Mirai of the Future: Anime Movie Review

I was finally able to see a film from my favourite anime directly in the cinemas (wahoo!). While I know many of you love Ghibli with all your heart, for me, the films by Mamoru Hosoda have always stolen my heart and interest.

For those of you who don’t know of Mamoru Hosoda, you may still be familiar with some of his world-famous works.

 

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (IMDb 7.8)

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Summer Wars (IMDb 7.6)

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Wolf Children (IMDb 8.2)

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The Boy and the Beach (IMDb 7.7)

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For those who have seen his films, you will know that is the main themes are that of growth and family. His work will leave you touched, inspired, and maybe even with a tear or two dripping down your cheek.

Mirai of the Future, is it any good?

While I wouldn’t put Mirai of the Future at the top of the list, it’s still a good movie that can be enjoyed by all the family.

The movie is about a young boy called Kun. His life is suddenly turned upside down by the birth of his younger sister, Mirai. Kun, who once had his parent’s sole attention, starts to misbehave when his mom spends all her time with her newborn.

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To teach Kun how to be a good big brother, the future version of Mirai appears to guide him along the correct path (hence the name ‘The Future of Mirai’). It’s not only Mirai who appears though, relatives from the past and future appear to help Kun through his mundane struggles.

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If I were to say something bad about the movie, I’d say it has a fairly slow-pace. I personally would have liked to see the story to have been set over several years, so we could witness Mirai and her bond with her brother develop.

Like all good children’s movies, Mirai of the Future also has a segment that might give a few of the little kiddies nightmares (and a fear of riding trains)

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Sometimes though, a sweet, mundane story that could happen in virtually any household (almost) is the perfect story to warm your heart and make you feel good.

The movie was released in Japan on the 20th of July – unfortunately, there aren’t any subtitles, so you’ll need some level of Japanese to understand it.

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