Umi ga Kikoeru

The Ocean Waves

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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
Genres: DramaDrama, RomanceRomance, SchoolSchool, Slice of LifeSlice of Life
Duration: 1 hr. 12 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.611 (scored by 4286842,868 users)
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Ranked: #53282
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Popularity: #1696
Members: 79,010
Favorites: 279
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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


Mochizuki, Tomomi
Director, Theme Song Lyrics, Theme Song Composition
Urakami, Yasuo
Sound Director
Niwa, Keiko
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

Feb 2, 2012
T2Darlantan (All reviews)
This movie is a piece of crap. This is coming from a fan of Studio Ghibli movies and the slice of life/drama genre.

It's about this girl who nobody likes, and for good reason. She moves to Kochi, in the country and makes fun of the peoples' accent there, so already she's kind of a racist to begin with. Then she mooches this guy's money just to take a trip back to Tokyo where she's from. Snobby bitch. So the guy that loaned her the money does her a favor and escorts her there and she barges into his hotel room, gets drunk as fuck read more
Feb 21, 2009
Strife91 (All reviews)
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
Sep 15, 2019
Optigisa (All reviews)
Have you ever experienced that feeling where the manager for your favorite sports team decides to rest the best player for an important match? The team is performing well enough to stand on their own and keep the game leveled, but nobody is there to advance the score or awe the audience with their brilliance. The players are competent enough, performing what they are supposed to perform and following the tactics to a tee, but it all feels so pointless since their work does not translate into a total victory.

This is what this movie feels like. The two biggest players in Studio Ghibli history: Hayao read more
Aug 5, 2009
Kurremkarmerruk (All reviews)
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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