Ranked #185

Mimi wo Sumaseba

Alternative Titles

English: Whisper of the Heart
Synonyms: If You Listen Carefully, Ghibli Movie 10
Japanese: 耳をすませば


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 15, 1995
Producers: Tokuma Shoten
Studios: Studio Ghibli
Source: Manga
Duration: 1 hr. 51 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 8.341 (scored by 46,445 users)
Ranked: #1852
Popularity: #570
Members: 76,798
Favorites: 960
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During summer vacation, a schoolgirl named Shizuku, who longs to discover her true talents, observes an ordinary-looking cat riding by himself on the train. Intrigued, she decides to follow him. This chance encounter leads her to the mysterious Seiji, a boy who is determined to follow his dreams, and The Baron, a magical cat figurine who helps her listen to the whispers in her heart. Soon, Shizuku's exciting adventures carry her far beyond the boundaries of her imagination.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Tsukishima, Shizuku
Tsukishima, Shizuku
Honna, Youko
Honna, Youko
Amasawa, Seiji
Amasawa, Seiji
Takahashi, Issei
Takahashi, Issei
Baron Humbert von Gikkingen
Baron Humbert von Gikkingen
Moon, Renaldo
Moon, Renaldo


Otsuka, Masahiko
Otsuka, Masahiko
Miyazaki, Hayao
Miyazaki, Hayao
Producer, Storyboard, Screenplay, Creator
Suzuki, Toshio
Suzuki, Toshio
Kondou, Yoshifumi
Kondou, Yoshifumi

Opening Theme

"Take Me Home, Country Roads" by Olivia Newton-John

Ending Theme

"Country Road (カントリー・ロード)" by Youko Honna

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Feb 24, 2011
The strength of Whisper of the Heart is the strength all films that have been touched by Miyazaki seem to have. That is, the details. In this film the things that have impressed me were the little extras that are contained in each characters movements. It's something that you very rarely get—at least this consistently—outside of Miyazaki films. Whether it be reaching for the lamp cord from bed, failing, and needing to sit up to do it properly, or whether it be the normal silences in conversation (as apposed to dramatic silences), everything just feels a lot more real, a lot more vibrant than most read more
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Aug 22, 2013
Whisper of the Heart is unique with respect to its Ghibli film counterparts in that it seems almost mundane. Here we have our main heroine Shizuku Tsukishima and her life as a middle school-aged girl. While the film is essentially a slice-of-life with a hint of the "boy-meets-girl" rom-com trope thrown in, the way in which its characters are presented is not only relate-able to the audience but also endearing; an adult could sympathize with Shizuku just as much as a child could. As someone who values character development greatly, I feel that the creators efforts really pay off in showing how our main heroine read more
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Jan 28, 2014
Adolescence is among the most memorable phases in one's life. During this time, we tend to make decisions based on adrenaline instincts, work as we wish to, while repudiating any advice. Some of us even develop endearing feelings of love for someone, while also chasing our own dream or even remoulding them for the sake of someone else, often out of inspiration and seldom out of desperation.

Working on the themes of adolescence and infatuation giving rise to a wonderful journey of self discovery, Studio Ghibli presents us with Mimi wo Sumaseba also commonly known as Whisper of the Heart. The story mainly revolves around the read more
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Oct 7, 2009
Story: 10/10
Mimi wo Sumaseba, which literally means If You Listen Closely, tells the story of Shizuku, a junior-high school student who is struggling to find out who she is. The movie takes you on a journey through her imagination and daily life as she makes decisions that will ultimately decide her future.

This is the first anime movie I watched,Ghibli movie too, that wasn't packed with interruptions and magic to HELP the characters fall in love. Their love is PURE and honest that even if the plot moves very slow, its adorable. Whisper of the Heart helped me through one of my worst years, as its read more
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