A New Japanese Film From the Director Of “Wolf Children” Is Coming This July 2018!

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  • If you enjoyed the story of the 2006 film The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, which was directed by Mamoru Hosoda, then you’ll surely enjoy this new animated film from the same director. Mirai of the Future is a Japanese animated film inspired by the director’s real-life experience as a father to his two children. It is scheduled to be released on July 20, 2018. Let’s check out the story!

    Who is Mamoru Hosoda?

    You must have already come across Mamoru Hosoda as he is a popular Japanese film director and animator. He was born in Toyama, Japan in 1967, and has been active in his career since 1989.

    Hosoda used to work at MADHOUSE, a Japanese animation studio, from 2005 to 2011. He later separated and established his own animation studio, Studio Chizu, with Yuichiro Saito in 2011. The studio has won two Japan Academy Prize awards for Animation of the Year.

    Hosoda caught the attention of his viewers with his contribution to the Digimon Adventure series and One Piece series. Films that earned him critical acclaim are The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Wolf Children, The Boy and the Beast, and Summer Wars.

    What is Mirai of the Future?

    New information has been released regarding Mamoru Hosoda’s Mirai of the Future. The story will be about a family living in a small house somewhere uptown in Yokohama. This location is said to be related to an important family event in Hosoda’s life. It will center on the character of a four-year-old boy, Kun-chan, who seems to be struggling in accepting the birth of his new baby sister, Mirai (meaning “future” in Japanese). He felt like his sister has suddenly stolen the love of his parents from him. He is said to be a spoiled child who often wants his parents’ attention.

    Somewhere in the story, Kun-chan will meet an older version of Mirai, who has actually traveled back in time in order to talk to him. He will meet her in a magical garden and there the adventure starts. There will be conflicts in the story which were inspired by Hosada’s situation with his children.

    Most of the adventure will be about inspiring moments when it comes to growing up with a younger sibling. It is said that Mirai of the Future‘s story is somehow close to the story of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Wolf Children.

    Mirai of the Future is an animated film that you have to watch out for as it teaches many lessons about family. The film will be released in Japan on July 20, 2018, so don’t forget to mark your calendars and check it out at the theater!

    Mirai of the Future Website *Japanese only

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