Voices of a Distant Star (2002 Anime Movie)


Well, this was a gamble. I knew that completely going in to this re-watch.

The story, all 25minutes of it, revolves around a teen girl and boy who are separated, as the girl makes it into the UN Army to fight the aliens and the boy washes out. She becomes a fighter pilot in a matter of months(? time isn’t real clear here) and then the fleet gives chase to the aliens. She can only contact her boy love through text messages and the further she gets from Earth, the longer they take to get to him. Eventually, she is far enough away that it takes 8 years for her message to get to him and she is fighting the aliens. She survives and the movie ends with the boy, now a man and the girl, connecting with each other about one thought, that they love each other.

I am literally watching my memories from my 20’s melt away into a hormone laden and angst ridden reality. Ugh. I can see why this appealed to me 15 or more years ago. LOVE overcoming even time and space, Destiny and Fate bowing down to the power of two people with the will to overcome anything standing between them.

This time around? I noticed that the girl is still wearing her school uniform, while fighting in probably one of the world’s most advanced space fighters. She abandons her mission to rescue her cell phone, as apparently communication with Earth doesn’t exist on the carrier ships. But my goodness, her cell phone must have GREAT coverage. I’d hate to get that bill though. After this, I didn’t bother to watch Place Promised in Our Early Days for fear I’d have the same reaction. Ugh, ugh, ugh.

At the same time, I am grateful to have seen this again as it really held up a mirror for me about what I was back then. I have changed, matured, become more a man. I have grown up. I just didn’t know what growing up meant. Now that I have, I am grateful I didn’t know. I’m not sure I could have handled it then. Now? I just have to remember not to be too hard on younger people who are now just like me back then. For they too will one day turn into curmudgeonly grumps and make the world a grumpier place.

This reminds me of an incident from my Bibleschool days. One of our professors was talking about finding an old journal he’d written back when he was in his 20’s. He related that he had re-read it and then razor bladed the thing so it would never see the light of day. My first thought back then was “Then how are you going to remember what it was like to be in your 20’s?” As the years have gone by I begin to understand why the professor did what he did but I’ve also come to realize that my question has even more relevance now. If I can’t remember, or won’t remember, then I am cutting off communications, pre-emptively, with entire generations of people. If I want to reach them, I must go to their level and draw them up, not demand that they come up to my level before I’ll communicate with them. I have to show that I am not the center of the universe, as an example for them to learn that they are not the center of the universe.

All of that sprang from re-watching this anime. I might forget most of this, but remembering that I’m the adult now? That will stick with me. Sometimes I begin to grasp that I’ll never be fully “grown up” in this world. Thank God for the next life.

Oh, the music was hauntingly beautiful. Here’s the youtube link to the ending song that carries most of the movie on it’s shoulders:

So a conditional thumbs up. It was a good movie for a very specific audience.

I am zero idea what I’ll watch next month. I am leaning towards something non-anime though. I’ve got so many movies that I have never watched since I bought the dvd. Thankfully, that rarely happens anymore. Self-control and all that tommy-rot ๐Ÿ˜‰

22 thoughts on “Voices of a Distant Star (2002 Anime Movie)

        1. Lack of sleep, massive ingestions of caffeine and a willingness to watch the Bill & Ted trilogy over and over and over.

          Once you’ve mastered that, NOTHING will phase you. Shave your head and you could walk into any monastery in the entire world and they’d be amazed at your karmic level of sereneness…

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            1. Very true.

              While i have mastered the first 2 Bill and Ted movies, I am currently working on my mastery of the new one. I suspect it is going to be a slow and careful journey where I will learn more about myself than about B&T :-/

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                1. It took me an entire can of Reign to steel myself for the endeavor. I am forcing myself to reserve judgement until I’ve watched it at least 2 more times.

                  B&T are my quintessential 80/90’s movies, so they have a special place in my heart.

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  1. Iโ€™ve seen the first, but not the latter movie. I donโ€™t remember much about the first one, having seen it ages ago. I do remember that I wasnโ€™t as impressed by the film as many reviewers were back in those days. I like your thoughts about the second one, so I will try and see if I can watch that sometime in the near future ๐Ÿ˜Š

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        1. Thanks.

          I do wonder if being a full feature length movie would actually make Place Promised a better view, but at this point, I’m just not willing to chance it.

          maybe if you review it some day and it turns out well I’ll summon up the courage ๐Ÿ˜€

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  2. Sounds like a helluva journey for you, even if the movie had distinct flaws that no teenager would bother critique hahaha I too now fear that things I thought I loved back then would make me realize that I just missed/overlooked its flaws. Now, I just pray that, upon rewatching them, I’ll see some kind of hidden, universal, and timeless message that makes them worth rewatching. I find that most Ghibli movies have that and that’s why they’re that good. So innocent, so good.

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