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Umi ga Kikoeru

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
Duration: 1 hr. 12 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.921 (scored by 16,036 users)
1 indicates a weighted score. Please note that 'Not yet aired' titles are excluded.
Ranked: #37942
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1865
Members: 31,524
Favorites: 83


It's another heartwarming, coming-of-age story by Ghibli. Like Ocean Waves, It's also one of the few Ghibli films not directed by Miyazaki.  
report Recommended by ms07
Both main characters reminisce about their pasts 
report Recommended by TrulyAJ
Both anime follow a similar story where the boy is in a kind of near the girl, but both are silent and there is a silent bond between them and both have an end with a positive hint. 
report Recommended by jkalyana
There's a similarity in the relationships between the guy and the girl in both of the anime.
Both of these anime have the dramatic touch. 
report Recommended by Meye
Both of the movies focus on the interaction between the main characters. 
report Recommended by Meye
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. 
report Recommended by Owarida
Ocean Waves has a more mild and believable Tsundere lead who ropes in a similarly earnest guy, with the same context of high school melodrama and family problems. While these essential elements are the same, the plot and the characters are aimed at a completely different target audience.

It's not a sure bet that Ocean Waves will be to your liking just because you enjoyed Toradora, but it provides an interesting and more realistic look at a tsundere romance that's worth checking out. 
report Recommended by ace52387
Both are slice of life, coming-of-age stories about young teenage males. They both involve drama and romance, though it is more of a main focus in "Ocean Waves". "BECK" focuses more on music. 
report Recommended by Chicken008
Slice-of-Life character study featuring college students having ambiguous romantic feelings for each other. Totally different feel, though. 
report Recommended by djdrocco
Both stories deal with youth, time and romantic relationships.
Make sure to watch 5 Centimeters Per Second right after Ocean Waves.

report Recommended by Mojetitak
The first half of TPPiOED is a lot like Ocean Waves. There's a love triangle, where two guys (one with glasses, one not) get involved with a girl. The girls in both differ greatly, Ocean Waves' being very selfish, but you'll watch both and have similar feelings.

Unlike TPPiOED, Ocean Waves doesn't turn into a sci-fi mess half-way through. That's why I rate Ocean Waves a lot higher.

In terms of other Ghibli titles, Ocean Waves is very similar in execution and 'feel' to Only Yesterday and Whisper of the Heart; two of the more mature Ghibli releases. 
report Recommended by AironicallyHuman