Mirai (未来のミライ Mirai no Mirai, literally Mirai of the Future) is a 2018 Japanese animated adventure fantasy film written and directed by Mamoru Hosoda and produced by Studio Chizu. It was premiered on May 16, 2018, at Directors' Fortnight and released in Japan on July 20, 2018. The film stars the voices of Moka Kamishiraishi, Haru Kuroki, Gen Hoshino, Kumiko Aso, Mitsuo Yoshihara, Yoshiko Miyazaki, Koji Yakusho and Masaharu Fukuyama.
A young boy named Kun feels forgotten by his family when his little sister Mirai arrives. Running away from home, Kun stumbles upon a magical garden that serves as a time-traveling gateway where he encounters his mother as a little girl and has a series of adventures with his baby sister, who is all grown up, opening a new perspective on his world.
Why It Rocks
- Absolutely stunning animation, which is expected from Mamoru Hosoda's films.
- The story gives off a good Back to the Future and A Christmas Story vibe.
- Amazing performances from the actors and actresses, especially Haru Kuroki as a teenage Mirai. Even the dub is great.
- One of Hosoda's best works yet.
- Great suspenseful moments, such as when Kun, Mirai, and Yukko try to put away the dolls for Girls Day.
- The movie makes you see the eyes of a four-year-old as his life changes with the arrival of his baby sister.
- The comedy in the film is well played out.
- Kun is an extremely unlikeable and annoying protagonist for the majority of the movie. He constantly screams and whines about his baby sister Mirai getting more attention than him. He even hits her with one of his toy trucks!
- On a positive note, he's still a relatable character throughout the film, and his behavior is true to reality.
- The plot can get boring at times.
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 91% based on 78 reviews, with an average rating of 7.57/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "The simplicity and colorful warmth of Mirai's animation are underscored by a story with surprising - and deeply affecting - depth and emotional resonance." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 81 out of 100 based on 18 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".