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Encyclopedia > Voices of a Distant Star
Voice of a Distant Star
ほしのこえ
(Hoshi no Koe)
Genre Drama, Mecha, Romance, Sci-Fi
OVA
Directed by Makoto Shinkai
Studio CoMix Wave Inc.
No. of episodes 1
Released 2002
Runtime 24 minutes 20 seconds
Novel
Authored by Waku Ōba
Publisher Media Factory
Publish date July 2002
No. of volumes 1
Manga: Hoshi no Koe
Authored by Makoto Shinkai
Mizu Sahara (art)
Publisher Kodansha
United States Tokyopop
Serialized in Afternoon
Original run February 2004 – December 2004
No. of volumes 1

Voices of a Distant Star (ほしのこえ Hoshi no Koe?, lit. "Voices of a Star") is a Japanese anime OAV by Makoto Shinkai. It chronicles a long-distance relationship between a teenage couple who communicate by sending emails via their mobile phones across interstellar space. The series has been broadcast across Japan by the anime satellite television network, Animax. Image File history File links 200517l002-210. ... A drama film is a film that depends mostly on in-depth character development, interaction, and highly emotional themes. ... This article is about the term used in science fiction, anime, and manga. ... The romance film has as its central plot the beginning, obstruction and eventual, though often tragic, fruition of a romance. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Original Video Animation (OVA) is an acronym used in Japan for anime titles that are released directly to retail sale, without prior showings on TV or in theaters. ... This article refers to a person; for other uses, see Makoto (disambiguation) Shinkai Makoto (新海誠) is the director, animator, and principle voice actor of two popular anime. ... Media Factory, Inc. ... 2nd English edition of InuYasha Vol. ... This article refers to a person; for other uses, see Makoto (disambiguation) Shinkai Makoto (新海誠) is the director, animator, and principle voice actor of two popular anime. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan_(bordered). ... The head office of Kodansha Kodansha Limited ) is the largest Japanese publisher of literature and manga, headquartered in (Bunkyo), Tokyo. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... For the music movie, see Tokyo Pop. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan_(bordered). ... Afternoon (アフタヌーン) is a Japanese manga magazine published by Kodansha. ... Tankōbon ) is the Japanese term for a compilation volume of a particular series (such as a manga or a novel series, magazine articles, essays, craft patterns, etc. ... Anime ) (IPA pronunciation: in Japanese, but typically or in English) is an abbreviation of the word animation. Outside Japan, the term most popularly refers to animation originating in Japan. ... Original Video Animation (OVA) is an acronym used in Japan for anime titles that are released directly to retail sale, without prior showings on TV or in theaters. ... This article refers to a person; for other uses, see Makoto (disambiguation) Shinkai Makoto (新海誠) is the director, animator, and principle voice actor of two popular anime. ... Artists impression of a Boeing 601 satellite, as configured for digital television transmission by SES Astra Satellite television is television delivered by way of communications satellites, as compared to conventional terrestrial television and cable television. ... Animax ) is a Japanese anime satellite television network, established and owned by Sony Corporation, and dedicated to broadcasting anime programming. ...


Hoshi no Koe was written, directed and produced entirely by Makoto on his Macintosh computer. Makoto and his fiancée provided the voice acting for the working dub. (A second Japanese dub was later created for the DVD release with professional voice actors.) Makoto's friend Tenmon, who had worked with Makoto at his video game company, provided the soundtrack. Shinkai and Tenmon had earlier worked together in the making of Kanojo to Kanojo no Neko ('She and her Cat'). The duo later also collaborated in the 2004 release of The Place Promised in Our Early Days. This half hour OVA also represents the "long distance" relationship between Makoto Shinkai and his wife, as Shinkai spent often long hours in the studio and communicated with his wife via text messaging. The first Macintosh computer, introduced in 1984, upgraded to a 512K Fat Mac. The Macintosh or Mac, is a line of personal computers designed, developed, manufactured, and marketed by Apple Computer. ... Tenmon is a composer from Tokyo, Japan born in 1971. ... She and Her Cat ) is an independent five minute anime OVA about the relationship between a male cat and his female owner told from the cats perspective. ... The Place Promised in Our Early Days , lit. ...


In July 2002, ADV Films announced that they had licensed Hoshi no Koe for U.S. distribution and would release the 30-minute short as "Voices of a Distant Star." The finished DVD premiered in May 2003 at Project A-Kon in Dallas, Texas. The DVD version also includes his earlier work, She and Her Cat. ADV Films logo ADV Films is the home video publication arm of A.D. Vision based in Houston, Texas. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...      Nickname: Big D Location in the state of Texas Country United States State Texas Counties Dallas, Collin, Denton, Kaufman, and Rockwall Mayor Laura Miller Area    - City 997. ... She and Her Cat ) is an independent five minute anime OVA about the relationship between a male cat and his female owner told from the cats perspective. ...

