Photo/IllutrationA scene from Mamoru Hosoda’s “Mirai” (Studio Chizu via AP)

Fantasy film "Mirai," directed by Mamoru Hosoda, won the grand prize in the animation category of the 42nd Japan Academy Film Prize awards on March 1.

The film centers around Kun-chan, a 4-year-old boy who meets his younger sister Mirai from the future and sets off with her on an adventure full of new experiences and trials.

The animation director is known for many hit films, such as “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time,” “Summer Wars,” “Wolf Children” and “The Boy and The Beast.”

“Mirai,” which has also gained critical acclaim outside Japan, was nominated for the Animated Feature Film award at the 91st Academy Awards and the award for Best Motion Picture in the animation category at the 76th Golden Globe Awards. The movie won the 46th Annie Award for Best Animated Independent Feature.

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