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Whisper of the Heart (1995)

Mimi wo sumaseba (original title)
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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Suki na hito ga dekimashita!


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Release Date:

15 July 1995 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

If You Listen Closely  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first Japanese film in Dolby Digital. See more »


It is not clear whether this is a mistake or a hint that the Baron is alive, but in every scene that the Baron is shown, he looks different than the time before (position of hands, cane and hat). See more »


Seiji: Shizuku, I just wanted to let you know I really liked your lyrics. You're a really talented writer.
Shizuku: Just the other day you said they were corny.
Seiji: Oh, did I really say that?
Shizuku: Seiji!
Seiji: I'm sorry.
Shizuku: Ha! You're forgetful too. See you later!
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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 »


Referenced in Amélie (2001) See more »


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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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