Mai Mai Shinko to Sennen no Mahou

Mai-Mai Miracle

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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
Licensors: NYAV Post
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Novel
Genres: AdventureAdventure, DramaDrama
Duration: 1 hr. 35 min.
Rating: PG - Children


Score: 7.221 (scored by 45314,531 users)
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Ranked: #27652
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Popularity: #4702
Members: 12,584
Favorites: 18

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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...?!


The film was nominated for the 4th Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Animated Feature Film.

Mai Mai Miracle won the 2010 Audience Award for the Best Animated Feature for adults at Anima, the Brussels Animation Film Festival (February 2010 in Belgium). It also won the BETV Award for Best Animated Feature at the same festival. It won the Best Animated Feature Film award in the Jury Prize categories at the Fantasia Film Festival in Montréal, Canada (July 2010). The film won the Excellence Prize for Feature Length Animation at the 2010 Japan Media Arts Festival (the 14th festival edition).

Characters & Voice Actors









Shimatsu, Father



Matsuo, Ryouichirou
Katabuchi, Sunao
Director, Script
Katsuki, Kunio
Muroi, Fumie


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Ending Theme

"Kodomo no Sekai (こどものせかい)" by Kotringo (コトリンゴ)

Jul 30, 2011
asckj1 (All reviews)
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
May 11, 2015
Flawfinder (All reviews)
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
Aug 11, 2011
Sheepdude (All reviews)
Mai Mai Shinko and the Thousand Year Magic explores the wonder of childhood through the imaginative minds of Shinko and Kiiko as they create friendships and marvel at the world around them. Set in 1950s-era rural Japan, a small group of elementary school students must rely on their imaginations and the local farmscape to pass the time.

There isn't any one central conflict to string the story along, but the characters learn to make friends, express themselves, and admire their prolific ancestors who once made the land a mighty cultural center. An imagined story of an ancient princess runs parallel to the lives of the characters read more
Sep 17, 2011
bobcutpony (All reviews)
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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