Voices of a Distant Star (Hoshi no Koe), the debut work of Makoto Shinkai who created the big hit anime movie Kimi no Na wa (your Name), reached its 15th anniversary on February 2, 2017.
To commemorate the anniversary, the official PR Twitter for Makoto Shinkai is requesting people to tweet their memories of his debut work. Twitters users posted their tweets using the hashtag #ほしのこえ15th (#HoshinoKoe15th).
Hoshi no Koe features the world in 2047, 8 years after humanity made contact with the abnormal creatures Tarsians. It is a sci-fi love story between Mikako, who is selected by the UN Army to go to space to investigate the creatures, and Noboru, a normal high school student on Earth.
Their love that is depicted through their long-distance mail is still attracting fans. The story is representative of Shinkai’s works and is connected to his latest work, Kimi no Na wa.
— WINDUBARD (@WINDUBARD) February 1, 2017
Shinkai was the jack-of-all-trades in the movie: he did the direction, choreography, script, and animation! That made Voices of a Distant Star more famous.
— Y_Kazuyoshi (@MisterKY_144) February 2, 2017
Shinkai talent for beautiful scenery was already evident in his debut work.
— H/de.@LOOPCUBE (@hide_loopcube) February 1, 2017
The battle scenes between Mikako’s robot Tracer and the abnormal creature Tarsian are probably the only element that can’t be found in his subsequent works.
The music of Tenmon, who also handled the music for 5 Centimeters per Second and Children who Chase Lost Voices, is still attracting many fans, as does the main theme sung by Yuki Mizusawa.
Many fans tweeted that Voices of a Distant Star is considered the starting point for Director Makoto Shinkai who is now a big shot in anime industry.
Shimokitazawa Triwood in Tokyo is currently holding special screening events of Director Makoto Shinkai’s works. Besides Voices of a Distant Star, the theater will screen She and Her Cat, The Place Promised in our Early Days, and 5 Centimeters per Second.
This is the theater where Hoshi no Koe was first screened 15 years ago. Shimokitazawa Triwood’s Twitter account is tweeting on the precious memory when the movie was first released!