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Whisper of the Heart

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4.344 out of 5 from 7,346 votes
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Whisper of the Heart is a touching Ghibli slice-of-life story, about a young girl named Shizuku. While riding the train, she notices a fat cat riding alongside her. Following the cat, she finds a shop where she is told an enchanting story of a gold statue named "The Baron". WotH follows Shizuku in her struggles to grow, and her budding love with the shopkeeper's son.

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Cat Returns, The Movie 2002 TBD

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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Mimi wo Sumaseba 1989 Original Manga
Name Role
Kitaro KOUSAKA Character Design
Hayao MIYAZAKI Director
Yoshifumi KONDO Director
Yuuji NOMI Music
Aoi HIIRAGI Original Manga Creator
Hayao MIYAZAKI Producer
Toshio SUZUKI Producer

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Spirited Away

Spirited Away
  • Movie (1 ep x 125 min)
  • 2001

Chihiro and her family are on their way to their new home, when they discover an abandoned amusement park. After Chihiro's family mysteriously turn into pigs, she is thrown into a surreal world of magic and fantasy. Join her as she struggles to survive in the bathhouse of the gods, ruled by an evil witch who has stolen not only her name, but her way back to the real world.

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Although Spirited Away and Whisper of the Heart seem like they are worlds apart they have many similarities in plot. Both lead characters are pushed into situations that will make them re-evaluate their feelings and goals. Each is definitely a well thought-out movie that makes you want to watch it again and again.


Spirited Away and Whisper of the Heart are about girls who have nothing going on in their lives. Both meet someone and learn that even they are brave and of value. These are very good movies; you should see them both!


Spirited Away and Whisper of the Heart feature a young girl's journey to self-fulfillment. Both are Ghibli productions and it shows; the visual aspect of these movies is very similar in terms of character design and animation. Spirited Away is more flamboyant and uses a fantasy element that is inherent to the plot, while Whisper of the Heart is more slice of life driven, being mostly slow paced and keeping the fantastic aspect in a psychological frame that does not interfere with the plot directly. In both cases a budding romance ensues, more pronounced in WotH than in SA. The general impression of one is reminiscent of the other, all things considered.


Well both are directed and produced by Hayao Miyazaki which should really be all I have to say for you to go and see either one of these films, but if you need more of a reason as to why you should then how about this.  They both movies feature a young female who ends up in a situation where they are forced to re-evaluate their lives and come the end they have grown as grown as a person.  Though they both feature similar artstyles Spirited Away tends to have more of a fantasy element to it opposed to Whisper of the Heart is more slice of life.  But in any event if you liked one then you should check out the other.

Iblard Jikan

Iblard Jikan
  • OVA (1 ep x 30 min)
  • 2007

In a lush and detailed fantasy world, magical airships sail amidst floating islands and villas. Luxurious earthly homes lie amidst hillsides of flowers and trees, and a lone pond houses a single shoot of life. Miniature tram cars come and go, ladies’ dresses flutter in the breeze, will o’ wisps dance in the midst of dusk and lights flicker warmly. With a lack of narrative, Iblard Jikan shows us these visions and more alongside a soundtrack of lilting melodies.


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Iblard Jikan has the same ambiance and aspect as the world in Shizuku's imagination. If you liked the representations of the Baron's story by the heroine in WotH, you'll be happy to find that mood and discover her world more through Iblard Jikan.


Personally, one of my favorite things about movies made by Studio Ghibli is the backround art. In Iblard Jikan, they went above and beyond to create beautiful scenery, captivating your eyes and imagination. In Whisper of the Heart, you get the chance to see the images again when they are incorperated with the main story.


Some of the best moments in Whisper of the Heart were when Shizuku explored her imaginary landscapes. Part of the appeal was due to the incredible background art of Naohisa Inoue. In Iblard Jikan he takes this world and fleshes it out, creating a screensaver-like ambience.

