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HOSHI NO KOE (The voices of a distant star)

Animated short film [Japan]

Mr. Makoto Shinkai's Voice of the Distant Stars has far exceeded the animation images produced by individual productions, and the story and technology have more than accomplished the standards required by theatrical film animation. Furthermore, he did not just create visual images, but he uses all possible media such as the web, theater, DVD releases to broaden the awareness of his work, and has even moved the publishers. His power of self-production is wonderful and his work has been an encouragement to other access productions while at the same time, professional visual creators have also been greatly stimulated by his works as well.




Born in 1973. Majored in literature at university. After working for a game development company for five years, currently working as a visual image writer. Rleased Kanjo-to-Kanojo-no-Neko (Her and Her Cat). This work was highly praised for touching the heart. In 2002, a fully digital work Hoshi-no-Koe (The Voice of the Distant Stars) was released and he rose to popularity. Awarded at the 1st New Century Tokyo International Animation Fair 21, Grand Prize Award, Public Category, 7th Animation Kobe, Packaging Category Award. Currently working on new production to be released in 2003.

( 2002 )

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