Mirai no Mirai (2018) – A Surreal Story about the Importance of Family. The film Mirai Anime or also known as Mirai no Mirai is an animation that depicts family life from the perspective of children. Presenting a new premise, or rarely shown in animated films today, Mirai underlined the importance of the family that gives the first experience of human life.

As one of the nominees for Oscar this year, Mirai collided with big names such as Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Ralph Break the Internet, to Incredibles 2. The second Oscar nomination from a small studio in Japan, Studio Chizu, which also be the brains behind Wolf Children and The Boy and the Beast who have received Oscar nominations for Best Animated Film in 2015.

The third film written and directed by Mamoru Hosada after two other Studio Chizu animations, the Mirai film tells the story of Kun, a four-year-old boy who has a younger sister named Mirai who is just born. Jealous because her parents’ love has been diverted to her new sister, she ends up getting various miraculous experiences from her family in the past and the future.

Unlike most of its competitors for the Oscars this time, this film does not deliver a single plot with one straight line but uses several fragments like episodes in a short animation. But everything has to do with Kun’s journey and his jealousy for his new sister.

Anime Mirai Story About the Importance of Family

The film Mirai (2018) or also known as Mirai no Mirai is an animation that depicts family life from the perspective of children. Presenting a new premise, or rarely shown in animated films today, Mirai underlined the importance of the family that gives the first experience of human life.

As one of the nominees for Oscar this year, Mirai collided with big names such as Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Ralph Break the Internet, to Incredibles 2. The second Oscar nomination from a small studio in Japan, Studio Chizu, which also be the brains behind Wolf Children and The Boy and the Beast who have received Oscar nominations for Best Animated Film in 2015.

Anime Mirai no Mirai

Anime Mirai Review

The third film written and directed by Mamoru Hosada after two other Studio Chizu animations, the Mirai film tells the story of Kun, a four-year-old boy who has a younger sister named Mirai who is just born. Jealous because her parents’ love has been diverted to her new sister, she ends up getting various miraculous experiences from her family in the past and the future.

Unlike most of its competitors for the Oscars this time, this film does not deliver a single plot with one straight line but uses several fragments like episodes in a short animation. But everything has to do with Kun’s journey and his jealousy for his new sister.

Each fragment has a setup to describe Kun’s problem. After that, (oddly) the setup would relate to Kun’s journey through the Oak tree in the middle of his house, taking him on a journey through time. We will see Mirai who has become a teenager calling “Big Brother” to Kun who is only four years old in the future, or how the Japanese depiction after World War II in the past.

Interestingly, almost all of the characters featured throughout the story are part of the Kun family. Affirming the family’s share – literally – in Kun’s emotional development. Starting from father and mother, grandfather and grandmother, and great-grandfather Kun gave a new perspective for the boy in dealing with the problems he was facing.

The oak or oak tree is an important part of the plot and premise of the film. In a way, this tree is a representation of time and an actual depiction of the “family tree”. But fear not, what makes this tree special will also be explained at the end of the story.

Mirai Anime and real world

Mirai’s appeal is not only the surreal impression she gets but also how the premise that is close to everyday life can become an immersive plot. You could say, Mirai’s film is one of the few animations that parents can enjoy more than children; how hard it is to raise a child and balance it with work and other life.

Not completely perfect, because the finish becomes one of the problems if you don’t want to be called a deficiency, of the plot that has been built from scratch. Different from Kimi no Na Wa whose emotions continue to rise even to the end of the story, the ending of the Mirai film is more of an explanation for the questions at the beginning of the story.

But make no mistake, the touching impression remains until the end. You could say, Mirai left a touching impression on family life until the final credit was shown. Bring back the warm feeling that is often forgotten about how important family is to our lives.

Overall, the Mirai film is a great way to reexamine how important and fun it is to be in a family. Through this film, Mamoru Hosada reminds us that the family is where we grow and develop, even though there are lots of quarrels and stifled egos.

Mirai is a family animation that will evoke warm feelings for those who rarely meet the family.

Film Details:

Rating: 4/5
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family
Director: Mamoru Hosoda
Author: Mamoru Hosoda
Voiced by: Moka Kamishiraishi, Haru Kuroki, Gen Hoshino, Kumiko Aso

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