DVD - 2019 | Japanese
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When four-year-old Kun's new baby sister, named Mirai (meaning 'future'), quickly wins the hearts of Kun's entire family, his world is turned upside down. As his mother returns to work, Kun becomes increasingly jealous of baby Mirai, until one day he storms off into the garden, where he encounters guests from the past and future, including his sister Mirai as a teenager. Together, Kun and teenage Mirai go on a journey through time, uncovering their family's incredible story.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment : GKIDS, [2019]
Branch Call Number: J FIC
Language Note: Japanese or English dialogue; English or Spanish subtitles
Subtitled for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH)
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (98 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Feb 08, 2021

Wow. A family film that I could show little children.

Nov 28, 2020

Loved it! Gorgeous animation, cute and heartful story. What's not to love. This is Mamoru Hosoda's fifth animated feature, who's famous for the amazing animations, THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME, SUMMER WARS, and WOLF CHILDREN...and MIRAI is more a story closer to home than the others but it's no less mesmerizing. To anyone unfamiliar with these aforementioned films, I do recommend them highly -- they're all magnificent movies, almost the equivalent of Hayao Miyazaki's work. MIRAI isn't quite that, but it's the next best thing. It's funny and heartwarming. A lovely film.

Mar 26, 2020

When I saw the trailer, I immediately wanted to watch it. Now after watching it, it was OK, but I felt like it was lacking something. I loved the animation, but I thought there would be more to the story. I liked the meaning behind it, it was very heartfelt.

Oct 27, 2019

Probably really good for young children. Beautifully drawn and well acted. The little Kun is incredibly irritating, probability realistically so, but I couldn't sympathize with him at all so the story was wasted on me.

Sep 10, 2019

Positive comments: Not since "Calvin and Hobbes" has there been a cartoon (okay, anime in this case) that shows childhood as it really IS, with the fantastical frames of reference and without all the sweet sentimentality. And like Calvin, what we at first take for the child's immagination may be something more. The animation is a lush, colorful, and detailed mix of hand-drawn and CG.

Negative comments: Also like Calvin, the child is a brat -- and here we have to listen to him rather than just imagine his wails. Also, some of the characters seem rather generic. Maybe those who designed them could have done a better job (having Mirai show a birthmark on her hand, for us to identify her future version, doesn't really work since her face and outfit are so commonplace in the genre).

Ambiguous comment: No atempt is made in the English version to explain the pun in the Japanese title. "Mirai no Mirai", with the first "Mirai" written in kanji and the second in katakana, means "Future's Future" -- a repetititive form which loses its charm in English if rendered simply as "Mirai" (the character's name) or "Future" (what it means). ...But I can't think of a way to do it any better.

Jul 10, 2019

an interesting mode of story-telling and nice animation, but the little boy is a screaming monster of a child that made this viewer wonder why his parents, who obviously had problems in their own relationship, chose to reproduce a second time, and why anyone would create such a character and force people to listen to it yowl. by the end, we're supposed to feel all happy that the parents acknowledge their faults and the boy doesn't murder his little sister, but the underlying issues here are huge and depressing. the method of telling the story backwards and forwards through time and different characters is effective, in a way, but my overall sense was the futility of it all. this is an unhappy family with an unhappy dog. even magic and the wisdom of ages can't save them from themselves.

IndyPL_TimothyV Jun 30, 2019

Mamoru Hosoda specializes in family dramas that include an element of the fantastic or supernatural. The story of Mirai, in particular, was inspired by watching his own 3-year-old son's reactions to his newborn baby sister.

Jun 27, 2019

Jealous of his new baby sister, four-year old Kun begins acting out, making life near impossible for mom and dad. But he gets a lesson or two in love and family ties when he stumbles upon a magical oak tree with the power to transport him back and forth in time. A wonderful piece of anime which brings one little boy’s fantastical daydreams to vivid life whether it be a bonding moment with his long deceased great-grandfather or a menacing bullet train to Hell.

Jun 19, 2019

the english cast is far better than the original voice actors.

Jun 10, 2019

A realistic story of a child dealing with the emotions of sharing the love of his parents with a newborn sister.
The mysterious tree in the yard where the boy encounters strange places and people leaves one to wonder if it is the boy’s imagination or if real magic is happening. Either way it makes for a magical film.
The main character may seem like a brat, but it us a somewhat realistic view of a child fearing the loss of his parents love.

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