Kimitachi wa Dou Ikiru ka

The Boy and the Heron

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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: 7.611 (scored by 5063750,637 users)
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Ranked: #14922
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Popularity: #2303
Members: 87,636
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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


Shibasaki, Kou

Great Uncle

Hino, Shouhei

Old Pelican

Kobayashi, Kaoru


Ootake, Shinobu


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


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I had to watch this movie three nights in a row just to see all I could...because I fell asleep twice. It has beautiful animation and a good soundtrack, but the story seems like something one of my ADHD 5th graders would write. It just wasn't that good. This one had high hopes because of the producer, but it just feels he has lost his touch. I don't really have much else to add, but this program really wants me to add more to this review, so I am. One sentence at a time until it actually lets me post.
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Worst thing I've watched in a while. I don't know, I don't care, and I don't want to know or care. 5/10

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