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Voices of a Distant Star

Alt titles: Hoshi no Koe

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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?

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5 Centimeters per Second

5 Centimeters per Second
  • Movie (1 ep x 62 min)
  • 2007

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.

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Voices of a Distant Star and 5 CM are two of a kind. Makoto Shinkai created both, and it's incredibly obvious due to the similar heart-wrenching love story, absolutely stunning animation and an overall bittersweet and melancholy feel. You don't walk away happy from either of these, but they are both beautiful gems that should be appreciated.


Voices of a Distant Star and 5 CM are from the same producers and as such the animation style is similar. The setting may be different but they have a similar genre and emotional appeal. Also there are common themes such as romance which involves a relationship separated by distance and time.


If you liked Hoshi no Koe you'd also like 5 CM because it's also a masterpiece from Makoto Shinkai. It has the same awesome animation and sound, and the same sad story which is full of loneliness.


5cm/s and Voices of a Distant Star are from the same creator, Makoto Shinkai (who is a genius!). In both works, the animation is wonderfully breathtaking, and the art/tones look outstanding. You get a feeling of warmth, but at the same time, the emotion of "longing" (for someone). Voices of a Distant Star and 5cm/s give the same atmosphere and end in similar ways.


I cannot help but feel that Shinkai Makoto knew he could produce a better title by combining the best elements of The Place Promised in Our Early Days and Voices of a Distant Star. After all, despite the high quality of his works, it only makes sense that Shinkai Makoto is learning and improving his art over time as well. 5 Centimeters per Second is the spectacular result of this inspired union of his two previous works. And while the themes will be quite familiar to those who have watched his two earlier acclaimed titles, 5 Centimeters per Second has feels fresh and carries its message in its own unique way.


Both 5 CM and Voices of a Distant Star relate the story of a boy and girl who have a deep relationship, and are split up by the choices they make in life (though they try to stay in touch over email). Voices of a Distant Star additionally features cool fights and action, whereas 5 Centimeters a Second is only based on the emotional state of the characters. However, both give a very similar feeling, and it's likely that you'll like the other if you liked one.


Every once in a while, you come across a romance that doesn't have the typical Hollywood ending. Well, that's what I found when I first came across 5 Centimeters Per Second and I found it again with Hoshi no Koe. I was suprised with the way that love was portrayed in both of these series, and by the similarity between the two. Two beautiful stories that completely compliment each other.


All of Makoto Shinkai's works (5 Centimeters per Second, Beyond the Clouds, The Promised Place, Voices of a Distant Star, She and Her Cat) present a visually stunning contemplation of loneliness and the pursuit of an unattainable goal. His characters find themselves psychologically isolated, often while living in an environment full of people. While this is not an uncommon character trait in anime, Makoto Shinkai's creates this mentality in a very realistic way.


Not only they both come from the same creator - Makoto Shinkai - but their storyline is quite similar - in both the main character reminisce about his or her childhood love and how they can't be together now.


These two anime are very similar, created by the same person and following very similar plots. Both of them love stories, and both of them kinda bittersweet.


The last of the three classics that comprise the Shinkai "trilogy," 5 cm per Second once more touches upon Shinkai's philosophical perspective on the tragedies love can bring about. Again, like Beyond the Clouds, it shines a bit than Hoshi no Koe due to its greater span of time, but ultimately the individual structure of each of its three arcs bear a striking resemblance to Hoshi no Koe's single arc. It's quite obvious the two shared a mutual source of inspiration, and the fact that both films flaunt excellent composure proves that Shinkai has not lost his touch throughout the years.


‘5 Centimeters per Second' and ‘Voices of a distant star’ share the same basic elements upon which the stories are built, while changing the superficial settings remarkably, so that the similarities won’t bother the viewer. Another thing in common is the overall mood of melancholy in both of the shows.

Furthermore, being made by the same director is given to lead to same kind of artistic solutions such as gorgeous, almost photorealistic art and moody soundtracks.


