Umi ga Kikoeru

The Ocean Waves

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: I Can Hear the Sea
Japanese: 海がきこえる
English: The Ocean Waves
German: Flüstern des Meeres
Spanish: Puedo escuchar el mar
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Type: TV Special
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: May 5, 1993
Producers: J.C.Staff
Licensors: GKIDS
Studios: Studio Ghibli
Source: Novel
Genres: DramaDrama, RomanceRomance
Theme: SchoolSchool
Duration: 1 hr. 12 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.541 (scored by 7479374,793 users)
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Ranked: #64522
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1658
Members: 133,628
Favorites: 511

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In the city of Kouchi, high school student Taku Morisaki is going about his work when his friend Yutaka Matsuno calls and asks him to get to their school as soon as possible. Taku arrives, and Matsuno introduces him to Rikako Muto, a beautiful girl from Tokyo who recently transferred to their school. Although Rikako is academically and athletically gifted, her generally unpleasant attitude leaves her with virtually no friends outside of Matsuno and another girl from her class.

After a chance encounter during their class trip, Taku suddenly finds himself more involved in Rikako's personal life, much to Matsuno's dismay. Struggling to balance his friendship with Matsuno and his own budding infatuation for Rikako, Taku must come to terms with his feelings and understand how a girl with a troubled past is having such a massive effect on his life.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Mrs. Okami

Suzuki, Reiko


Seki, Tomokazu


Kanemaru, Junichi


Tokumaru, Kan

Kohama, Yumi

Araki, Kae


Mochizuki, Tomomi
Director, Storyboard, Theme Song Lyrics
Urakami, Yasuo
Sound Director
Murata, Kazuya
Episode Director
Niwa, Keiko


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Ending Theme

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


Dec 30, 2023
The aesthetic of this film is its strongest feature. The late eighties/early nineties realistic depictions of Japan are amazing. If you liked the style of Only Yesterday, trade the countryside for Tokyo and you have a sense of what this film is.

Everyone's main complaint is obvious. There is NO romance in what is supposed to be a romantic drama. Honestly if I had gone into this movie with just that expectation, I would have been horribly disappointed. It makes narratively no sense with what is happening. Would have been a 4/10 at best.

However. I had heard someone say this was Ghibli's unofficial "gay ...
Jul 8, 2023
Mixed Feelings
A simple, nostalgic, and comforting film. Ocean Waves manages to portray a realistic high school experience and the (both desirable and not so desirable) things it entails. The characters are written in a way that makes them feel like actual high school students, each with their own flaws and imperfections. They experience new things together and support each other, but at the same time act childishly and get into overblown arguments. It is these elements that work together to convey the nostalgia of high school memories – the characters make mistakes, but are able to later look back fondly on the memories they've made. The ...
Jan 19, 2024
Rikako is a petty arrogant child who treats both Taku with very little consideration, yet the viewers are supposed to believe there's a love going on and the moments they spend together were happy, despite Rikako's gaslighting, insults, manipulation and obvious contempt. It bothers me how our two protagonists hate each other, but the movie tries to trick you into believing the opposite, but to no avail.

89% on Rotten Tomatoes and 73 critic score on metacritic. WHY?!
Any romantic anime recommendations are appreciated. I need something to wash away the bad taste Umi ga Kikoeru left in my mouth.

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