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Mai Mai Shinko to Sennen no Mahou

Mai Mai Shinko to Sennen no Mahou

Alternative Titles

English: Mai-Mai Miracle
Synonyms: Mai Mai Shinko and the Millennium-Old Magic
Japanese: マイマイ新子と千年の魔法

Information

Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 15, 2009
Producers: Madhouse
Genres: Adventure, Drama
Duration: 1 hr. 33 min.
Rating: PG - Children
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 7.371 (scored by 1600 users)
Ranked: #18272
Popularity: #2938
Members: 3,642
Favorites: 7
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Synopsis

The story is set in 1955 in Kokuga, Hofu City, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

One thousand years ago it was the site of the ancient capital, Suo no Kuni, and traces of the Heian Period (year 794-1185) are passed down to us in the form of ruins and historical place names.

The protagonist is Shinko, a third grade elementary school student, who was born and raised in one of the town's venerable families. She is a little girl whose characteristic is a strange curl on her forehead (she calls it her "Mai Mai"), and her love for playing in the fields. On the other hand, her secret joy is to imagine and to daydream about the world of one thousand years ago. Her fantasies travel far into the days of the Heian Period…

One day, a girl called Kiiko transfers from Tokyo and enters Shinko's class. This girl from the big city has difficulty feeling at home in this small town, but gradually her friendship with Shinko deepens.

Before long, the two of them become engulfed in a strange incident of one thousand years earlier...?!

Characters & Voice Actors

Aoki, Shinko
Aoki, Shinko
Main
Fukuda, Mayuko
Japanese
Fukuda, Mayuko
Bienaime, Nathalie
French
Bienaime, Nathalie
Kiyohara, Nagiko
Kiyohara, Nagiko
Main
Morisako, Ei
Japanese
Morisako, Ei
Shimatsu, Kiiko
Shimatsu, Kiiko
Main
Ugarte, Gaby
Spanish
Ugarte, Gaby
Mizusawa, Nako
Japanese
Mizusawa, Nako
...
Chifuru
Supporting
 

Staff

Katabuchi, Sunao
Director
Yokoyama, Ai
In-Between Animation
Murai, Shusei
Music



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Sep 17, 2011
bobcutpony
Mai Mai Miracle is a wonderful movie that primarily focuses on a friendship and its development between two girls. As well as the friendship, little adventures and resolution to conflicts for the two girls and the people around them ensue.

The art and sounds for the movie are remarkable. I was thoroughly impressed by the attention to detail that included things like the sound of wind and tall grasses. Based on the countryside of Japan in the 1950s as well as the Heian period included beautiful landscaping.

Characters were definitely my favorite part of the movie. With simple yet lovely character designs, the two main girls, Shinko read more
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Mar 25, 2014
vash47
Mai Mai is one of those great lesser known animated films from japan. As the work of Sunao Katabuchi, former assistant director of Miyazaki on Kikki’s Delivery Service, the influence shows.

The story centers around Shinko, an elementary school girl on a rural town who likes to daydream about what her town was 1000 years ago, while imaginarily establishing a friendship with a girl from the royalty of classical japan, both of them longing for friendship. One day a shy new student, Kiiko, is transferred from Tokyo to Shinko’s class, soon becoming friends and eventually sharing Shinko’s dream.

The film nails perfectly all the points of a read more
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Recommendations

The art is strikingly similar. Young Okajima Taeko's face of Only Yesterday looks a lot like Aoki Shinko's (of Mai Mai Miracle) face.
Both films are set in postwar Japan and explore the relationship between its traditional and modern society.

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Ending Theme

"Kodomo no Sekai (こどものせかい)" by Kotringo (コトリンゴ)

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