Whisper of the Heart

Mimi wo Sumaseba

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Shizuku Tsukishima is an energetic 14-year-old girl who enjoys reading and writing poetry in her free time. Glancing at the checkout cards of her books one evening, she notices that her library books are frequently checked out by a boy named Seiji Amasawa. Curiosity strikes Shizuku, and she decides to search for the boy who shares her love for literature. Meeting a peculiar cat on the train, Shizuku follows the animal and is eventually led to a quaint antique shop, where she learns about a cat statuette known as "The Baron." Taking an interest in the shop, she surprisingly finds Seiji, and the two quickly befriend one another. Shizuku learns while acquainting herself with Seiji that he has a dream that he would like to fulfill, causing her dismay as she remains uncertain of her future and has yet to recognize her talents. However, as her relationship with Seiji grows, Shizuku becomes determined to work toward a goal. Guided by the whispers of her heart and inspiration from The Baron, she resolves to carve out her own potential and dreams.

User Rating: 4.2 ( 11 votes)


English: Whisper of the Heart
Japanese: 耳をすませば
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 15, 1995
Producers: Tokuma Shoten
Licensors: Walt Disney Studios, GKIDS
Studios: Studio Ghibli
Source: Manga
Genres: Drama, Romance, Shoujo, Slice of Life
Duration: 1 hr 51 min
Rating: G – All Ages
Resolution: 720p
Type: Dual Audio


Hayao Miyazaki – Producer, Storyboard, Screenplay, Creator
Toshio Suzuki – Producer
Yoshifumi Kondou – Director
Naoko Asari – Sound Director
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Theme Songs

OP1: “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by Olivia Newton-John
ED1: “Country Road (カントリー・ロード)” by Youko Honna


A down to earth teenage love story that is filled with optimism for future couples to strive towards their goals separate but together


A cute story, one of my all time favorites.


A truly lovely romance.


Melts the heart, shows that love, while seldom easy, can be childlike in its simplicity and purity


Classic coming-of-age take on creativity and independence. Well worth a watch, especially for Ghibli enthusiasts.


Absolutely charming and delightful, a comfortably slow-paced movie.


Gentle and slow paced. Digs deep into the themes of love, self discovery, coming of age and realizing what your passions and dreams are.



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