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As the seasons pass, a lone stray cat reminisces of life with his master. He talks of the small passions of their time together, and how their shared affection gives them each a reason to be alive. Speaking both of love gained and love lost, he chronicles the eternal nature of their bond, as despite their own respective heartaches they still have each other. The two converse in a touching tale of the true strength of friendship in the face of hardship.
The most obvious reason for recommending one for the other is that they are both great works done by Makoto Shinkai. Both are tales of love and loss, and are quick watches, both at one episode long, although She and Her Cat is a longer episode. Neither have particularly stunning animation, but both are effective in use of both music and animation. If you liked Voices of a Distant Star you are likely to enjoy She and Her Cat - and you'd only lose five minutes.
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.
Were brevity a sign of genius, Makoto Shinkai would easily qualify for a Nobel Prize. Both Hoshi no Koe and She and Her Cat are short, simple, and fabulously crafted stories that touch on the prospect and limitations of love. While neither manages to delve very deep into the subject (his later works compensate for this) both are exceedingly heartwarming for their brief durations. Given that the two can concurrently be watch in just about thirty minutes, there's really no reason not to view them in tandem.
When Asaba sneaks into the school at night for a quick swim, he doesn’t expect to see a strange, vacant-minded girl with orbs stuck in her wrists right there with him. Stranger yet is when the police come to take her away... but to his surprise, he sees her the next day at school, a new part of his class! His interest in the girl piques the jealous curiosity of his friend Akiho, but between air raids, military operations and a possible alien invasion on the horizon a love triangle is the least of Asaba’s worries. Will Asaba come to terms that the fate of the world and the fate of the girl he loves are two very different things?
A sci fi setting and a tragic love story; Hoshi no Koe and Iriya no Sora are quite similar in their themes. Hoshi no Koe has this "beautiful sadness" that makes it special, and which Iriya no Sora lacks. But Iriya no Sora's longer length is used well to build up the characters so their emotions are maybe better defined, and definitely rawer, than those of the protagonists of Hoshi no Koe.
Both Iriya no Sora and Voices of a Distant Star are sad anime, and their stories have a bittersweet aftertaste. Voices of a Distant Star is more focused on the characters and has a slower pace, whereas Iriya no Sora shows more of the context; but both give you the same feeling. If you liked one, you'll like the other too.
The one episode OVA of Voices of a Distant Star shares a similar storyline to that of Iriya no Sora, UFO no Natsu, but they both give off different vibes. However, the overlap in themes and the general bittersweet taste both leave make it likely that liking one will make you like the other.
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?
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.
Setsuno Muda is a high school boy with a cruel fate, trapped in a forbidden love for his blood sister and inhabited by the spirit of the Organic Angel Alexiel. As the final battle between Heaven and Hell approaches, and forces gather against him, he must soon make decisions that will inevitably alter his future for better or worse. But for poor young Setsuno, his anguish and torment might be more overwhelming than the blood on his hands, as conflicts are settled and lives are changed forever...
While Angel Sanctuary does not contain similar plot-details as Hoshi no Koe, it hits you where it counts: love that cannot happen. Combined with fantastic animation and a great musical score, Angel Sanctuary is meant to please.
Although very different, both Voices of a Distant Star and Angel Sanctuary have beautiful animation, a heartbreaking story, and one common theme: tragic, doomed love.
What starts as a simple interview of a legendary actress becomes a journey through the history of Japan. But this is no ordinary lesson; from the perspective of this actress, we learn of the beauty and sadness of love, the pain and regret and joy of the Japanese people and their film, through this film: Millennium Actress.
Two movies that deal with lovers torn asunder. While the emotions brought about by Hoshi no Koe are by far the more intensely painful (in a very very good way), those from Millenium Actress are no less deeply felt. And both leave you with an oddly uplifting mixture of hope and heartbreak.
Similar (and expanded) themes, with a different setting. Voices' setting is futuristic sci-fi, while Millenium Actress's setting is historical.