Kimitachi wa Dou Ikiru ka

The Boy and the Heron

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: How Do You Live?
Japanese: 君たちはどう生きるか
English: The Boy and the Heron
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 14, 2023
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: GKIDS
Studios: Studio Ghibli
Source: Original
Genres: AdventureAdventure, Award WinningAward Winning, DramaDrama, FantasyFantasy
Themes: AnthropomorphicAnthropomorphic, IsekaiIsekai
Duration: 2 hr. 3 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.631 (scored by 4277942,779 users)
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Ranked: #14952
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Popularity: #2460
Members: 77,081
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Three years into the war, Mahito Maki loses his mother in a tragic fire at the hospital. Shortly thereafter, his father marries Natsuko, the younger sister of Mahito's mother. They take Mahito out of Tokyo to seek refuge in his late mother's rural family home. There, Mahito is constantly taunted by a strange gray heron, who seems to have taken an interest in him.

Unable to come to terms with his loss and struggling to adjust to a new life in an unfamiliar place, the boy is shocked to discover that Natsuko is pregnant. To make matters worse, the pesky heron can speak—and claims that Mahito's mother is still alive. Luring him into a mysterious tower near the residence, the heron says that Mahito can save her from death, but the boy is not easily swayed.

When Natsuko disappears one day, however, Mahito watches her walk into the tower and becomes compelled to venture in to rescue her. He soon finds himself falling into another world below his, where life and death seem to be entwined. As he navigates through this foreign realm to find Natsuko, Mahito must understand what it means to live if he wants to safely return home.

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Kimitachi wa Dou Ikiru ka won Best Animated Feature at the 96th Academy Awards and the 76th British Academy Film Awards. It was also nominated for Best Animated Feature Film at the 81st Golden Globe Awards and won two Annie Awards for Outstanding Achievement for Storyboarding in a Feature Production and Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in an Animated Feature Production.

Characters & Voice Actors

Maki, Mahito

Santoki, Souma



Heron Man

Suda, Masaki


Takizawa, Karen

Parakeet King

Kunimura, Jun

Great Uncle

Hino, Shouhei


Shibasaki, Kou


Ootake, Shinobu


Agawa, Sawako


Fubuki, Jun


Suzuki, Toshio
Miyazaki, Hayao
Director, Storyboard, Screenplay, Original Creator
Kasamatsu, Kouji
Sound Director
Nakazawa, Shintarou
Episode Director


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Ending Theme

"Chikyuugi (地球儀)" by Kenshi Yonezu


Aug 8, 2023
Before I get into the review, this review may be difficult to understand as I am not a native English speaker. Please understand.

Studio Ghibli's new film, "Kimitachi wa Dou Ikiru ka" ("How Do You Live?"), directed by Hayao Miyazaki, takes its title from Genzaburo Yoshino's novel "Kimitachi wa Dou Ikiru ka" ("How Do You Live?") published in 2017. But the story is completely original by Miyazaki. Studio Ghibli's official website describes the film as an adventure fantasy. This is the first film by director Hayao Miyazaki in 10 years since "The Wind Rises," which was released in 2013.

The odd thing about this film is that ...
Jul 28, 2023
Mixed Feelings
The movie feels like a series of short stories forcibly strung together with unrelated characters. I expect that there is some abstract meaning to it, but it was not obvious to me as an average moviegoer. The protagonist, while not very vocal, is unusually perceptive and somehow recognizes those seemingly unrelated characters and matches them with actual people he knows, which always turn out to be correct guesses. In the abrupt end, I was filled with more questions about the motivations and aftermath of what happened to the sub characters. Unlike the other Ghibli films that teaches a moral or converses a message, I didn't ...
Jul 20, 2023
This film is exactly what you would get if you were to go up to ChatGPT and prompt "Give me a Ghibli movie".

The erratic scene transitions, nonsensical story non-telling and almost zero character development for the characters (which they just keep throwing at you throughout the movie), it gives you the feeling of "it exists, it smells familiar, but it feels so off".

The movie stops for nothing; no reflection, reaction, or conversation. There is no humanity to the film compared to other Ghibli films. You are pulled by the ear from scene to scene, given no time to appreciate or take in anything. They ...

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