Distributor Anime Limited have announced plans to release the latest film by director Mamoru Hosoda called Mirai no 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.
UK RELEASE DETAILS
The final English localised name is currently in the works so it’s for now it’s known as either ‘MIRAI’ or ‘Mirai of the Future’.
The Japanese theatrical release is 20th July 2018 and as such Anime Limited have set their estimated UK theatrical launch for the fourth quarter (October-December 2018). Audio options are also unconfirmed, but Japanese audio with English subtitles is expected.
More information on locations etc. will be revealed later in the year.
STAFF & CAST
The film is animated by Studio Chizu which is Mamoru Hosoda’s main place of work for his other projects such as The Boy and the Beast and Wolf Children.
Mamoru Hosoda himself directed, created and wrote the film. Like his other works, Mirai no Mirai focuses on the theme of ‘siblings’ between the four year old Kun-chan and the sister Mirai, which Hosoda revealed during an interview with Variety.
Various members who have worked alongside Hosoda with his previous films joined the project:
- Ayako Hata – Key Animator (The Boy and the Beast, Mai Mai Miracle)
- Hiroyuki Aoyama – Key Animator (The Boy and the Beast, The Wind Rises)
- Takashi Omori – Art Director (The Boy and the Beast, From Up on Poppy Hill)
- Yohei Takamatsu – Art Director (The Boy and the Beast, From Up on Poppy Hill)
- Yuichiro Saito – Producer (all Hosoda works since The Girl Who Leapt Through Time)
Studio Chizu have released a teaser trailer with English subtitles for the film.
That’s all of the information available for now. Stay tuned if we receive or discover any more later down the line.
MIRAI (Working Title) will be coming to the UK later this year from distributor Anime Limited.