Whisper of the Heart, the Baron, and idolizing your inspiration (SPOILERS)

I have a problem.

When I find something that I think is awesome, more often than not I run the risk of idolizing that thing.

For example: I’ll listen to a piece of music and, at the end of it, I’ll excitedly think something like “This music is God!” because of how good it was. It’s at that point that I have  to rein in my thoughts. Where I have to tell myself “Whoa! It’s good. But it’s not God.”

What does this have to do with Whisper of the Heart?

Whisper of the Heart is my favorite movie. Though I don’t keep track, since I got the movie in early July I’d say that, so far, I’ve seen it at least 10 times.

The main reason that I like the movie is because I can relate to the main character, Shizuku. There are many times during the movie where I think “Yes! I know exactly what you’re going through.”

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And, thus, I run the risk of turning Whisper of the Heart into an idol: I run the risk of turning a good movie into something it’s not — the be-all and end-all solution to all my problems.

How can I stop myself from idolizing Whisper of the Heart?

Ironically, Whisper of the Heart has an answer: The Baron.

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I’ll explain:

Whisper of the Heart inspires me, and it is the Baron that inspires Shizuku.

Without the Baron, Shizuku’s experience of “following her heart” — writing a story — would be very different. Shizuku never idolizes the Baron, though: She never views him as her savior.

Shizuku never views the Baron as anything other than 1) a statuette 2) her inspiration, and 3) the hero of her story.

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How can I prevent myself from idolizing Whisper of the Heart?

By seeing Whisper of the Heart like Shizuku sees the Baron:

Not as her savior, but as a comfort in hard times, a source of inspiration, and a guide.

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“Let us go forth together, in search of the treasure of lapis lazuli.”

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