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
Themes: Love PolygonLove Polygon, SchoolSchool
Duration: 1 hr. 12 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.531 (scored by 7685376,853 users)
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Ranked: #65992
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1663
Members: 137,163
Favorites: 534

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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


Mar 29, 2024
Umi ga Kikoeru is not your typical Ghibli film. The premise is very straightforward and its characters might rub you the wrong way. I believe that is what has thrown a lot of people off. But not enough people realize and appreciate the simplicity of this movie. Compared to romance you see in anime nowadays, in this movie we aren't forced down our throat what each character is feeling at every twist and turn. There aren't any crazy explosions and bgm that cue when the moment is just right. That is this film's charm. It perfectly captures the awkwardness of being an adolescent in love.
Apr 22, 2024
Mixed Feelings
Calm and well-executed film, conveys the idea from beginning to end.

In my opinion, it portrays well the moments of irrationality in dealing with feelings in adolescence and the lack of concern for others that we unconsciously have when we are teenagers.

In other reviews, people complain that the anime is too slow and has no plot, but that's the idea of the anime, something more emotional and social.

Before attacking the protagonist's decisions, try to put yourself in his shoes and see why he made those decisions. Remember, they are just teenagers.

If you're looking for a calm and simple film to watch in 1 hour, this is ...
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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