Hoshi no Koe – Chapter 2

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The beginning of their new lives… separated by the different worlds they live in.

Brief Summary

The chapter starts out with Noboru in high school, a member of the kendo club. Though it’s very strict, there seems to be an underlying reason why he participates.

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While cleaning up the room, he thinks about Mikako and how people easily forgot about her. Even he starts to feel alienated by the different lives they live.

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Contemplating when he gave up asking for her return, he picks up a barrette (hair clip) on the ground… triggering a memory when Mikako broke hers.

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Though he promised to fix it, he couldn’t… and ended up giving her a new one that looks just like the old barrette. Thinking about it, Noboru realized that he never told Mikako the truth.

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Meanwhile, in space, the same hair clip was being held up. Mikako stared at it for a while… before looking out her window, seeing the space outside (the planet is most likely still Mars).

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The next day, Mikako was lead to her new commander… despite hearing rumors about her excellent piloting skills but youthful age.

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In the docking bays, she meets Miwa, her new boss.

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While moving in, the two girls talked about why they joined the mission. Though harsh at first, Miwa really warms up to her.

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While practicing her newly assigned Tracer, Mikako receives Noboru’s message and his confession about the barrette incident.

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Then, he started comparing their worlds and how he seems them differently now.

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In reply, Mikako told Noboru that she knew about the replaced barrette.

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Impressions

This chapter isn’t really too much… focusing on the barrette that Noboru “fixed”. From my perspective, I think it deals with the “what-if” aspect… What if Mikako didn’t go away? Would Noboru have confessed about it? His frustration only grows as he finds more things he didn’t get to do with her.

As for Mikako, her life is changing more and more… With Miwa giving the commands, her spot on the Lysithea is made official. In only a few days, she’ll be near Jupiter at another base. That means more physical distance between them and a test of their relationship… as their messages are no longer instantaneous.

Overall, a good chapter that builds up for more.

3 Responses

  1. Ooo…Voices of A Distant Star. Seriously, man, you should just buy the manga and display it proudly in your room.

  2. I have the DVD proudly displayed in my room… but the manga eludes me. Maybe I should make a visit to the local bookstore to see if it’s in stock… I must add to my Makoto Shinkai/Tenmon collection.

  3. I like the style of hair and eyes in this manga :)

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