Whisper of the heart

Whisper of the heart

DVD - 2006 | Japanese
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A schoolgirl named Shizuku, who longs to discover her true talents, meets the mysterious Seiji, a boy who is determined to follow his dreams, and The Baron, a magical cat who helps her listen to the whispers in her heart.

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jnage01
May 03, 2020

One of my favorite studio ghibli movies and go to movies when I just want to feel comforted and inspired. This is truly a gem, but one that can only be appreciated fully when the time is right. I watched this when I was in middle school and felt it was sort of slow and plotless. I later rewatched it as a senior in high school and couldn’t be more moved and impacted by it. Even though it’s a story of a middle school girl encountering first love and deciding what she wants to be when she grows up, it really applies well to a young adult that is confused, discouraged, and doubting themself or confronting the uncertainty of their future like I was. At the same time, the innocence of the characters and their emotions is very comforting, making this movie my go to when I want something sweet and familiar or feel emotional. This is one of those studio ghibli films, much like “from up on poppy hill” (another of my all time favorites) that doesn’t have a obvious in your face kind of plot but almost depicts everyday life and reminds me that everyday life in itself is beautiful and an adventure. Seriously cannot recommend this movie enough, but also be aware that it may only resonate with you if you feel lost, are seeking inspiration and direction or coming of age.

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Jan 17, 2020

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 09, 2019

Whisper of the Heart is a 1995 Japanese animated romantic coming-of-age drama film directed by Yoshifumi Kondō and written by Hayao Miyazaki based on the 1989 manga of the same name by Aoi Hiiragi. It was animated by Studio Ghibli. The story is followed by a 14-year-old student at Mukaihara Junior High School by the name of Shizuku Tsukishima. She has an interest in reading books and writing. I really loved watching this movie because it had good animation and the character’s style is good too. I would recommend this to teens 13 and up.
@PrettyKitty of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Whisper of the Heart is a touching and heartwarming story of growing up and discovering new things with the help of love and a little bit of magic. Shizuku is a young and curious bookworm who enjoys writing and struggles with what she wants in life. While she was at the library, she by chance checks the checkout card and finds one particular person who read the same books as her. It turns out that the person who has similar tastes in books as her was none other than a boy in her school that annoys her. She also follows a cat to an antique shop that holds a cat figurine called the Baron which inspires her to write her fantasy novel based on him. At the shop, she discovers things about herself and develops a stronger relationship with Seiji. But when his passion for the violin may lead him to be far away from her, what will come from their relationship? I absolutely love this movie and have rewatched it several times. Not only is the romance sweet and irresistibly adorable, it also tells a bittersweet tale of maturing and developing from a child to a young adult. The story of the Baron was an interesting element in the story and the characters were very well developed. A simple, timeless film that pulls nostalgic heartstrings.
Rating:5/5
@Iron_Rose of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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1aa
Sep 30, 2019

A very touching film; from a superficial point of view seems rather sentimental, but, the 'magical realist' elements are included deftly, and most importantly, not over-used. One of the unusual points is about the ending: its left unclear why the main character chooses to go to high school. (On a separate point, I learned that in Japan children apply to high schools like people here apply to universities, and then after high school they apply to universities too. What happens to the worst high schools? What happens to your reputation if the school declines in its rank years after you left it? Is the system more effective, accountable and efficient than, say, the bloated, ineffective, inefficient, and unaccountable secondary school system here (prov. of Ontario, but the question is applicable across the N. American continent)?)

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blue_book_169
Jul 02, 2019

I like this movie, but definitely not as much as the other Studio Ghibli movies. This movie tells a sweet youth love story but throughout the plot it did get a little boring sometimes. Also, it is a little cringy for a love story and I definitely prefer the Studio Ghibli movies where they tell an underlying moral or life story. Last thing, I feel like the English dubbed version wasn't really the best quality of voice acting so if you're watching the movie, try out the subbed version because that's the most authentic one. I really enjoyed watching Shizuku and Seiji come together and hope that fellow anime enthusiasts will too!
(The last line of the movie is cringy too.)

JCLIanH May 01, 2019

A sweet little movie. I struggled a bit trying to figure out who this movie is for (it's too mature for kids, bot not exactly adult fare, so maybe it's for middle schoolers?). I also couldn't decide whether or not it has an actual plot, but honestly none of that really matters too much. This is a lovely and whimsical little movie that's probably lesser Studio Ghibli but the standard of quality is so high it's definitely worth a look.

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willmason
Mar 05, 2019

This is my personal favorite of all the Ghibli movies. Very good coming of age tale, and is inspiring. It does a great job of taking a snap shot of the mid 90s and just before the advent of the internet. Oddly enough it reminds of going to the library when I was young and how much I do miss the old card system...

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Berrie030711
Feb 13, 2019

"Whisper of the Heart" is one of those Studio Ghibli coming-of-age stories that tells about a girl who wants to come into her own. This movie features a Japanese version of "Country Roads," and I still hum it every so often! 4.5 Stars.

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knobbyknees69
Nov 01, 2018

Enjoyed this film very much, from the artwork, to the animation, to the acting and the music, as well as the excellent storyline--which was quite realistic. Excellent!

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LemmyKoopa
Sep 10, 2018

Amazing film, and among the best Studio Ghibli have ever made.

It has that beautiful late-90s animation charm that a lot of the more recent animated film's don't have, and the Japanese voice acting was simply amazing - I particuarly enjoyed the Japanese translation of 'Country Roads' worked into the film. And the fact that many of the characters were bookworms helped me out a lot! But I think the thing that got me most was how relevant the film was to my situation, wanting to become a writer but being scared of failing.

It felt like such a natural story of struggles, of falling in love and trying to bring out the best inside yourself. Among many of Studio Ghibli's films, I feel at least, it felt the most 'real', and that is likely why I would place it among my favorites.

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Love_Legolas_111
May 08, 2013

Other: Language and sexual issues; mild but still not the greatest. Shizuku, after being annoyed with Seiji (after she not formerly met him) repeatedly says, "Stupid Jerk!" as she walks home. A woman is shown in her bra.

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"marry me!"

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