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Voices of a Distant Star

Year: 2002
Director: Makoto Shinkai
Writer: Makoto Shinkai
One of the most beautiful examples of animé ever, not a Hollywood version full of bullet time, sex, violence and other Hollywood movie institutions wrapped up in a different format.

Two young people in the near future - when Earth is at war with an alien race, are best friends on the brink of being lovers, staying in contact via their mobile phones.

The girl is called away on military servicem, flying giant robotic warships in the war, while the boy stays at home, growing up slowly, both of them pining for eah other, waiting for longer and longer for messges to reach each other - years, in the end.

And the whole time, it creates a beautiful picture, lovingly painting life into each scene and backdrop down to the smallest detail of the light, while telling a haunting, lyrical love story.

More moving than many live action films are, and one of the best examples of the genre.

Also interesting in that it was the first CG anime to grab attention, thanks to the efforts of the director, who quit his job to do it all on his computer.

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