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Mai Mai Miracle
Directed by Sunao Katabuchi
Written by Sunao Katabuchi (script)
Nobuko Takagi (novel)
Starring Mayuko Fukuda
Nako Mizusawa
Ei Morisako
Manami Honjou
Miyo Wakita
Music by Shusei Murai
Minako "mooki" Obata
Cinematography Yukihiro Masumoto
Editing by Kashiko Kimura
Distributed by Japan Shochiku
Republic of China Mighty Media
Release date(s) Japan November 21, 2009
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Mai Mai Miracle (マイマイ新子と千年の魔法 Maimai Shinko to Sen-nen no Mahō ?, lit. Mai Mai Shinko and the Millennium-Old Magic) is an upcoming Japanese animated film based on Nobuko Takagi's novel of her autobiography, Maimai Shinko. It is being produced by the animation studio Madhouse, distributed by Shochiku, and directed by Sunao Katabuchi.

The film debuted at the Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland on August 15, 2009.[1] It was released in Japan on November 21.[2]

The part of the plot of this movie is collected data on by Sei Shōnagon's The Pillow Book.



In the spring of 1955 in a small town in southwestern Japan, a nine-year-old girl named Shinko Aoki discovers she has a family connection with a thousand-year-old province of legend, known as Suō. Joined by Kiiko Shimazu, a new student who has recently transferred to her school, they embark on a magical experience. In this same land, A girl called Nagiko Kiyohara had lived 1,000 years ago.[3]


In November, 2007, the making picture was shown in France. In this time, the title of the movie was not told.[4] Then, the film was first announced by Madhouse at the 2008 Tokyo International Anime Fair as a new project of director Sunao Katabuchi.[5] While Katabuchi had served as a scriptwriter Hayao Miyazaki's Sherlock Hound, as an assistant director on Kiki's Delivery Service, and had directed his own film Princess Arete in 2001 at Studio 4°C, this was his first feature film since joining Madhouse. To create the film, he assembled his crew from Madhouse's staff animators and artists, as well as associates from Studio 4°C. Shigeto Tsuji, previously an assistant animation supervisor on Metropolis, designed the characters, while Kazutaka Ozaki and Studio 4°C artist Chie Uratani served as animation directors. Both had previously worked on Princess Arete with Katabuchi. Shinichi Uehara, a veteran background painter at Madhouse, acted as art director.[6]



Shochiku promoted the film online, aiming at international as well as domestic fans. A short English-subtitled trailer was posted on the studio's website in June.[8] Additionally, Avex Network also promoted the film through their YouTube channel. A 31-second trailer was released on August 28,[9] followed by a 100-second trailer on September 16.[10]


  1. ^ "62nd Film Festival Locarno - Films & Screening Schedule - Mai Mai Miracle". Film Festival Locarno. 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-12.  
  2. ^ "Mai Mai Miracle Official Website". 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-12.   (Japanese)
  3. ^ "Houfu Nippou News". 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-19.   (Japanese)
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  5. ^ "Madhouse Announces Latest Film from Black Lagoon's Katabuchi". Anime News Network. 2008=03-28. Retrieved 2009-08-12.  
  6. ^ "List of Works - マイマイ新子と千年の魔法". Madhouse. 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-12.   (Japanese)
  7. ^ "Katabuchi's comment". 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-26.   (Japanese)
  8. ^ "Mai-Mai Miracle Film's English-Subbed Trailer Posted". Anime News Network. June 2, 2009. Retrieved August 22, 2009.  
  9. ^ "Negima, Duel Masters, Penguin no Mondai, Mai Mai Promos". Anime News Network. September 2, 2009. Retrieved August 22, 2009.  
  10. ^ "Mai Mai Miracle Film's 90-Second Trailer Streamed". Anime News Network. September 16, 2009. Retrieved August 22, 2009.  

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