Ocean Waves

Alt title: Umi ga Kikoeru

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5 Centimeters per Second

5 Centimeters per Second

Although today Tono Takaki and Shinohara Akari live far apart due to a family move shortly after elementary school, they were once two shy young students brought together by their shared differences from their peers. It is because of this that the two built a bond of closeness between them that still survives through their continued correspondence, even over such a distance. Secretly they both fear the loss of this bond over time, and for this reason they arrange a meeting between just the two of them. The journeys both of them take in their minds and in their lives create an atmosphere of intense emotional upheaval, but also a sense of peace. It is a twist of fate and a series of decisions that put the two in place to carry what they choose of their pasts into the future they will create for themselves.

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abunai abunai says...

Byousoku 5 Centimeter and Umi ga Kikoeru/Ocean Waves are mirror images of each other. Both tales tell of couples separated by distance either real or emotional (as symbolically represented by trains, that icon of distance so beloved of the Japanese), but with a wholly different development of the separation. The romance is palpable and the tension great in both anime, yet overlaid on both tales is a gentle, wavelike ebb and flow of the storyline.

Surely, if you like one of these, you'll like the other.

cassiesheepgirl cassiesheepgirl says...

With a melancholic and nostalgic take on the interaction betweeen two high school students, both of these films have a different take on human relationships. If you found the more troubled aspects of these relationships interesting in one, then give the other a watch.

eaper eaper says...

Each of these are well told love stories and show the melancholy of aging and moving away for family and colleges quite well. If you enjoy one, there is a good change you'd like the other.

NimirRa NimirRa says...

Both these shows are slow paced, and somewhat unsatisfying romances. If you liked the melancholy setting and pace of one then give the other a try.

The Place Promised in Our Early Days

The Place Promised in Our Early Days

At the end of World War II, Japan was split and a great tower was erected that reached the skies. For three friends, Hiroki, Takuya, and Sayuri, memories of their summer spent together would stay with them forever. During that precious time, the three promised to one day travel to the tower in the skies on the wings of a white plane -- to finally see its brilliance and the surrounding land of Ezo -- but when Sayuri suddenly disappeared from their lives, the promise that once was made was broken. Though time continues to pass, will the three ever meet again some day?

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AirCommodore AirCommodore says...

So... slow...

If you're into love-triangle things that move slower than molasses, focus more on characters than events, and don't quite come to a conclusion, you'd be likely to enjoy either Place Promised or Ocean Waves.

Kogoruhn Kogoruhn says...

Both Ocean Waves and The Place promised in our Early Days are SLOW paced but very nice love stories with love triangles. If you liked one or the other make sure to check out the other.

Thrawn Thrawn says...

Straight up, both are slow. While others may run or jog or even walk briskly, these two not only take their time but also stop to smell the roses. But you know, it works. The slow moving stories make them feel more real (Or as real as you can get in The Place Promised in our Early Days) and give them a better sense of romance. The Place Promised in our Early Days is better in just about every aspect than Ocean Waves but don't completely disregard it. If you have an itch that calls for romance or something slow and relaxed, give either one a go.

Only Yesterday

Only Yesterday

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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takahiro takahiro says...

Ocean Waves and Only Yesterday are both traditional, character-driven Ghibli stories (as is Whispers of the Heart). They share the great Ghibli visual style & production values, and both are quiet, sensitive examinations of the lives and choices of ordinary people in modern-day Japan.

VivisQueen VivisQueen says...

If you enjoyed the subtle romantic drama of Ocean Waves, you'll adore Only Yesterday even more for it's more powerful themes and more intricate characterisation. Only Yesterday is one of Takahata's (Grave of the Fireflies) greatest works and probably one of the most mature shows around. Definitely check it out.

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

Makoto Konno is a somewhat foolish and tomboyish high school student who spends most of her time hanging out with her two male friends. Things change one day when she suddenly gains the ability to leap through time! At first, she uses her newfound ability to do things such as preventing her sister from stealing her dessert, cheating on a test, and singing Karaoke for 10 hours. However, the small alterations she makes to the timeline turn out to have unforeseen consequences that snowball into dramatic and lethal situations for her and those around her...

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valondar valondar says...

