The official website has launched for Mamoru Hosoda’s upcoming 2018 anime film Mirai no Mirai (Mirai of the Future), where it has revealed that the movie will release on July 20, 2018. The site has also revealed the first key visual and trailer for the May 2018 movie.
The film will be released in theatres across Japan on Friday, July 20, 2018. The film was initially set to release in May in Hosoda’s announcement.
Here is the film’s first trailer, introducing to us the main premise and characters:
The leading members of the anime’s production staff includes:
- Director and Scriptwriter: Mamoru Hosoda (Wolf Children, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time)
- Chief Animation Directors: Hiroyuki Aoyama (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars) and Ayako Hata (Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos, Dennou Coil)
- Art Directors: Youhei Takamatsu (Debut Role) and Takashi Oomori (From Up On Poppy Hill, Bakemono no Ko)
- Studio: Studio Chizu (Wolf Children, Bakemono no Ko)
Here is the film’s synopsis:
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.
Hosoda will be directing the film and will once again produce the film with his studio, Studio Chizu (Wolf Children, Bakemono no Ko). He also wrote the movie’s screenplay, but did get some help from opinions and experiences of fellow producers.
In a recent interview, Hosoda describes his film being about siblings. His previous films all revolved around a particular theme, with The Girl Who Leapt Through Time featuring youth, Wolf Children featuring family, and Bakemono no Ko focusing on fatherhood.
Mirai no Mirai draws inspiration from Hosoda being a father, where the main character is named Mirai, which is also his daughter’s name. The film’s main conflict will echo his experiences of being the eldest child, with how the newest sibling Mirai’s parents, which made her ferociously jealous. It will focus more closely to human drama than Hosoda’s two most recent films.
Mamoru Hosoda is a well known anime director who have directed many well known anime films. His first major work was with Toei Animation (Dragon Ball Z, One Piece) for the production of the Digimon series, where he directed the 21st episode of the original anime and the Digimon film: Our War Game. He also directed the 2005 One Piece film Omatsuri Danshaku to Himitsu no Shima. He later left the studio to work with Madhouse (Hunter x Hunter, No Game No Life) where he created and directed his first original film in 2006, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. He also directed the 2009 film Summer Wars before leaving Madhouse to form his own studio, Studio Chizu. Their first production is Hosoda’s 2012 original film Wolf Children, which won the 2013 Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year, and was followed by 2015’s Bakemono no Ko (The Boy and The Beast).
Mamoru Hosoda’s next film will be Mirai no Mirai, which will release in theatres across Japan on July 20, 2018. Further information about the film will release in the upcoming months.
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