Ranked: Every Studio Ghibli Movie

20. Ocean Waves

At one time, Ocean Waves was considered a black eye in Ghibli’s filmography, an overpriced television movie that wasn’t all that good. In retrospect, the intial judgments were only partially right. Ocean Waves is very much a TV movie, melodramatic and small in scale. The animation, too, is sometimes shoddy, but more often than not it’s far better than it has the right to be. Ocean Waves is lovingly made, and the characters are almost frustratingly sincere—and oh so early 90s. While on the lowest tier of the Ghibli scale, Ocean Waves is far better than a simple curiosity.

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