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Voices of a Distant Star Novel

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About Voices of a Distant Star Novel

Voices of a Distant Star novel is based on the original story by Makoto Shinkai and was adapted by Arata Kanoh.

Sixteen-year-old Mikako Nagamine enlists 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’s living the life of an ordinary high school student, is through cell-phone text messages. As Mikoko travels farther away, it starts to take longer and longer for Noboru to receive her messages, until finally one arrives eight years and seven months after she sent it.

The war rages on, and years pass, but out in space, Mikako barely ages. When at last the fighting ends, she is left stranded on the spacecraft carrier. A rescue mission is launched to help - including Noboru, who’s now a lot older. When they meet again, they’ll discover whether their young love survived.


  • Publisher: VERTICAL
  • Media: Novels
  • Genre: Drama, Romance, Science Fiction
  • Themes: Space
  • Age Rating: 13+
  • Release Date: 7/30/2019
  • Page Count: 190
  • Dimensional Weight: 1
  • Written Language: English

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A Very Faithful, But Underwhelming Adaptation of an Excellent Story

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The Voices of a Distant Star novel is a very faithful adaptation of Makoto Shinkai's OVA, but the faithfulness of the adaptation is its' own major problem..

Shinkai's classic story is adapted very well in the novel. The story of Mikako and Noboru across time and space is faithfully translated from screen to print, with nothing omitted from the original film. It is easy for a reader who is unfamiliar with the OVA to quickly understand the story while not having to worry about any major differences between the mediums.

However, the novelization is too faithful to the OVA, with few additions to flesh out the story. Viewers of the OVA will find reading Mikako's part to produce tedious deja vu. Noboru's part does have some additions which works well, but they are still not enough.

In the end, the novelization is a faithful adaptation but underwhelms in delivery. Like a great tasting dish that is not filling, a reader will want more from the adaptation and not get it.