Two hearts longing for each other, separated by distance - in space and in mind. Breathtaking views, delicate music, melancholy - if this is what moves your heart, then you should take your chance and try this one anime.


Both portray a long distance romance between two childhood friends. They both have the same emotional impact and a will they meet again feel about them. I think that if you loved one you will love the other


Main protagonists being separated teach us, that we shouldn't appreciate only things we lack, but those we have all the more. Bittersweet romance told through amazing visuals. If you are in the mood to see the one, don't miss the other.


Makoto Shinkai created both of these in a very similar style. If you liked one then i can almost gaurantee you'll like the other. Both are love stories with a bittersweet feel to them. The stories both automatically seemed to relate when i watched them so maybe you'll think that too. They are both themed on distance as well as love and how people will wait even if they don't understand why.


Both of these anime are primarily about the seperation of two people. Though dealt with in different manners, both are very moving and well dealt with in their own way. If you liked the drama side of one then it's worth your while trying the other.


Makoto Shinkai's work in both the Movie and the OVA deserves a look for fans of one or the other.


Both animes are stories of love that simply cannot be because of seperation. In Byousoku 5 Centimeter it is families moving apart, and in Hoshi no Koe it is space itself that hinders them.  In both cases they try to come to grips with the fact that sometimes love is just not enough to keep you together. Also the stunning and similar art styles make both of these titles must sees.  If you like one you should definatly like the other.


While I felt that Voices of a Distant Star was more one-dimentional then 5 Centimeters per Second (no wonder, we're comparing a 20min movie with a 1h one), they had the same feeling of melancholy to them. Both these Shinkai movies are about feelings, distance, attempts on contact and have stunning visuals. If you liked the one, I think that you would definitely like the other.


Both works are masterpiece, created by Makoto Shinkai. They share the same feelings, the same mood, the same animation and sound.. They're so very similar to each other, that If you watch one you'd definitely fall in love with another.


both animes are the creating of Makoto Shinkai, and are similar in many ways, both feature the same animation and sound style, both animes leave you with melancholic feelings, and also one of the most obvious thing in both of the anime is that you don't end up beeing happy after watchin them.If you enjoyed watching one of this two then for sure you will enjoy watching the other one as well.


Each of these shows start out with a budding relationship then pull the couple very far apart, showing the power and strain distance has on a relationship. Throughout the show, a very sad feeling is portrayed, making each of these series similar.


Both anime are made by Makoto Shinkai, thus the animation styles are very similar and both represent the feeling of solitude and parting.  


What better anime to recommend than another anime which has the same director. Yes its another heart pounding anime Movie made by Makoto Shinkai. These anime he made won awards for the best / awesome story. I tell you Anime which he makes will make you happy and cry.


Time and distance; both are factors that can fracture bonds of the heart. Both 5 Centimeters per Second and Voices of a Distant Star have that as a key factor, as distance separates two friends who have grown to care for each other over time. They're tragic and touching and are portrayed beautifully, and I don't just mean the story. Not everything is sunshine and roses and these two films (Short film in Voices of a Distant Star's case) show the darker and sadder side of it all.


Both Voices of a Distant Star and 5 Centimeter's per Second deal with love that is lost.  There is a good theme of that kind of lost love,  the "one that got away" and both are very difficult relationships to keep.  They're both tear jerkers and have dramatic endings.  They boast similar artistic styles as well that are easy on the eyes. There is a similar feel that the viewer is left with after the anime is over with as well.


They're easily the best recommendation for each other. Both are great animes with very beautiful sceneries made by the same person. They're sad animes that deals with the lives of lover who are fated to be apart.

Well, if you liked either you should without a doubt watch the other.


both of them have the same theme and the same atmosphere. they both share the same bittersweet love story where time and distances come between two people and eventually separates them.

and well Makoto Shinkai made both of them, so if you liked one of them you'll be liking the other one too.


