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Hoshi no Koe  
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To what distance would you go for your one true love?
In a future filled with a boundless potential for interstellar peace and prosperity, Mikako joins a research team to explore the recent contact between humans and alien races. She ventures out into space, leaving behind Noboru, the one young man she loves. As she travels deeper into this new frontier, her only connection with her boyfriend is through cell-phone text messages. But the years pass, and Mikako barely ages in the timelessness of space--while Noboru grows older and considers moving on with his life.

In this timeless romance between star-crossed lovers in the most tragic of settings, there are some places man may not be ready to go.


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Associated Names
Голос далёкой звезды
The Voices of a Distant Star

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Status in Country of Origin
1 Volume (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (851 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.52 / 10.0
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Last Updated
February 20th 2018, 5:35pm PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Afternoon (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Vertical (1 Volume - Complete)

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Monthly Pos #1091 increased(+36)
3 Month Pos #1555 decreased(-69)
6 Month Pos #1575 (No change)
Year Pos #1582 increased(+112)

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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by windshadow
March 31st, 2010, 9:54am
I've watched all of Shinkai Makoto's films and loved them all. Hence when i first saw Hoshi no Koe in a bookstore, i immediately snapped it up.

Sahara Mizu's art is gorgeous and has a whimsical charm that matches with the fleeting and intangible feelings as shown in the story. A heartwrenching love that transcends time and space. The manga provides a much happier closure for the tale with an ending that gives us some hope.

Shinkai Makoto and Sahara Mizu, are they enough reason to make one read on ?
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Gripe :-/   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by yblees
March 28th, 2010, 11:49pm
Beautifully drawn & the story has lots of potential.
But it's too long for a short story, and has too many loose ends for a single volume manga. Felt unsatisfying incomplete.
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i agree its beautiful   
Rating: N/A
by John21
March 12th, 2010, 2:52am
This manga is awesome, it shows us what love is in such a way that all those thousands of useless shoujos could never show. It allows us those of us who have not fallen in love to understand what love could be. It is sadness, happiness and as shown by the end hope. The art seemed like it was just made for this manga, so awesome. Honestly everyone should read this.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by khmershinobi
February 9th, 2010, 11:46pm
I adore Sahara Mizu's works, so when I found out that she'd done a manga adaption of one of Makoto Shinkai's films, I was ecstatic to read it. And as always, I wasn't disappointed with what she'd laid out.

There's something about the simplicity of her art that I find lovely, which helped the manga work. I love how she presents the characters emotions in a silent manner. Their words, thoughts, everything is conveyed rather nicely despite the lack of interaction between the main leads.

I wouldn't call it the best romance story I've ever read/watched, but it is good, and heart-breaking at that with a somewhat sweet after taste that leaves you barely satisfied.

All-in-all, if you're a romance junkie, then this one volume manga is definitely for you.
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Very Beautiful   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by puddle
October 14th, 2009, 11:45pm
I watched the OVA and it is amongst my favourites but it felt kind of incomplete... So I was told to read manga and the manga gives more closure and has more character development. It is very very beautiful, both, - the art and the story.

If you liked the OVA please read it if you haven't watched the OVA, read it as well bigrazz It is one of my favourite stories ever and a must read.
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Voices of a Distant Star   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Sleepy_Sheepy
February 23rd, 2009, 8:36pm
It almost feels like Sumomo's art was made for this story, it fits so well. This is one of the most beautiful stories I've ever read, and I do read a lot, though generally my taste in books and manga have no overlap, this was a rare exception. Both the OVA and the manga are good, though I prefer it in this medium.
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so beautifuuul...   
Rating: N/A
by elalendi
February 11th, 2009, 3:40pm
The story is just as breathtakingly beautiful as the cover art. Lol that sounds really sappy, but seriously, this oneshot is worth your time. I didn't even watch Hoshi no Koe and I understood and loved this manga. And of course, the art is so pretty Mizu Sahara became my favorite mangaka. It's got a quiet, bittersweet, and soft feel to it.
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Moving and beautiful   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by milque
November 19th, 2008, 7:05am
This manga is truly beautiful. It depicts the bittersweet long-distance relationship of two lovers. The story is well-paced, it doesn't seem slow but embodies the aching situation of being away, light-years away from your loved one.
The art is beautiful too, and has a somewhat sentimental feel to it. I agree with a previous comment though, the action scenes could be done better. I had a hard time pinpointing which is which (Taser or Tarsian). But then again this manga is not about battles fought with aliens. It's about love between two people that transcends time and space.
All in all, this is one of the best mangas I've read in a long time. A definite must-read!!
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Absolutely beautiful   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by kitsune_no_tsuki
November 6th, 2008, 10:04pm
"Beautiful." That was my first thought after reading this. The art was really pretty, the plot was wonderfully written, and the ending was well-crafted. It left a bitter-sweet ache. I like it so much, I'm actually leaving a comment.

The characters have their internal (and external) conflicts and the story is true to life. It all feels very plausible and manages to evoke pathos. After reading a zillion shoujo comics, this had a refreshing pureness that I think true love should have.

My only complaint would be that the battle scenes were very confusing, but those weren't really all that important.
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Pages than screen   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by ratyz
October 4th, 2008, 9:10pm
Well, Sahara Mizu has that great way of drawing emotions.. I mean, her work evokes them in some way while others would depend on the progression of the story to build up the intended emotion.

Shinkai Makoto has done well also on granting long distance relationships a new meaning, having the characters be distant not only by space but also by time.. very interesting..

The manga was more encouraging as it nears to settle something promising compared to the anime which makes viewers hope on a better conclusion for these lovers.

Want your mind to make you feel your heart beat? This isn't a bad choice to make that happen.
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