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Umi ga Kikoeru

Alternative Titles

English: The Ocean Waves
Synonyms: I Can Hear the Sea
Japanese: 海がきこえる


Type: Special
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: May 5, 1993
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: GKids
Source: Novel
Duration: 1 hr. 12 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


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Ranked: #32552
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Ocean Waves is a high school love story set in Kochi, Japan. Morisaki Taku and Matsuno Yutaka are best friends when a girl from Tokyo named Muto Rikako transfers to their school. Excluding herself from group activities, she's eventually labeled a snob. Matsuno has a crush on Rikako, so it's no surprise that he gets a little jealous when Morisaki and Rikako start spending more time together. The rumors around school get worse, but Morisaki still insists there is nothing between him and Rikako.

(Source: ANN)


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Characters & Voice Actors

Muto, Rikako
Muto, Rikako
Sakamoto, Youko
Sakamoto, Youko
Morisaki, Taku
Morisaki, Taku
Tobita, Nobuo
Tobita, Nobuo
Matsuno, Yutaka
Matsuno, Yutaka
Seki, Toshihiko
Seki, Toshihiko
Kohama, Yumi
Kohama, Yumi
Araki, Kae
Araki, Kae


Mochizuki, Tomomi
Mochizuki, Tomomi
Director, Theme Song Lyrics, Theme Song Composition
Uragami, Yasuo
Uragami, Yasuo
Sound Director
Niwa, Keiko
Niwa, Keiko
Sakamoto, Youko
Sakamoto, Youko
Theme Song Performance

Opening Theme

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Ending Theme

"Umi ni Naretara (海になれたら; If I can be an Ocean)" by Youko Sakamoto

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Feb 21, 2009
This is one of the most underrated ghibli movies. It's certainly quite different from the other ghibli movies. It doesn't contain any fantasy and Hayao Miyazaki isn't involved in the production anyhow. It's just a slice of life/drama/romance story, a hell of a good one too. Ocean Waves may be one of the most natural animes I've seen. It doesn't throw in a load of super tragic drama or anything of that kind. It only tells the story of a group of teenagers as they walk the path to adulthood.

The story is takes place in Kochi, Japan, a small town by the sea. Morisaku Taku read more
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Aug 5, 2009
Ocean Waves is not trying to be anything more than it is, and what it is, is absolutely fine. The story moves very smoothly and the perspective of our young protagonist Taku is set lucid immediately, showing classic hero potential in challenging his school on a decision he finds unfair. He is rational, hard working and emotionally moral. He takes a sight of Rikako, a fiery, athletic beauty and childishly does not realise that he is mad about her, fine, however:-

As a strong upholder of ROMANCE, Ocean Waves is not critical enough in delivering the heart wrenching moments which it clearly builds up for, as read more
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Jul 8, 2015
They are not painted, they are alive!

"Umi ga Kikoeru", also known as "Ocean Waves" and "I Can Hear the Sea" - one of not very famous movies by «Studio Ghibli» and the most unsuccessful its project in terms of financial profitability.

However, this is a wonderful shot of the anime. Obvious its advantages - the lack of cheap soap opera effects, typical of many melodramas. The ability to dive into the world of perfectly adequate anime characters, that doesn't happen often. Unusually shown love triangle....
Someone might say: the plot of "Umi ga Kikoeru" undeveloped, but look back: do fifteen or sixteen years teenagers understand what read more
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Nov 17, 2009
Waves in the ocean. Ripples in water. Occurrences that don't impact on the world as a whole.

Ocean Waves is a story of similar impact; impacting only on three characters locked inside their own small little world. It's a story covering the journey towards adulthood of three high schoolers, where the friendship of two is damaged by the one thing besides hate that can destroy bonds - love.

Often over-looked because the legendary Hayao Miyazaki, co-founder of Studio Ghibli and the director of many highly regarded Ghibli titles, had no role in the completion of the film, it's by far the most under-watched and under-rated of read more
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