If you watched one of these and you are in the mood for another anime film with excellent animation and extremely boring high school melodrama that takes itself super serious, look now further than right here. In both cases my eighth grade self could have written the scripts for both of these films - so melodramatic and cheesy but hey some people like that kind of thing, I mean the 90's post rock band Nine Inch Nails built their entire career on the back of this kind of teenage angst. In closing, both films feature beautiful high budget art with similar stories about high school love, painted with metaphors having to do with cherry blossoms falling like snow and twinkling stars in the vacuum of space. 


Both of them have love that is so strong, but the two lovers can't ever be together because of some event that splits the two apart.


They have the same feel, beyond being melancholic romances they are very similar. Both are about a love that is left behind or hopeless due to distance. You see the letters that the lovers write to each other, too, and both give you a sense of how much they miss each other. They are two quite, reflective anime about how love is all a matter of chance and oppurtunity.


Both titles are pretty melancholy Makoto Shinkai works that focus a lot on love and showing purdy images. The mood is incredibly similar, and so are the visuals. If you watched either work and want more, check the other one out.


The story and the general atmosphere of the animes are very simmilar. There is a lot of loneliness and longing for school friends who seem to be something more. 

The Place Promised In Our Early Days

The Place Promised In Our Early Days
  • Movie (1 ep x 90 min)
  • 2004

At the end of World War II, Japan was split and a great tower was erected that reached the skies. For three friends, Hiroki, Takuya, and Sayuri, memories of their summer spent together would stay with them forever. During that precious time, the three promised to one day travel to the tower in the skies on the wings of a white plane -- to finally see its brilliance and the surrounding land of Ezo -- but when Sayuri suddenly disappeared from their lives, the promise that once was made was broken. Though time continues to pass, will the three ever meet again some day?

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In short OVA Voices of a Distant Star (Hoshi no Koe) the theme of romantic relationships is shown in not entirely new, but rarely explored focus: when the physical distance between people is increasing, inevitably and infinitely, to the point where the very contact is fading in space and time. The approach of smoothly and slowly building up deep emotions in the viewer, theme of loss, and unusual mix of sorrow and hope is what distances this movie from most of works sharing similarities on the surface. A more recent work of Satoshi Kon, full-length movie The Place Promised in our Early Days, applies the same approach to another attempt to explore hidden facets of human soul. In its story a dream and the promise to fulfill it one day, which tied the friends of childhood together for years, but were put aside when splitting paths of their adult lives, still remained their only dream, leaving their souls emptied. The distance here is not the one of space, but one of mind, as they believe their only dream to be forever lost. The story, being more complex and less pessimistic, builds emotions as deep as The Voices of a Distant Star. Both the distinctive and creative animation style, fine instrumental music and the impression created by the stories of these movies match very closely. They do not repeat, but complement each other. The Place Promised in our Early Days is better looking, more realistic and is more focused on the dramatic part, but both are similarly emotional and immersive, so anyone who enjoyed one of them is sure to like the other.

Many similarities: Same creator, same general storyline (a lonely separation of two childhood friends), same "ambient" feel to the plot (enhanced by similar background soundtracks), great animation with wonderful usage of sunlight... the list goes on. I personally liked Places Promised better. The extra time given for a full-length film allowed the story to be more "concrete" and developed.


Recommending two anime by the same director feels like cheating, but it comes to Shinkai Makoto's work, it's almost completely unique from anything being made today. The quiet storytelling style, the poignant mix of school life and science fiction, and the amazing visuals all stamp Hoshi no Koe and Beyond the Clouds as something only Shinkai could have done.


Makoto Shinkai directs both of these and brings the same sensibility to each. They are powerful, at times depressing, and feature something universal, an emotion as much about sadness as about hope. These are anime which go far beyond their genre.


Both Place Promised In Our Early Days and Voices of a Distant Star have the wonderful light effects of Makoto Shinkai. Also the theme of these movies is the same. Both of them have a depressing feeling that characterize the whole movie.


