Parents' Guide to

Ocean Waves

By Yvonne Condes, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Simple, slow anime tale about teen relationships in Japan.

Movie PG-13 2016 72 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+
11 and up could watch it but they would probably find it boring

Is It Any Good?

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Originally released as a TV movie in Japan in 1993, this simple, nostalgic, but slow anime drama is making its way to American audiences decades later. The animation is good, but there's not all that much to Ocean Waves' story. Rikaku is talented and smart; the reason she doesn't have many friends, the film tries to explain, is because her parents moved her out of Tokyo when they divorced.

That's regrettable for her, but she's also selfish and manipulative, and it's frustrating that Taku and Yutaka are both infatuated with her even though she treats them terribly and creates a rift between them. Frankly, it's not at all clear why the boys like her or why we would want to see their relationship play out screen. Fans of Studio Ghibli or the novel Ocean Waves was based on might enjoy it, but other audiences are likely to find it disappointing.

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