Hoshi no Hito movie is certainly enjoyable and did made me emotional especially in the end. Although I didn’t enjoy it to the fullest because half of it was just a recap of ONA which I watched it first before the movie (I guess a bad choice for my part?), and the other one is the actual story. I kinda struggle getting used to its pacing, but I guess I can appreciate the movie trying to parallel out the two sides the stories.
Since Hoshi no Hito movie is already two in one show, I guess I can express my opinions about the ONA and the movie.
I do certainly enjoy the ONA overall, but since the anime lacks the Junker’s internal monologue which is one of the reasons why I love the VN a bit more. The anime wasn’t able to capture the mood and the atmosphere that the VN was able to make me feel while reading it. And you can’t completely feel and enjoy Suzumoto’s writing at its fullest in the anime, unlike with the VN. If he’s actually not involve in the anime, I guess that’s understandable, and it’s probably one of the limitations in animations I suppose. That’s just my personal nitpick.
For the Hoshi no Hito part of the movie itself, I did enjoy it, although I prefer the drama cd a bit more because it’s straight forward and no recaps in between, but like I said earlier, I can still appreciate it for what they were doing. Or maybe, I just prefer to imagine things what was going on in the Drama CD rather than seeing what was happening in the anime?
But one thing I can commend in the anime is the Cygnus constellation pendant that the Junker was wearing in the anime, which is I am so sure that’s not in the VN.
If you watch the scene in the movie when the Junker went to ‘heaven’ and have an emotional moment with Yumemi, it broke me especially when I saw that she’s wearing the pendant, the pendant that the Junker gave to Yumemi’s lifeless body at the end of the main story, which honestly made me emotional. That attention detail in the movie is one of the biggest thing I can praise here.
Overall, it’s certainly an enjoyable movie despite me struggling with it’s pacing. But hey, at least it gave me feels especially the last moments.