Ranked #2069

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


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


Score: 7.341 (scored by 2,229 users)
Ranked: #20692
Popularity: #3268
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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...?!


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Characters & Voice Actors

Aoki, Shinko
Aoki, Shinko
Fukuda, Mayuko
Fukuda, Mayuko
Shimatsu, Kiiko
Shimatsu, Kiiko
Mizusawa, Nako
Mizusawa, Nako
Kiyohara, Nagiko
Kiyohara, Nagiko
Morisako, Ei
Morisako, Ei


Katabuchi, Sunao
Katabuchi, Sunao
Mori, Tomoko
Mori, Tomoko
2nd Key Animation
Ebisawa, Kazuo
Ebisawa, Kazuo
Background Art
Morimoto, Shigeru
Morimoto, Shigeru
Background Art

Opening Theme

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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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May 11, 2015
Those of you who have lives and don’t pay attention to all but the most famous of anime directors may not know who Sunao Katabuchi is. Well, I’m sure most anime fans have at least heard of the name: Black Lagoon. Yep, the man responsible for bringing all the kickass in both seasons and the Roberta arc was him, so you’d think he’d have a genuinely successful career in the industry with his talent. Well, he sorta does, but it’s mostly underground.

Despite the popularity of his foray into action, he’s mainly a Ghibli-esque storyteller with the majority of his resume being family friendly stuff that read more
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Aug 26, 2015
There is an excerpt from The Picture of Dorian Gray by the renowned author, Oscar Wilde, that I am incredibly fond of. The quote reads:

"No, you don't feel it now. Some day, when you are old and wrinkled and ugly, when thought has seared your forehead with its lines, and passion branded your lips with its hideous fires, you will feel it, you will feel it terribly. Now, wherever you go, you charm the world. Will it always be so?... You have a wonderfully beautiful face, Mr. Gray. Don't frown. You have. And beauty is a form of genius-- is higher, indeed, than genius, as read more
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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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Mar 25, 2014
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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