(I Can Hear the Sea)
(Umi ga Kikoeru)
Set in Kochi (on the island of Shikoku), OCEAN WAVES tells the story of a love triangle that develops between two good friends and the new girl in school who transferred from Tokyo. The new girl, Rikako, is at first arrogant and distant, but eventually makes friends.
Average Ratings: 82
Number of Review Sites: 5
Number of Review Links: 5
"... perhaps not quite up to the best of Ghibli, but safely above most of the competition. "
Anime Meta-Review (Andrew Shelton) - worthy
"It's kind of like a less angsty and more pragmatic episode of Dawson's Creek... but a lot more tasteful and better done in all aspects."
Animetric (Rowena Lim Lei) - 4 stars (out of 5)
"The whole flavor of this title is that of a wistful memory ... You will swear you went to school with these folks."
T.H.E.M. Anime Reviews (Raphael See) - 5 stars (out of 5)
"By all means - watch it. "
The Anime Cafe (Jonathan Wu) - 4 stars (out of 5)
"…a slow-moving, artful film…a shame that we never quite connect with the characters fully."
The Anime Review (Jason Huff) - B