A young Japanese man recalls his high-school days while visiting his hometown for a class reunion. Flashbacks detail the highs and lows of that period in his life, as he falls into a love triangle with his best friend and a mysterious transfer student. Directed by Tomomi Mochizuki, OCEAN WAVES was originally made as a TV movie by legendary Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli.
3 stars out of 4 -- "Its a delicate, well-told drama...[and] proves that Miyazaki and Takahatas students were listening to their teachers." - 12/28/2016 RogerEbert.com
"[I]n its sensitivity and attention to detail, OCEAN WAVES makes itself into something special, and kind of magical, and so proves very much a Ghibli gem." - 12/27/2016 New York Times