Ocean Waves Blu-ray/DVD

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About Ocean Waves Blu-ray/DVD

Rarely seen outside of Japan, Ocean Waves is a subtle, poignant and wonderfully detailed story of adolescence and teenage isolation. Taku and his best friend Yutaka are headed back to school for what looks like another uneventful year. But they soon find their friendship tested by the arrival of Rikako, a beautiful new transfer student from Tokyo whose attitude vacillates wildly from flirty and flippant to melancholic. When Taku joins Rikako on a trip to Tokyo, the school erupts with rumors, and the three friends are forced to come to terms with their changing relationships.


  • Publisher: GKIDS
  • Media: Blu-ray
  • Spoken Language: Japanese
  • Subtitle Language: English
  • Genre: Drama, Romance
  • Themes: Slice of Life
  • Age Rating: 13+
  • Run Time: 76
  • Release Date: 4/18/2017
  • Dimensional Weight: 1
  • Region Code: A

Ratings & Reviews

8 reviews

The ONLY Ghibli movie to not be ruined by atrocious dubbing


It's widely accepted that the Studio Ghibli library has been completely, utterly butchered by absolutely hideous, atrocious, painfully unlistenable dubs by talentless big-names who mercilessly crucified these beloved films (Damn Disney and GKids for doing BAD jobs with them -- the Streamline/Warriors dubs were SOOOOOOO much better!). This is the only Ghibli movie not to be dubbed, and as such it's the only one to not be ruined because of it. If any of you dare to give this movie a low rating for no dub, then you have no right to be a fan, period. ANYONE can watch animated movies subtitled, it's easy!

The only Gibli film that needs a dub to be complete.


I am not trying to get on anyone's bad side. But, I can tell you tell you that this beautiful film should be dubbed so that everyone can enjoy each film dubbed or subbed. I loved all the Gibli films and I love the dubs as well. It just does not feel complete if all of them have a dub in my opinion. Yes they might make changes in translation, but all the dubs are well done and the actors should be praised for there time.

Very good film... A shame there was no dub for it!


Far be it from me to bash other fans...
BUT certain reviewers are CLUELESS.
To grow the fanbase, there HAVE to be dubs of major films.
The Disney AND GKids dubs of the Ghibli films have been excellent and set a higher bar for the American anime dub industry to routinely reach or break.
The US anime industry can't thrive and be healthy without good dubs like these.
This film deserved a dub. It's more personal and relates to perceptions and relationships in young adulthood -- the missed opportunities many of us experience in high school. It was less fantastic than the The Wind Rises but better-paced and more relevant than Only Yesterday.
The only major Ghibli film left for Blu ray re-release now is My Neighbors the Yamadas. Hopefully, somebody picks it up if Disney doesn't release it on BD in the States themselves.

Corrections about the Dubs


OK, first of all to those of you who praise the dubs, you are wrong. Quite, quite wrong. The sad, honest truth is that Disney put no effort into dubbing any of these movies. They are all simply hackjobs done no better than 4Kids. Seriously, there's no defending the adding in of music to Kiki and Laputa! None! And all the crap voice acting? If Miyazaki understood English he would NEVER have approved of these dubs. Sadly, the Disney/GKids dubs are truly horrible. They all ruin Ghibli's work. Stop defending them and watch them only with subs. JUST STOP.
The only ones who did Ghibli right were Streamline Pictures. Their dubs were PERFECT. They used REAL, genuine VAs with raw, honest emotions. The Disney VAs are just talentless, cheap celebrities who desperately fail to do any of that.
Adding a dub to this delicate movie would only ruin the subtleties and nuance of the work. Unless it was Streamline, but sadly since they are defunct, a sub will have to do.

Me? Defending the Ghibli dubs?


I admit to being a purist when it comes to Anime and I do prefer Ghibli in Japanese. That said, the "reviews" from some people baffle me.

The Disney-Ghibli dubs are "terrible"? Not at all. I do have a few issues with them (some odd casting choices and a few script changes), but to say they're bad dubs? Come on, there are far, far worse. I bet that without Disney's involvement audiences worldwide would never have had access to these movies, period. It seems silly to rail against Disney for making them more available to those who want to see them in English.

As for me, I'm glad to see this movie released stateside finally. Now the Ghibli library is complete in the U.S.. I do feel sorry for those who want to have a dub (and don't blame them), but by all means, give this movie a watch. It's a beautiful tale, and it's absolutely worth seeing.

Quit talking about the dubs!


Enough about the dubs, that is in no way related to this product.

Anyways... I had the opportunity of seeing this film in theaters a couple months ago. I am a big fan of Ghibli and seeing more of their works get a US release is always welcome.

But man, was I disappointed. The film sets up this story about growing up and maturing through life experiences, and then does nothing with it. I mean nothing at all. This lack of consistency and character build-up would have been okay, if it weren't for the ending. The movie had the opportunity to create a decent (though still contrived) ending for the characters. Instead, it decided to tell us that our main female lead had matured and changed, when in reality she was doing the same things as she did prior in the story.

The animation is good, as can be expected with Ghibli films. It is simple and plain, but fits the story well. It is most comparable to Only Yesterday in that regard.

Lovely but unfortunately not very memorable outing from Ghibli


Aesthetically, there's nothing remotely wrong with OCEAN WAVES. Like any Studio Ghibli movie, it's as beautifully animated as any of the company's movies (if somewhat lacking in detail). In context, however, OCEAN WAVES is one of my least favorite Ghibli movies. Perhaps due to its made-for-TV structure, the story feels very rushed in places, resulting in lacking character development. Rikako, for instance, could have been interesting, but because we are only permitted to see her as a manipulative, self-centered rich girl, it's difficult for the viewer to understand just what Taku sees in her. It's not a bad movie by any means, but OCEAN WAVES isn't the sort of film that will have one eager for repeat viewings.

This is the only Ghibli movie not to feature a dub, which is further disappointing considering the consistent excellence in quality the studio's films have turned out.

Beautiful but lacking.


This is probably the first Ghibli movie I did not particularly like. Although the animation is beautiful, I found the story to be rushed, and the characters aren't very memorable. I can see what they were trying to do with the story, but it just didn't register with me. I also lament the absence of a dub. I've always liked the Disney Ghibli dubs, and it's baffling they didn't make one for this movie. Perhaps I would have enjoyed it more. At any rate, OCEAN WAVES is still watchable for the gorgeous animation, but it's not my favorite of theirs by any means.