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Mai Mai Shinko to Sennen no Mahou

Mai Mai Shinko to Sennen no Mahou

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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


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 15, 2009
Producers: Madhouse
Genres: Adventure, Drama
Duration: 1 hr. 33 min.
Rating: PG - Children
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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
Fukuda, Mayuko
Fukuda, Mayuko
Bienaime, Nathalie
Bienaime, Nathalie
Kiyohara, Nagiko
Kiyohara, Nagiko
Morisako, Ei
Morisako, Ei
Shimatsu, Kiiko
Shimatsu, Kiiko
Ugarte, Gaby
Ugarte, Gaby
Mizusawa, Nako
Mizusawa, Nako


Katabuchi, Sunao
Yokoyama, Ai
In-Between Animation
Shibata, Yuka
Key Animation
Murai, Shusei

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Jul 30, 2011
I wonder why none of the fansub groups till now never even bothered to look up to this movie. Its been released in 2009 and has been out for a while now. But it is only this month (July 2011) that a proper fansub group released the english version.

A simple but wonderfully executed story of a countryside girl and her everyday fun adventure. Well people have said it has a typical ghibli atmosphere but its definitely not a copy. The taking of the movie has its own distinct way of keeping you engaged in watching further.

Story [10/10]: Shinko, the main protagonist, who imagines read more
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Sep 17, 2011
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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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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