Keywords: Life, Anime, Review, Studio Ghibli, Whisper of the Heart
“You have to dig down deep and find the emeralds tucked away inside you… and that’s just the beginning. Once you find your gems you have to polish them. It takes a lot of hard work. Oh and here’s the tricky part…”
Based on the manga by: Aoi Hiiragi
Film Adaptation: Studio Ghibli
How many life lessons can you find in one movie? One? maybe two? Whisper of the Heart is a most special exquisite gem that stands out even among other wonderful stories. Its main strength lies in the fact that it is so simple. There’s nothing over the top.
Set in everyday life with a love story developing from an unexpected series of events, the storytelling is enhanced by all the little details handled with delicate care. From distorted speech by speaking with a full mouth, to how you use a bike to be a gentleman, even the ending credits telling a story to those paying attention.
Don’t even get me started on the music. High quality music with proper execution in the film pulls out the appropriate emotions from the listener. It does its job so well you don’t notice it unless you’re actually intentionally listening to the music. It stands out during key moments, but it never overwhelms the ongoing scenario.
The same goes for all the other tools they’ve used to elaborate and drive the plot. The twists surprise but don’t feel gimmicky. The artwork is magnificent and feels so very warm. There’s also a crazy cat and occasional flights of fancy. There is harmony within the elements that comprise this production.
I’ve watched it twice now, An English teacher of mine once told me that you learn more the second time around when reading a book. Apparently, it applies to any worthwhile story in whatever format. It is a very good movie to watch the first time around. It’s even better the second. You feel very at home with the characters. The crises and the decisions they have to make are all very real. Real because everyone of us deals with the similar situations in our own lives. It also has several answers to the most important question in every story. What is the moral lesson? Instantly I can think of more than five, but I’ll leave it to you to discover your own gems.
If there’s anything negative I have to say about this film is that it might make me quite critical of the other stuff I watch. Here’s a more in depth review to drive home the fact that this is really good. This is the best anime movie I’ve watched so far. A must see for not only anime lovers, but anyone who enjoys the little things in life.