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To what distance would you go for your one true love? In the midst of a war with an alien race, Mikako joins the resistance, leaving behind the one young man she loves. As she goes deeper into space, Mikako's only connection with her boyfriend is through cell-phone text messages. The war rages on and years pass, but Mikako barely ages in the timelessness of space while Noboru grows old. How can the love of two people, torn apart by war, survive?
Голос далёкой звезды (rus) ほしのこえ 星之聲 The Voices of a Distant Star
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so sad, but some inaccurate details of science and also incomplete story. Seems it ended too fast.
I reeaally love Sahara Mizu!!! <3 Her style of presenting the story is so unique and sweet. I've never seen the anime, and I really don't want to, because I feel that it will ruin the manga.... not in a bad way. Just that, it'll change the way I feel about the story -since it's presented in a different way. I like the quiet and silence in the manga (cuz it doesn't speak!!) --it gives a warmer feeling especially to a story like this.
Anyway, yess, I love Hoshi no Koe!
my eyes are straining from holding back tears. this has got to be one of the most bittersweet mangas out there.
I loved this!! I was thinking twice about renting this from the library but once I started reading it, I was really hooked on it and didn't want to return it. I literally cried after reading this, either this is really good or I'm just a big softy deep inside.
Beautiful and surreal. This is one of my favorites.
A great companion to the OVA
I was all set to dislike this manga before I started reading it. I'm a big Makoto Shinkai fan and love the Hoshi no Koe OVA, but I had my doubts about a manga. After all, the OVA is full of gorgeous art and great music, and it is really more of an impressionist work. That is, it does a really good job of evoking emotion from the viewer, but much of the story seems kind of silly when taken on its own.
I have to say that I was quite pleasantly surprised when I read the manga. Instead of spending time focusing on the space combat (which played well for the amazing visuals of the OVA, but would have flopped in the manga), the story spends more time developing the emotions of the two protagonists.
Viewed on its own, the manga will probably seem a bit insubstantive to most readers but as a companion piece to the OVA, it really shines.
heart-wrenchingly sad, choke back on tears right from the start
deeply moving story
after reading it, it leaves me with a strange empty satisfaction
i loved it =]
Hoshi no Koe
Me, I prefer the manga to the OVA. After 4 times reading "Hoshi no Koe", I still feel like I'm on the verge of tears. I was touched deeply by the artwork, the translation, the characters, and the story itself. I found sadness in romance, and vice versa. I found despair in hope, and vice versa. On top of that, I found love.
"Hoshi no Koe" is just too beautiful, by all means.
... Last updated on December 5th, 2006, 9:52pm
I'll have to side with Marcus Svensson and say that I liked the manga better than the OVA mostly because the manga better portrays the friendship, loneliness, insecurity, love and ultimately hope, that the two protagonists experience. Despite the shortness of the story, it still manages quite an emotional impact. Even if you haven't seen the OVA, this manga is definitely worth checking out for the art and story. IMHO, even those readers who aren't partial to love stories might still enjoy this since the length is so short, thus keeping the sappiness at a minimum.