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Ride Your Wave(きみと、波にのれたら)

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Japan · 2019
1h 34m
Director Masaaki Yuasa
Starring Ryota Katayose, Rina Kawaei, Honoka Matsumoto, Kentaro Ito
Genre Animation, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

College student Hinako falls in love with Minato, a handsome firefighter with a strong sense of justice. The love is short-lived when he is lost at sea... until one day, Hinako sings a song that reminds her of Minato, and he miraculously appears in the water.

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IGN by

Ride Your Wave is the sweetest and most conventional story Yuasa has ever directed. Even with its formulaic story occupied by characters who would have benefited with more development and personality, there’s still plenty to enjoy in this light-hearted romance.


TheWrap by Carlos Aguilar

Fancifully heartfelt, Ride Your Wave doesn’t constitute his top effort, but it’s inviting enough to persuade audiences unfamiliar with him to dip their feet and then fully dive into the profundity of his imagination, where wonder awaits.


Los Angeles Times by Charles Solomon

The filmmakers give Hinako weaknesses and doubts as well as strengths and talents. She’s a more complex, fully realized character than many heroines in recent American features.


The Hollywood Reporter by Justin Lowe

The filmmakers’ reliance on romantic situations throughout the midsection may have some older teens and adults rolling their eyes, but the final scenes over-deliver with a literal flood of action that enables Hinako to definitively prove herself and discover her true calling.


Variety by Peter Debruge

Sooner or later, Hinako is going to have to learn to face the world on her own, which is where the tension finally arises before this dopey film reaches its sappy conclusion — by showing its heroine, so effortless on water, “learning to ride life’s waves, too.”


Austin Chronicle by Richard Whittaker

Yuasa entrances the eye, but he also know how to make your heart soar with this deft, delicate, and highly entertaining story of loss, of coming to terms with grief, of moving on without ever forgetting.

75 by Simon Abrams

Ride Your Wave moves without a great sense of urgency, but only because Hinako’s emotional turmoil isn’t a great conflict or a tragedy. It is, however, as real as the private heartaches that we self-consciously wear on our sleeves.


Polygon by Tasha Robinson

It’s rare to see an anime story that solely focuses on adults navigating the issues of maturity, personal development, and a stymied future. It’s even rarer to see anime that simultaneously tackles those ideas, and wraps them in such an extravagant visual fantasia.

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