Good waves to all Ocean Waves fans, the long wait is finally over! Box Office Mojo website just announced that one of the classic Studio Ghibli movies, Ocean Waves is going to be released in theaters come December 28. It’s going to be distributed by GKIDS. The movie is also included in the list of films rated by the MPAA or the Motion Picture Association of America.
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According to animenewsnetwork.com, Studio Ghibli’s Ocean Waves TV special and another Ghibli project, Grave of the Fireflies, were nowhere to be seen in the Tokuma Shoten and Walt Disney Company’s landmark international distribution deal for every Ghibli feature in 1996. Initially, Central Park Media, then ADV Films, and Sentai Filmworks released Grave of the Fireflies. However, Ocean Waves was not released on home video particularly in North America.
Ocean Waves special was released by Optimum Releasing on DVD in the U.K. back in 2010. While Madman Entertainment released it on DVD in Australia later that same year.
Studio Ghibli Movies: Ocean Waves by Tomomi Mochizuki
For those not familiar with the story, Ocean Waves is a poignant and wonderful story about adolescence and teenage isolation. Bestfriends Taku and Yutaka are back to school for another year of boring existence. But soon their friendship is put to the test by Rikako. She’s the beautiful transferee student from Tokyo. Her attitude is constantly changing, from flirty to flippant to melancholic. Taku later joins Rikako on a trip to Tokyo. Rumors started floating around and the three friends have no choice but to confront what is going on in their friendship.
As per gkids.com, Ocean Waves was the first Studio Ghibli movie that was directed by someone aside from studio founders Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki. It was directed by Tomomi Michizuki. He led a talented team of employees in the adaptation of Saeko Himuro’s best-selling book. Fans can definitely look forward to rich visual details of Studio Ghibli’s masterpiece.
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