Voices of a Distant Star Manga

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About Voices of a Distant Star Manga

Voices of a Distant Star features story by Makoto Shinkai in this adaptation of his 2003 animated film by Mizu Sahara.

Mikako Nagamine is recruited as a pilot to fight in the interstellar war against a force of alien invaders, leaving behind her one true love. Mikako’s only connection to Noboru Terao, who continues living the life of an ordinary student, is through cell phone text messages. As Mikako travels light years away, it takes longer and longer for Noboru to receive her messages, until finally one arrives eight years and seven months after she sent it…


  • Publisher: VERTICAL
  • Media: Manga
  • Genre: Drama, Romance, Science Fiction
  • Themes: Space
  • Age Rating: 13+
  • Release Date: 2/20/2018
  • Page Count: 230
  • Dimensional Weight: 0.5
  • Written Language: English

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Voices of a distant near world

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Voices of a Distant Star means the start of the Shinkai adventure. And this, means everything comes from here. All the solitude and else is bundled here. The scent you notice when seeing more solid works like Dareka no Manazashi or Kanojo to Kanojo no Neko.

Also, the lightweight but delightful Hoshii wo ou Kodomo, have the ideas first developed here by Shinkai.

Voices is similar to the movie one, with the difference, that, as the first job, it has the main question from creator

What does distance means for human kind?
How that distance split us?
How far is getting too far to not knowing each other?

Extends/clarifies Film; Vertical Improves over Tokyopop(TP) release

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Quality? Worth it!

Covers film + more closure at expense of film's climax. Less action; more Mikako txts/mindset on ship w/ developed side cast enforcing situation/theme (per BarrioSavage); some impactful details of her past w/ Noburu (&his time w/o her) not told fully in film. Well matched to film tone

Like TP, but
・Wider(1/2") no cutoff outer panel edge & less spine prying
・Colors: lighter/vibrant. 5th intro now colored; B&W: wider/sharper
・Typeset signs/screen beyond TP's bare min

・Current-gen; w/ (implied) context in places; Last names
・Text spans adjoined bubbles vs TP columns
・TP:UN|Film:国連(UN)|Vert:Government;later UN
・Call selves TP:"just 15yr olds"|Vert:middle-schoolers
・TP: more "!" dialogue

All sounds now translated. thus ex. "hand me a towel"(dropping item) is faster understood via recall cue of past scenes; familiar phone check sound;etc

Hearing sounds, much like reading the experiences from it's opening lines, makes the melancholy that much more personal