Mirai (film)

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Japanese poster
HepburnMirai no Mirai
LiterallyMirai of the Future
Directed byMamoru Hosoda[1]
Produced by
  • Nozomu Takahashi
  • Yūichirō Saitō[2]
  • Takuya Itō[3]
  • Yūichi Adachi[4]
  • Genki Kawamura[1]
Written byMamoru Hosoda[1]
Music byMasakatsu Takagi[1]
Edited byShigeru Nishiyama[1]
Distributed byToho[1]
Release date
Running time
98 minutes[10][9]
Box office$27.9 million[12]

Mirai (未来のミライ, Mirai no Mirai, [1] literally Mirai of the Future[13]) is a 2018 Japanese animated adventure fantasy film written and directed by Mamoru Hosoda and produced by Studio Chizu.[11] It was premiered on May 16, 2018 at Directors' Fortnight[8] and released in Japan on July 20, 2018.[14] The film stars the voices of Moka Kamishiraishi, Haru Kuroki, Gen Hoshino, Kumiko Aso, Mitsuo Yoshihara, Yoshiko Miyazaki, Koji Yakusho and Masaharu Fukuyama.[5][6][7]

It was released on August 23, 2018 in Australia,[15] September 20 in New Zealand[16] and November 2 in the United Kingdom and Ireland.[17] It was released on November 29 in the United States and Canada.[18] The film was nominated for Best Animated Feature Film at the 76th Golden Globe Awards,[19] Best Animated Feature at the 24th Critics' Choice Awards[20] and Best Animated Feature at the 91st Academy Awards;[21] it is the sixth anime film, and the first non-Ghibli anime film, to receive an Academy Award nomination in the category.[22] The film also won Best Animated Feature — Independent at the 46th Annie Awards.[23]


Kun is a boy born to an executive mother and an architect father. The family lives in a stepped house in Isogo-ku,Yokohama. Kun's father designed around a tree, where Kun spends his days playing with the family dog, Yukko, and his beloved toy train sets. When Kun is four, his sister Mirai, Japanese for "future", is born, and he is happy at first when his mother returns home with her. But he soon grows jealous when his parents focus all their attention on her, and has to be restrained from hitting her with one of his toy trains. He lashes out first at his mother, and then at his father when he becomes a stay-at-home dad working from home while his mother returns to work.

After one such tantrum, Kun stomps off to the house's garden, where he meets a strange man who claims to be the "prince" of the house. As the man endlessly whines about how he lost all the parents' attention when Kun was born, Kun realizes that the man is actually Yukko turned into a human. Kun even finds Yukko's tail on the man; when he removes it and places it on himself, he transforms into a dog morph. Later on, a now calm Kun tells his parents about how he had so much fun running around the house as a dog, and he relays Yukko's complaints about how they treat him.

Girls Day rolls around, and the family set up the traditional dolls to wish Mirai good luck. But they neglect to put the dolls away after the holiday ends. Frustrated again with their parents' focus on Mirai, Kun runs back to the garden. This time he meets a middle school aged girl who claims to be Mirai from the future. She has somehow gone back in time out of concern that every day the dolls are not put away adds one year before she can marry. After a lot of bumbling, future Mirai is able to put the dolls away with help from Kun and humanized Yukko.

Kun's grandmother shows him photos of his mother when she was Kun's age. But he continues to attack his mother by leaving his toys everywhere on the floor. He runs out to the garden again, where he is transported a couple of decades to the past. In town, he runs into a little girl whom he recognizes from the photos as his mother. The girl is angry at her mother for refusing to give her a pet cat. They return to her home, where the little girl says that things would look better all messed up, and then starts dumping toys all over the floor and food all over the table. But then her mother, Kun's grandmother, returns home. Kun is forced out of the house and leaves out the back door, but he overhears his grandmother furiously scolding the little girl, and the girl, his future mother, sobbing hysterically. Kun returns to his own time, and now shows sympathy for his mother, but still continues to complain and whine about every little thing.

Kun gets a bike with training wheels for a present, but wants to learn how to ride the bike without them after seeing older kids on bikes at the park. His father helps him as best as he can, but Kun seems not able to keep the bike upright. Back home, Kun runs back to the garden, where he is transported to a workshop in rural Japan many decades ago. A young man with an injured leg introduces Kun to the many horses near his shop. He takes an initially afraid Kun on a ride on one of the horses, and then on his motorcycle. Back in his own time days later, Kun successfully rides his bike using what he learned from his previous rides. Kun's grandmother shows him more photos, revealing the man to be his great-grandfather, who worked on motorcycles and engines in his youth but who died just recently.

