All Genres: War, Animation, Romance, Sci-Fi, Short
Release Year: 2003
Languages: Japanese, English
Director: Makoto ShinkaiSteven Foster
Sound: Dolby SR
Writing by: Makoto Shinkai – writer
Produced by: Yoshihiro Hagiwara – producer
John Ledford – executive producer (english version)
Mark Williams – executive producer (english version)
Cast: Mika Shinohara – Mikako Nagamine (voice: Japanese version)
Cynthia Martinez – Mikako Nagamine (voice: English version)
Makoto Shinkai – Noboru Terao (original version) (voice: Japanese version)
Sumi Mutoh – Mikako Nagamine ('seiyuu' version) (voice: Japanese version)
Adam Conlon – Noboru Terao (voice: English version)
Chihiro Suzuki – Noboru Terao ('seiyuu' version) (voice: Japanese version)
Donna Burke – Operator ('seiyuu' version) (voice: Japanese version)
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Plot Outline: The story of the high school students Mikako Nagamine and Noboru Terao. When the alien Tarsians attack…
Plot: The story of the high school students Mikako Nagamine and Noboru Terao. When the alien Tarsians attack, Mikako volunteers to be a pilot in the space force that will protect mankind. The lovers try to remain in contact using cellular telephone text messages, but as each battle takes Mikako further from the Earth, each message takes longer to arrive. Will their love stand the tests of time and distance?
Movie Quotes: Mikako Nagamine: You can take a picture of something and it never does it justice… I think about that sometimes when I see a picture of you…
Crazy Credits: We know about 4 Crazy Credits. One of them reads:
The end credits color and style (green computer text on black) are the same as the display of “Mother,” the onboard computer in “Alien,” right down to the underlining of important text (in this case, the department titles).
Goofs: We know about 6 goofs. Here comes one of them:
Anachronisms: In the opening scene when Klaas gets shot, there's a black Porsche 996 in the background of the shot. This model became available in 1997.
Trivia: There are 4 entries in the trivia list – like these:
- The film has two different Japanese voice casts. The original cast was made up of director Makoto Shinkai and other non-professionals. The official release version was re-recorded with a professional cast. Both of these voice tracks are available on DVD.
- Makoto Shinkai later published a graphic novel based on his film.
- Makoto Shinkai animated the film entirely by himself using his apple computer.