"Voices of a Distant Star" Official Talkback -- Spoilers
The epitome of indie animation. Check my TZ review here.
Nice review, though I would give Voices no less than 4, but that's just me. I watched it a while ago on fansub and I thought it was remarkable, especially considering it all made on a Power G4 Mac by one person, Makoto Shinkai. I found it be one of the most touching and thoughtful anime I had seen, and this is coming from a person who usually dislikes romance titles.
Some people complain that it is too short, but I couldn't imagine it being any longer without making it drag on. Like you said in your review, it is a simple story, but a powerful and effective one. Its brevity works well and the pacing is well done. When I finished it, I had the same effect of a watching a feature length anime film rather than something the length of the average anime episode.
I was planning on picking up this DVD, but ADV screwed it up. There is supposed to be a noticeable difference between both Japanese tracks, but ADV used the seiyuu version for both of them. Voices of a Distant Star was also incredibly popular in Japan, hopefull sparking a wave for more indie animation to come. The more recent Urda is an example of this, and Shinkai's "Beyond the Clouds" is one of the more anticipated releases, though this time he is working with two other people. The animation looks much improved from Voices of a Distant Star though.
Was wondering why the two Japanese tracks sounded EXACTLY THE SAME. Thanks for pointing that out, I'll update the review.
Hopefully Shinkai's next project will up the character animation quality. That's the only major problem I had with the film visually.
The trailer for the next project definetely project definetely seems to have a lot more movement than VoaDS.
Personally, I give Voice 4 out of 5, because his play with time dilation in travel and the speed limit of radio communication was pretty classic sci-fi in tone, and it was done pretty well (though the cell side of the animation was definetely using every cheat in the book, though very done cheats that I'd think about), but I'm not happy with ADV because there was a 30 something page booklet included with the Japanese release of Voice that better explained the science of the world, and ADV left that be.
Saw a fansub of that recently. Great concept. Most sci-fi that have FTL travel just assume FTL communications exists. The ending was sad though.
I guess they tried to leave the fate of the girl open, but really, if they had succeeded in killing all the bad guys and gone home, they would have made it back long before most of those cell phone text messages did.
Originally Posted by raykremer
This is where the pamplet the ADV omitted is really handy. It explains that the ship was damaged, and could only travel just under light home (also, the newspaper with animated frame says Risitia, her ship, makes it back home, but was damaged). So she makes it home about the time the last cellphone message makes it home (hence the Tracer trails in that one shot). Additionally, the FTL drive doesn't time dilate, where as the sublight speed does, so she arrives back, her at age 15, him at 24, according to this booklet included in the Japanese version.
So, this is why I'm particularly unhappy with ADV not taking the time to translate that. Also, I would have liked to see high fi versions of some of the shorts Makoto Shintai has done.