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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.
Narumi Takayuki is a normal high school student with a crush on Mitsuki, the school's swim star -- that is, until he receives a profession of love from his friend Haruka. But amidst the beautiful budding relationship, tragedy strikes when an accident occurs, turning Narumi’s life upside-down. Kimi ga Nozomu Eien is a compelling drama about one man, and the choices he must make for love.
On the surface, Hoshi no Koe's premise seems simple. It centers mainly on unfair, unrequitted romance, much like Kimi ga Nozomu Eien. However, Hoshi no Koe adds an unique perspective on this frequently used theme. In this anime's sci-fi future, Nagamine gets drafted away by the galactic army, suddenly ending her relationship with her boyfriend. Her only means of communicating with him is by e-mail, and the further away she gets from earth, the longer it takes for her messages to be delivered. Ultimately, she gets so far away from Earth that it takes years just to deliver a simple e-mail message. Hoshi no Koe offers a realistic, yet tragic stance on how how far two lovers will take their long distance relationship. If you like the realism in Kimi ga Nozomu Eien, you'll definitely love Hoshi no Koe.
Like Kimi ga Nozomu Eien, Hoshi no Koe is about young lovers torn apart by fate, and how real feelings for another person may fade with time, but never really disappear.
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.
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...
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.
Mari Wakatake is the sole survivor of an apparent island tsunami disaster that took place five years ago; she has been raised and schooled by her grandmother from that day. But now, she has been sent off to a boarding school in order to grow and make new relationships; and it is there that she meets Senkouji Hagino, a mysterious girl who is liked by everyone – everyone except for Mari. But Mari soon discovers that Hagino is not what she seems to be, and as Mari struggles to figure out Hagino and fit in at school, an alien race is maneuvering in the shadows for their conquest of an unsuspecting Earth. Little does Hagino know that she herself holds the key to the truth of Mari's past, as well as the key to her future.
Voices of a Distant Star and Blue Drop both feature an impossible romance as the core of the story. Combined with an overlap in the aliens and Sci Fi theme both deliver a similar experience, regardless of the difference in viewing time.
both Blue Drop and Hoshi no Koe feature an impossible love relationship (doomed relationship more exactly), both animes are heavy on sci-fi, alien aspects as well and both of them feature an intense drama aspect (turning into a tragedy in the end). The only difference is that Blue Drop features shoujo-ai as a main tag (a love relationship between 2 girls) and Hoshi no Koe features a normal male to female love relationship. If you liked one of this two then you will enjoy the other one as well.