Only Yesterday

Only Yesterday
  • Movie (1 ep x 119 min)
  • 1991

Taeko Okajima lives a nondescript life in Tokyo performing office duties in the day and then coming home in the evening to listen to her mother’s remarks on the phone about her unmarried status. In a bid to escape the monotony, Taeko decides to visit the countryside she once loved as a child and spend time on a safflower farm run by relations of hers. But her journey awakens memories she thought she had long abandoned, and Taeko must once again decide the kind of person she truly wants to be.

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"Whisper of the Heart" and "Only Yesterday" are two of Ghibli's best, most understated, films. In many ways, they deal with aspects of the same process - growing up. In "WotH", we follow a young girl glimpsing her own potential for growth into adulthood. In "OY", a grown woman travels back in her memory to her childhood. Two sides of the same story.

Only Yesterday and Whisper... are created by the same studio, but this is not the only connection.Both are showing a way that every person must went - groving up. In very touching, slowly style, creators gives us a unique stories about changes in child life and mind.


Watching Only Yesterday instantly reminded me of Whisper of the Heart. Besides both being Studio Ghibli movies, both have that extremely slow pace they follow. They both also touch on the lives of children and their own kind of struggles. If you want to watch another calm movie, then the other should be the next one.

Piano no Mori

Piano no Mori
  • Movie (1 ep x 100 min)
  • 2007

Born into the wealthy family of a famous musician, Shu Amamiya feels it is his fate to become a professional pianist. But when he transfers to a new elementary school, his goal is threatened by an obnoxious classmate, Ichinose Kai, who has the ability to produce beautiful sound from a piano that was thought to be broken. The two quickly become friends; however, their friendship is tested when they face off in a competition to determine who has the better skill, greatest ambition, and the strongest love for the piano.

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Both of these are absolutely charming, slow-moving drama films which feature youths displaying creative talent, and - though in very different senses - entering a rivalry. Piano no Mori is entirely about musical talent, specifically as pianists, and focuses on the rivalry and the friendship of two boys - while Whisper of the Heart has musical talent in one of its protagonists and a broader writing talent in the other, though it also includes musical renditions by its young leads at key moments. While there is still too an intellectual rivalry between the characters there is also a romance budding between this young man and girl; either way these charming and literate films about youth should appeal to the same audience.


Both of these movies are about children becoming friends because of their interest in music. They are slow-paced and deal with daily life, and give you the same feeling when you're watching them.


Whisper of the Heart and Piano no Mori share three major things. Firstly, they're both quite realistic drama movies with small elements of fantasy added. Also, both titles follow a relationship of two people, specifically two friends in the other and lovers in the other movie. And lastly, both include music, although it has a little bigger role in Piano no Mori. Great family friendly titles, I recommend both!

Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou

Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou

In a quaint Japanese town, far from the footprints of tourists, an abandoned robot named Alpha lives a quiet life, while running a coffee shop left by her previous owner. With hardly a customer from day to day, she tends to focus on life's little pleasures, while sporadically wishing for her master's return. But one day, a delivery-robot brings Alpha a camera, and through the pictures inside, her eyes are opened for the first time to the world around her.

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Though perhaps the most obvious connection between Whisper and Yokohama is the noticeable lack of action, for these two animes it's all about atmosphere. They just give a wonderful feeling of calm and everything being well in the world. There aren't many things you can watch that will make the rest of your day seem brighter, but somehow Whisper and Yokohama manage it.

Both Whisper of the Heart and Yokohama Shopping Log rely on subtle moods evoked from seemingly mundane actions, and will probably both bore those more action-oriented. However, for the rest of us, either anime will provide a satisfyingly relaxing tone while simultaneously delivering some deeper themes of spiritual growth and self-realization.

Well on the one side the two titles are very different in plot an characters but on the other side there's still this calm "ghibli'ish makes-you-forget-all-the-problems-around-you" feeling in both of them which is (at least for me) reason enough to recommend the other to someone who's watched one of these two.