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ADV Aquires The Voices of a Distant Star

posted on 2002-07-26 22:13 EDT
Following the announcement of their partnership with CoMix Wave in the Manga arena, ADV has announced that they have licensed CoMix Wave's independantly produced "The Voices of a Distant Star."

Excerpts from PR:

ADV Films is proud to announce the acquisition of "The Voices of a Distant Star," one of Japan's most talked-about anime titles of the year, from CoMix Wave, Inc. ADV plans a DVD-only release for this highly anticipated title.

"The Voices of a Distant Star" is an extraordinary feat, created by Makoto Shinkai, who single handedly wrote, directed, edited and animated the film, using a Power Macintosh 7600/120 computer and several consumer- and professional-level design and animation software programs. Shinkai was responsible for every aspect of the film except for the sound, music and voice acting.

About "Voices..." creator Makoto Shinkai Shinkai was born in 1973 in a small town in Japan's Nagano prefecture. He moved to Tokyo after high school and majored in Japanese literature at Chuo University. After graduating, he worked for a PC software production company as an art director, while working on his own original creative projects in his spare time. Shinkai recently left the PC company in order to devote himself to his projects full time. In February, Shinkai won the award for "Most Valuable Newcomer" at Tokyo Anime Fair 21.

Release Schedule/Personal Appearance:
"The Voices of a Distant Star" will make its North American premier in August, at the San Diego Comic-Con International. At the convention, ADV is sponsoring a panel discussion featuring Shinkai, who will speak and answer questions through an English translator.

"Voices..." made its world premiere in January at the Future Film Festival in Italy. It was also screened at February's Tokyo Anime Fair and at the Seoul International Animation Festival in May.

About the Film
"The Voices of a Distant Star" was made using a breathtaking mix of computer-generated and traditional cel animation, deftly weaving thrilling action scenes with awe-inspiring cosmic landscapes and a moving love story, creating a deeply personal viewing experience.

The story begins in the year 2046. A mysterious and dangerous creature called Tarcian is lurking on the edge of outer space. The UN Space Force mounts a mission to destroy the deadly creature, and Mikako, a young schoolgirl, is mustered to join the UN force. Unfortunately, she must leave her boyfriend Noboru behind on Earth. The couple bridges the gap between outer space and their home by communicating through mobile phone e-mails. But as the miles between them grow, the longer it takes to receive each other's messages, creating an even larger divide for the young lovers to cross if they're to be back in each other's arms again.

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