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★★★★ OUT 2 Novem­ber / CERT PG / 98 MINS Di­rec­tor Mamoru Hosoda cast Moka Kamishi­raishi, Haru Kuroki, Gen Hoshino

DE­SPITE THE DI­VERSE na­ture of his nar­ra­tives, anime di­rec­tor Mamoru Hosoda has al­ways fo­cused on the im­por­tance of fam­ily. With Mi­rai, he draws on his own parental ex­pe­ri­ences for a story about a four-year-old boy’s pas­sage from brat­tish only child to dot­ing brother. irked by baby sis­ter Mi­rai get­ting all the at­ten­tion, Kun (Moka Kamishi­raishi) comes to re­assess his pri­or­i­ties after a se­ries of Scrooge-like en­coun­ters with a hu­man ver­sion of his pet dog, the teenage Mi­rai, his mother as a naughty child and his war-hero grand­fa­ther. Switch­ing be­tween the whim­si­cal and the ter­ri­fy­ing, the vi­sions are exquisitely ren­dered. But Hosoda keeps it all rooted in a re­al­ism that’s both charm­ing and in­sight­ful.

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