12 Days of Anime 2020: Whisper of the Heart

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Yo! Sirius here!

For today’s 12 Days of Anime entry, I will be sharing my thoughts on the Ghibli movie, Whisper of the Heart.

I had never heard of this movie before. Compared to the other two, I didn’t know this movie existed until recently. Lol. Because of that, I decided to include this one in the line up for the 12 Days of Anime.

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. (MAL)

This movie is quite wholesome and sweet.

It’s impact to me is not the same as Only Yesterday, but Whisper of the Heart was still able to capture my attention and I had fun watching it. It was different from the previous two Ghibli movies I had seen, while at the same time, the same in terms of delivering a powerful message to the viewers.

Whisper of the Heart embodies that youthful aura that is filled with innocence and a bit of teenage angst touch. I know I am already old for this kind of movie, but watching this one made me reminisce my own time when I was around this time too, a middle school kid going through an early life crisis because I didn’t know what I wanted to pursue in life.

It was cool to see the journey of the protagonist, from how she was lost to then become inspired to be a writer. It made me jealous for a bit, as I never got the same support as she had. She was able to find something she’s passionate about early and that, for me, is a privilege. It took me years and years, specifically when I was in college, before I knew what I am passionate about. There are also other people who took longer than me. So yeah. Good for the protagonist.

What I like about the movie was how we also got to see more of the protagonist’s everyday life. We got to see her in her normal habitat, and how she is lost even though she could just enjoy her school life like the others.

One of the main points of this movie would be her blooming love interest. I find it really endearing and cute to see how romantic and unbelievable Shizuko and Seiji’s start of relationship. It was really cute, but unrealistic. LOL. And for a 14 year old guy, Seiji is hella tall. But anyway, the development of their relationship was really cute to watch. It was clear that they both like each other, so seeing them low key admitting their feelings for each other gives me butterflies in my own stomach.

However, I am not much of a fan of the overwhelming cheesiness at the end. Lol.

Anyway, it was through Seiji when Shizuko was able to discover what she really wants to do in life. Nice, an inspiration. Cool.

But I am not a fan of what she did, she abandoned her own studies and focused too much on her passion project. Her drive was admirable, yes, but realistically, she should have done some time management.

I am also not a fan of how her parents handled the situation. I kind of wanted for them to scold her a bit, or atleast give her more pep talk. But I guess, less is more. They were still able to deliver the right message to her, but her overly driven attitude to a point that she abandoned her other duties doesn’t sit well with me.

Maybe it’s a Japanese thing.


Anyway, let’s move on.

The art and animation looked more similar to the current style of Ghibli though a bit outdated. There wasn’t anything special in this movie, as the fantasy aspect wasn’t really that prominent in this movie. Still, this movie had a solid animation. Everything was really smooth and it made me appreciate cell animation again.

I noticed that there was a lot of singing in this movie. I had no problems with it, but the English dubbed version of the songs irked me. Lol. That’s why every time the characters sing, I turn the Japanese audio instead. Hahahahah. Other than that, the English dub was really good.

Overall, I had a really good time watching this movie. Even though the ending of the movie spoiled my enjoyment for a bit (too much cheese, bruh), I still enjoyed the hell out of this movie. The characters were really likable and the story was sweet.

To be honest, I didn’t expect Ghibli has this type of movie in their catalog. Lol. This made me a bit more excited to the following movies I will watch as I dunno what I am going to experience.

Anyway, that would be all for now.

This has been Will Sirius and thanks for reading.

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