Mimi wo Sumaseba

Whisper of the Heart

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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 198763198,763 users)
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Ranked: #3272
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #647
Members: 351,886
Favorites: 4,892

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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.

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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


Oct 10, 2023
I love Studio Ghibli but most of those are from Miyazaki, and I have one non-Miyazaki film, that being The Cat Returns that until today. Whisper of the Heart is one the most criminally overlooked of Studio Ghibli filmography because it's so good. I love the simple slice-of-life story of a girl love reading and writing, the music is in my top 5 anime score of all time and the animation capture the simplicity and gorgeous in the fantasy sequence. The ending is my main issue, but I won't spoil what it is because even I didn't like how it ended, it's still one of ...
May 20, 2021
Mixed Feelings
This review contains *SPOILERS*.
Watched in Sub/Dub: Dub

Imagine how it feels to watch this film as someone who greatly dislikes the song Take Me Home, Country Roads.

Story: 5/10
Bookworm Shizuku Tsukishima discovers that all the books she’s checked out were previously checked out by a mysterious Seiji Amasawa. In the search for Seiji, Shizuku follows a cat to an antique shop and is introduced to the shop owner Shirou Nishi, and a statue in the shop known as “The Baron.” Shizuku eventually meets Seiji and they discuss their dreams for the future. Seiji encourages Shizuku to follow her dream, to which she writes an entire novel. At ...
May 8, 2021
I'm not really sure what happened here. I'm a massive fan of Ghibli, particularly of their more human stories (When Marnie Was There, From Up On Poppy Hill, Totoro, Ocean Waves, etc.). I read the manga this movie is based on and absolutely loved it. And yet... I hated this. Like, really hated it. I guess I better dive into why.

You already get a general description, so I won't go into it here, but the story here diverges a good bit from what is seen in the original manga. And most of it actually makes very little sense in context. It feels like they ...

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