Voices of a Distant Star

Rating: 4 Rampages

Episodes seen: 1 of 1 cover for the DVD

Through the travail of the ages, mankind thought that it was alone in the universe. That it alone was the sole dominant existence in the galaxy. In the year 2039, mankind learned just how dangerous that assumption would prove to be. A mysterious and formidable alien race known as the Tarsians appeared and dealt humanity its baptism by fire on a cosmic scale. It is now 2048, and the Earth has compiled an overwhelming amount of military resources in order to launch a counterattack against the alien aggressors that devastated the Martian expeditionary force.

Noboru Terao and Mikako Nagamine have just completed their final exams and are now busy planning their future together. This teenage couple were planning on attending the same High School together, not only to participate in the same moments this time of their lives had to offer, but to simply be together. Unfortunately for these star-crossed lovers, the tides of war are conspiring to tear them from one another.

Mikako has been selected to serve in the U.N. Armyís retaliatory fleet and destined to pursue the Tarsians to the ends of the universe. With only text messages over their cell phones to connect them, can Mikako and Noboruís love for one another endure, even as time and space pulls them farther apart?

Herself the Elf sez: This was impressive. The art is gorgeous, with smooth and elegant designs, incredible backgrounds drenched in rich colour, and truly excellent CG. It's not just eye-candy, however--Voices of a Distant Star is a melancholy love story that never descends into saccharine or stupidity. An interesting twist is that it's the girl going off to war and leaving the guy behind...so far behind that the time-lag between messages becomes years. Quiet and elegant, poignant and heart-wrenching, this is a superb example of a self-contained short love story. Definitely recommended.

Available from ADV Films

Created 17-02-04