Mai Mai Miracle
Mimi: Do you remember the fun little things that you used to do as a child, such as exploring nature, keeping wild pets, and playing outside endlessly? Do you remember daydreaming impossible things or having an imaginary friend? Those are the good times and feelings that this film portrays: kids being kids with no limits to their imagination.
The setting is western Japan in 1955, and we’re introduced to an outgoing 9-year old girl named Shinko. One day, a new girl named Kiiko transfers to her class, and she is noticeably very different from all the other children: she’s wealthy, dressed up, and possesses quiet manners. Shinko and Kiiko quickly become friends, and they just do the adorable and funny things that all kids do. They also have quite the imagination, as one of their stories about a princess living over a thousand years ago emerges, and the characters visibly come to life all around them. The film delves into a little bit of drama towards the last half, as the children try to understand mature, heavy matters.
It comes as no surprise that I really enjoyed this film. A few of the children’s activities reminded me of the things that I used to do with my friends, and feelings of nostalgia, peace, and warmth came back to me. And as you can see from the screenshots, the artwork is beautiful and refreshing. If you’re in the mood for a sweet, realistic film about adorable kids, then definitely give this a watch.
Mimi’s Score: 8 Meeps out of 10 (Very Good)
Alex’s Score: 8 Meeps out of 10 (Very Good)