Ocean Waves (1993) IMDb


Mochizuki Tomomi (director), Suzuki Toshio (producer).


Realistic, almost slice-of-life drama, stretching over about three years.


A casual love story in modern Japan, mostly in senior high school. A bit of mystery and lots of maturing.


Builds slowly to familiarity and open resolution, which is very effective. A good example of anime in the real, modern world, with no magic or other fantastical stuff, not even high-flying scenes of imagination. Made for TV, way over budget and schedule.

References here: Ghibli movie titles, Here Is Greenwood (1991).

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