YMMV: Voices of a Distant Star
- Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Mikako seeing a Tarsian in front of her and it possibly communicating with her physically.
- Crowning Music of Awesome: The entire soundtrack is gorgeous. Notable songs include:
- Narm: Through the Years and Far Away to some, thanks to the Engrish.
- Spiritual Licensee: This is perhaps one of the best adaptation of Joe Halderman's The Forever War in existence, although some differences (e.g. the genders are flipped) exist. Even the aliens are called Tarsians.
- Tear Jerker
- The Woobie: Mikako, when she breaks down sobbing on Agartha. Noboru has his moments, too.