For a studio that’s effectively shut down, Studio Ghibli seems pretty busy. A handful of animators have branched out and formed their own studio, with a new movie coming next year, and now a title from the company which has mostly gone unseen on our shores is finally arriving.

Given a new, 4K restoration, Tomomi Mochizuki‘s “Ocean Waves” was originally made for Japanese television, but now it’s landing on the big screen in the United States courtesy of the fine folks at GKIDS, and it looks like another sensitive work from Studio Ghibli that fans are going to fall in love with. Here’s the official synopsis:

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Rarely seen outside of Japan, OCEAN WAVES is a subtle, poignant and wonderfully detailed story of adolescence and teenage isolation. Taku and his best friend Yutaka are headed back to school for what looks like another uneventful year. But they soon find their friendship tested by the arrival of Rikako, a beautiful new transfer student from Tokyo whose attitude vacillates wildly from flirty and flippant to melancholic. When Taku joins Rikako on a trip to Tokyo, the school erupts with rumors, and the three friends are forced to come to terms with their changing relationships.

OCEAN WAVES was the first Studio Ghibli film directed by someone other than studio founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, as director Tomomi Mochizuki led a talented staff of younger employees in an adaptation of Saeko Himuro’s best-selling novel. Full of shots bathed in a palette of pleasingly soft pastel colors and rich in the unexpected visual details typical of Studio Ghibli’s most revered works, OCEAN WAVES is an accomplished teenage drama and a true discovery.

“Ocean Waves” starts rolling out on December 28th in New York City.