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Mai Mai Miracle

2009 1h 35m Drama Adventure Anime List
Reviews 70% Audience Score 50+ Ratings In the Japanese countryside, a rambunctious young girl named Shinko (Mayuko Fukuda) spends her days pretending she lives in the past. According to her grandfather, a thousand years ago her rural town was the site of a lavish imperial capital. Joining Shinko on her fantastical adventures is Nagiko, a timid newcomer from Tokyo. As the girls' friendship deepens and their daydreams of royalty become more elaborate, they learn some tough lessons about growing up. Read More Read Less

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Anton Bitel Film4 like My Neighbour Totoro (1988), Mai Mai Miracle sets joyous scenes of pre-adolescent adventure against more serious themes of loss and death, and shows a nation half-unearthing, half-inventing its past in order to work through present problems. Feb 25, 2013 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member beautiful story of two girls who live in the same place but at different times in history. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Audience Member I wouldn't recommend Mai Mai Miracle to people who hate movies that are strong on nostalgia. I think Clarence is a better one for you. I don't think I even like movies about a third grader but this one is quite hard to like anyway. The characters' short heights were annoying. The voice acting is perfect and so is the animation. Shinko is way too annoying to and she is the one that gives you the most nostalgia. It kind of reminds me of Totoro, though, I wish the sister (I forgot her name) was with her big sister more. The little sister and Kiiko are my favorite characters. The movie is truly forgettable, the second part is hard to follow, the movie is just a slice of life story, you know, no plot and not much of a fantasy either like Totoro is. I'm a Totoro fan and I can't like this movie because of how mediocre it is. Overall, it's a little bit decent, was a close second to stopping it, you know. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Audience Member I'm not sure what to think. Some of the things that happened left a bitter taste in my opinion. Surely it's a feel good movie and suitable for kids, but I think I'd let my children watch something more inspiring. Also story wise this movie is a problem. The first part is a wonderful coming of age story and tells of nice adventures kids have. The second part (in the past) doesn't make much sense and doesn't fit in the movie. Especially as only very late it's clear where the story took those characters the second part feels like an entirely different movie. The soundtrack is pretty repetitive, as well. Animation top notch, though. Voice acting, as well. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member Simple story with rather interesting twists, set in a (recent) past fully materializing the tension between the (remote, and enormous) past of a nation and its future, in an era of private and public change: never losing softness of touch, with the eye lens of children daily life, never changing in every point of history. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Audience Member Nice and feel good Japanese anime but little bitter sweet. and not for small children, movie told about death and suicide. Some scenes were little uncomfortable. Shinko and Kiiko's friendship was great! Ending was sweet and miracle! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member This is a pure feel-good enlightening movie about making the most out of the richness of life in the midst of a decent, not-well-to-do country life/ and poverty in one scene. The movie is full of moments that will bring anyone back to childhood innocence, from playing with plants & animals to swallowing the wrong food by accident :) . And unlike Miyazaki's works, this movie sticks closer to reality (save for the parallel fantasies of a totally different time era) and is not too overdone. In terms of subject matter, It is a nice complementary to Ohomide poro poro, 1 of my favourite anime of all time. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis In the Japanese countryside, a rambunctious young girl named Shinko (Mayuko Fukuda) spends her days pretending she lives in the past. According to her grandfather, a thousand years ago her rural town was the site of a lavish imperial capital. Joining Shinko on her fantastical adventures is Nagiko, a timid newcomer from Tokyo. As the girls' friendship deepens and their daydreams of royalty become more elaborate, they learn some tough lessons about growing up.
Director
Sunao Katabuchi
Screenwriter
Sunao Katabuchi
Production Co
Madhouse
Genre
Drama, Adventure, Anime
Original Language
Japanese
Runtime
1h 35m