Both Place Promised in Our Early Days and Voices of a Distant Star have the same feel. Both titles deal with a love between two people, but something has divided them from being together. These titles also share similar art styles and tones.


All of Makoto Shinkai's works (5 Centimeters per Second, Beyond the Clouds, The Promised Place, Voices of a Distant Star, She and Her Cat) present a visually stunning contemplation of loneliness and the pursuit of an unattainable goal. His characters find themselves psychologically isolated, often while living in an environment full of people. While this is not an uncommon character trait in anime, Makoto Shinkai's creates this mentality in a very realistic way.


What those two movies share is the supernatural plot in the background, but what exactly is important is the feelings of two people that have to cope with great difficluties.


Ah yes, yet another fabulous Shinkai-Shinkai recommendation. As the direct predecessor to Beyond the Clouds, Hoshi no Koe comes across as a very successful, but somewhat limited, commentary on unrequited love. Beyond the Clouds, however, takes these limitations and tosses them to the wind, exemplifying the aesthetics to magnificent proportions while further fleshing its subject matter through poignant storytelling. Both works are fantastically intertwined in so many ways that a love of one is bound to be a love of the other - and hardly an unrequited one at that!


Series that explore the process of communication and promises are common, but these two perform the task in unique but similiar ways, resulting in a very different but person experience. As such both Voices and Place Promised provide a good similiar visual style and interest.


Both 'Beyond the Clouds' and 'Voices of a Distant Star' are masterpiece and created by Makoto Shinkai. They share the same feelings, the same mood, the same animation and sound.. They're so very similar to each other, that you'd definitely fall in love with another If you watch one.


both Byousoku 5 Centimeters and Hoshi no Koe are the works of Makoto Shinkai, both of them feature melancholic aspects, a similar animation style and directing, a very touching and sad romance aspect and both feature sci-fi aspects.Both of them are very much alike, so if you like one of them, then for sure you will enjoy the other one as well


Anyone who enjoyed Voices of a Distant Star or The Place Promised in Our Early Days will love the other. Both are quiet, thought-provoking shows that are emotionally moving.


If you liked one of these titles then you'll probably the like the other as well.  Both series kind of have a quiet way of telling the story about love and the distance that separates them.  Though Beyond the Clouds has a couple more tragic elements added in both give of the same melancholy atmosphere.  And while Voices of a Distant Star is a bit shorter then Beyond the Clouds it still builds its story just as well as Beyond the Clouds does.


Not only are they both great to look at but they also have a feeling of isolation and loneliness about them; A tragic beauty, so to speak. But even admist it, there's a ray of hope. A separation on Earth and another that spans light years; both are put into great use and aren't squandered.


Both Voices of a Distant Star and The Place Promised in Our Early Days boast similar artistic styles and a plot line that involves outer space.  Both of these movies have a melancholic and nostalgic feel to them that might pull a few tears from the watchers.


Two romantic tragedies that take place in futuristic settings, The Place Promised in Our Early Days and Voices of a Distant Star are very similar in tone, atmosphere, and story. Both are great recs for each other, and for sci-fi fans who like a deeper, more emotional story.


they're made by the same director, Makoto Shinkai. They both explore themes of long distance relationships and how taxing they can be over time, and they're both (at their cores) about clouds and cherry blossoms.



In the not-so-distant future, mankind is at war with itself. The lives of Chise and Shuu are torn apart when Chise is chosen to become the ultimate weapon to fight for Japan against their enemies. Death, sadness, and the hardships of love accompany Sai Kano in its grim look at war and its consequences.

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If you liked how depressing Hoshi no Koe was, or maybe just the desperation felt in it, you'll like Sai Kano.
To be with the one you love... so near but yet so far.... The distance between the girl Chise and the guy Shuu is not as far as it is in Hoshi no koe but it truly got the same effects.... To long for someone can hurt alot even if it's close or near. This is another sad love story filled with toutching moments.... truly something for you if you liked Hoshi no koe
Love conquers all, it is said. But sometimes, the sad truth is that love is not enough. When the events of life become so overwhelming that everything falls apart, love (however deep) becomes agony. In "Hoshi no Koe", the lovers are separated in a way that no lost loves have ever before been. In "SaiKano", the horror of war puts love into a ghastly perspective. Both these anime, although very different in format, are heart-rending explorations of love under extreme pressure.

