Mamoru Hosoda is at it yet again with apparently another animated film coming in May 2018 according to Variety. The film will be titled Mirai and will center around a boy who is trying to deal with a baby sister. Time-traveling will be a key element of the film as well. Check out the exclusive insight announcement from Variety here.
Variety describes Mirai:
Mirai follows a 4-year old boy who is struggling to cope with the arrival of a little sister in the family, until things turn magical. A mysterious garden in the backyard of the boy’s home becomes a gateway allowing the child to travel back in time and encounter his mother as a little girl and his great-grandfather as a young man. These fantasy-filled adventures allow the child to change his perspective and help him become the big brother he was meant to be.
With Hosoda’s The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, Wolf Children, and The Boy and the Beast all receiving critical acclaim and financial success, anime fans are hopeful Mirai will be no exception to that. The director’s own established Studio Chizu will be the animation studio once again behind this film much like they were for Wolf Children and The Boy and the Beast. Hosoda is very well known for using themes in his films such as youth, friendship, motherhood, fatherhood, and now Mirai of course will focus on the theme of siblings.
The new film is inspired by Hosoda’s own experience as a father. “Mirai” is the name of both the sister character in the film, as well as his daughter. The conflict in the film is very similar to his real-life experience of his oldest child feeling that his new sibling “stole her parents, which made her ferociously jealous.” Finally, Hosoda acknowledged that the new film is closer to the human drama of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Wolf Children rather than the action stories of Summer Wars and The Boy and The Beast.
We’ll keep you posted on any news, previews, or interviews as they come out regarding Mirai.
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