We’ll be having a movie trip for my third installment; and not just any other movie but a Ghibli movie. So sit back, relax and enjoy the ride – just like I did.
Unlike the usual nature spirit kind of themes that Studio Ghibli is known for, Whispers of the Heart leans more on the slice-of-life genre. However, at the same time, it still possesses the unique feeling that every Ghibli film has. The story focuses on middle school student Shizuku who loves to read and stay in the library, letting her story unfold as she begins looking for the thing that she wants to do and meeting her first love. With a plot as simple as that, it’s really amazing how Ghibli is able to pull out such an amazing story out of it.
Whispers of the Heart may seem boring at first and may actually be an acquired taste but as for me, it was an entertaining watch. I especially liked the antique store’s art work for this one. Everything was so detailed and colorful, especially that wonderful grandfather clock (with its cute story) and the Baron – a small statue of a cat wearing a tailcoat. I also find Shizuku a really funny and realistic character. I say she’s realistic based on experience. LOL.
If you want something light and sweet and fluffy, Whispers of the Heart might be the one for you.