YMMV / Whisper of the Heart

  • Awesome Art: It's Ghibli, so this should go without saying, but the animation in the film is gorgeous.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Probably why the Baron later starred in The Cat Returns.
  • Memetic Mutation: This GIF of Shizuku writing while listening to music has become somewhat popular among lo-fi fans, thanks to several people using it (or edited versions) as a background image in lo-fi compilation videos. It helps that a lot of fans think it encapsulates what the genre feels like.
    • Adding various characters into the background of the scene where Shizuku is scolded by her parents at the dinner table is a popular edit to make.
  • Narm: Seiji's declaration of "Shizuku, I love you!" in the English dub.
  • Narm Charm: Despite the aforementioned Narm, it's still a very sweet scene.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The glowing lapis lazuli from Shizuku's story suddenly turning into a dead baby bird.
  • The Scrappy: A minor case but Shiho is rather unlikable because she's so bossy and demanding towards Shizuku, far moreso than their parents.
  • Signature Scene: The above-mentioned image of Shizuku sitting at her desk writing in her notebook while listening to her headphones has become iconic of the film.
  • Wangst: Yuuko's over-the-top reaction to Sugimura encouraging her to date his friend. Skipping school just because she cried the day before might seem a bit over-the-top to some.
    • Similarly, the way that Shizuku, Yuuko and Sugimura all treat the Love Triangle with far, far more gravitas than it actually deserves.