If you like a story about a young soldier sent off to war (while all they want to be is with their loved one) then Voices of a Distant Star and Saikano is your ideal recommendation.


Both Saikano and Voices are true tearjerkers. The endings of both are just too beautiful to ingore. If you cried after the end of one, prepare to do the same after watching the other.


When I first saw Hoshi no Koe, I thought it was going to have a much lighter feel to it. After watching it, I found that the tone was much more similar to the dark and tragic feelings brought on by Saikano. Two sad romance stories that don't exactly have the Hollywood ending.


Hoshi No Koe and Saikano are both unique from a typcal war love story because the boy is the one who stays home while their girlfriends enlist. If you like this twist and are prepared to cry again, watch this anime!


Love despite all obsticles. That is the main theme of Hoshi no Koe and Saikano. Both are stories of lovers seperated by the consequenses of war, and what they must do to cope with it all. Deep love stories with less than happy endings. But a must watch.


Hoshi no Koe and Saikano are pretty similar, both of them feature a forbiden love relationship between, the proof that love in overwhelming and sad events becomes like an agony. Both of the female protagonists are used as weapons in wars, and are separated from their beloved ones, by distance (in Hoshi no Koe) by fate and war (in Saikano). If you are looking for melancholic, dramatic shows then look no further, this two are the perfect choices.


Both are tragic love stories that have a war theme to them. Both have beautiful graphics as well. Voices of a Distant Star is very short but gives the same feelings as Saikano does with 13 episodes. I liked Voices of a Distant Star better as well. Check either or these out if you like tragic love stories.


Each series focuses on a girl that is pulled into the military, and, therefor, away from her lover. Through this stress, each couple has their relationship tested.

Pale Cocoon

Pale Cocoon
  • OVA (1 ep x 23 min)
  • 2006

In a dark and dystopic future, the environment of Earth has been destroyed by its human inhabitants. The remainder of mankind live in a physical “gap” between what is known as the lower level, and the unknown sky above. In this dreary and mechanical existence, the melancholy Ura works to restore the memories of the past, as part of the Archive Excavation Department. Along with Riko, his sole companion, Ura will soon discover a mysterious remnant of the past which may prove that there is more to their existence than meets the eye...

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Most people will find it hard not to compare this 20 minute OVA to Hoshi no Koe; indeed, in many ways Pale Cocoon is the spiritual successor to the landmark 2002 anime. Each of them has absolutely stunning CGI and an overwhelming sense of nostalgia. Even more significantly, both use science fiction motifs to tell extremely melancholic tales that leave me dazed and breathless every time I watch them.


Both of these short stories are told from an intimate point of view show us how our inter and intra-personal relationships are shaped by the technology and environment around us.


Pale Cocoon is a traditional science fiction short story, with a slow build towards a story twist that serves as the climactic conclusion of the anime. Voices of a Distant Star/Hoshi no Koe is built around a slightly different type of science fiction story, a running gimmick (the delayed communications over interstellar distances), presented in an almost episodic way, and interspersed with bouts of space warfare action. Nevertheless, the two anime present the viewer with very similar sensations, as they move slowly but with deliberation towards their respective climaxes.


Both Hoshi no Koe and Pale Cocoon deal with a slice of life from the far distant future. The difference is that Pale Cocoon is so far removed in time from our own that you're not sure what's going on until the very end, whereas Hoshi no Koe seems very similar to our time, including the use of cellphones and everything except the giant robots. :)


These 1 episode animes have a startling concept that is simple and easy to understand. However, what makes both Voices and Pale Cocoon interesting is the storytelling element and artistry that accompanies it. The soundtracks are also very similiar and well worth the attention. In addition, both series leave you with the feeling of wanting more, to go further into the lives and situations that the characters find themselves in. Well worth watching, outstanding.


