My unique experience watching Mirai at the Cinema

Introduction and context

I very rarely grace the cinema with my presence. When I think back to my childhood, I recall it being full of advertisements for products I’ll never buy and trailers for movies I’ll never watch, and end up wondering if the ‘big screen’ can really provide a better experience than a DVD or Blu-Ray disc.

I also have ASD Level 1, or Aspergers Syndrome as its more commonly known, and attending events with sizeable amounts of people can be incredibly challenging for me, not to mention the sensory overload that can come with it. I was able to attend my first two anime events this year and had a great time, but I haven’t been to a cinema screening in almost a decade.

But when I heard the premise of Mamoru Hosoda’s new film, Mirai, at MCM Comic Con Scotland in September, it undoubtedly resonated with me, and I felt the urge to watch it as soon as possible

So, what is Mirai? Its a slice of life film with elements of adventure, fantasy and drama that deals with the familial relationship between siblings, accepting the realities of life and all the emotion that comes with those topics.

As an older brother myself who gets along very well with my sister, I wanted to see how much I could relate to. So, last week I took the plunge and bought a ticket to one of the first UK showings at a Vue Cinema venue in Leeds!

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