Ocean Waves

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Ocean Waves
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Genre: Romance
Drama
Coming of Age
Photography: Color
Running Time: 72 Minutes
Country: Japan
Release Date: May 5, 1993
Directed by: Tomomi Mochizuki
Written by: Kaori Nakamura
Distributed by: Nippon TV (TV)
Tokuma Shoten (VHS)
Starring: Toshihiko Seki
Nobuo Tobita
Yoko Sakamoto
Kae Araki
Yuri Amano
Jun'ichi Kanemaru
Sai Sato
Hikaru Midorikawa
Kinryu Arimoto
Takeshi Watabe
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Ocean Waves, also known as I Can Hear the Sea, is a 1993 romance, drama, coming of age Japanese anime film.  It was directed by Tomomi Mochizuki, written by Kaori Nakamura, musically composed by Shigeru Nagata, and produced by Toshio Suzuki, Nozomu Takahashi, Seiji Okuda, and Studio Ghibli.  

Why It Rocks

  1. Beautiful animation for 1993 standards.  
  2. Engaging story about young love and friendship, and how those two can occasionally collide with each other.  In other words, a love triangle between two close male friends and a new girl.  
  3. All three of the main characters are incredibly likable, interesting, complex, and relatable.  It makes it really difficult to decide what you want to happen. You want both the romantic relationship to take flight and for the friendship to remain, and you'll be sad if either one ends.  
  4. This film is a master of visual storytelling. There's lots of quiet, slow, comtemplative scenes which helps to build on and further explore the characters and their relationships.  
  5. Very appealing art style and character designs.  
  6. Excellent soundtrack. Shigeru Nagata's score is constant and is a part of the heart and soul of the series overall.  

Reception

Ocean Waves, also known as I Can Hear the Sea, has a 87% critic rating and a 67% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a 3.2/5 on Letterboxd, a 6/9/10 on the International Movie Database (IMDB), a 6.89/10 on MyAnimeList, a 3/5 on AnimePlanet, and a 68.86% community approval rating on Kitsu.   Unfortunately, this film never got much attention back in the day as most Studio Ghibli films.  It wasn't until it was re-released in 2016 that it got a lot of attention.  Many think that this is becuase it was a made for TV movie, and never appeared in theaters back in the day.  

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