The Boy and the Heron
Mahito longs for his mother and ventures into a world shared by the living and the dead. There death comes to an end and life finds a new beginning.
A semi-autobiographical fantasy about life, death and creation, a tribute to friendship, from the mind of Hayao Miyazaki.
While the Second World War rages, the teenage Mahito, haunted by his mother's tragic death, is relocated from Tokyo to the serene rural home of his new stepmother Natsuko, a woman who bears a striking resemblance to the boy's mother. As he tries to adjust, this strange new world grows even stranger following the appearance of a persistent gray heron, who perplexes and bedevils Mahito, dubbing him the "long-awaited one."