>>135622855 Voices from a Distant Star certainly wasn't original by any measure, but it adapted an already explored concept into a more consumable format (time dilation from near FTL travel as a vehicle to express the gaps that grow between childhood lovers as they age).
The problem with him is that all he has to talk about is how young love is fragile. He made an interesting take on it with Voices, but everything else is just like, "Okay, people grow apart. And?" Other than being visually impressive, he's got nothing to offer.
>>135630209 Like I said, already explored. But you can't argue that the predominant presentation of young love in Voices is easier for a larger crowd to identify with compared to the primary focus of sci-fi space battles presenting human connection through implication and allegory as seen in Gunbuster.
Voices is outright and in your face--these people, who were in love, are growing apart. Oh, yeah, it's got something to do with time dilation. Sci-fi takes a backseat to the romance, as most of the sci-fi is simply spoken about until the final scenes explicitly depict space combat. The time dilation stuff is a convenient, neat vehicle but ultimately totally unnecessary for the romance to be a meaningful story.
Gunbuster is slightly more subtle--there's a massive space war going on, with all the ramifications of that, and these people suffer from totally normal shit you'd expect young soldiers to suffer from. The sci-fi and the characters are equally important, and both individual parts need the other to form a meaningful story.
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