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Umi ga Kikoeru

Umi ga Kikoeru

Alternative Titles

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

Information

Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: May 5, 1993
Duration: 1 hr. 12 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 7.021 (scored by 10419 users)
Ranked: #31252
Popularity: #1633
Members: 18,764
Favorites: 50
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Synopsis

Ocean Waves is a high school love story set in Kochi, Japan. Morisaku 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 Morisaku and Rikako start spending more time together. The rumors around school get worse, but Morisaku still insists there is nothing between him and Rikako.

(Source: ANN)

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Characters & Voice Actors

Muto, Rikako
Muto, Rikako
Main
Sakamoto, Youko
Japanese
Sakamoto, Youko
Morisaki, Taku
Morisaki, Taku
Main
Tobita, Nobuo
Japanese
Tobita, Nobuo
Matsuno, Yutaka
Matsuno, Yutaka
Main
Seki, Toshihiko
Japanese
Seki, Toshihiko
Shimizu, Akiko
Shimizu, Akiko
Supporting
Amano, Yuri
Japanese
Amano, Yuri

Staff

Mochizuki, Tomomi
Mochizuki, Tomomi
Director, Theme Song Composition, Theme Song Lyrics
Niwa, Keiko
Niwa, Keiko
Script
Sakamoto, Youko
Sakamoto, Youko
Theme Song Performance
Andou, Masashi
Andou, Masashi
Key Animation, Assistant Animation Director


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Akagi-kun
Jul 8, 8:34 AM
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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Rufus120
Feb 21, 2009 12:56 PM
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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Kurremkarmerruk
Aug 5, 2009 7:53 PM
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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Pessoa
May 7, 2009 7:53 AM
Individual’s world is very small: one can’t understand others’ actions; they may seem silly, egocentric, and even senseless. Characters’ doings are not on the surface, you can see only waves of that ocean, these are the only hints in understanding human beings. Ocean Wave is about these small waves.

It does not have a straightforward plot, though it can be called unique. It can seem hard to get into, because what the movie shows is not some type of romance, drama or anything different. From that point it has a slight similarity with 5 centimeters per second. It is about persons’ lives read more
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Recommendations

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Anime: Tokyo Marble Chocolate
Both of the movies focus on the interaction between the main characters. 
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Both stories contain a girl who find the school that they are in boring and is of no real challenge to them. Rikako Muto and Haruhi are amazing in sports and in studies and are considered the 'perfect girl' for any guy but are really hard to come close to. They also have an air of arrogance which other school student notice and dislike to an extent of being jealous of them. They both eventually meet an average guys whose within thier same year that don't really have interest towards them but soon find a deep profound love for each other without realizing it. 
reportRecommended by Owarida

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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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