that snowball into dramatic and lethal situations for her and those around her...
Both are single-episode titles that revolve around science fiction, but do not involve heavily in technologically-advanced items. Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo and Hoshizora Kiseki are not Studio Ghibli films, but they both contained the soothing fullness, I call this the "Ghibli feel" (haha). Both are great titles. Hoshizora Kiseki is more laid back with cute characters, the ending was a feel-good one.