If you enjoyed Voices of a Distant Star, I highly recommend you to watch Pale Cocoon, it's another short story (Single Episode) with stunning graphics. Both episodes tell us a story about a distant future where technology abounds and human relationships are falling apart, but I think Pale Cocoon's message is way more realistic (In a way) and will leave you thinking about humanity in general.

As a final note let me tell us that both Soundtracks are very good and the incorporation of CGI is well done.


If you have seen either one of these titles, then you have probably felt for yourself how deeply and emotionally involved the viewer can really become in a single less-than-30-minute OVA. Both of these titles draw the viewer in completely with rich art and a contemplative, melancholy atmosphere. Science-fiction themes and a commentary about the place of natural human feelings in a world that is increasingly dominated by the alien and the artificial are prevalent in each.


Both series take place in humanity's future that just gives off this melancholy atmosphere that will leave the viewer somewhat sad after finishing it.  Each series also tells this sad tales about people and society.  Each series also feature a very nice soundtrack and while visually Pale Cocoon is far better than Voices of a Distant Star but that's a given seeing as how Voices came out several years before Pale Cocoon but they are still visually nice.


Each of these shows, apart from taking place in the distant future, have a focus on a rather sad part of society's tendencies/possible futures, causing the viewer to feel rather sad.

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In the early 21st century, insectoid organisms are invading the galaxy, searching for new stars to house their young. Mankind's only defense lies with space cadets such as Takaya Noriko, daughter of a celebrated admiral killed in battle, and Amano Kazumi, the top of her class. With their skill and the power of the mecha known as GunBuster, the girls must help fight to protect the galaxy from total annihilation...

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Hoshi no Koe and GunBuster are both remarkably tragic at their core, related to the distances in time and space. While Hoshi no Koe is more romance based and short, it still portrays the same kind of feelings.

Did Voices of a Distant Star feel too short ? Then enter the world of Gunbuster: epic space battles fought over huge distances in both space and time and characters who experience its effects in ways they did not imagine.


While the atmosphere is different in both anime they both share the plot of a young girl being sent out in space, away from those she loves to fight an unknown alien force. Both stories deal with the insecurities and loneliness of the main character and the effect of being send out away from one's home has.

Voices of a Distant Star does take a bit more of a mature and romantic (and short!) spin on that setting, while Gunbuster gives you all the action and interaction, beyond just text messages being send back and forth through space as voices... do.


Top wo Narae and Hoshi no Koe are both very short anime, but are very worth watching. Despite their short running time, they tell big stories about love and the distance of space.


The main protagonists in both series have to deal with the concept of time dilation (but voices is a bit more realistic, as realistic a FTL drive can be), ride big Mechas in outer space. The enemy in both series is not well known to the officers in charge.


Gunbuster and Hoshi no Koe are stories about space, distance and time. They deal with space-travel and its consequences in a very similar (almost identical) way, and it's exactly that what makes both of them stand out above the crowd of sci-fi short stories. Hoshi no Koe lays more emphasis on the romance aspects, and Gunbuster on mecha, but the two share the aspects that made them so fantastic. If you enjoyed one of these, definitely check out the other.


First of all, they have the same basic plot:  teenagers selected to pilot mechas in faraway space in order to defend Earth from aliens.

More importantly tough, they both deal with being separated from your loved ones and the sense of loss and pain that their mission brings. If you liked one of them I suggest you watch the other one.


These two titles not only have mecha but also long distance Galaxy hop aliens that take years to get to to fight.

But that is not the biggest connection. The big one for me is the huge expanse of time that happens to our main heroines in both titles as it shaves off years of thier lives as they pit themselves against bad aliens.

Voices, is not all action, and Gunbuster is not all drama, but both have a touch and a lot in similarities.