Mimi wo Sumaseba

Whisper of the Heart

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: If You Listen Carefully, Ghibli Movie 10
Japanese: 耳をすませば
English: Whisper of the Heart
German: Stimme des Herzens - Whisper of the Heart
Spanish: Susurros del Corazón
French: Whisper of The Heart
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 15, 1995
Producers: Tokuma Shoten
Studios: Studio Ghibli
Source: Manga
Genres: DramaDrama, RomanceRomance
Demographic: ShoujoShoujo
Duration: 1 hr. 51 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 8.221 (scored by 209312209,312 users)
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Ranked: #3552
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #651
Members: 369,848
Favorites: 5,172

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Shizuku Tsukishima is an energetic 14-year-old girl who enjoys reading and writing poetry in her free time. Glancing at the checkout cards of her books one evening, she notices that her library books are frequently checked out by a boy named Seiji Amasawa. Curiosity strikes Shizuku, and she decides to search for the boy who shares her love for literature.

Meeting a peculiar cat on the train, Shizuku follows the animal and is eventually led to a quaint antique shop, where she learns about a cat statuette known as "The Baron." Taking an interest in the shop, she surprisingly finds Seiji, and the two quickly befriend one another. Shizuku learns while acquainting herself with Seiji that he has a dream that he would like to fulfill, causing her dismay as she remains uncertain of her future and has yet to recognize her talents.

However, as her relationship with Seiji grows, Shizuku becomes determined to work toward a goal. Guided by the whispers of her heart and inspiration from The Baron, she resolves to carve out her own potential and dreams.

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Mimi wo Sumaseba is the highest-grossing Japanese film of 1995 and the first Japanese film that used the Dolby Digital sound format.

Characters & Voice Actors


Miyazaki, Hayao
Producer, Storyboard, Creator, Screenplay
Suzuki, Toshio
Kondou, Yoshifumi
Director, Key Animation
Asari, Naoko
Sound Director


Opening Theme

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

Ending Theme

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


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 ...
Jan 20, 2016
Mixed Feelings
I've reviewed a lot of Studio Ghibli films. In January of 2014, one of those films was The Cat Returns. During that review, I mentioned that it's a spin-off loosely connected to this film, Whisper of the Heart. Now, that film was pretty good with plenty of strong elements. Let's look at Whisper of the Heart and see if the same holds true for it.


Shizuku has a pretty easy life. Her parents are easy-going and she has plenty of friends and lots of time to read obsessively. One day, she notices that all of the books she gets from the library seem to have been ...
Jun 3, 2011
I have no idea why people enjoyed this movie. I have never been a very big appreciator of these Miyazaki stamped films, although I don't necessarily dislike them all, but this film is the worst of them I've seen. Lets go through the details.

The animation is in constant conflict. While the backgrounds have some fairly impressive detail, the moving parts of the animation are inconsistent and often poorly done and all movement is extremely choppy. The backgrounds and characters also don't seem to work very well together in some situations as if they exist on different layers. Another example of ...

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