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



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Afternoon (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Vertical (1 Volume - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #572 increased(+78)
Monthly Pos #984 increased(+217)
3 Month Pos #1438 increased(+48)
6 Month Pos #1563 increased(+41)
Year Pos #1564 increased(+130)

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On 351 reading lists
On 1007 wish lists
On 2171 completed lists
On 37 unfinished lists
On 405 custom lists

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Bittersweet love story   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by XGatsu
December 29th, 2007, 12:38am
I read the reviews and pick this series up. I was expecting to cry but i didn't. This story is very well written and very sweet. But I just was not emotionally attached to the characters. I think if the manga was longer I would of cared more for the characters. Despite not crying I do think this manga is very good and worth reading.
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too painful...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by newbie56k
October 24th, 2007, 5:41pm
why would something this sad exists!! ... T^T.... but it was good... but im sad... gahh!! there has to be some transdimensional crap, where they meet together or something... cause this is way too sad... T^T
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by x91
October 23rd, 2007, 6:17am
What a tear jerker.. both OVA and this..
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one of the best oneshot   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Domonkazu
August 6th, 2007, 12:43am
the artwork is so beautiful, I like the story, their mutual feeling is so wonderful. I've seen the OVA but still I like this better overall.

... Last updated on August 6th, 2007, 12:46am
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by ares6
July 29th, 2007, 6:19pm
so sad, but some inaccurate details of science and also incomplete story. Seems it ended too fast.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by skittles
June 25th, 2007, 4:32pm
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!
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by emihneleh
June 24th, 2007, 10:29pm
my eyes are straining from holding back tears. this has got to be one of the most bittersweet mangas out there.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by chowmein_x0
June 19th, 2007, 1:51pm
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.
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by deathbypenguin
June 18th, 2007, 9:15pm
Beautiful and surreal. This is one of my favorites.
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A great companion to the OVA   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by tokkun
May 19th, 2007, 7:49pm
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.
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