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Catch some more anime magic with ‘Mirai’

Fans of anime have had a fun time over the past year, what with the Studio Ghibli Fest 2018 that has been playing at two area Regal Cinemas theaters, Northtown Mall and Coeur d'Alene's Riverstone Stadium.

The majority of those films, including "Spirited Away" and "Castle in the Sky," are anime classics. Now, though, a film from 2018 will screen.

"Mirai" was written and directed by Mamoru Hosada. IMDB describes it this way: "A young boy encounters a magical garden which enables him to travel through time and meet his relatives from different eras, with guidance by his younger sister from the future."

And here are some critical comments:

Peter Debruge, Variety: "It's the work of a true auteur (in what feels like his most personal film yet) presented as innocuous family entertainment."

Leslie Helperin, Variety: "A sweet child's-eye view of the world."

"Mirai" will screen at Northtown Mall and Riverstone Stadium on Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. (dubbed) and 8 p.m. (subtitled), on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. (subtitled) and Dec. 8 at 12:55 p.m. (dubbed).

Studio Ghibli Fest 2018 may be over. But anime is forever.