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Jonathan R. Lack

Jonathan R. Lack is a PhD candidate in Cinematic Arts at the University of Iowa, the host of the anime history and review podcast Japanimation Station, and the author of the book 200 Reviews. You can read his work at

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Thoughts Transcending Time and Distance: Makoto Shinkai’s Voices of a Distant Star

In this early-career gem from one of the most beloved Japanese animation directors of all time, an extravagant sci-fi narrative is anchored by the transcendent power of young love and poignant observations of modern life.

By Jonathan R. Lack