Contents

Plot

A middle-school girl named Mikako Nagamine is conscripted by the UN Space Army in a war against a group of aliens called the Tarsians, named after the Martian region (Tharsis) where they were first encountered. As a Special Agent, Mikako pilots a giant bipedal robot or mecha as part of a fighting squadron attached to the spacecraft carrier Lysithea. The U.N. Spacy is a fictional military arm of the Earth U.N. Government (地球統合政府 chikyuu tougou seifu) from the Japanese anime series Macross. ... The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, currently used by the SETI project in the search for extraterrestrial life Extraterrestrial life is life that may exist and originate outside the planet Earth, the only place in the universe currently known to support life. ... Clouds hover over the volcano peaks of the Tharsis region in this color mosaic image. ... This article is about the term used in science fiction, anime, and manga. ... Lysithea is a moon of Jupiter. ...


When the Lysithea leaves Earth to search for the Tarsians with Mikako on board, Mikako's boyfriend Noboru Terao remains behind. The couple continues to communicate across interplanetary, and eventually interstellar space via the email facilities on their mobile phones. Lysithea is a moon of Jupiter. ...


As the Lysithea travels deeper into space, the emails take increasingly longer to reach Noboru on Earth, and the time-lag of their correspondence eventually spans years.


The plot loosely resembles the 1975 science-fiction novel The Forever War by Joe Haldeman. The Forever War. ... Joe Haldeman at Worldcon 2005 in Glasgow Joe Haldeman (born June 9, 1943) is an American science fiction author. ...

The narrative begins in medias res in 2047. Mikako is apparently alone in a hauntingly empty city, trying to contact people through her cell phone. She finally says, in an empty classroom with stacked chairs, "Noboru? I'm going home, okay?", a rhetorical question which is answered with a busy line on her cell phone. Then she wakes up to discover that she is in her mecha orbiting an alien gas giant. She then goes to a moon or planet in the background, the fictional 4th world of Sirius System, Agartha. In media(s) res (Latin for into the middle of things) is a literary technique where the narrative starts in the middle of the story instead of from its beginning (ab ovo or ab initio). ... 2047 (MMXLVII) will be a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Sirios (α CMa / α Canis Majoris / Alpha Canis Majoris) is the brightest star in the night-time sky, with a visual apparent magnitude of −1. ...


In the middle of the anime proper, she sends an email to Noboru (which shows the date 2047-09-16), with the subject "I am here", saying "to the 24 year old Noboru, from the 15 year old Mikako" (and something else which requires translation) (in reference to time dilation, see below) which would only reach him 8 years, 224 days and 18 hours later, and just hopes it reaches him. Some flashes of imagery, perhaps indicative of memory, a hallucination, or even a mystical encounter, are then shown. (This sequence notably features the only communication in the whole anime with a third character, an eponymous Tarsian, despite the frame story being that of an interstellar war. The other Tarsian killed by Mikkako in close combat, if it is another Tarsian, is the only other character in the entire story.) It is a morphing character that looks like a younger Mikako. While they're speaking however, that character morphs into a Tarsian and then into an older version of herself. The same room where she woke up in the beginning of the animation is presented again, with the same ambience, but this time she is squatting in the corner, sobbing and pleading with her doppleganger to let her see Noboru just once more time to be able to say "I love you" to him. 2047 (MMXLVII) will be a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... September 16 is the 259th day of the year (260th in leap years). ... Doppleganger (sic) is episode Five, of the First season, of Alias (TV series), created by J. J. Abrams, and starring Jennifer Garner as Sydney Bristow, a CIA double agent. ...


The other being says "It will be all right. You will see him again". The ship's alarm starts warning her that the Tarsians suddenly coming from everywhere. Mikako cries even more, yelling "I don't understand!". A climactic battle ensues. Meanwhile, back on Earth, Noboru receives the message, albeit almost 9 years in the future. A voice-over dialogue commences between the two of them which functions as a synchronous soliloquy on the same subject. "Meanwhile," back at Agartha, three of the four carriers equipped with the warp engines which brought the expeditionary force to Sirius have been destroyed. The Lysithea is still intact after Mikako joins the fight and stops its destruction. After winning the battle, Mikako lets her damaged mecha drift in space. Soliloquy is an audible oratory or conversation with oneself. ...


