Mirai Anime Film's English Dub Stars Victoria Grace as Mirai
posted on by Karen Ressler
Actress Victoria Grace (The Last of Us Part II's Yara) announced on Twitter last week that she is voicing the title character in the English dub of Mamoru Hosoda's Mirai anime film. The English dub will premiere at Los Angeles' Animation is Film Festival on October 19.
U.K. anime distributor Anime Limited will debut the film in theaters on November 2 and November 4. Screenings on November 2 will be in Japanese with English subtitles while screenings on November 4 will be English-dubbed.
GKIDS and Fathom Events will screen the film in 700 U.S. theaters on November 29, December 5, and December 8. Screenings on Thursday, November 29 at 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m. will be English-subtitled, while screenings on Saturday, December 8 at 12:55 p.m. will be English-dubbed. GKIDS will also hold its own theatrical release in the United States on November 30.
International sales banner Charades represented the film at Cannes in 2017, and has sold distribution rights to GKIDS in the United States, MK2 Mile End in Canada, Anime Limited in the United Kingdom, and Madman Entertainment in Australia and New Zealand.
The 100-minute film opened at #2 at the box office in Japan on July 20. The film had its world premiere in May at this year's Directors' Fortnight, an independent section held in parallel to the Cannes Film Festival. The film also screened in competition at Annecy in June.
The film's story centers around a family living in a small house in an obscure corner of a certain city — in particular, the family's spoiled four-year-old boy Kun-chan. When Kun-chan gets a little sister named Mirai, he feels that his new sister stole his parents' love from him, and is overwhelmed by many experiences he undergoes for the first time in his life. In the midst of it all, he meets an older version of Mirai, who has come from the future.
Hosoda directed the film at his Studio Chizu, and is also credited as scriptwriter and for the original story. Hiroyuki Aoyama (animation director of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, and The Boy and the Beast) and Ayako Hata (key animator on the same films) returned for this new film as animation directors. Yohei Takamatsu and Takashi Omori, who Hosoda had previously worked with on The Boy and the Beast, returned as art directors. Producer Yuichiro Saito returned from Hosoda's earlier films.