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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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Asako Tsukishima (voice)
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Shiro Nishi (voice)
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Yuko Harada (voice)
Yoshimi Nakajima ...
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Minami Takayama ...
Kosaka-sensei (voice)
Mayumi Iizuka ...
Kinuyo (voice)
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Suki na hito ga dekimashita!


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28 September 2004 | by (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) – See all my reviews

Fabulous. Extremely fantastic. I love the innocence in it, the love, and the friendship. You can feel all that just by watching Whisper, and the music! I've always loved Country Road by J.Denver, and after watching this movie, I like it even more. I actually fell in love with the characters, and felt like being in love again. The vibe is there, no doubt. The atmosphere, the artwork, it is fantastic. We don't really need a high-tech animation to make a successful one. Simple artwork like Studio Ghibli's is just wonderful for me. I'm not going to spoil anything, since most of you probably have watched it. Those who haven't, please do so! I'm going to watch it again and again! My sincerest opinion, it is a must see! 10/10 from me!

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