Whisper of the Heart (1995)
"Mimi wo sumaseba" (original title)

G  |   |  Animation, Drama, Family  |  15 July 1995 (Japan)
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A love story between a girl who loves reading books, and the boy who has previously checked out all of the library books she chooses.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Youko Honna ...
Issei Takahashi ...
Seiji Amasawa (voice)
Takashi Tachibana ...
Seiya Tsukishima (voice)
Shigeru Muroi ...
Asako Tsukishima (voice)
Shigeru Tsuyuguchi ...
The Baron (voice)
Keiju Kobayashi ...
Shiro Nishi (voice)
Yorie Yamashita ...
Shiho Tsukishima (voice)
Maiko Kayama ...
Yuko Harada (voice)
Yoshimi Nakajima ...
Sugimura (voice)
Minami Takayama ...
Kosaka-sensei (voice)
Mayumi Iizuka ...
Kinuyo (voice)
Mai Chiba ...
Satoru Takahashi ...
Akiko Sakaguchi ...
Hiromi Yasuda ...


A young girl finds that all the books she chooses in the library have been previously checked out by the same boy. Later she meets a very infuriating fellow... could it be her "friend" from the library? The boy's grandfather has a violin sales and service shop. The boy wants to be a violin maker like his grandfather. Written by Dana Anthony <ranthony@intrex.net>

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Suki na hito ga dekimashita!


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15 July 1995 (Japan)  »

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Did You Know?


The backgrounds, clouds, and flying islands (they are called "Laputa") in the Flying sequence were painted by an artist named Naohisa Inoue. He is a former high school art teacher, who continued painting pictures of "Iblard" on his own. When he had his exhibition, he sent an invitation to Hayao Miyazaki, since Inoue was a huge fan of Miyazaki anime. Of course, he didn't expect anything, but Miyazaki showed up, and he bought one painting (which is now on the wall of the cafeteria at Ghibli). The painting is called "Upward Draft", and looks exactly like the fantasy scene in this film. Then, Miyazaki asked him, "Can you work on our next film?". Inoue also worked in this film as a voice actor. He did one of Mr. Nishi's friends, who joined the "Country Road" jam session (he's the tall one). See more »


(At 22:56 - 23:20) When Shizuku first follows Muta the cat into Mr. Nishi's antique shop. Just as Shizuku watches Muta enter the shop, we are shown a golden pig statue sitting on the ground being used as a door stop to hold the shop door open, with its head angled so that it is looking to its right (to the left from our perspective.) But in the next scene we see that the pig's head is not angled to either side at all - and is instead shown looking straight ahead. See more »


Shizuku: When the afternoon air currents mix, we can even touch the stars without fear!
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Crazy Credits

During the credits we see people walk by the bridge. The "stray" cat (the one with many names) walks by the bridge as well. Also the young students who had struggled with unrequited love, named Sugimura and Yuko in the American version, meet on the bridge and appear to begin a dating relationship. See more »


References Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) See more »


Take Me Home, Country Roads
Written by Bill Danoff, Taffy Nivert and John Denver
Performed by Olivia Newton-John
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A Touching Love story
31 October 2004 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

I have never seen such a touching love story between two young people, driving each other to achieve their aim in life by doing self-discovery. What makes me realize is we don't have to know someone in real life to push ourselves to achieve something. They can be far away from us or a stranger to be our role model in life.

This story can occur in reality and who knows? The story line is simple but very interesting. It also makes you think whether you have such an inspiration in life, whether our partner give us an inspiration in doing what we want in life or just live another day.

All in all, this love story inspires me and it will be one of my favorite anime at all times.

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