Mirai of the Future is a Japanese anime directed by Mamoru Hosoda. Hosoda is a well known Japanese film director and animator. I was excited to see that this movie was being screened at HIFF since he is one of my favorite animators. I had a very high expectation for Mirai of the Future since all the movies that he has made so far were very impressive.
The movie was about a four years old boy, Kun, having trouble accepting his newborn sister, Mirai. Though excited at first, he soon realizes that he must share the attention and love from his parents, driving him into jealousy and frustration. Teenager Mirai – which means “future” in Japanese – travels from the future to help her brother. They go on adventures and face obstacles together, making the siblings closer and helping Kun into loving his baby sister.
In all honesty, I was extremely disappointed and this was my least favorite film done by Hosoda. There were many things that made me dislike the film while there was hardly anything that I liked. Though the storyline and moral of this movie was supposed to be touching, it was hard for me to feel any type of empathy or sympathy for any of the characters or the story.
One thing that bothered me from the beginning to the end was the voice of Kun. It did not match his age, gender, or the way he looked and I found his voice extremely irritating. I talked to a few people who watched this movie, and all had the same reaction as I had. I also disliked how the drawing style dramatically changed in the scene at Tokyo station. It looked matte and like a cheap video game background. I understand that it was supposed to be part of Kun’s imagination or a dreamlike state but the style of drawing looked low class, and it was not cohesive with the rest of the movie.
I initially thought that the movie was going to be about Mirai, but the main character was Kun and he was someone that was hard to feel any type of connection to. It is important to be able to relate to the characters or the story to enjoy a film, and I couldn’t with either.