Voices of a Distant Star

Alt title: Hoshi no Koe

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ZetsubouKaiji ZetsubouKaiji says...

While the settings of these show are completely different they share very similar themes. Both anime are really about the changing nature of relationships over time. Both shows show how people can grow apart over time.

These shows do use very different methods to get to their point, but they both convey the same message which makes them a good pairing. If you liked one you should check out the other.

Bradalee Bradalee says...

While each show differs wildly in terms of plot and setting, they each manage to tell an exquisite emotional story of characters, and how their relationships with each other change over time.

Someone who enjoys the themes of one of these shows will most certainly enjoy the other. 

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TheBurningCrow TheBurningCrow says...

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kaz kaz says...

Hoshi no Koe and Someday's Dreamers (Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto) share in common a sense of romantic nostalgia; not necessarily the romance of love, but the romance of high ideals, recalling the optimism and purity of earlier science fiction and placing such concepts in a modern context. The two differ in their approaches to this idea, with Hoshi no Koe as Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet vs. Someday's Dreamers as A Midsummer Night's Dream in terms of tone and context.

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TheBurningCrow TheBurningCrow says...

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TheBurningCrow TheBurningCrow says...

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