- Adaptation Displacement: Many foreign countries were exposed to the film first, as the original manga wasn't released anywhere else at the time. Unsurprisngly so, this has led to major confusion when a live action sequel was announced by Sony, with several outlets confusing it for being a sequel to the film as opposed to the manga.
- 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.
- "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The optimistic tone of the film's ending regarding Shizuku's future career as a writer takes on a somewhat somber tone with the 1998 passing of director Yoshifumi Kondo; Ghibli had high hopes for Kondo as a potential successor to co-founder Hayao Miyazaki.
- Just Here for Godzilla: Many John Denver (and Fallout) fans watch this film for the Real Song Theme Tune, "Take Me Home, Country Roads." Fittingly enough, Denver's music has a dedicated fanbase in Japan, given that he toured the country throughout his life.
- 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.
- Woolseyism: In the Japanese script, Shizuku is translating "Country Roads" as a project for her English class, something that serves as a minor subplot throughout the film. Because this could never have been replicated accurately without replacing the song outright (which would've likely voided Disney's contract with Studio Ghibli), the dub frames it as Shizuku writing new lyrics for the song to perform at her graduation ceremony.
YMMV / Whisper of the Heart