The film's story centers around a family living in a small house in an obscure corner of a certain city—in particular, the family's spoiled four-year-old boy Kun-chan. When Kun-chan gets a little sister named Mirai, he feels that his new sister stole his parents' love from him, and is overwhelmed by many experiences he undergoes for the first time in his life. In the midst of it all, he meets an older version of Mirai, who has come from the future.
Mirai, also known as Mirai no Mirai, is an animated film directed by Mamoru Hosoda. He has directed other notably well-received anime films such as Wolf Children, The Boy and the Beast, and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. Mirai is about a boy named Kun who unexpectedly goes back in time on different occasions to meet his relatives from different eras. This film makes a wholesome and heartwarming statement -- that family shapes who we are and are the primary reason why we exist and we should be thankful and loving towards our family members, even in the toughest of times. This film shows
that family is an integral part of what makes a certain individual’s personality and that family is an important part of society. We can learn how to behave and how to grow up through socialisation. Hosoda accurately portrayed a misbehaving young boy and the struggles of raising up multiple children. This film is beautiful in the way that it teaches Kun to grow up and not to misbehave through experiencing his relatives’ past and future. This fantasy element was so gorgeous to look at on the screen and it was a pleasure to absorb the positive joy it emits.
The animation by Studio Chizu is familiar and meets the standards that they have demonstrated in the past. The character designs of some of the characters resemble characters from previous films Hosoda has directed which creates a familiar yet inviting environment for this fantasy-adventure film. I absolutely admired the opening shot where it's an animated shot of an angled top-down view of households and the surrounding roads. The streets and the houses were very well animated and were quite captivating.
The soundtrack is quite good. I liked the opening theme, "Mirai no Theme" by Tatsuro Yamashita, and the ending theme, "Uta no Kisha" by Tatsuro Yamashita. Both the opening and ending theme fit the anime quite well and set the mood for this feel-good anime. The voice acting is superb, especially by Moka Kamishiraishi who voices Kun. Kamishiraishi absolutely nails the voice acting of a young boy who is upset that his parents are not giving him as much attention since they had their second child, Mirai.
Character development was done well as the film explores the family tree through time-travelling. The film gives each character a moment to shine and give a sense of purpose to progress the plot and send out the overall message of the film. This film is great for all ages, but it has a very important message that might help kids get through life -- the message being that life can be hard at times and sometimes you aren’t always the centre of attention, but continue loving your family as they are very important and an integral part of shaping your personality and how you will grow up to be in the future. Having close relationships with your family members is important and you must always keep them close, by your side so they can help you and assist you in many ways throughout your life. You can’t do things alone!
This is the first film that made me tear up out of overwhelming happiness. It just made me so happy. Other films have made me cry because they are sad in nature but this one was a tear-jerker because of the joy that it put on the screen and the fantastic plot-device of seeing the adventure through Kun's point of view.
I enjoyed this film and this film had a clean and concise ending, unlike some of Hosoda's other works. The start may have been slightly convoluted, but it explains itself and resolves everything in the end to a satisfying conclusion.
I watched this at the Sydney Film Festival (SFF) on the 17th of June at The State Theatre which was the second screening of the movie at the SFF and I highly recommend that you go check this film out when it gets released in your area.
Mamoru Hosoda giving us a visually accurate depiction of both sibling bonds and the stressful yet typical things families ALL grow through...
Mirai no Mirai through basic means tells of a 4 or 5 year old boy by the name of Kun-chan and the trials and tribulations when his "love" is taken away by the arrival of his younger sister Mirai and thus we see his journey of not only both his looking at his family members backstories but also learning about the world one step at a time..........with MANY screaming along the way.
Ok, LA might as well get LA's gripes done and away first before
carrying on and to LA's persoanl bias would be that quite easily the most annoying thing to this movie is Kun himself, he's nothing but a selfish brat and SCREAMS ALOT, but to this defense LA will say well what did you expect from a child no less than 5 years old, OF COURSE he doesn't know any better but better yet he learns from his mistakes through the movie. Mamoru Hosoda always had a way of storytelling but Mirai was somewhat episodic in nature compared to Hosoda's other outings done mostly in vignettes of Kun's life with his imagination going wild for that supernatural element into the mix giving us both into the mind of 5 year old but also translating that into real life in many respects and him learning from what his imagination takes him to learn a lesson about life as well as his family members. The next gripe really was that things weren't explained to us in detail however considering this movie's narrative is entirely on Kun a 5 year old, LA thinks this gives itself a good leeway, yeah things DOESN'T make sense to a 5 year old be it if things doesn't goes his way or he's in the wrong or right, things are confusing and "doesn't make sense" in a 5 year old mind. Finally is the ending was abrupt to say the least and sure it gave Kun character development as not only a family member but a sibling but let's just say the transitioning was a tad rushed and it's probably the only flaw LA can't exactly defend.
Yeah, the thing is Mirai though LA has flaws to nitpick this movie about, LA can give alot of defense for alot of the flaws in the process and that is kinda because even if the movie is episodic in nature, Kun is a bratty annoying kid or "things doesn't make sense", Mamoru Hosoda has a way of making things VERY relatable and realistic even if the movie in itself can veer into the imaginary.
The episodic format and how it's structured in vignettes of Kun's life well this is Kun's story first and foremost and him diving into his family members to how they become who they they are now in many cases under related catalyst plots for Kun's next thing learn about, be it Kun's mother, father, the family dog (no seriously), his Great Grandpa, Mirai or Kun's moral compass of what his family means to him, it's KUN's narrative focus all the way. The episodic style may be "basic" but it's effective to say the least and with Mamoru Hosoda's expertise with the theme of family, it just it makes it that much more effective.
The animation done by Studio Chizu..well it's expected all things considered, from how fantastical Kun's imagination looks to Mamoru's typical character designs being an obvious mark of his. With Kun's imagination being rampant in this movie well it's expected the visuals to not only be beautiful but what with the anime's setting being limiting to Kun's house and Kun's vast imagination well it's homely to say the least getting used to Kun's house as well as Kun's cognitive imagination and how he view things and it's brilliantly animated by Chizu.
Voice acting well, as much as LA really didn't like Kun's consistent screaming and crying with Moka Kamishiraishi but nonetheless was a convincing 5 year old voice. Future Mirai voiced by Haru Kuroki to Kun's mother and father voiced by Kumiko Asou and Gen Hoshino were great as expected giving us the head strong mother type to the more struggling transitioning stay at home dad. Really as annoying Kun is, LA will praise Moka for doing a convincingly annoying 5 year old voice with a GREAT voice cast backing it up.
Mirai on the surface has ALOT of flaws to itself, from the likes of "not making sense" (be it in Kun's real life or in his imagination), annoying main protagonist to how watered down the plot structure it is compared Mamoru Hosoda's previous ventures and how abrupt the ending is but with all that LA will say it has strengths but strengths hidden in plain sight. Mirai first and foremost pretty much details what's like in the mind and perspective of a 5 year old and in comes the flaws right in the offset but the strengths of showing not only sibling bonds but family bonds which Mamoru Hosoda is extremely good at executing and telling a story VERY well. Yes Mirai as a whole as problems but as a sum of it's parts as episodic of a movie Mirai really is, tells us a MUCH deeper story of family and Mirai pulls it off, flaws and all.
Is this Mamoru's best work?, from LA's perspective no, LA sees Wolf's Children as that but LA imagines that Mamoru Hosoda wasn't trying to make another movie to top it but to tell a story of a 5 year old, see his perspective on the world he sees and learns about his family and what it means to him and Mamoru does just that.