Interpretations

Some interpretations concede that Mikako will not return from space, inasmuch as the remnants of her fleet would have jumped through space back to the Earth by the time Noboru receives messages eight years later. Also, headlines in newspapers seen in Noboru's apartment and announcements on board the Lysithea suggest that the means by which the fleet navigated between planets and systems was disrupted somehow and the fleet would have trouble finding it's way back to Earth.


It is possible that Noboru and Mikako were eventually reunited in space as at the end of the film, Noboru joins the space armada and will apparently be part of the second fleet which will continue the search for the Tarsians. However, the latest information on the fleet suffers the same time lag as Mikako's emails so whether the original fleet has survived the last eight years since its final battle in the Sirius system is unknown.


Other versions, including the storylines in the associated manga and novel, have decided that Mikako's spacecraft warped a distance of more than 8 light years from Earth, thus causing the eight year transmission time of the final message. It is implied that Mikako did indeed survive the final battle along with elements of her fleet, but would have to make their way back to Earth through slower means due to the loss of their warp engines. This also proves that Greg is totally wrong. More than a valid theory, Luke is right, and Greg, as referenced above, is, in fact, wrong. 2nd English edition of InuYasha Vol. ... A light-year or lightyear, symbol ly, is a unit of length. ...


One reading of the Tarsian's attack is that it is a part of their plan to force humanity's evolution and development through war.

Relativity and time dilation

The story addresses issues of deep space travel such as signal propagation speed, relativistic time dilation, simultaneity and frames of reference. Albert Einsteins theory of relativity is a set of two theories in physics: special relativity and general relativity. ... Time dilation is the phenomenon whereby an observer finds that anothers clock which is physically identical to their own is ticking at a slower rate as measured by their own clock. ...


In the novel version, the FTL jumps have no effect on the passage of time; special relativisitic effects during the return voyage, however, do play a role, with Noboru aging more than Mikako by the time she returns to Earth (the twin paradox). As in the anime, Mikako's SMS messages propagating at the speed of light arrive back on Earth before she does. The special theory of relativity was proposed in 1905 by Albert Einstein in his article On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies. Some three centuries earlier, Galileos principle of relativity had stated that all uniform motion was relative, and that there was no absolute and well-defined state of rest... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ...


By the time of her arrival back at Earth, Mikako would probably be younger than Noboru since less time will have passed in her reference frame during her sublight speed return to Earth due to time dilation. Additional esoteric effects due to the FTL jumps are also possible but not explained or considered due to the many unknown aspects of FTL travel, though some have speculated on the possibilities of time travel with Mikako arriving back to Earth before she left. A frame of reference in physics is a set of axes which enable an observer to measure the aspect, position and motion of all points in a system relative to the reference frame. ... Time dilation is the phenomenon whereby an observer finds that anothers clock which is physically identical to their own is ticking at a slower rate as measured by their own clock. ... Faster-than-light (also superluminal or FTL) communications and travel are staples of the science fiction genre. ...


Manga

There is a manga serialized in Afternoon magazine from Kodansha in Japan. It started running monthly in February of 2004 to December 2004. The story starts from the start of the anime and carries the story a little bit beyond the anime. Makoto Shinkai writes and Mizu Sahara does the art.


Awards

  • 2002 Digital Contents Grand Prix - The Award for image design (Entertainment Category)
  • 2002 Tokyo International Animation Fair 21 - The Highest Award (Public Offering Category)
  • 2002 Animation Kobe - The Award for Packaging
  • 2002 Agency for Cultural Affairs Media Arts Festival - Digital Arts Special Prize
  • 2002 Japan Otaku Award - The Gunbuster Award
  • 2002 AMD Award - Best Director
  • 2003 Seiun Award - Best Media of the Year

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External links

  • Official Japanese web site
  • Makoto Shinkai Fan Web
  • IMDB entry
  • Transcribed English subtitles from Director's Cut, 2005-02-06
  • Overview of the manga version continuing the story
  • Voices of a Distant Star (anime) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia


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The Works of Makoto Shinkai
Films
The Place Promised in Our Early Days | Byōsoku 5 Centimetre
OVAs
Other Worlds | She and Her Cat | Voices of a Distant Star
Music videos
Bittersweet Fools | Wind -a breath of heart- | Haru no Ashioto | Egao | ef - a fairy tale of the two.

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Voices - definition of Voices by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia. (1149 words)
Linguistics To pronounce with vibration of the vocal cords.
active voice, active - the voice used to indicate that the grammatical subject of the verb is performing the action or causing the happening denoted by the verb; "`The boy threw the ball' uses the active voice"
passive, passive voice - the voice used to indicate that the grammatical subject of the verb is the recipient (not the source) of the action denoted by the verb; "`The ball was thrown by the boy' uses the passive voice"; "`The ball was thrown' is an abbreviated passive"
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