Sumaseba (Whisper of the Heart) anime by Studio Ghibli and manga
series by Hiiragi Aoi images and info. Part of a diverse shoujo
anime, manga, video gaming, and live-action Japanese drama
Mimi wo Sumaseba
"Mimi wo Sumaseba" is the
ONLY manga (other than Miyazaki Hayao's own & the Yamada-kun
comic strip) with the distinction of being animated as a Studio
Ghibli film! The movie is also known by the title "Whisper of the
Heart". The manga is by Hiiragi Aoi (Hoshi no Hitomi no
Silhouette, Gin-iro no Harmony), a creator of classics in the
shoujo manga magazine Ribon.
Manga - 1 volume
Manga - 1 volume
wo Sumaseba Shiawase no Jikan
discovers that all of the books she checks out from the school
library have been checked out by a person named Amasawa Seiji. She
wonders who he is.... he likes all the same things as she does. Is
he nice? What does he look like? One day Shizuku returns to class
after leaving one of her books there, and finds a boy sitting on
her desk reading it. She doesn't like him very much at all because
of his teasing comments. That day she meets a curious cat riding
the bullet train, and follows him to a quaint shop high on a hill.
Inside is a statue of a cat called the Baron, which inspires
Shizuku to write her first novel. It turns out that the owner of
the cat is Amasawa Kouji, and his younger brother is the boy she
saw in the classroom.... whose name is Seiji!
The sequel book contains
a story of Shizuku and mysterious wings she sees in the Amasawa's
house. She magically finds herself in a library full of cats,
including the Baron.... or is it a dream? Seiji, Kouji, and their
grandfather appear as well.
Shizuki is a heroine one
can relate to very well. She's approaching the all-important high
school entrance exams and realizes that she doesn't know what she
wants to do with her life, unlike Seiji, who does violin crafting.
She had gone along until now just doing what everyone else did,
but this is a crossroads of her life. She can go to high school,
go abroad, or enter the working world. She comes to the decision
that what she wants to do is write, so she sets upon the task of
penning her first novel. She is very unsure of her work, whether
it's good, whether she'll fail... if she fails at what she loves
most, what will she do? Even at the cost of possibly ruining her
shot at a good high school, she knows she needs to find out who
she is and what her goals are before choosing to go on to high
school or not. It would take courage to make such a choice.
Everyone knows to study extra hard for exams, but she is spending
the time writing first, even though it'll give her much less study
time. If you understand how major the exams are to Japanese
students (it's very stressing, some people have even commited
suicide) you know what a hard choice it would be to go against the
flow. To worry your parents who know that passing or not may
determine your life's future.
The manga has many
differences from the movie, including Seiji's older brother and 2
cats rather than 1, so fans will definitely enjoy both versions.
If you are familiar with anime in general, you know that the
Studio Ghibli films are of the highest caliber and filled to the
brim with lovely details and emotions of life. This is a film not
to be passed by.