Both of these are positively charming slice-of-life high school romantic anime, with likeable characters with a pleasant blend of humour and drama that feel quite similar. While The Girl Who Leapt Through Time also has a science fiction aspect, I think someone who enjoyed one will appreciate the other.

eaper eaper says...

Both of these series are, although they don't seem to be on the surface, rather romantic. Beyond that, they are slice of life school stories with a touch of comedy.

Whisper of the Heart

Whisper of the Heart

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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sothis sothis says...

If you like slice-of-life, you'll like Ocean Waves. The characters are high school age, not children. I did find Ocean Waves to be rather slow moving, but you will enjoy it if you like this genre.

Candy Candy Movie

Candy Candy Movie

At twelve years old, Candice White (otherwise known as Candy) is the oldest remaining child at the Poni Orphanage. With her spirits held high, Candy dreams of the day a wonderful family will take her home; and on one fateful day, it seems her dream has come true… or has it? Instead of joining a family, Candy is adopted to be a companion for the snobby daughter of a wealthy household. Now, our young heroine sets off to join her new family and experience the joys of first love and the heartbreak of cruelty. Whatever the case, her life will never be the same!

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yuujin yuujin says...

The complex love triangles in "Ocean Waves" and "Candy Candy" are very similar. The simplest phrase to comment both anime would be "she loves him, but she is loved by another one" or vice versa. In the end, of course, the lovers will find their match but before that there will be many complex and unexpected situations. Both anime are rather calm and light, and would be preferable for those who love romance anime.

Toradora!

Toradora!

Ryuuji Takasu has an eventful life: his classmates think he's a delinquent due to his 'killer' eyes; his crush Minori seems ever out of reach; and he’s just had an unfortunate encounter with 'palm-sized Taiga' – a feisty and dainty wench in his class. With different cleaning habits and tempers, the two clash like night and day; that is, except for the fact that Taiga and Ryuuji have crushes on the other's good friend! With school rumors abounding, the duo must now work together to play matchmaker for each other. Who will end up with their true love?

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mammothb mammothb says...

Both are tsundere. and the male lead only realises at the end that the feeling they have for the female is love

Windy Tales

Windy Tales

Nao and Miki are the sole members of their school's photography club, and have discovered the hidden secret of the wind. With the help of Mr. Taiki (a member of the ancient clan of the "wind-handlers" and one of their teachers) the duo soon pick up the secrets of controlling the wind and seeing it in its perfect beauty. With flying cats, lost tree squirrels and photography contests to boot, there's wind to be seen in any situation...

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AirCommodore AirCommodore says...

If you can tolerate the slow pace of either Windy Tales or Ocean Waves, and are a fan of this type of slice-of-life, you should definitely try out the other. Both are a really pure slice-of-life anime, with realistic characters and understated events, and neither goes out of their way to be funny/pander to a wider audience.

Master Keaton

Master Keaton

Taichi Keaton, a former British special forces operative, now works as an insurance investigator for the world-renowned insurance agency Lloyd's; but his true passion is history and archaeology, which he fulfills by teaching at universities and visiting various ruins. Make no mistake though, there is far more to Mr. Keaton's job than simply filing insurance forms and writing reports! His investigations take him around the world and into situations ranging from run-ins with the Russian mafia to solving murders and even foiling terrorist plots. There's never a dull moment, much to Keaton's dismay!

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AirCommodore AirCommodore says...

Ocean Waves and Master Keaton are the two slowest paced shows I've watched thus far. While this might not seem like the most sound ground for their recommendation, I do feel that they would appeal to the same audience.

Otona Joshi no Anime Time: Kawamo o Suberu Kaze

Otona Joshi no Anime Time: Kawamo o Suberu Kaze

Several years ago, Noriko married and moved to the United States from Japan along with her husband, giving birth to a child soon after. Now, she has returned to her hometown with her young son, Motoki, and must learn to become at peace with her past and present. Noriko fondly reminisces about the bittersweet memories of her teenaged years, her decisions, and how she will move forward in the future.

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NimirRa NimirRa says...

Now although I find Otona Joshi to be WAY better than Ocean Waves, I do think they make a good recommendation for each other. They both share a sense of melancholy and bittersweet storytelling that would appeal to the same audiences.