The Boy and the Beast, Mamoru Hosoda’s previous film, told the story of a child’s journey from Shibuya to a supernatural universe. In Hosoda’s cinema, the fantastic realm merges with everyday life, something that occurs again in Mirai, a heartwarmingly beautiful film. In it, little Kun learns to cope with the changes brought about by the arrival of a little sister, thanks to his travels to a fantastic world.
A master of fantasy and contemporary animation, in 1991 he started off working for Toei Animation. In Sitges, he’s won four Anima't awards for The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006), Summer Wars (2009), Wolf Children (2012) and Mirai (2018).