Finally, the family decides to set out for a day trip. But Kun once again throws a fit over not being able to wear his favorite yellow pants, and then runs off to hide. When he comes out, he finds his whole family gone. In the garden, he finds a train station (the Isogo Station) with a train approaching. A boy in his late teens angrily warns him not to board the train, but Kun disobeys him. The train takes Kun to the Tokyo Station, but there he panics about being all alone. He finds a lost and found attendant who needs the name of a relative to page for, but Kun realizes that he doesn't even know the names of his own parents. The attendant sends Kun to a dragon shaped bullet train, telling him that if they can't find anyone to pick him up, he must board that train to take him to "Lonely Land," which is hell. He spots baby Mirai about to board the train and rescues her, pleading that they not be sent on this train. At this point Kun suddenly acknowledges that he is Mirai's older brother, and the attendant can now page her. Baby Mirai disappears, and future Mirai shows up to take Kun home by flying through the air. They land in the tree, which houses all the family folklore. Kun sees that his father was too physically weak to ride a bike when he was young, when Yukko left his dog-mom to become a pet, that his mother stopped liking cats when she saw a stray one kill a bird, the World War II battle that left his great-grandfather's leg injured, and the race he ran to win the heart of Kun's great-grandmother. Kun also sees the future, and discovers that the teenager at the Isogo Station is future Kun. Back at his own time, Kun decides that he can go on the trip just fine with blue pants, and he is now reconciled with his parents and with his sister.

Voice cast[edit]

  • Kun[24] (くんちゃん, Kun-chan)
Voiced by: Moka Kamishiraishi (Japanese); Jaden Waldman (English)[25]
  • Mirai[24] (ミライちゃん, Mirai-chan)
Voiced by: Haru Kuroki; Kaede Hondo (baby) (Japanese); Victoria Grace (English)[26]
  • The father (おとうさん, Otōsan)
Voiced by: Gen Hoshino (Japanese); John Cho (English)[27]
  • The mother (おかあさん, Okāsan)
Voiced by: Kumiko Aso[5] (Japanese); Rebecca Hall (English)[27]
  • Mysterious man[24] (謎の男, Nazo no otoko)
Voiced by: Mitsuo Yoshihara (Japanese); Crispin Freeman (English)[25]
  • The grandmother[24] (ばあば, Bāba)
Voiced by: Yoshiko Miyazaki (Japanese); Eileen T'Kaye (English)[25]
  • The grandfather[24] (じいじ, Jiiji)
Voiced by: Koji Yakusho[6][7] (Japanese); Victor Brandt (English)[28]
  • The great-grandfather (青年, Seinen, literally "young man")
Voiced by: Masaharu Fukuyama (Japanese); Daniel Dae Kim (English)[27][29]


Mirai premiered at Directors' Fortnight, an independent section held in parallel to the Cannes Film Festival,[30] on May 16, 2018[8] and then was shown at Annecy International Animation Film Festival and the Sydney Film Festival in June.[31][32] The film was released in Japan on July 20, 2018.[14]

Madman Entertainment acquired the film for Australia and New Zealand, brought the film to the Sydney Film Festival[32] and then released it theatrically on August 23, 2018 in Australia and September 20 in New Zealand.[33] Anime Limited released the film in the United Kingdom and Ireland, premiering the film at BFI London Film Festival on October 13, 2018,[34] followed theatrical releases on November 2 in Japanese and November 4 in English.[35] GKIDS acquired the film for North America, and premiered the film at the Animation Is Film Festival in Los Angeles on October 19, 2018,[36] with a national release from November 29.[18][37][38]


On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 92% based on 62 reviews, with an average rating of 7.5/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "The simplicity and colorful warmth of Mirai's animation is underscored by a story with surprising - and deeply affecting - depth and emotional resonance."[39] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 81 out of 100 based on 18 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[40]


Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
Academy Awards February 24, 2019 Best Animated Feature Mamoru Hosoda & Yūichirō Saitō Pending [41]
Annie Awards February 2, 2019 Best Animated Feature — Independent Yūichirō Saitō, Takuya Itō, Yūichi Adachi and Genki Kawamura Won [42]
Outstanding Achievement for Writing in an Animated Feature Production Mamoru Hosoda and Stephanie Sheh Nominated
Asia Pacific Screen Awards November 29, 2018 Best Animated Feature Film Mamoru Hosoda & Yūichirō Saitō Nominated
Critics' Choice Movie Awards January 13, 2019 Best Animated Feature Mamoru Hosoda Nominated [43]
Crunchyroll Anime Awards February 26, 2019 Best Film Mirai Pending [44]
Florida Film Critics Circle Awards December 21, 2018 Best Animated Film Mirai Won [45]
Gold Derby Awards February 17, 2019 Best Animated Feature Mamoru Hosoda Pending
Golden Globe Awards January 6, 2019 Best Animated Feature Film Mamoru Hosoda & Yūichirō Saitō Nominated [46]
Japan Academy Prize March 1, 2019 Animation of the Year Mirai Pending [47]
Satellite Awards February 22, 2019 Best Animated or Mixed Media Feature Mamoru Hosoda Nominated [48]
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards December 3, 2018 Best Animated Feature Mamoru Hosoda Nominated [49]

Other media[edit]


A novelisation of the film by Hosoda was announced on April 2018, was in three versions prior to the premiere of the film in Japan, published by Kadokawa. The first version was released under Kadokawa Bunko's literature label on June 15, the second version under Kadokawa Tsubasa Bunko on June 30, and the third version under Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko on July 1, 2018.[50]

Yen Press announced at Anime Expo 2018 that they had licensed the novel for the English language.[51] They published it in hardcover and e-book on October 30.[52]


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